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MLB Cy Young Odds: Buehler And Cole Lead

Walker Buehler leads NL Cy Young odds

Starting pitchers are the linchpin of any successful MLB team and in 2021 MLB Cy Young odds, two dominating hurlers are favorites in the NL and AL races.

According to the best baseball betting sites, New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and Los Angeles Dodgers righty Walker Buehler are now betting favorites to win the coveted Cy Young awards for the 2021 season.

Cole opened as the +400 favorite in the American League, lost his odds lead, and is now back to -350 as a favorite. Reigning AL Cy Young winner Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians has slipped off the oddsboard, while Robbie Ray and Lance Lynn push Cole for the award down the stretch.

In the National League, Mets starter Jacob deGrom also opened at +400 in NL Cy Young odds and reached as high as -1000 with a dominant first half. But injury issues have presented concerns for the remainder of deGrom’s season and he hasn’t appeared since the all-star break, dropping to a +9000 underdog. Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes of the Brewers are Buehler’s biggest competition during the season stretch run.

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Let’s look at each MLB league and determine some betting value for the Cy Young awards:

Who Is Favored In MLB American League Cy Young Odds?

Odds to Win 2021 American League Cy Young
PlayerOddsOpening Odds
Gerrit Cole-350+350
Robbie Ray+350N/A
Lance Lynn+450+2000
Carlos Rodon+2000N/A
Shohei Ohtani+4000+4000

Odds as of September 2 at BetOnline Sportsbook

Yankees starter Gerrit Cole is armed with a 2.73 ERA and a 0.968 WHIP through 25 starts. The ace has been dominant thus far in pinstripes and has mostly lived up to the very high expectations of playing in New York following his arrival before the 2020 season. Even with some shaky outings after Major League Baseball banned “sticky stuff,” Cole has found his groove again.

The righty was just what the Yankees ordered when they signed him away from the Houston Astros, and their ace is 14-6 during the 2021 season. It’s rare that he puts the team’s offense in a bad position because he leads the league in both strikeouts and WHIP.

Can Lance Lynn Hurl His Way To Glory?

Throwing belts at umpires and throwing strikes in the zone, Lance Lynn climbed the AL Cy Young oddsboard, but he still sits behind Cole and Toronto’s Ray in the AL Cy Young odds.

With an arsenal of many fastballs, Lynn currently sits near the lead in the American League in ERA, ERA+ and hits per nine innings. In 135.2 innings pitched, his 2.59 ERA, a 10-4 record and 152 strikeouts have nudged him into Cy Young contention.

Who Is Favored In MLB National League Cy Young Odds?

Odds to Win 2021 National League Cy young
PlayerOddsOpening Odds
Walker Buehler-150+1000
Corbin Burnes+250+3500
Brandon Woodruff+600+2500
Zack Wheeler+1100+3500
Max Scherzer+1200+800
Kevin Gausman+2500+6600

Odds as of September 2 at BetOnline Sportsbook

Arguably the best starting pitcher in baseball, injuries have derailed New York Mets ace deGrom’s 2021 Cy Young campaign. Once the Cy Young lock in the NL, the Mets workhorse had a microscopic 1.08 ERA and 0.543 WHIP through 15 starts. For once, the Mets were also providing a little bit of run support for deGrom, allowing him to post a 7-2 record before the all-star break.

However, with his injury, a trio of NL hurlers have risen to the top of the NL Cy Young odds: Buehler, Woodruff and Burnes. In 26 starts and 169 innings, Dodgers righty Walker Buehler is having the best season of his already solid MLB career. In his age-26 season, the righty owns a 2.05 ERA, the best ERA+ in the NL, 183 strikeouts and a 3.04 FIP. While Woodruff and Burnes will push Buehler down the stretch, his low ERA gives him a commanding lead in the race for now.

Making A Cy Young Futures Bet

Betting on an MLB Cy Young Award is a form of futures betting because you are making a pick based on an outcome determined at the end of the MLB regular season. The trophy is usually given out in mid-December and if you want to get a bigger payout, it’s best to lock in your bets sooner rather than later so you can take advantage of better odds. The closer it gets to the end of the season, the more the odds will change.

How To Read MLB Cy Young Odds

The above chart features the odds for each top player in the American League and National League. At your sportsbook of choice, the betting lines for the American League could look something like this:

Shane Bieber +200

Gerrit Cole +225

Lance Lynn +450

This means that Bieber is the favorite since he has the lowest odds and the highest chance of winning the prop, according to oddsmakers. If you were to bet $100 on Bieber and he won, you would get a payout of $300 – your original $100 is returned along with your winnings of $200.

On the other hand, if you strongly believe that Lance Lynn is going to shine in Chicago, a winning $100 bet on him would yield $550 – your $100 comes back along with your prize of $450.

Our Odds Calculator will show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.