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Kershaw and Sale Sit Atop Cy Young Odds

Going into the season, the consensus best pitchers in their respective leagues were Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw. Through 90 or so games, both guys have proved why they’re the guys to beat and they’re the clear favorites in the NL and AL Cy Young races.

Come Sale Away

At -250 to take home the AL Cy Young, Chris Sale is impressing in his first season in front of the Fenway faithful. His 11-4 record is mainly a product of his 2.75 ERA and 0.90 WHIP but the 5.56 runs per game the Red Sox are providing him don’t hurt either. The lefty has come to Boston as advertised, ringing up 178 batters in 127.2 innings and he’s given his team a chance to win in basically every one of his starts thus far.

Corey Kluber (+800) and Dallas Keuchel (+650) are the only guys in contention for the award according to BetOnline but there’s still plenty of baseball left to be played and there are a few guys who could still climb the ladder into the top tier of American League pitchers.

Luis Severino (+2500) and Lance McCullers (+1400) are two names who I believe fit that bill and there’s some decent value in it for you if you agree. Both young hurlers are supremely talented and both are having breakout seasons. Severino has regressed a little his last few starts and McCullers has yet to regain his form after a stint on the disabled list. Because of those factors, the value on both hill-toppers has been temporarily increased – take advantage while there’s still money to be made.

AL Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of July 12 at BetOnline

  • Chris Sale (BOS) -250
  • Dallas Keuchel (HOU) +650
  • Corey Kluber (CLE) +800
  • Jason Vargas (KC) +1200
  • Lance McCullers (HOU) +1400
  • Craig Kimbrel (BOS) +2000
  • Carlos Carrasco (CLE) +2500
  • Luis Severino (NYY) +2500
  • James Paxton (SEA) +3300
  • Ervin Santana (MIN) +3300
  • Yu Darvish (TEX) +4000
  • Michael Fulmer (DET) +4000
  • Chris Archer (TB) +5000
  • Marcus Stroman (TOR) +6600
  • Michael Pineda (NYY) +10000
  • Justin Verlander (DET) +20000

Catching Kershaw

It’s beginning to feel like déjà vu to see a negative number next to Clayton Kershaw’s name in the NL Cy Young odds but when you’re as good at pitching baseballs as the Claw is, it’s always warranted. The southpaw is now 14-2 on the season and he trails only his teammate Alex Wood and Max Scherzer in the competition for the NL’s best ERA.

This race is probably a little closer than the odds imply and if Alex Wood (10-0) can stay unbeaten for a few more starts, there’s a good chance he can usurp Kershaw as the favorite. The third-year Dodger has allowed just six runs over the course of his last nine starts and is finally realizing the immense potential he showed in his second big-league season.

The other man mentioned in this section is doing some dirty things in D.C. and BetOnline has pegged him as the second favorite to win a second consecutive NL Cy Young Award. Mad Max has accumulated 10 or more strikeouts in eight of his last nine outings during which he’s also posted eight quality starts. Scherzer’s numbers are almost identical to Kershaw’s and he should be considered as the plus-money play.

NL Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of July 12 at BetOnline

  • Clayton Kershaw (LAD) -170
  • Max Scherzer (WSH) +130
  • Alex Wood (LAD) +500
  • Stephen Strasburg (WSH) +3300
  • Zack Greinke (ARI) +3300
  • Robbie Ray (ARI) +4000
  • Jacob deGrom (NYM) +4000
  • Carlos Martinez (STL) +5000
  • Jon Lester (CHC) +10000
  • Ivan Nova (PIT) +10000
  • Mike Leake (STL) +15000
  • Antonio Senzatela (COL) +20000
  • Johnny Cueto (SF) +20000
  • Jake Arrieta (CHC) +20000
  • Gerrit Cole (PIT) +20000

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The Cy Young races for both the American and National League feature the pitching superstars we talk about every season. In the AL, Dallas Keuchel and Chris Sale are having a two-horse race for the award while the NL features Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer battling it out.

AL Cy Young Odds

Both Sale (-140) and Keuchel (-275) find themselves sitting at minus money to win the AL Cy Young. Sale has posted a 2.77 ERA at the time of this writing but it’s his strikeout numbers that are really turning heads.  The lefty currently has 110 K’s, which is 15 more than any other pitcher in baseball. Combine that with the fact that he has only walked 16 batters and you can see why Sale is in the discussion.

Keuchel has basically been unhittable with a 1.81 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP through his first 10 starts. Of course, injuries play a bit of a concern for the left-hander with an injury-plagued 2016 and his brief appearance on the DL already this season. As long as he stays healthy and the Astros continue to win, Keuchel should be in the running for the Cy Young.

Value can be had on Ervin Santana. For some reason, Santana is +1200 despite pacing all of baseball with a 1.75 ERA and a 3.2 WAR. Maybe there is an expectation that the 12-year veteran is due to regress to his career averages or maybe it’s because he is pitching in a relatively overlooked team by the general public. But there is no doubt that Santana currently looks like one of the best pitchers in the majors.

NL Cy Young Odds

It’s business as usual in the NL with Clayton Kershaw (-125) cruising through another potential Cy Young-winning season. The lefty has the second-best ERA in the NL, the third-best WHIP and has a 78/10 K/BB ratio through 11 starts. At this point there is nothing left to say about Kershaw; he is the best pitcher of this generation by a country mile.

