MLB Cy Young Vegas Odds: Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer Top Arms Entering 2019
USA TODAY Sports. Pictured (left to right): Indians pitcher Corey Kluber, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer.
- On Wednesday, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released Cy Yong odds for the 2019 season.
- Corey Kluber, who's won the award twice before, is favored in the American League at +350, followed closely by Chris Sale at +400.
- Three-time Cy Young Winner Max Scherzer is the National League favorite at +250, followed by Jacob deGrom, last year's winner, at +350.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook posted MLB MVP and Cy Young odds on Wednesdsay, becoming the first book on the market to do so.
Each league has a couple of hefty favorites at the top of the list, as several stud pitchers have continuously posted excellent numbers year after year.
Last year had two first-time winners, with Blake Snell, a 300-1 long-shot, cashing in the American League, with Jacob deGrom cashing tickets at 20-1.
Will more longshots win this year or will the favorites get back to their winning ways?
American League Cy Young
Leading the charge in the American League is Corey Kluber. The Indians vet has two Cy Young awards to his name to go along with two third-place finishes. Last year, he went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA and .991 WHIP en route to finishing third behind Blake Snell and Justin Verlander.
Behind Kluber is Chris Sale, who is still looking for his first Cy Young award. In each of his first two seasons with Boston, Sale has been in line to win after the first few months of the season, but has struggled down the stretch. Though he’s never won, Sale has six straight top-five finishes in the voting.
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Last year’s winner Snell is all the way down at +1800. Though he was dominant, he managed to achieve his microscopic 1.89 ERA thanks to a crazy high left-on-base percentage of 88% — the second highest percentage ever.
National League Cy Young
In the National League, Max Scherzer is the favorite despite Jacob deGrom’s dominance last year. Scherzer did come in second place, however, and won the award in the two seasons before that. He’s looking for his fourth Cy Young overall, which would tie him for third-most all time with Greg Maddux.
deGrom, who was +2000 last year, is all the way up to +350. He’d never finished higher than eighth place in the voting before last year, but his FIP of 1.99 suggests that his ERA of 1.70 wasn’t even all that lucky.
Kershaw opened at +150 last year, but has now had three straight seasons in which he’s missed some time due to injury. It’s just spring training, but he already “doesn’t feel great“, which is concerning. His ERA of 2.73 last year was still very good, but his worst since 2010.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for value picks and analysis for these major awards.