Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg each are good bets to win postseason awards.
Take, for example, the betting odds released yesterday by the gambling site Bovada for the major postseason awards.
Who's favored to win the NL Cy Young Award in 2013? Why, none other than Stephen Strasburg, who gets 11-to-2 odds (just ahead of Clayton Kershaw at 6-to-1). Gio Gonzalez is right behind those two with 10-to-1 odds (same as Cole Hamels). Jordan Zimmermann (25-to-1) and Rafael Soriano (50-to-1) also make the list.
Then take a look at the NL MVP race, where Bryce Harper (10-to-1) ranks third behind Joey Votto (15-to-2) and Ryan Braun (9-to-1). That's pretty impressive company for a 20-year-old who hasn't even played a full big-league season yet.
But maybe even more impressive among those MVP odds is the guy ranked sixth at 15-to-1 odds. A guy named Stephen Strasburg. Yes, apparently there are only five players given a better chance of winning MVP this season than Strasburg, who got the same odds as Andrew McCutchen (one of the best all-around players in the game).
A Strasburg MVP would be fairly remarkable? How remarkable? Well, consider that the last pitcher to win NL MVP was a guy named Bob Gibson in 1968.
What about the possibility of a Harper-Strasburg MVP-Cy Young sweep? That would be pretty remarkable in itself. In the last 20 years, only one set of NL teammates has pulled off the MVP-Cy Young exacta: Albert Pujols and Chris Carpenter did it for the 2005 Cardinals.