MLB Stat Leaders: Mike Trout, Juan Soto Top Baseball Preseason Odds Boards

Written By Nate Weitzer on February 16, 2021

After lengthy negotiations between the Players Association and MLB Owners, the league has agreed to hold a full schedule in 2021 with spring training starting in late February.

Now that the season is solidified, futures odds have become available for player propositions such as the Home Run champion, league leader in strikeouts, and batting average, as well as the winners for MVP and other awards.

Note that the primary baseball used by MLB will be adjusted this year to compensate for two consecutive seasons with record-setting home runs. Combine that with fences being moved back in many stadiums, and it will be difficult for some hitters to keep pace with their power numbers.

This article analyzes the favorites for each market, beginning with the potential Home Run champ. Check out our MLB Futures page to see where teams stack up in terms of their chances to win the 2021 World Series or compete for a league or division title.

MLB stat leader odds 2021

Click the dropdown below to view odds for every MLB futures market.

MLB home runs leader odds

The Favorites

Opening odds in parentheses

Pete Alonso (+1000): In 2019, Alonso took the league by storm with 53 homers in his rookie campaign, the most ever by a first-year player. He followed that up with 16 HRs over 57 games in a shortened 2020 season and will be well protected in the heart of the Mets loaded lineup this season.

Joey Gallo (+1000): In the new MLB age of launch angle and swinging for the fences, Gallo is king. The Rangers 1B hit 40-plus homers in 2017 and 2018 before managing 22 HRs in an injury-shortened 2019 campaign. He’s struck out a ridiculous 596 times over the past four seasons.

Mike Trout (+1000): Trout finished second in the A.L. with 45 HRs during the 2019 season. He hit 39 HRs in 2018 and 33 in 2017, but is usually a stronger candidate for MVP due to his all-around game.

Juan Soto (+1200): The lefty OF is a meteoric rise for the Nationals. Soto hit .351 with 13 HRs over just 47 games in the shortened 2020 season, and produced 34 HRs in his last full season in 2019.

Cody Bellinger (+1300): Another MVP candidate with a great all-around game, Bellinger finished third in the N.L. with 47 HRs in 2019 and finished second with 39 HRs in 2017.

Other Contenders

Ronald Acuna Jr. (+1300): The Braves OF broke out with 41 HRs in 2019 and hit 14 HRs over 46 games last year.

Bryce Harper (+2000): Despite being voted the most overrated player in baseball by his peers, Harper is always a threat for the HR title. He hit 35 HRs in 2019 and plays in a very hitter-friendly park in Philadelphia.

Aaron Judge (+2000): Both Judge and teammate Giancarlo Stanton (+2000) are premier power threats with a laundry list of health concerns. Judge is far more likely to stay upright throughout the 2021 season and vie for the HR crown.

Fernando Tatis Jr. (+2500): The Padres young star hit 17 bombs over just 59 games in 2020 and could earn MVP consideration this year.

Luke Voit(+2800): Voit hit a league-high 22 HRs last season and plays in a tiny bandbox known as Yankee Stadium.

Christian Yelich (+3000): In his first two seasons with the Brewers, Yelich tallied 80 HRs and nearly won consecutive MVP awards.

Nolan Arenado (+3300): Moving from Coors Field to Busch Stadium could hurt Arenado’s power numbers, but he’s talented enough to silence the critics with a big year.

Marcell Ozuna (+3300): Ozuna led the N.L. with 18 HRs over 60 games last season.

For more on the home run leader odds, visit our dedicated betting page.

MLB hits leader odds

The Favorites

Trea Turner (+1100): The Nationals primary leadoff man hit .335 with 78 hits over 59 games last summer and had 180 hits while playing all 162 games in 2018.

Mookie Betts (+1200): He won a batting title with the Red Sox in 2018 and Betts was electric for the Dodgers during the 2020 postseason, so he could easily carry that momentum into his first full season in the N.L.

DJ LeMahieu (+1200): The Yankees infielder hit .364 with 71 hits over 50 appearances last year and earned a handsome 6-year, $90M extension.

Other Contenders

Whit Merrifield (+1500): Merrifield led the Majors with 206 hits in 2019 and was pushing for that mark with 192 hits in 2018.

