2015 Cy Young Odds

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

PlayerBovada (7/2)Bovada (5/7)BetOnline (3/10)
Dallas Keuchel (HOU)25050015000
Chris Archer (TB)2751200N/A
Chris Sale (CHW)400N/A400
Felix Hernandez (SEA)550110240
Sonny Gray (OAK)7006001600
David Price (DET)700750600
Ubaldo Jimenez (BAL)3300N/AN/A
Greg Holland (KC)N/AN/A5000
Jake Odorizzi (TB)N/A2500N/A
Andrew Miller (NYY)N/A3300N/A
Corey Kluber (CLE)N/AN/A350
Scott Kazmir (OAK)N/A100015000
Masahiro Tanaka (NYY)N/AN/A1400
Jeff Samardzija (CHW)N/AN/A2000
Alex Cobb (TB)N/AN/A2500
Michael Pineda (NYY)N/A700N/A
Justin Verlander (DET)N/AN/A3300
Marcus Stroman (TOR)N/AN/A5000
Garrett Richards (LAA)N/AN/A5000
Nick Martinez (TEX)N/A2500N/A
Dellin Betances (NYY)N/AN/A5000
Anibal Sanchez (DET)N/AN/A5000
Jered Weaver (LAA)N/AN/A5000
Yordano Ventura (KC)N/AN/A6600
Carlos Carrasco (CLE)N/AN/A6600
Rick Porcello (BOS)N/AN/A6600
Phil Hughes (MIN)N/AN/A10000
Derek Holland (TEX)N/AN/A10000
R.A. Dickey (TOR)N/AN/A15000
Chris Tillman (BAL)N/AN/A15000
Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA)N/AN/A3300

NL Cy Young Odds

PlayerBovada (7/2)Bovada (5/7)BetOnline (3/10)
Max Scherzer (WAS)250550700
Zack Greinke (LAD)4504002500
Gerrit Cole (PIT)6509003300
Madison Bumgarner (SF)75010001000
Carlos Martinez (STL)1000N/AN/A
Jacob deGrom (NYM)1200N/A4000
Shelby Miller (ATL)25001200N/A
A.J. Burnett (PIT)25005000N/A
Francisco Liriano (PIT)N/A1600N/A
Bartolo Colon (NYM)N/A2000N/A
James Shields (SD)N/A33004000
Matt Harvey (NYM)N/A7504000
Stephen Strasburg (WAS)N/AN/A1200
Johnny Cueto (CIN)N/AN/A1200
Adam Wainwright (STL)N/AN/A1400
Jon Lester (CHC)N/AN/A2000
Jordan Zimmermann (WSH)N/AN/A2000
Cole Hamels (PHI)N/AN/A2500
Clayton Kershaw (LAD)N/A210-200
Julio Teheran (ATL)N/AN/A4000
Jake Arrieta (CHC)N/AN/A4000
Aroldis Chapman (CIN)N/AN/A5000
Craig Kimbrel (ATL)N/AN/A5000
Tyson Ross (SD)N/AN/A6600
Doug Fister (WSH)N/AN/A8000
Lance Lynn (STL)N/AN/A10000
Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD)N/AN/A10000
Mat Latos (MIA)N/AN/A10000
Homer Bailey (CIN)N/AN/A15000
Andrew Cashner (SD)N/AN/A15000
Michael Wacha (STL)N/A1000N/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.

YearAL WinnerPreseason OddsNL WinnerPreseason Odds
2014Corey Kluber (CLE)N/AClayton Kershaw (LAD)+500
2013Max Scherzer (DET)+2000Clayton Kershaw (LAD)+600
2012David Price (TB)+700R.A DickeyN/A
2011Justin Verlander (DET)+1000Clayton Kershaw (LAD)+1500
2010Felix Hernandez (SEA)+500Roy 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.

David Solar

David was the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He has since moved on to greener pastures.

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