Max Scherzer (+125) has kept himself in the hunt for the NL Cy Young. The Washington Nationals ace is making batters look silly with 11.6 K/9 and five double-digit strikeout games through his first 11 starts. With a relatively small sample size, one bad outing against has hampered some of Scherzer’s overarching numbers but he still sits near the top in the NL in almost every pitching category.

The guy nobody is talking about but should be is Mike Leake (+5000). He isn’t a superstar and he isn’t mowing down batters like some other pitchers but he has an NL-leading 2.24 ERA while posting a 0.94 WHIP. He’s also been clutch, with the St. Louis Cardinals hurler holding opponents to a .182 batting average with runners on base.

AL Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of June 2 at Bovada

  • Dallas Keuchel (HOU) -275
  • Chris Sale (BOS) -140
  • Ervin Santana (MIN) +1200
  • Yu Darvish (TEX) +1400
  • Lance McCullers (HOU) +1400
  • Dylan Bundy (BAL) +2500
  • Jason Vargas (KC) +2500
  • Carlos Carrasco (CLE) +2500
  • Marcus Stroman (TOR) +2800
  • Luis Severino (NYY) +4000
  • Michael Pineda (NYY) +4000
  • Michael Fulmer (DET) +4000
  • James Paxton (SEA) +4000
  • Andrew Triggs (OAK) +5000
NL Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of June 2 at Bovada

  • Clayton Kershaw (LAD) -125
  • Max Scherzer (WSH) +125
  • Alex Wood (LAD) +1200
  • Stephen Strasburg (WSH) +1200
  • Jake Arrieta (CHC) +3300
  • Zack Greinke (ARI) +3300
  • Robbie Ray (ARI) +3300
  • Mike Leake (STL) +5000
  • Carlos Martinez (STL) +5000

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If you’re looking for someone new and surprising atop the Cy Young odds, you’re going to be waiting another year. After the first several weeks of the season, many of the same typical names pack the field for the awards with Chris Sale pacing the American League and Clayton Kershaw out in front in the National League.

AL Cy Young Odds

Chris Sale (+140) has been worth everything the Boston Red Sox paid for him. Though the price was steep, Sale has rewarded the BoSox with the lefty becoming just the second player in MLB history to post a sub-1.50 ERA with 60 K’s through his first six games with a new team. The other player? Randy Johnson in 1998 after he was traded to the Houston Astros.

Sale paces pitchers in strikeouts, WAR and innings pitched while sitting in the top five in ERA and WHIP.

The second-best odds belong to Dallas Keuchel (+475), who has had a resurgence after a terrible 2016 season. The former Cy Young winner has been dealing, as he opened the season with six straight wins of at least seven innings and no more than two runs allowed. As long as Keuchel keeps dealing and the Astros keep winning, he is a threat to win his second AL Cy Young.

Two players who have interestingly gone unlisted are Ervin Santana and Jason Vargas. Both are veteran starters who have not exactly wowed the past several seasons but have become dominant pitchers for teams that have been in desperate need. However, playing for the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals hurts their notoriety.

AL Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of May 3 at BetOnline

  • Chris Sale (BOS) +140
  • Dallas Keuchel (HOU) +475
  • James Paxton (SEA) +600
  • Yu Darvish (TEX) +1000
  • Carlos Carrasco (CLE) +1000
  • Corey Kluber (CLE) +1400
  • Chris Archer (TB) +2000
  • Marcus Stroman (TOR) +2000
  • Lance McCullers (HOU) +2000
  • Michael Pineda (NYY) +2500
  • Justin Verlander (DET) +2500
  • Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) +4000
  • Luis Severino (NYY) +4000

NL Cy Young Odds

Any concerns about Clayton Kershaw (-130) dealing with a lingering back issue can be put to rest. He is just as efficient and economical with his pitches as ever while dominating the opposition. Through his first six starts, Kershaw has allowed just nine runs while posting a K/BB ratio of 39/3. He has struggled a bit with the long ball, surrendering six already, but his slider is still working into form following his injuries.

Of course, the entire Washington Nationals rotation has something to say about Kershaw winning again. Max Scherzer (+450) and Stephen Strasburg (+650) sit second and third on the board while Gio Gonzalez may be the best of the bunch and he isn’t even listed. Not since the loaded Philadelphia Phillies rotation of 2011 was there this sort of competition for a Cy Young among teammates.

Right now, Jacob deGrom (+800) stands out to me. He has been the one constant in the New York Mets’ constantly injured rotation and he has been the best strikeout artist in the NL. He tends to get better as the game wears on but he needs to correct some issues in the first inning to really catch up with the others listed above.

NL Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of May 3 at BetOnline

  • Clayton Kershaw (LAD) -130
  • Max Scherzer (WSH) +450
  • Stephen Strasburg (WSH) +650
  • Jacob deGrom (NYM) +800
  • Zack Greinke (ARI) +2000
  • Jon Lester (CHC) +2000
  • Carlos Martinez (STL) +2800
  • Gerrit Cole (PIT) +3300
  • Jake Arreita (CHC) +3300
  • Johnny Cueto (SF) +4000

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With last season in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look forward and up – sixty feet and six inches to be exact – to this year’s Cy Young race and time to project who will compete for the coveted awards just a few months removed from one of the more controversial ballots in recent memory in the American League vote.

AL Cy Young Odds

That controversy was obviously Justin Verlander – and Kate Upton – feeling like he got robbed of the award. The veteran right-hander earned six more first-place votes than Rick Porcello, the winner, but was edged out by the Boston hurler in overall points. If you were on Porcello at the start of the year, you were likely a bit happier than the lovely Kate as his line opened at an astounding +20000 number.

