The start of the 2018 MLB regular season is just around the corner. Now is the time to get in your future bets for the upcoming year.
The focus for this article will be on the Cy Young award, but there’s other betting options out there. One that goes right along with this one, is the MVP betting odds.
Another popular future bet is regular season win totals. Each team has a set number of wins and you bet over or under based on how many you think they will get.
Of course, the biggest future wager of them all is the World Series odds.
For now, let’s turn our attention to the aces of this season and their odds to win the coveted Cy Young title.
Updated Odds to win the 2018 National League Cy Young Award
Before we dig into this year’s candidates, let’s take a second to look back to last season. Washington’s Max Scherzer took home the hardware for the 2nd consecutive season and 3rd time overall (won AL Cy Young in 2013 with Detroit Tigers). Scherzer received 27 of the 30 first place votes. He totaled 201 voting points overall. Clayton Kershaw came in 2nd with 126 points (received 3 other 1st place votes) and Stephen Strasburg was 3rd with 81.
Scherzer won the award in 2017 by going 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 0.902 WHIP in 31 starts. He struck out 268 in 200.2 innings and posted a WAR of 7.1. It did appear that Scherzer caught a break with Kershaw missing time, as the Dodgers ace was 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 0.949 WHIP in 27 starts.
|Clayton Kershaw (LAD)||+175|
|Max Scherzer (WAS)||+225|
|Noah Syndergaard (NYM)||+650|
|Stephen Strasburg (WAS)||+1500|
|Madison Bumgarner (SF)||+1500|
|Carlos Martinez (STL)||+1800|
|Jacob deGrom (NYM)||+2000|
|Yu Darvish (CHC)||+2000|
|Robbie Ray (ARZ)||+3000|
|Jon Lester (CHC)||+3000|
|Zach Greinke (ARZ)||+3000|
|Jose Quintana (CHC)||+3000|
|Aaron Nola (PHI)||+4000|
|Jon Gray (COL)||+4000|
|Chase Anderson (MIL)||+5000|
|Gio Gonzalez (WAS)||+5000|
|Alex Wood (LAD)||+5000|
|Johnny Cueto (SF)||+5000|
|Jake Arrietta (PHI)||+5000|
|Michael Wacha (STL)||+6000|
|Julio Teheran (ATL)||+6000|
|Rich Hill (LAD)||+6000|
|Kyle Hendricks (CHC)||+6000|
|Kenta Maeda (LAD)||+10000|
|Adam Wainwright (STL)||+10000|
|Matt Harvey (NYM)||+10000|
|Kenley Jansen (LAD)||+10000|
It shouldn’t come as a big surprise to see Kershaw and Scherzer as the overwhelming favorites to win the award in 2018. Kershaw is the odds on favorite at +175 with Scherzer not too far behind at +225. The only other player with odds better than 15 to 1 is Mets’ ace Noah Syndergaard, who certainly has the talent to be the best pitcher in the game, it’s just a matter if he can stay healthy.
The next tier of contenders based on the odds features five players. The top of the list is Strasburg and Bumgarner, who both come in at +1500. Those two are followed by Carlos Martinez at +1800 and Jacob deGrom and Yu Darvish at +2000.
There are 19 other pitchers who were listed with odds and there’s several guys throughout this list that have the potential to win this award. As far as value is concerned, I think Jon Lester and Zach Greinke at +3000, are worthy candidates. As far as a sleeper is concerned (+5000 or more), Kyle Hendricks is someone worth keeping an eye on. He finished 3rd in the voting in 2016 and was never really healthy in 2017.
Current American League Cy Young Betting Odds & Favorites to Win
Last year we finally had one of the favorites actually win the award in the American League. Cleveland’s ace Corey Kluber took home the hardware for the second time in his career. Kluber previously won the award in 2014. Kluber had the second best odds behind Chris Sale going into last year at +300
Here’s just how hard it had been to predict the winner in the AL prior to last season. In 2016 the winner was 200 to 1 long-shot Rick Porcello of the Red Sox. The year before that it was 150 to 1 long shot Dallas Kuechel. Prior to Kuechel, it was Kluber in 2014, who didn’t even have odds listed when the books first released them.
|Chris Sale (BOS)||+225|
|Corey Kluber (CLE)||+260|
|Carlos Carrasco (CLE)||+800|
|Justin Verlander (HOU)||+800|
|Luis Severino (NYY)||+1200|
|Dallas Keuchel (HOU)||+2000|
|David Price (BOS)||+2000|
|Gerrit Cole (HOU)||+2200|
|James Paxton (SEA)||+2200|
|Marcus Stroman (TOR)||+2500|
|Masahiro Tanaka (NYY)||+3000|
|Jose Berrios (MIN)||+3000|
|Shohei Ohtani (LAA)||+3000|
|Cole Hamels (TEX)||+4000|
|Chris Archer (TB)||+4000|
|Aaron Sanchez (TOR)||+4000|
|Sonny Gray (NYY)||+5000|
|Danny Duffy (KC)||+5000|
|Garrett Richards (LAA)||+5000|
|Michael Fulmer (DET)||+8000|
|Rick Porcello (BOS)||+8000|
|J.A. Happ (TOR)||+8000|
|Felix Hernandez (SEA)||+10000|
|Drew Pomeranz (BOS)||+10000|
|Craig Kimbrel (BOS)||+10000|
The odds on favorite in the AL once again is Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox at +225, just barely in front of Kluber at +260. Sale was the runner-up to Kluber last year with a more than deserving stat line. Sale was 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and 0.970 WHIP in 32 starts. While Kluber had a better ERA (2.25) and WHIP (0.869) he really separated himself from the field with his 5 complete games and three shutouts.
Kluber’s teammate Carlos Carrasco and the Astros Justin Verlander share the third best odds to win the award this year at +800. Not to far behind him is last year’s breakout starter Luis Severino at +1200.
There’s a handful of starters in the next tier, starting with Boston David Price and Houston’s Dallas Keuchel at +2000. You then have Gerrit Cole and James Paxton at +2200 and Marcus Stroman at +2500.
As far as value plays are concerned, there’s plenty of options. One that just might be worth a shot is Angels’ prized free agent Shohei Ohtani at +3000. This could also be the year someone like Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer (+4000) puts it all together. The big concern with Archer is he’s going to be hurt by the fact that he’s on such a bad team, as voters tend to lean towards voting more for guys who perform well on one of the top teams.
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