Ryan Knuppel  |  Thu 16th Aug   | MLB

As the season winds on, the NL Rookie of the Year race has begun to tighten. It appears it is a team player race for the award. CBS Sports writer Dayn Perry was talking about NL Rookie of the Year candidates and had this to say.

“There is Soto and there is Acuna, and then there is everyone else”

Read below for the players with the best odds:

Juan Soto (+125)

The 19-year-old phenom has been worth all the hype for the Nationals this year, as he has been productive from the outset of his call-up. On a team struggling to find success, he has been leading the way. He’s batting .298, with 15 HR’s and 43 RBI’s. Soto has 78 hits, and 54 runs scored. He’s had a very good eye at the plate, earning an on-base percentage of .420%.

The playoffs aren’t normally taken into account with this award race. So, that shouldn’t hinder the chances of Soto getting his opportunity. Given the fact that he’s only 19, and measuring his age with his production could give him a good shot.

Ronald Acuna Jr. (+260)

As he was beaned by Miami’s Jose Urena yesterday, Acuna will likely be out of action for awhile. However, he had really been piling up the stats of late. He became the youngest player to ever homer in five straight games, hitting six in a five-game period, and he had been on a tear. 37 of Acuna’s 76 hits had gone for extra bases.

He also stole eight bases, and has been a big part of the Braves success this year. The leftfielder has done a good job of getting the job done for his team, and as soon as he comes back, he should be right back in the race.

Jack Flaherty (+400)

The 22-year-old rookie starting pitcher for the Cardinals has been effective this year. He has gone 6-6, posting a 3.22 ERA in 103 1/3 innings of work. He has struck out 127 batters while walking 36. He’s been effective for his team as a reliable rotation option.

As the Cardinals winning streak has gotten going, Flaherty has done a good job helping them to continue their winning ways. He’s a longshot, but will have a chance at the award.

Walker Buehler (+500)

The Dodgers pitcher has been effective this year. He’s started just fifteen games as injuries have struck, but his numbers are solid considering that. He has gone 5-4, posting a 3.32 ERA in 81 1/3 innings of work. He has an exceptional strikeout to walk ratio, with 85 K’s and only 19 BB’s.

Buehler has been effective while he’s been on the hill, and when the Dodgers need somebody to step up, he’s always there. After firing seven scoreless innings in his last start, he’s on the right track.

Full National League Rookie of the Year Betting Odds

The NL Rookie of the Year Betting Odds are as of August 16, 2018 and from MyBookie.

  • Juan Soto, Nationals +125
  • Ronald Acuna Jr, Braves +260
  • Jack Flaherty, Cardinals _400
  • Walker Buehler, Dodgers +500
  • Brian Anderson, Marlins +750
  • Jordan Hicks, Cardinals +900
  • Christian Villanueva, Padres +900
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