BetOnline has protected themselves this season by not offering a line as juicy as the 200/1 odds offered by online shop Bovada last year. They have, however, put two Red Sox at the top of the list with newly acquired Chris Sale as the +200 favorite and the disappointing David Price coming back two spots down at +550. Sale received some consideration in last year’s vote but the second half of his season where he posted just three wins left a lot to be desired in the eyes of the voters. Buyer beware of the lanky lefty in 2017 as Fenway has proven over and over again to be a nightmare for left-handed pitchers. Sale’s compatriot, Price, knows that all too well as he failed to post an ERA under 4 in each of his first three months as a Boston starter.

For those looking to fade Fenway, there’s plenty of young guns in the AL who are ready to emerge as legitimate aces and as Porcello proved last year, and Dallas Keuchel did the year before – this is a tough race to predict. Some names that I think offer value in 2017 are Aaron Sanchez of the Blue Jays (+2000), Danny Salazar of the Indians (+4000) and Michael Fulmer of the Tigers (+4000). Sanchez (15-2, 3.00 ERA, 161 SO) had one of the best seasons of any starter in the league but simply did not get the workload required of a Cy Young winner. Sanchez, who shouldn’t have an innings limit like he did in 2016, is set to have himself a massive season as the Jays ace and should be considered one of the best in the AL.

If you think Verlander comes back with a vengeance after being slighted, he can be grabbed at 10/1. The tough sell here is that the former fireballer is fresh off his 34th birthday and is likely not going to get much better.

AL Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of February 27 at BetOnline

  • Chris Sale (BOS) +200
  • Corey Kluber (CLE) +300
  • David Price (BOS) +550
  • Carlos Carrasco (CLE) +1000
  • Justin Verlander (DET) +1000
  • Yu Darvish (TEX) +1000
  • Chris Archer (TB) +1200
  • Dallas Keuchel (HOU) +2000
  • Cole Hamels (TEX) +2000
  • Aaron Sanchez (TOR) +2000
  • Danny Duffy (KC) +2500
  • Felix Hernandez (SEA) +2500
  • Lance McCullers (HOU) +3300
  • Rick Porcello (BOS) +3300
  • Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) +3300
  • Kevin Gausman (BAL) +3300
  • Danny Salazar (CLE) +4000
  • Jose Quintana (CWS) +4000
  • Michael Fulmer (DET) +4000
  • Michael Pineda (NYY) +5000
  • Marcus Stroman (TOR) +5000
  • Sonny Gray (OAK) +5000
  • J.A. Happ (TOR) +8000

NL Cy Young Odds

Over on the NL side, there wasn’t quite as much controversy with Max Scherzer winning the award by a hefty 90-point margin. The win was not only his second Cy Young but it also gave him a win in both leagues – something only five men had achieved before Scherzer. The Nats co-ace has now been a lockdown stud for four straight seasons and if you like that trend to continue, you can get the 32-year-old at a price of +300, right behind the favored Clayton Kershaw.

Speaking of Kershaw, if it hadn’t been for a debilitating back injury that resulted in him missing about 10 starts, the 28-year-old Texan would have won the award head and shoulders above the competition. The unorthodox lefty posted league lows in ERA and WHIP in the regular season but once again failed to show up for the postseason. Kershaw is the most dominant pitcher in the game but if he continues to miss time and choke in October, he may not win another Cy Young.

The middle tier of contenders in the NL is an impressive one and finding value was tough but I think Noah Syndergaard at +800 is the bet to make. The man they call Thor has the best stuff I’ve seen from a pitcher since Randy Johnson and he backed up the hype last year with a 14-9 record, 2.60 ERA and 218 strikeouts. Those are insane numbers for a 30-start season from a 24-year-old but I think he can improve on them this campaign and become the best pitcher in the majors.

With the dominating talent in the National League, it’s not likely a long shot wins but if I had to make a pick I would say Kyle Hendricks at +3300. Hendricks finished runner-up to Scherzer last season and there’s no reason he shouldn’t have another excellent season. The righty out of Dartmouth is just 27 years old and could have a level that we’ve yet to see. I’ll comfortably back Hendricks at 33/1 a year after he posted a 2.13 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 30 starts.

NL Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of February 27 at BetOnline

  • Clayton Kershaw (LAD) +100
  • Max Scherzer (WSH) +300
  • Noah Syndergaard (NYM) +800
  • Madison Bumgarner (SF) +900
  • Jake Arrieta (CHC) +1200
  • Stephen Strasburg (WSH) +1400
  • Jacob deGrom (NYM) +1600
  • Jon Lester (CHC) +1800
  • Zack Greinke (ARI) +2000
  • Johnny Cueto (SF) +2200
  • Gerrit Cole (PIT) +2500
  • Matt Harvey (NYM) +2500
  • Carlos Martinez (STL) +2800
  • Jon Gray (COL) +3300
  • Kyle Hendricks (CHC) +3300
  • Kenta Maeda (LAD) +4000
  • Adam Wainwright (STL) +4000
  • Steven Matz (NYM) +5000
  • Jameson Taillon (PIT) +5000
  • Jeff Samardzija (SF) +8000

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With less than 30 games left and five or six starts left apiece for starting pitchers, the American League and National League Cy Young races are tightening up and names are dropping off the oddsboard. With all of the top candidates having plus money odds, there’s big profits to be made for bettors, so let’s take a look at the odds leaders and how their seasons close out.

