Chase Utley's MVP odds have dropped considerably

Chase Utley's MVP odds have dropped considerably
April 14, 2014, 2:45 pm

Chase Utley currently leads baseball with a .500 average. (USA Today Images)

Before the season began, Chase Utley's odds were not even listed in Vegas among the NL MVP candidates.

It wasn't hard to understand why. Utley was coming off a four-year stretch during which he hit .270/.361/.446 with averages of 14 homers, 56 RBIs and 108 games played per year.

According to Bovada.lv sportsbook manager Kevin Bradley, Utley's NL MVP odds before the year would have been 75-to-1 upon request.

How has the best two-week stretch of Utley's career affected those odds?

"If I reopened today he would be in the 20-1 range," Bradley said.

Utley leads the majors in batting average (.500), OBP (.565), slugging percentage (.875) and WAR (1.5). He is the first Phillie since Von Hayes in 1989 to have 20 hits in a stretch of 40 at-bats.

There is plenty of season left and Utley could eventually fade from the MVP conversation with worthy candidates like Andrew McCutchen, Ryan Braun, Joey Votto and Paul Goldschmidt in the National League. But if you wanted to get insane value on Utley for MVP, it looks like you've missed out.

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