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Top 3 MLB Futures Bets to Make Today

The 2023 MLB season has passed the first quarter mark with several surprises regarding standings. The MLB odds on futures is always an exciting topic to cover periodically as the numbers can swing drastically this early in the year. Overachieving teams suddenly revert to their natural losing state, while slumping favorites begin to pull out of their tailspins.

With that in mind, I wanted to look at the MLB lines for three futures bets that are too tempting to pass up.

Top 3 MLB Futures Bets to Make Today
Corbin Carroll #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks | Justin Berl/getty Images/afp

1. Corbin Carroll NL Rookie of the Year +160

Let’s start with an easy-to-swallow wager on a current frontrunner. Arizona Diamondbacks phenom Corbin Carroll is nearly running away with the 2023 NL Rookie of the Year Award. Despite this, his MLB betting lines still provide juicy payout potential at +160.

After smacking five hits in his previous three games, Carroll boasts a .285 batting average with seven home runs, 17 RBIs, and a .880 OPS. Forget rookies; those numbers put him among the top 50 hitters in the league. He also has 14 stolen bases to add to his growing resume.

Carroll’s 1.7 WAR ranks him 29th overall, above guys like Adley Rutschman and Mike Trout.

Carroll’s closest competitors, Brett Baty, and James Outman, are hitting below .250 and don’t appear to have the chops to challenge for the ROY award. Outman has a shot with his power, but a .241 AVG isn’t doing him any favors.

I suggest making an MLB bet on Carroll now before he puts more distance between himself and his peers.

2. Jorge Soler MLB Home Run Leader +1600

The race for the 2023 home run king has been dominated by two names, Aaron Judge and Pete Alonso. You’ll get no arguments from me, considering Judge hit 62 last season, and Alonso may be the best pure home run hitter in the game today. But their odds of +275 (Judge) and +350 (Alonso) don’t really excite me.

Instead, I want to focus on Jorge Soler after hitting home runs in four straight games and five of his last six. No other home run hitter is that hot now, nor have they been all season. With 16 total long balls, Soler is second in the league only to Alonso. Meanwhile, Judge has 14 after missing some time with a hip injury. Judge’s injury woes keep me from trusting him, while Alonso’s poor batting average gives me doubts.

This race for the Home Run crown is far from over, but at his current odds and form, Soler has a ton of value at +1600.

3. Sonny Gray AL Cy Young +2000

Last but certainly not least, we come to Sonny Gray (4-0, 1.82) as a dark horse worth considering to win the AL Cy Young award in 2023.

Gray has been nothing short of phenomenal for the Minnesota Twins this season and is severely undervalued in the Las Vegas odds for the Cy Young.

Gray has the lowest ERA among qualified starters in the MLB, not just the AL, with 66 strikeouts in 54⅓ innings. He hasn’t lost yet, nor has he suffered any blowups on the bump. He’s also yet to allow a single home run.

The only knock against Gray is nothing to do with him but rather the run support the Twins don’t give him. Even with a sub-2.00 ERA, the Twins are 0-4 in his previous four starts and 2-5 in his last seven. If they can start getting him some winning decisions, expect his odds to shorten quickly.

Gray is a worthwhile addition to my MLB picks at this price to compete for, and potentially win, his first Cy Young.

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