NL Cy Young Odds

The NL oddsboard has three standouts in Max Scherzer (+200), last year’s winner Jake Arrieta (+300) and Madison Bumgarner (+400). Scherzer won the award over in the AL in 2013 and has come on strong in the second half, seeing his ERA drop and limiting hitters to a .179 average. The Nats have picked up victories in seven of his last eight starts. Mad Max is lined up for six more starts vs the Mets twice, Phillies, Marlins twice and Diamondbacks. The Mets and Phillies rank 28th and 30th in runs scored this season, while the Marlins aren’t far off at 23rd.

Arrieta had a rough July where the Cubs lost each of his five starts, but that’s sandwiched between three great months to start the season and a strong August. If the rotation stays the same he’ll make six more starts vs the Giants, Astros, Cardinals twice and Reds twice. He pitched great against the Giants in one start earlier in the season and has gone 4-1 vs division rivals the Cardinals and Reds in five combined starts.

Bumgarner might be the best big-game pitcher in baseball and the Giants will need him in top form as they fight for a playoff spot down the stretch. He’s coming off his worst month of the season in August where he put up a 4.14 ERA and is slotted in for six more starts this season vs Arrieta and the Cubs, the Diamondbacks, Padres twice and Dodgers twice. He’s been solid vs the D-backs and Padres, but the Dodgers have had his number. He’s 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA against them in three starts and allowed five runs against them on August 23. Given his recent slide and lack of run support compared to Arrieta and Scherzer, he gets crossed off my list.

So it’s either Arrieta or Scherzer, and I’ll stick with my pick from spring training and go with Arrieta. His ERA is a hair lower, he’s the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season, plus his 0.45 ERA from September last season gives me faith he can once again close out a season at an elite level.

NL Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of September 1 at Bovada

  • Max Scherzer +200
  • Jake Arrieta +300
  • Madison Bumgarner +400
  • Jon Lester +600
  • Kyle Hendricks +600
  • Clayton Kershaw +900
  • Noah Syndergaard +1400
  • Jose Fernandez +1800

AL Cy Young Odds

Cole Hamels (+200) has jumped ahead of Chris Sale (+300) on the oddsboard, while Corey Kluber (+300) is also within striking range. Hamels is coming off his worst start of the summer where he allowed six runs and walked four vs the Mariners. If he continues to pitch every five games he’s scheduled to close out the season against the Mariners, Angels twice, A’s and Brewers. Three of the starts will take place at home, but Hamels has been much better on the road — 4.10 home ERA vs 1.91 road ERA. He’ll be in danger of being knocked off the top spot as he’s struggled vs the Mariners, Angels and A’s this season, posting a 4.05 or worse ERA vs each.

At 15-7, Chris Sale has one more win than Hamels thanks mainly to a run to start the season that saw him win his first nine starts. He recorded just two combined wins in July and August and is scheduled to face the Tigers, Royals twice, Phillies and Rays. If Sale can make it through the Tigers game without too many hiccups, he’ll have an excellent opportunity to win the Cy Young as the Rays, Royals and Phillies are in the bottom nine in baseball for runs scored.

2014’s Cy Young winner Corey Kluber has been one of baseball’s hottest pitchers over the last few weeks as he’s recorded a win in six of his last seven starts, while he hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in a game since July 3. Kluber is lined up for six more starts this season vs the Astros, Twins, Tigers twice and Royals twice. He’s been great vs the Tigers and Royals so far this season, holding them to a combined six earned runs in five starts. His worst start of the season came against the Astros back in May when he allowed five runs in 2.1 innings and he’s been average vs the light-hitting Twins, allowing seven runs in two starts.

Given what they’ve done and what they have ahead of them, I give the edge to Sale. Let’s just hope voters don’t hold his asinine jersey-cutting incident against him.

AL Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of September 1 at Bovada

  • Cole Hamels +200
  • Chris Sale +300
  • Corey Kluber +300
  • Aaron Sanchez +800
  • JA Happ +800
  • Rick Porcello +800
  • Justin Verlander +1200
  • Zach Britton +2000

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The contenders are separating themselves from the pretenders in the MLB playoff race and the candidates for year-end awards are starting to become clear. Check out the lists below to see who has the best chance to take home each league’s Cy Young award.

AL Cy Young Odds

At Bovada, Chris Sale is still the favorite to take home the award in the AL despite seeing his ERA climb to 3.17 and not earning a win since July 2. Sale’s off-field issues could really cut his Cy Young odds down at the sleeves and I believe there is some value in some other guys on the list.

Cole Hamels is a steal at +250. The lefty owns a 2.84 ERA and has led his Rangers to a 16-5 record in games he’s pitched. Although his win total is a little lower than Sale’s, it is arguable that Hamels has been much more valuable to a team that has had little starting pitching depth.

What a season Aaron Sanchez is having. If it were under different circumstances I would be jumping all over the +700 odds laid down by Bovada. The problem here is that Sanchez is approaching an unspecified innings limit set by Blue Jays management and a move to the bullpen is imminent – brutal.

Odds as of August 3 at Bovada

  • Chris Sale +180
  • Cole Hamels +250
  • Aaron Sanchez +700
  • Danny Salazar +1200
  • Chris Tillman +1200
  • Justin Verlander +1400
  • J.A. Happ +1400
  • Rick Porcello +1600
  • Steven Wright +2000
  • Corey Kluber +2000
  • Michael Fulmer +2800

NL Cy Young Odds

Bovada now has Stephen Strasburg as the minus money favorite to take the NL Cy Young award and you won’t be hearing any arguments from me. The Nats’ ace has been lighting the league on fire and didn't earn his first loss until almost four months into the season. He is now 15-1 with a 2.63 ERA and has been a serious beneficiary of the Clayton Kershaw injury.

