2017 National League Cy Young Odds

2017 National League Cy Young Odds

In early March, BetOnline posted their odds for both the American League and National League Cy Young Awards and I bet you can’t guess who topped the list in the NL…Clayton Kershaw. I know, get out of town, right? I guess he deserved to be, though.

The table below displays the past seven Cy Young winners for each league along with their preseason odds. (Odds via SportsOddsHistory)

YearAL WinnerPreseason OddsNL WinnerPreseason Odds
2016Rick Porcello+20,000Max Scherzer+1,000
2015Dallas Kuechel+15,000Jake Arrieta+4,000
2014Corey Kluber (CLE)N/AClayton Kershaw (LAD)+500
2013Max Scherzer (DET)+2,000Clayton Kershaw (LAD)+600
2012David Price (TB)+700R.A DickeyN/A
2011Justin Verlander (DET)+1,000Clayton Kershaw (LAD)+1,500
2010Felix Hernandez (SEA)+500Roy Halladay (PHI)+250

Last year, Max Scherzer won his second career Cy Young after being 10/1 before the season started. The aforementioned Kershaw has won three in his career but was never as big of a favorite as he is this season.

Roughly two weeks after BetOnline posted Cy Young odds, Bovada posted their own odds with a few notable discrepancies. Another two weeks later, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook posted their own Cy Young odds with several additional players listed.

The table below compares the latest odds from BetOnline, Bovada and the Westgate. It will be continually updated as the season progresses.

PlayerBetOnline (7/17)BetOnline (6/26)BetOnline (6/6)Westgate (5/8)Westgate (4/24)Westgate (3/20)Bovada (3/8)BetOnline (2/26)
Clayton Kershaw-150-165-120-180-125+160+160+100
Max Scherzer+110+165+375+200+400+500+350+300
Alex Wood+500+1000+2000N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Zack Greinke+3300+1200+750+1500+5000+6000+2500+2000
Stephen Strasburg +3300+2000+400+1200+1200+1200+1600+1400
Robbie Ray+4000+1800N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Jacob deGrom+4000+2500+3300+1500+3000+1500+2500+1600
Carlos Martinez+5000+2500+3300+2500+4000+3000+3300+2800
Ivan Nova+10000+4000+4000N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Jon Lester+10000+5000+4000+1200+700+800+1600+1800
Lance Lynn+10000+8000+6600N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Mike Leake+15000+4000+2500N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Gerrit Cole+20000+6600+6600+2500+5000+3000+3300+2500
Jake Arrieta+20000+8000+5000+1500+800+1200+1600+1200
Johnny Cueto+20000+8000+5000+4000+2500+3000+1600+2200
Antonio Senzatela+20000+8000+6600N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Adam WainwrightN/AN/AN/A+20000+10000+6000+3300+4000
Clayton RichardN/AN/AN/A+50000+50000+30000N/AN/A
Taijuan WalkerN/AN/AN/A+20000+30000+50000N/AN/A
Jeremy HellicksonN/AN/AN/A+20000+30000+30000N/AN/A
John LackeyN/AN/AN/A+30000+50000+10000N/AN/A
Jon GrayN/AN/AN/A+30000+30000+10000N/A+3300
Jameson TaillonN/AN/AN/A+30000+10000+30000N/A+5000
Matt MooreN/AN/AN/A+30000+10000+8000N/AN/A
Matt HarveyN/AN/AN/A+30000+8000+6000+2500+2500
Tyler ChatwoodN/AN/AN/A+50000+30000+30000N/AN/A
Rich HillN/AN/AN/A+20000+10000+5000N/AN/A
Kenta MaedaN/AN/AN/A+50000+30000+10000+3300+4000
Jaime GarciaN/AN/AN/A+50000+50000+30000N/AN/A
Jered Weaver N/AN/AN/A+50000+50000+30000N/AN/A
Vince VelasquezN/AN/AN/A+50000+50000+10000N/AN/A
Jeff SamardzijaN/AN/AN/A+50000+50000+10000N/A+8000
Wei-Yin ChenN/AN/AN/A+100000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Julio TeheranN/AN/AN/A+20000+10000+10000+4000N/A
Steven MatzN/AN/AN/A+100000+50000+10000N/A+5000
Brandon FinneganN/AN/AN/A+100000+100000+30000N/AN/A
Junior GuerraN/AN/AN/A+100000+100000+30000N/AN/A
Anthony DeSclafaniN/AN/AN/A+100000+100000+30000N/AN/A
Zach DaviesN/AN/AN/A+100000+100000+30000N/AN/A
Madison BumgarnerN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000+800+1000+900
Noah SyndergaardN/AN/AN/AN/A+400+800+1000+800
Dan StrailyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+5000N/A
Kenley JansenN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6600N/A
Mark MelanconN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6600N/A
Bartolo ColonN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000N/A
Clay BuchholzN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+30000N/AN/A
Tanner RoarkN/AN/AN/A+10000+10000+10000+3300N/A
Michael WachaN/AN/AN/A+10000+10000+30000N/AN/A
Gio GonzalezN/AN/AN/A+10000+10000+10000N/AN/A
Kyle HendricksN/AN/AN/A+2500+6000+1500+3300+3300
Edinson VolquezN/AN/AN/A+100000+50000+30000N/AN/A

