Washington Nationals: Vegas oddsmakers love the Nats

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals grounds out against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Nationals Park on June 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals grounds out against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Nationals Park on June 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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Individual Awards

As we’ve discovered, the Washington Nationals are arguably the best team in the N.L. This creates a likely scenario in which they clean up at award season.

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It should be no surprise to see Max Scherzer as a +200 favorite (33.3%) to win the NL Cy Young award. With a 13.50 K/9, a 2.00 ERA/1.89 FIP and the second most innings pitched (94.2) in the entire league, Scherzer is on par with Clayton Kershaw’s 2014 season, in which he won the N.L. MVP award.

Following in the shadow of Scherzer are the Mets’ Jacob deGrom (+400/20%), Kershaw himself (+1000/9.1%), the Phillies’ Aaron Nola (+1000), and Scherzer’s teammate Gonzalez (+1000). Strasburg is not far behind Gonzalez at +1400 (6.67%).

At this rate, it seems as if only injuries will prevent Scherzer from winning his third consecutive Cy Young.

Conversely, only one National has MVP odds worth discussing. And it’s because he’s the co-favorite. Bryce Harper is tied with Nolan Arenado of the Rockies with +400 odds to win the MVP. Certified Nationals killer Freddie Freeman trails them at +600 (14.28%), and Kris Bryant of the Cubs (+1000) looms in the distance.

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Although Las Vegas may not be the biggest fans of the nation’s capital right now, the Washington Nationals still seem to be fairing well in their eyes.

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