2015 Cy Young Odds

To nobody’s surprise, Clayton Kershaw is listed as a -200 favorite to win his fourth award in the past five years. Last season the 26-year old left hander finished the season 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and 239 strikeouts in just 198 1/3 innings.

Felix Hernandez, who barely lost out to Corey Kluber for the AL Cy Young last season, is the early favorite at +240. It’s also interesting to note that White Sox LHP Chris Sale has the third-best odds at +400 even though he has a sprained ankle and will likely miss his opening day start.

The table below displays the current Cy Young odds at BetOnline and will be updated as more sportsbooks begin to post.

AL Cy Young Odds

Player Bovada (7/2) Bovada (5/7) BetOnline (3/10)
Dallas Keuchel (HOU) 250 500 15000
Chris Archer (TB) 275 1200 N/A
Chris Sale (CHW) 400 N/A 400
Felix Hernandez (SEA) 550 110 240
Sonny Gray (OAK) 700 600 1600
David Price (DET) 700 750 600
Ubaldo Jimenez (BAL) 3300 N/A N/A
Greg Holland (KC) N/A N/A 5000
Jake Odorizzi (TB) N/A 2500 N/A
Andrew Miller (NYY) N/A 3300 N/A
Corey Kluber (CLE) N/A N/A 350
Scott Kazmir (OAK) N/A 1000 15000
Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) N/A N/A 1400
Jeff Samardzija (CHW) N/A N/A 2000
Alex Cobb (TB) N/A N/A 2500
Michael Pineda (NYY) N/A 700 N/A
Justin Verlander (DET) N/A N/A 3300
Marcus Stroman (TOR) N/A N/A 5000
Garrett Richards (LAA) N/A N/A 5000
Nick Martinez (TEX) N/A 2500 N/A
Dellin Betances (NYY) N/A N/A 5000
Anibal Sanchez (DET) N/A N/A 5000
Jered Weaver (LAA) N/A N/A 5000
Yordano Ventura (KC) N/A N/A 6600
Carlos Carrasco (CLE) N/A N/A 6600
Rick Porcello (BOS) N/A N/A 6600
Phil Hughes (MIN) N/A N/A 10000
Derek Holland (TEX) N/A N/A 10000
R.A. Dickey (TOR) N/A N/A 15000
Chris Tillman (BAL) N/A N/A 15000
Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) N/A N/A 3300

NL Cy Young Odds

Player Bovada (7/2) Bovada (5/7) BetOnline (3/10)
Max Scherzer (WAS) 250 550 700
Zack Greinke (LAD) 450 400 2500
Gerrit Cole (PIT) 650 900 3300
Madison Bumgarner (SF) 750 1000 1000
Carlos Martinez (STL) 1000 N/A N/A
Jacob deGrom (NYM) 1200 N/A 4000
Shelby Miller (ATL) 2500 1200 N/A
A.J. Burnett (PIT) 2500 5000 N/A
Francisco Liriano (PIT) N/A 1600 N/A
Bartolo Colon (NYM) N/A 2000 N/A
James Shields (SD) N/A 3300 4000
Matt Harvey (NYM) N/A 750 4000
Stephen Strasburg (WAS) N/A N/A 1200
Johnny Cueto (CIN) N/A N/A 1200
Adam Wainwright (STL) N/A N/A 1400
Jon Lester (CHC) N/A N/A 2000
Jordan Zimmermann (WSH) N/A N/A 2000
Cole Hamels (PHI) N/A N/A 2500
Clayton Kershaw (LAD) N/A 210 -200
Julio Teheran (ATL) N/A N/A 4000
Jake Arrieta (CHC) N/A N/A 4000
Aroldis Chapman (CIN) N/A N/A 5000
Craig Kimbrel (ATL) N/A N/A 5000
Tyson Ross (SD) N/A N/A 6600
Doug Fister (WSH) N/A N/A 8000
Lance Lynn (STL) N/A N/A 10000
Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) N/A N/A 10000
Mat Latos (MIA) N/A N/A 10000
Homer Bailey (CIN) N/A N/A 15000
Andrew Cashner (SD) N/A N/A 15000
Michael Wacha (STL) N/A 1000 N/A

Wondering whether many long shots have paid off historically? The table below displays the past five Cy Young winners for each league along with their preseason odds at Bovada. These historical futures are taken from SportsOddsHistory.com.

Year AL Winner Preseason Odds NL Winner Preseason Odds
2014 Corey Kluber (CLE) N/A Clayton Kershaw (LAD) +500
2013 Max Scherzer (DET) +2000 Clayton Kershaw (LAD) +600
2012 David Price (TB) +700 R.A Dickey N/A
2011 Justin Verlander (DET) +1000 Clayton Kershaw (LAD) +1500
2010 Felix Hernandez (SEA) +500 Roy Halladay (PHI) +250

July 7 Update:

Since the start of the season, we’ve seen a handful of exceptional performances catapult players from virtual anonymity to potential superstardom. Astros LHP Dallas Kuechel, who entered the year as a 150/1 long shot to win the Cy Young, is currently the front runner at +250. Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, who posted a woeful 4.81 ERA last season, currently owns a sub-3 ERA and is listed at +3300 to take home this prestigious award.

In the National League, the shortest odds all belong to familiar names — just maybe not in the same order you may expect. Nationals RHP Max Scherzer, who signed a 7-year $210 million megadeal during the offseason, is a +250 favorite as we approach All-Star weekend. The 30-year old boasts an insane 1.96 ERA with 139 strikeouts in just 118 2/3 innings.

Other major moves include:

  1. Chris Archer: N/A to +1200
  2. Shelby Miller N/A to +2500
  3. Zack Greinke +2500 to +450
  4. Gerrit Cole +3300 too +650
  5. Jacob deGrom +4000 to +1200

Do you think that Clayton Kershaw will rebound and once again repeat as the Cy Young winner? Are there any dark horse candidates that oddsmakers are overlooking? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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David Solar

David Solar is the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He specializes in sports betting analytics and creating data-driven betting systems. He can be reached directly at david@sportsinsights.com or on twitter at @TheDavidSolar.

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