The Yankees have won five in a row and seven of their last eight to move to 30-20. This comes after the team fell to 15-15 on May 1st following a four game losing streak. Aaron Judge has keyed the team’s run since his return from a hip injury. There’s no question that his presence in the Yankees lineup is crucial to the team’s success.
The Yankees still trail the Rays by five games in the AL East, but they are playing much better baseball. The team’s upward trend has helped shrink their World Series odds as well as Aaron Judge’s MVP odds.
Yankees World Series Odds Stagnant
The Yankees hold decent World Series value among NY sportsbooks. Their odds have taken a hit since Opening Day but the team has returned to its winning ways in May. The Yankees are third place in the stacked AL East, behind the Rays and Orioles. They currently hold the second wild card spot in the American League.
Anthony Rizzo has been one of the bright spots in the Yankees lineup this year. Rizzo has appeared in 48 games and is batting .310 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI. His .310 batting average is a huge step up from his .224 batting average of a year ago.
On the mound, Yankees ace Gerrit Cole has thrived. Cole is 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA. Cole is second in the AL Cy Young Award odds on FanDuel, only behind Rays pitcher Shane McClanahan. The Yankees right hander has never won the Cy Young in his 11 year career but finished second in 2019. Having a proven ace on your roster bodes well for a team with postseason aspirations.
Yankees World Series Odds, Courtesy of FanDuel
The Yankees World Series odds have gone up and down this season. The team was in a hole at the beginning of May but seem to have gotten themselves out of it. The biggest problem facing the Yankees is that they’re always battling the injury bug.
Starting pitcher Carlos Rodon was signed this off-season with the hopes that he’d be the Yankees No. 2 starting pitcher. He’s yet to throw a pitch as he continues to battle a back injury. Rodon is hoping to enter the rotation sometime this season, but it’s unknown when that will be. Yankees fans did get good news yesterday, as Rodon was seen working out at Yankee Stadium.
Judge Will Battle Ohtani For MVP
Aaron Judge’s odds have shrunk since the star returned from the IL. After having a subpar (but still productive) first month of the year, Judge has reminded us of his astonishing 2022 season. Since his return he’s gone 18-49 with eight home runs and 19 RBI. His 9th inning game tying home run last night sent Yankee Stadium into a frenzy.
The tough part for Judge is he’ll have to battle Angels two way superstar Shohei Ohtani in this race. Ohtani is once again producing on the mound and at the plate. His value can’t be denied but whether or not the Angels are able to turn his and Mike Trout’s production into a playoff appearance remains to be seen.
Last year, Judge needed 62 home runs to oust Ohtani in the AL MVP race. Judge has proven over the last couple of weeks that he can still go on home run flurries. These hot stretches are what won Judge the MVP last year and what could win him it again in 2023.
AL MVP Odds, Courtesy of DraftKings
Ohtani’s odds are worth staying away from while in minus money. What he’s doing is beyond impressive but he’s been inconsistent on the mound in the month of May. If the Angels aren’t in the playoff mix at season’s end, voters could be swayed away from the Angels star.
Judge’s odds plummeted due to his injury. On May 13th, they fell to +1800. Since then, he’s been on an upwards rise. Judge leapfrogged a number of candidates as his long ball numbers continued to soar.
As Aaron Judge goes, so do the Yankees. Another MVP season would likely mean the Yankees would be in good shape heading into October. That scenario is more than four months away but the Yankees faithful are already salivating over it.