In such a short season, pitching might be more crucial than ever before. Given the concise nature of the spring training 2.0, many managers are looking to either move to a six-man rotation or for players that can give spot starts here and there. Still, when focusing on MLB betting, there are a few favorites for pitchers expected to have dominant seasons. Let’s take a look at the latest sportsbook candidates to win Cy Young awards.
Latest Sportsbook Candidates to Win Cy Young
Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees
Last season, Gerrit Cole was dominant with the Houston Astros. While the Astros failed to turn that success into an MLB title, Cole was able to cash in.
Over the offseason, the 29-year-old pitcher cashed in on a nine-year, $324 million contract with the New York Yankees. For the Yankees, who were knocked out of the playoffs by the Astros last year, they look at it as not only getting a bona fide ace for their rotation but also weakening one of their biggest rivals.
On the season last year, Cole was 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 0.895 WHIP in 33 games started. In that time, he had 326 strikeouts over 212.1 innings pitched.
Justin Verlander, Houston Astros
While most betting odds have Shane Bieber favored slightly ahead of Verlander, any discussion about this award must include the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. Last season, Verlander barely edged out his teammate Cole to bring home the distinction.
Verlander may have benefited more than most from the delayed start to the season. After having surgery on his groin, he was originally slated to start the season on the injured list.
Now that the start of the season has been pushed back, he was the Opening Day starter for the Astros and should have another solid campaign.
Last season, Verlander went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. In 223 innings pitched, Verlander had an even 300 strikeouts.
Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
In the National League, the New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom was the 2019 NL Cy Young Award winner, and he is the favorite to do it again this year. At 32, deGrom has not shown any signs of wearing down and is primed for another great season this year.
deGrom is signed with the Mets through the 2023 season, and they are hoping to take advantage of his stellar pitching in a tough NL East race. Last season, deGrom went 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. In 204 innings pitched, he had 255 strikeouts.
Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers
Technically, there is a tie for the second-highest favorite behind deGrom shared by both Walker Buehler and Max Scherzer. Given his youth (he’s 26), Buehler gets the slight edge over Scherzer in this one.
The crazy part of the Dodgers is that as good as Buehler is, he wasn’t their Opening Day starter, a nod that was due to go to Clayton Kershaw before he was hurt. Still, Buehler is quickly showing that he is challenging Kershaw for that “ace” status on the team and should do well in the shortened season.
Last year, Buehler went 14-4 in 30 starts with a 3.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He also had 215 strikeouts in 182 1/3 innings pitched.