We are getting closer and closer to the start of the 2016 MLB season. 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.
There’s also a number of individual player prop wagers. These are all based on individual performance. Such as will “Player” hit more or less than 25 home runs.
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 the 2016 season and their odds to win the coveted Cy Young title.
National League Odds
Last year it was 50 to 1 long shot Jake Arrieta who took home the award thanks to an incredible finish to the season. Arrieta went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA and 0.865 WHIP in 33 starts.
Right behind him was Zach Grienke of the Los Angeles Dodgers. There were plenty who thought Greinke was more deserving. He was 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA and 0.844 WHIP in 32 starts. He also presented great value at 25 to 1 to open the season.
Let’s take a look at the betting odds for the NL going into the 2016 campaign.
Not a big surprise to find Clayton Kershaw at the top of the list at +175. Kershaw is widely considered the best pitcher in the game. He’s already won the award 3 times in 8 big league seasons. That includes back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014.
While Arrieta has the next best odds, he’s all the way down at +750. Greinke on the other hand is tied for the 7th best odds at 14 to 1. That has a lot to do with him leaving LA to join the Diamondbacks.
Madison Bumgarner, Max Sherzer and Jacob deGrom are all at 10 to 1 behind Arrieta.
There’s plenty of value plays worth looking at. My favorites are Stephen Strasburgh (+1400), Gerrit Cole (+1400) and Adam Wainwright (+2000).
American League Odds
If you though Arrieta came out of no where, that’s nothing compared to Dallas Keuchel in the AL. Keuchel wasn’t even listed when the original odds were posted.
It’s hard to believe he wasn’t looking back now. While Keuchel went just 12-9 in 2014, he had a 2.93 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 29 starts.
Both Arrieta and Keuchel serve as great reminders of the value that can be had if you do your research.
Here’s a look at the odds for the AL in 2016.
The frontrunner is David Price at 4 to 1, who is now a member of the Boston Red Sox. Right behind him is Corey Kluber, Chris Archer, Chris Sale and Felix Hernandez. All currently listed at 6 to 1.
As for the reigning champ, Keuchel is sitting at 8 to 1. For those of you wondering. The last AL starter to win the award in consecutive seasons was Pedro Martinez in 1999 and 2000.
No other pitcher is listed with odds better than 10 to 1, but that doesn’t mean much this time of year. If you ask me, the AL race is wide open in 2016.
There’s value littered throughout the list. Two of my favorites are Sonny Gray (+1200) and Garrett Richards (+2500). If you want a long shot, Jose Quintana at +8000 is a nice option.
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