Ketel Marte (+1800): The versatile switch hitter tallied 187 hits over 144 games in 2019 and should become even more of a full-time player in 2021.

Francisco Lindor (+2000): Lindor moves to the N.L. this year and could take an approach that is more focused on contact than power with the Mets.

Charlie Blackmon (+2200): The Rockies leadoff man has at least 182 hits in four consecutive full seasons and led the Majors with 213 hits in 2017.

Rafael Devers (+2200): Devers joined Merrifield as the only players to top 200 hits in the last full season in 2019.

Ozzie Albies (+2800): Another durable switch hitter, Albies logged 189 hits over 160 games in 2019.

Nolan Arenado (+3000): The Cardinals coaching staff has a history of getting the most out of everyone on the roster and Arenado has superstar potential.

Jorge Polanco (+5000): The Twins versatile infielder logged 186 hits in 2019.

MLB strikeout leader odds

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Gerrit Cole (+450): In his final season with Houston in 2019, Cole posted an absurd 13.8 K/9 ratio with a league-high 326 strikeouts. He struck out 94 batters over 12 starts for the Yankees last year.

Jacob deGrom (+525): The perennial N.L. CY Young candidate struck out 104 batters over 12 starts last year and has an easier job tallying strikeouts with no DH in the N.L.

Trevor Bauer (+800): The loudest free agent on the market joins a loaded Dodgers staff and he’ll look to follow up an insane 2020 performance in which he pitched several times on short rest.

Max Scherzer (+1000): Even at 36, Scherzer can still ramp up his fastball and dominate. The Nats ace finished second to Cole in K/9 ratio (12.7) in 2019.

Yu Darvish (+1200): Darvish was lights out during the shortened 2020 season and recorded 93 Ks with a 2.01 ERA over 12 starts.

MLB runs leader odds

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Mookie Betts (+800): Betts is the best hitter on the best team in baseball and he led MLB with 135 runs scored in his last season in Boston.

Ronald Acuna (+900): The Braves leadoff man led the N.L. with 127 runs in 2019.

Juan Soto (+1000): Soto was scorching with a .351 batting average during the shortened 2020 season and the Nationals offense should improve as a whole this year.

Fernando Tatis Jr. (+1000): In his second MLB season, Tatis scored 50 runs over 59 games.

Mike Trout (+1200): While he’s an on-base machine, Trout could wind up getting stranded more often than scoring given the overall potency of the Angels lineup.

MLB RBI leader odds

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Juan Soto (+800): Soto drove in 110 runs in 2019 and logged 37 RBI over 47 games in 2020. Now he’s the main man in that lineup with Anthony Rendon out of Washington.

Cody Bellinger (+1000): Bellinger tallied 115 RBI in 2019 and was hitting sixth in a potent Dodgers lineup last postseason.

Marcell Ozuna (+1200): Both Ozuna and Freddie Freeman (+2200) are favorites to win the RBI crown on a Braves team that produced the second-most runs (348) last season behind the Dodgers.

Eloy Jimenez (+1500): The White Sox could have a new cleanup man in Jimenez, who could take over the mantle of RBI man while Jose Abreu (+2200) moves up in the order.

Pete Alonso (+2200): Alonso tallied 120 RBI with his 53 HRs in 2019 and should be hitting with men on base more often now that the Mets have signed Lindor.

MLB stolen base leader odds

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Adalberto Mondesi (+110): The Royals speedster finished second to Mallex Smith (now in the Minors) with 43 stolen bases in 2019.

Trea Turner (+400): Turner broke into the league with 4 stolen bases in two different games in 2017, and led the N.L. with 43 swipes the next year.

Ronald Acuna Jr. (+650): In addition to his impressive power numbers, Acuna led the N.L. with 37 stolen bases in 2019.

Where do I find MLB leader markets in a sportsbook?

To find MLB Player Futures markets on an online sportsbook, simply click the MLB tab and look for a subset labeled Player Futures. Within that subset, there should be more tabs for statistical leaders and award winners.

When does the MLB season start?

The 2021 MLB season starts on April 1 and ends on October 3. The World Series begins on October 26 and a potential Game 7 would be on November 3.

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