Speaking of Kershaw, the former favorite to win the award has slipped to +750 after hitting the DL with back issues and has no timetable for a return. It is possible that the three-time NL Cy Young winner has thrown his last pitch this season.

Odds as of August 3 at Bovada

  • Stephen Strasburg -150
  • Madison Bumgarner +550
  • Clayton Kershaw +750
  • Jake Arrieta +1000
  • Johnny Cueto +1000
  • Max Scherzer +1000
  • Jose Fernandez +1600
  • Noah Syndergaard +2000

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The usual suspects top the Cy Young odds lists in baseball at the halfway point of the 2016 MLB campaign.

AL Cy Young Odds

At Bovada, Chris Sale is a -125 favorite to win the coveted award. Sale owns a 14-3 record with a 3.38 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 18 starts this year. The left-hander has collected 123 strikeouts as well.

Danny Salazar (+225), Aaron Sanchez (+1200), Steven Wright (+1200), Chris Tillman (+1600), Cole Hamels (+1600), Masahiro Tanaka (+2500), Rick Porcello (+2500) and JA Happ (+3300) are also available at the shop.

Salazar is a relative newcomer to the league, but the sky is the limit for this kid. The Cleveland Indians hurler is 10-3 with a 2.75 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. The Indians owned the best record in the AL Central at the break, and Salazar is a big reason why.

Odds as of July 13 at Bovada

  • Chris Sale -125
  • Danny Salazar +225
  • Aaron Sanchez +1200
  • Steven Wright +1200
  • Chris Tillman +1600
  • Cole Hamels +1600
  • Masahiro Tanaka +2500
  • Rick Porcello +2500
  • JA Happ +3300

NL Cy Young Odds

Bovada has Clayton Kershaw as a big +110 favorite, and that designation shouldn't surprise anyone. Kershaw, the most dominant pitcher in the bigs, has notched an 11-2 record with a 1.79 ERA and 0.73 WHIP so far in 2016. He's no stranger to the hardware, having won the Cy Young three times in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Stephen Strasburg (+425), Madison Bumgarner (+450), Jake Arrieta (+500), Johnny Cueto (+1000), Jose Fernandez (+1200) and Noah Syndergaard (+1400) are also on the board. It's going to be tough to catch Kershaw, but that's a lot of firepower on the mound.

Who are you picking to win the AL and NL Cy Young? Let us know in the comments.

Odds as of July 13 at Bovada

  • Clayton Kershaw +110
  • Stephen Strasburg +425
  • Madison Bumgarner +450
  • Jake Arrieta +500
  • Johnny Cueto +1000
  • Jose Fernandez +1200
  • Noah Syndergaard +1400

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The Cy Young odds are full of the usual names after the first two months of the season. Cracking that upper echelon of elite pitchers is far from easy and there have not really been any new additions early this season.

AL Cy Young Odds

Chris Sale has been having another phenomenal year for the Chicago White Sox. The lefty has a 2.29 ERA with a 0.88 WHIP while allowing one run or less through six of his first 11 starts. With Sale being one of the few truly proven pitchers in the AL that is dominating, he has been listed as a massive -150 favorite to win the hardware this season.

After Sale it appears to be a crapshoot as to who could be winning the AL Cy Young. 36-year-old Rich Hill is having a career year, but he is pitching for the less-than-stellar Oakland Athletics – which likely means voters will overlook him.

Felix Hernandez has a decent chance of winning the Cy Young, as King Felix has a solid 2.86 ERA for a winning Seattle Mariners team. Hernandez is an interesting example as he doesn’t rank in the top 10 in the AL in most categories, but has the name and the ERA to sway voters.

Odds as of June 2 at Bovada

  • Chris Sale (CWS) -150
  • Rich Hill (OAK) +750
  • Felix Hernandez (SEA) +750
  • Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) +900
  • Danny Salazar (CLE) +900
  • Chris Tillman (BAL) +1000
  • Jose Quintana (CWS) +1400
  • Corey Kluber (CLE) +2000
  • Marco Estrada (TOR) +2000
  • Rick Porcello (BOS) +3300
  • Cole Hamels (TEX) +3300

NL CY Young Odds

The National League features a proverbial bloodbath for the Cy Young. Clayton Kershaw is EVEN to win his fourth Cy Young, which is justifiable. Through his first 11 starts of the season, Kershaw has a 1.56 ERA, a 0.65 WHIP and a K/BB ratio of 21/1.

Jake Arrieta is pitching phenomenally as well, with the bearded wonder posting a 1.56 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP, but has a modest (?) 3/1 K/BB ratio. Arrieta has been lights out for the best team in baseball, but Kershaw is much more important to the Dodgers – whose rotation is mediocre.

Stephen Strasburg has been a strikeout machine for the Nationals – fourth in the NL in K’s – while leading the team to a perfect 11-0 through his first 11 trips to the mound.

Odds as of June 2 at Bovada

  • Clayton Kershaw (LAD) EVEN
  • Jake Arrieta (CHC) +350
  • Stephen Strasburg (WAS) +500
  • Noah Syndergaard (NYM) +800
  • Johnny Cueto (SF) +900
  • Madison Bumgarner (SF) +1200
  • Jose Fernandez (MIA) +1400
  • Jason Hammel (CHC) +1600
  • Gerrit Cole (PIT) +3300

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So far in the 2016 MLB campaign, the best hurlers in the league continue to live up to extremely high expectations. When it comes to Cy Young Award betting, it’s no surprise to see who’s topping odds lists in early May.

Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is a +120 favorite to win the AL Cy Young, while Jordan Zimmerman (+600), Jose Quintana (+800), Felix Hernandez (+1000) and Masahiro Tanaka (+1000) are also in the hunt.

As of May 4, Sale owned a perfect 6-0 record to go along with a 1.66 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. The 27-year-old has limited opposing hitters to a minuscule .171 batting average.

In the National League, it’s reigning award winner Jake Arietta who’s out in front at +150 odds. Clayton Kershaw (+240), Jason Hammel (+900), Madison Bumgarner (+1000) and Max Scherzer (+1000) are also in the running.

Arrieta continues to prove he’s far from a one-year wonder. Arrieta is also a perfect 6-0 to go along with a shining 0.84 ERA and 0.74 WHIP. He tossed his second career no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds on April 21.

The book’s full list of odds are below.

American League Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of May 4 at Bovada

  • Chris Sale +120
  • Jordan Zimmerman +600
  • Jose Quintana +800
  • Felix Hernandez +1000
  • Masahiro Tanaka +1000
  • Rick Porcello +1400
  • Mat Latos +1400
  • Corey Kluber +1400
  • Taijuan Walker +1400
  • David Price +1600
  • Sonny Gray +1600
  • Cole Hamels +2200
  • Danny Salazar +2500
National League Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of May 4 at Bovada

  • Jake Arrieta +150
  • Clayton Kershaw +240
  • Jason Hammel +900
  • Madison Bumgarner +1000
  • Max Scherzer +1000
  • Stephen Strasburg +1200
  • Kent Maeda +1200
  • Noah Syndergard +1600
  • Jose Fernandez +1600
  • Vince Velasquez +1600
  • Johnny Cueto +2500
  • Gio Gonzalez +2500
  • Jon Lester +3300

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Baseball’s offseason was a huge one for stud pitchers on the free agent market, as David Price and Zack Greinke were each given truckloads of cash to change uniforms. Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Jordan Zimmerman didn’t do too shabby either as teams reshuffled the front ends of their rotations in hopes that big spending on pitchers will lead to success in October.

With Spring Training now underway, sportsbooks are releasing their lists of futures and prop bets for the upcoming season and Chris Sale (+250) and Clayton Kershaw (+175) are the favorites to win the Cy Young in their respective leagues at online shop BetOnline. Both pitchers are obviously excellent candidates to land this season’s hardware, but before you place a wager it needs to be considered that last year’s winners, Jake Arrieta and Dallas Keuchel, were huge underdogs in Cy Young odds prior to the season beginning.

Arrieta was a 50-to-1 longshot, and in Keuchel’s case, he wasn’t even on the board! Here’s a look at this season’s top candidates along with some potential longshots who could replicate the success of Arrieta and Keuchel.

American League Cy Young Odds

Of the five pitchers with the best odds in the American League (Chris Sale, David Price, Corey Kluber, Dallas Keuchel and Felix Hernandez), all are former winners of the award except for the guy with the top odds. This could very well be Sale’s year though, as the 26-year-old has seen improvements in each of his seasons as a full-time starter. He’s coming off a season where he led the AL in strikeouts and had 23 quality starts in 31 appearances. Sale could also see a bump in the win column in 2016, as the White Sox, who were dead last in the AL in runs per game last season, should provide their ace with better run support this season with the addition of slugger Todd Frazier.

In the middle of the pack, there’s some usual suspects and fresh faces, but at +2000 Garrett Richards of the Angels is worth a look. Richards was third in the AL last season in quality starts, picking up a QS in 24 of his 32 starts (tied with David Price), and if he can get back to the elite level he reached in 2014 prior to his ruptured patellar tendon injury, he stands as good of a shot as almost anyone of winning the Cy Young.

As for longshots in the AL, it’s slim pickings, but considering Keuchel wasn’t even available to bet on last year, someone like Jose Quintana at +8000 could be worth your consideration. The White Sox pitcher was top 10 in the AL last season in ERA, quality starts, strikeouts and innings pitched, and similar to his teammate Chris Sale, he should benefit from added run support this season.

American League Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of March 23 at BetOnline

  • Chris Sale +250
  • David Price +300
  • Corey Kluber +350
  • Dallas Keuchel +600
  • Felix Hernandez +600
  • Carlos Carrasco +800
  • Chris Archer +1200
  • Sonny Gray +1600
  • Cole Hamels +2000
  • Garrett Richards +2000
  • Danny Salazar +2500
  • Marcus Stroman +3300
  • Justin Verlander +3300
  • Masahiro Tanaka +5000
  • Yordano Ventura +5000
  • Taijuan Walker +5000
  • Carlos Rodon +5000
  • Michael Pineda +5000
  • Jordan Zimmermann +5000
  • Collin McHugh +6600
  • Jose Quintana +8000
  • Jake Odorizzi +8000
  • Ian Kennedy +10000
  • Luis Severino +10000
  • Rick Porcello +20000

National League Cy Young Odds

Coming off of an all-time great season, it’s a bit surprising to see last year’s winner Jake Arrieta as high as +700, but until he adds another elite season to his resume, he won’t pass Clayton Kershaw as the NL’s best bet. Kershaw doesn’t offer tremendous value at +175, but what he does offer more than any other pitcher in the bigs is elite level consistency. For seven straight seasons, Kershaw has had a sub 2.92 ERA, with an average ERA of 2.32 over that span. At 28-years-old his best years could still somehow be ahead of him.

