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A sense of normalcy has returned to Major League Baseball after an abbreviated spring training and a late start to the regular season.

With rosters down to 26 players, after opening the season at 28, starting pitchers are once again pushing the 100-pitch mark. Even the offense resumed after initial complaints of a dead baseball.

Some of the fast starts will impact All-Star Game rosters. How many will score in the End of Season Rewards Race? FrontPageBets looks at gear hunting.

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Justin Verlander (+450) became a top AL Cy Young nominee at 39, in his 17th season.

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Chicago White Sox right handed Michael Kopech (+3,000) had just eight career starts before this season but is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA in eight starts this season. But Kopech has never gone more than 134.1 innings in the minor leagues. New York Yankees left-handed Nestor Cortes (+1,200) is 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA after eight starts on a continuation of his 2021 emergence despite a 90s fastball.

Alek Manoah (+800), a former first-round pick, shows his promise with the Toronto Blue Jaysgoing 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA, while his teammate Kevin Gausman (+500) transitioned well into his first season in Toronto at 4-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 13.00 strikeout ratio.

Mike Trout (+450) seems determined to keep the AL MVP price in the Los Angeles Angels clubhouse, coming back from a calf muscle tear to hit 12 home runs with an AL-best 1.129 OPS. reigning MVP Shohei Ohtani (+210) got off to a strong start offensively (nine HR, .788 OPS) and can still add his pitching prowess into the mix: 3-2, 2.82 ERA, 53 strikeouts.

The New York YankeesJudge Aaron (+350) is booming at the start with 17 HR and an OPS of 1.078. Minnesota twins Central gardener Byron Buxton (+1200) is doing well offensively (11 HRs, .816 OPS), with the ability to play top defense, but can he stay healthy?

Ranked in the top six on the MVP rankings in four of the last five seasons, the Cleveland Guardians‘ Jose Ramirez (+1600) is making noise again with 11 HRs and 1.012 OPS.


The San Diego Padres are known for their MVP candidates but right-handed Joe Musgrove (+1200) puts a charge in the thrower side. The San Diego-area native is 5-0 with a 1.90 ERA and the Padres have won all of his eight starts. In a contract year, a mega salary awaits you.

The Milwaukee BrewersCorbin Burnes (+325), defending NL winner Cy Young, remains the favorite with a 2.18 ERA in nine starts. The Miami Marlins have a pair of beginners reaching great heights: Pablo Lopez (+1100) is 4-2 with a 2.04 ERA and Sandy Alcantara (+2000) is 4-2 with a 2.11 ERA.

Cardinals of St. Louis right handed Miles Mikolas (+5,000) is 3-2 with a 1.96 ERA after nine starts, but his next outing will be his best since 2019. Los Angeles Dodgers right handed Walker Buhler (+1100) is 6-1 with a 2.91 ERA and Atlanta Braves left-handed Max fried (+1,500) is 4-2, with a 3.27 ERA, with neither yet hitting their stride after the lengthy 2021 playoffs.

San Francisco Giants left-handed Carlos Rodon (+600) has given up more than two runs just once in eight starts and has a 2.14 ERA.

Without Fernando Tatis Jr. to start the Padres season, Manny Machado (+225) had eight homers, a 1.027 OPS and strong defense in third place. Machado has been in the top 10 MVP votes four times and finished third in 2020.

An elbow injury has the Philadelphia PhilliesBryce Harper (+1000) reduced to DH duties, but reigning NL MVP thrives at plate with 10 HR and .975 OPS, including a recent streak against the Dodgers when he had four doubles and three HRs among his 12 hits .

The Cardinals have seven HRs and a .986 OPS of Paul Goldschmidt (+2500) and nine HR with an .896 OPS of Nolan Arenado (+600). The Dodgers Mookie Bets (+600), the AL MVP of 2018, started slow but was on his game in May and has an NL-best 12 homer with a .963 OPS.

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