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Odds to Win 2020 AL and NL Cy Young Awards

2020 AL and NL Cy Young Betting Odds

The weather is getting warmer and you can almost smell the BBQ, which should mean that baseball is right around the corner. However, we have to wait a little longer as the coronavirus has ended spring training and delayed Opening Day.

The blockbuster trade that sent Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers shook up the World Series odds. However, it is MLB’s top pitchers who will be featured in this piece as Mets starter Jacob deGrom is the +500 favorite to win the NL Cy Young Award and new Yankees hurler Gerrit Cole has +400 odds to win the AL Cy Young.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has deGrom as the +500 favorite for the NL Cy Young Award, followed by Max Scherzer at +700, Walker Buehler at +800, Jack Flaherty at +900 and Yu Darvish at +900 to round out the top five.

BetOnline also has made Cole the +400 favorite to win the AL Cy Young Award, followed by Justin Verlander at +500, Chris Sale at +1200, Lucas Giolito at +1200 and Shane Bieber at +1200 to round out the top five on the oddsboard.

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AL and NL Cy Young Odds

With the delay of the start of the season, this helps out some pitchers who had been dealing with injuries in spring training. Notable among them are Justin Verlander, who was expected to miss Opening Day, and Chris Sale, who was placed on the 10-day IL midway through spring training but also had the specter of Tommy John surgery looming over him.

I have an analysis of the 2020 Cy Young futures below.

Here’s a look at the full list of odds to win the American League Cy Young:

Odds to win the AL Cy Young Award
Gerrit Cole+400
Justin Verlander+500
Chris Sale+1200
Lucas Giolito+1200
Shane Bieber+1200
Mike Clevinger+1400
Blake Snell+1600
James Paxton+1600
Tyler Glasnow+1600
Jose Berrios+1800
Corey Kluber+2000
Luis Severino+2000
Zack Greinke+2000
Charlie Morton+2500
Jake Odorizzi+2500
Lance Lynn+2500
Shohei Ohtani+2500
Frankie Montas+3300
Hyun-Jin Ryu+3300
Sean Manaea+3300
Carlos Carrasco+4000
Dallas Keuchel+4000
Eduardo Rodriguez+5000

Odds as of March 14 at BetOnline

Here’s a look at the full list of odds to win the National League Cy Young:

Odds to win the NL Cy Young Award
Jacob deGrom+500
Max Scherzer+700
Walker Buehler+800
Jack Flaherty+900
Yu Darvish+900
Luis Castillo+1200
Stephen Strasburg+1400
Zac Gallen+1600
Clayton Kershaw+1800
Trevor Bauer+1800
Noah Syndergaard+2000
Aaron Nola +2200
Brandon Woodruff+2500
Mike Soroka+2500
Patrick Corbin+2500
Chris Paddack+2800
German Marquez+2800
Kirby Yates+3300
Zack Wheeler+3300
Johnny Cueto+4000
Madison Bumgarner+4000
Max Fried+4000
Sonny Gray+4000
Jose Urias+5000
Josh Hader+5000
Marcus Stroman+5000

Odds as of March 14 at BetOnline

Why Is Cole The AL Cy Young Favorite?

Last season was the best of Gerrit Cole’s seven-year career, with the 29-year-old posting a 20-5 record, a 2.50 ERA and a ridiculous 326 strikeouts in 212.1 innings. He ended up finishing second in Cy Young voting, collecting 13 first-place votes, just four shy of the winner and his then-teammate Justin Verlander.

Now with the World Series favorite New York Yankees, who also have the highest projected win total, if Cole has a repeat performance of last year, there’s no way he doesn’t win in 2020.

Who Is Providing Better Value Than Cole?

It will be tough to knock off Cole this season, but at +2000 you have to take a look at two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. The 33-year-old missed the majority of last season after suffering a broken arm in May. Kluber was traded to the Rangers in the offseason and the delayed start to the season allows him to rehab even more.

The former Cleveland ace made two spring training starts, tossing seven innings and striking out six while allowing three earned runs. Prior to his injury-plagued season last year, he had finished with 18 or more wins in three straight seasons, sporting an ERA in the high 2s or low 3s and striking out more than 220 batters.

If he can have a healthy campaign, there’s no doubt in my mind he will be in the Cy Young conversation come September.

Why is Jacob deGrom the NL Cy Young Favorite?

Well, to start, deGrom has won the last two NL Cy Young Awards, and nearly did it unanimously last year, collecting 29 of the 30 first-place votes. He’s accomplished that despite having a 21-17 record over the past two seasons, a reflection of the poor run support New York’s lineup has afforded him.

He had a 1.70 ERA in 2018 and a 2.43 mark in 2019, when he also led the NL with 255 strikeouts in 204 innings. The Mets have the potential to take the NL East and if they do, deGrom very well could pull off the three-peat.

Who Is Providing Better Value Than deGrom?

The NL is so deep in starting pitching with the likes of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Clayton Kershaw. Picking the NL Cy Young winner in the preseason is like throwing a dart at a dartboard. That said, outside of deGrom, there is one young arm that I think is providing much more value and that is Mike Soroka (+2500).

Soroka burst onto the scene for the Atlanta Braves in 2019, becoming an all-star and finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting to Pete Alonso and sixth in Cy Young voting. The Canadian put together a 13-4 record with a 2.68 ERA and struck out 142 batters over 174.2 innings.

The last stat could use some improvement to put him up in the Cy Young conversation. If he can bring that average closer to a K per inning, this young man could be rewarded with some hardware at the end of the year.