As for Arrieta, his numbers from 2015 will be hard to replicate, but he’s the ace of the staff that oddsmakers are picking to win the World Series, and he appears likely to sign a huge contract if he stays within his 2015 pace, either through an extension with the Cubs, or after the 2017 season when he’s eligible to become a free agent.

Last year’s MLB ERA leader, Zack Greinke, who would have won the award in any other year, can be had at +2000, which is great value for the Diamondbacks ace. Staying in the NL West means Greinke will face a similar schedule to last year's, and his new team was better at putting up runs than his old one was last season. In terms of the new ballpark where he’ll pitch most of his games this season, Chase Field has very similar dimension to Dodger Stadium. Also worth considering if you're concerned about Grienke’s new surroundings — there were actually more home runs hit at Dodger Stadium in 2015 (166) than at Chase Field (155).

As for long shots, there’s a few arms in the 50-to-1 range that Arrieta cashed at last season, and Michael Wacha seems to have the most potential of any. The 24-year-old could be primed for a breakout year after a strong 2015 that saw him rack up 17 wins. Wacha had an ugly September where he gave up 21 earned runs and seven home runs in five starts, but his monthly average prior to the fallout in September was 9.4 earned runs and 2.4 home runs over five starts.

American League Cy Young Winner Odds

Odds as of March 23 at BetOnline

  • Clayton Kershaw +175
  • Jake Arrieta +700
  • Madison Bumgarner +1000
  • Max Scherzer +1000
  • Matt Harvey +1000
  • Jose Fernandez +1200
  • Jacob deGrom +1400
  • Stephen Strasburg +1400
  • Zack Greinke +2000
  • Johhny Cueto +2000
  • Gerrit Cole +2000
  • Noah Syndergaard +2000
  • Adam Wainwright +2000
  • Jon Lester +2500
  • Carlos Martinez +3300
  • Tyson Ross +5000
  • Francisco Liriano +5000
  • James Shields +5000
  • Michael Wacha +5000
  • Jeff Samardzija +5000
  • Steven Matz +6600
  • Shelby Miller +8000
  • John Lackey +10000
  • Gio Gonzalez +10000
  • Scott Kazmir +10000

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Zack Greinke has moved to the top of the odds to win the NL Cy Young award at the online sportsbooks, with the Los Angeles Dodgers boasting two of the top three pitchers on those updated betting lines.

At Bovada Greinke is the 1/2 favorite on the 2015 NL Cy Young odds, with his record of 15-3 and tiny 1.59 ERA to go along with 169 strikeouts on the season. The righthander had been second at 9/2 on the NL Cy Young odds back in early July.

The Chicago Cubs' Jake Arrieta, who just pitched a no-hitter, is then second at 3/1 on the NL Cy Young odds at the sportsbook, with the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw third at 9/2, and the San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner rounding out the contenders at 20/1.

In the American League Dallas Keuchel has held onto top spot on the AL Cy Young odds at Bovada over the past two months, with the Houston Astros ace sitting as the 2/5 favorite on the list. Keuchel is 16-6 with a 2.24 ERA and 173 strikeouts on the season.

David Price, acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Detroit Tigers prior to the trade deadline, is second at 3/1, with the Oakland Athletics' Sonny Gray at 7/1, the Tampa Bay Rays' Chris Archer at 14/1, and the Chicago White Sox's Chris Sale at 25/1.

2015 AL Cy Young Award Winner

Odds as of September 2 at Bovada

  • Dallas Keuchel 2/5
  • David Price 3/1
  • Sonny Gray 7/1
  • Chris Archer 14/1
  • Chris Sale 25/1
2015 NL Cy Young Award Winner

Odds as of September 2 at Bovada

  • Zack Greinke 1/2
  • Jake Arrieta 3/1
  • Clayton Kershaw 9/2
  • Madison Bumgarner 20/1

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With a no-hitter already on his resume this season Washington Nationals ace starter Max Scherzer is sitting as the favorite on the odds to win the 2015 National League Cy Young Award at the online sportsbooks.

At Bovada Scherzer sits as the 5/2 favorite on the 2015 NL Cy Young Award odds, and he enters the month of July with a record of 9-5 with a 1.79 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 110 1-3 innings of work. The righthander also threw a no-hitter against the Pirates on June 20.

Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers is then at 9/2 on those NL Cy Young Award betting lines with his tiny 1.58 ERA on the season, while Gerrit Cole of the Pittsburgh Pirates is at 11/2, Michael Wacha of the St. Louis Cardinals is at 6/1, and Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers is at 13/2.

Over in the American League it's Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros who sits as the 5/2 favorite at Bovada on the 2015 AL Cy Young Award odds, with the lefthander 10-3 with a 2.03 ERA on the season. Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays is behind him at 11/4 odds.

2015 NL Cy Young Award Winner

Odds as of July 2 at Bovada

  • Max Scherzer 5/2
  • Zack Greinke 9/2
  • Gerrit Cole 11/2
  • Michael Wacha 6/1
  • Clayton Kershaw 13/2
  • Madison Bumgarner 15/2
  • Carlos Martinez 10/1
  • Jacob deGro 12/1
  • A.J. Burnet 25/1
  • Shelby Miller 25/1
2015 AL Cy Young Award Winner

Odds as of July 2 at Bovada

  • Dallas Keuchel 5/2
  • Chris Archer 11/4
  • Chris Sale 4/1
  • Felix Hernandez 11/2
  • David Price 7/1
  • Sonny Gray 7/1
  • Ubaldo Jimenez 33/1

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Despite earning just one victory over his first six starts of the season Los Angeles Dodgers ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw remains the favorite to win the NL Cy Young award at the sportsbooks - but at reduced odds.

Kershaw opened the season as the 1/1 favorite on the odds to win the NL Cy Young award at Bovada, but early in the month of May he's now just the 21/10 favorite on those MLB betting props. Zack Greinke follows Kershaw at 4/1 odds on that list, with Max Scherzer sitting third at 11/2 odds.

Over in the American League it's still the Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez who is the favorite on the odds to win the AL Cy Young award at Bovada. Hernandez is sitting at 11/10 odds on that list after opening the season as the 13/5 favorite.

Dallas Keuchel is then at 5/1 on the odds to win the AL Cy Young award at the sportsbook, with Sonny Gray at 6/1, Michael Pineda at 7/1, and David Price at 15/2. Scott Kazmir is holding down odds of 10/1 to win the AL Cy Young award.

Odds to Win 2015 NL Cy Young at Bovada
  • Clayton Kershaw 21/10
  • Zack Greinke 4/1
  • Max Scherzer 11/2
  • Matt Harvey 15/2
  • Gerritt Cole 9/1
  • Madison Bumgarner 10/1
  • Michael Wacha 10/1
  • Shelby Miller 12/1
  • Francisco Liriano 16/1
  • Bartolo Colon 20/1
  • James Shields 33/1
  • A.J. Burnett 50/1
Odds to Win 2015 AL Cy Young at Bovada
  • Felix Hernandez 11/10
  • Dallas Keuchel 5/1
  • Sonny Gray 6/1
  • Michael Pineda 7/1
  • David Price 15/2
  • Scott Kazmir 10/1
  • Chris Archer 12/1
  • Jake Odorizzi 25/1
  • Nick Martinez 25/1
  • Andrew Miller 33/1

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When the Washington Nationals signed former Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer to a massive deal worth $210 million over seven years it gave them two of the top three pitchers on the odds to win the 2015 NL Cy Young Award as of early April and made them the favorites to win the World Series at 6/1.

Scherzer won the 2013 AL Cy Young Award with the Tigers, going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts. He is 8/1 to win the NL Cy Young this year at Bovada, joining teammate Stephen Strasburg, who is 12/1 and hoping to stay healthy to earn his first award for the Nats.

However, the 1/1 favorite to win the NL Cy Young this season is the same player who has won it each of the past two years, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kershaw’s regular-season numbers have been difficult to top even though he has struggled in the playoffs against the St. Louis Cardinals, keeping the Dodgers from their ultimate goal of winning the NL Pennant and the World Series.

Los Angeles is the 17/2 second choice to win the World Series this year behind Washington, and at 9/2 to win the pennant.

In the American League, a couple of former winners lead the favorites at Bovada on the odds to win the Cy Young in 2015, Felix Hernandez (13/5) of the Seattle Mariners and Corey Kluber (4/1) of the Cleveland Indians.

Hernandez won the award back in 2010, going 13-12 with a 2.27 ERA and 232 strikeouts, while Kluber took it home last year with an 18-9 mark, 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts. Hernandez actually posted career-best numbers for ERA (2.14) and strikeouts (248) last season but was still beaten out by Kluber.

Other former winners in the running for AL Cy Young this season include David Price (11/2) and Justin Verlander (25/1) of the Tigers along with R.A. Dickey (100/1) of the Toronto Blue Jays. Verlander won it in 2011 with Detroit, Price won it in 2012 with the Tampa Bay Rays, and Dickey won the NL Cy Young with the New York Mets in 2012.

Following is a list of pitchers challenging for the Cy Young in each league and their odds to win the award at Bovada . . .

Odds to Win 2015 AL Cy Young at Bovada
  • Felix Hernandez 13/5
  • Corey Kluber 4/1
  • Chris Sale 5/1
  • David Price 11/2
  • Masahiro Tanaka 12/1
  • Sonny Gray 12/1
  • Alex Cobb 20/1
  • Jeff Samardzija 25/1
  • Justin Verlander 25/1
  • Yordano Ventura 25/1
  • Garrett Richards 33/1
  • Hisashi Iwakuma 33/1
  • Jered Weaver 33/1
  • Anibal Sanchez 50/1
  • Dellin Betances 50/1
  • C.C. Sabathia 66/1
  • Matt Shoemaker 75/1
  • Derek Holland 100/1
  • Edinson Volquez 100/1
  • Fernando Rodney 100/1
  • R.A. Dickey 100/1
  • Rick Porcello 100/1
Odds to Win 2015 NL Cy Young at Bovada
  • Clayton Kershaw 1/1
  • Max Scherzer 8/1
  • Stephen Strasburg 10/1
  • Madison Bumgarner 12/1
  • Adam Wainwright 16/1
  • Johnny Cueto 16/1
  • Jon Lester 20/1
  • Jordan Zimmerman 20/1
  • Cole Hamels 25/1
  • Jacob DeGrom 25/1
  • Matt Harvey 25/1
  • Zach Greinke 25/1
  • Gerritt Cole 33/1
  • Doug Fister 50/1
  • Henderson Alvarez 50/1
  • Jake Arrieta 50/1
  • James Shields 50/1
  • Julio Teheran 50/1
  • Tyson Ross 66/1
  • Lance Lynn 75/1
  • Aroldis Chapman 100/1
  • Craig Kimbrel 100/1

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