July 17th Update

Although largely still a two-horse race, Alex Wood has forced himself into the conversation. I keep expecting him to have a horrible start one of these days, but he continues to mystify hitters with his funky windup. Although he technically still doesn’t qualify, his 1.56 ERA would be tops in the league by almost half a run. He’s thrown about 50 less innings than Kershaw and Scherzer which explains the difference in odds, but at what point will that not matter anymore?

June 26th Update

The two best pitchers in the National League heading into the season have been just that as we approach the All-Star break. Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer are both having dominant seasons and are going to make it very tough on voters if they continue to pitch at the same level for the rest of the season. Kershaw’s teammate Alex Wood has thrown about 40 less innings, but actually has better numbers. He’s currently listed at +1000, but I can’t see him continuing at this pace.

At the moment, Scherzer at +165 seems like a better bet than Kershaw at -165. Although Kershaw’s win/loss numbers are much better, Scherzer has been better in most other categories— ERA, K/9, opponent’s batting average, WHIP, and more. Look for it to be a two horse race down the stretch as these two aces push their teams towards the postseason. 

The section below was originally published on March 8, 2017

At +100, Kershaw is a bigger favorite than he was before last season (a whopping +150). As I mentioned in my pitcher win totals article, I don’t love the high standards that books set for Kershaw and for those same reasons, I wouldn’t bet on Kershaw for the Cy Young considering the low payout. Too much risk for too little of a reward.

The shortest odds that I like are Noah Syndergaard at +800.

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Syndergaard is becoming one of the best pitchers in the league and still has room to improve given that he’s only 24 years old. Last season, he led the MLB in WAR and FIP per Fangraphs. Despite this, he only finished 8th in Cy Young voting. Not surprisingly, all but one (Kershaw) of the seven names that finished ahead of him had more wins than the 14 he posted. I feel that if he can up that total by a few and improve upon his 183 innings pitched that he will have a very good chance at his first Cy Young.

Out of the long-shots, I think that Gerrit Cole is a good choice at +2500. Cole missed some time due to injury last season and his numbers suffered, too. The former number one overall pick broke out in 2015 when he posted great numbers across the board and finished 4th in the Cy Young voting. I think that after a disappointing season, many folks around the game are down on the Pirates. However, they are in a division with the Brewers and Reds, both of which will have trouble topping 70 wins. If Cole can take advantage of his inferior division opponents and return to his 2015 form, I like him as a bounce-back/long-shot candidate.

One would think that I would like one of the Cubs’ options on this list, but I don’t for a couple of reasons. First is the fact that the Cubs’ defense last season was historically (and unsustainably) good and as a result, boosted the ERAs of their pitching staff. If you subtract FIP from ERA (essentially seeing how much pitchers benefited from thier defense and luck), Kyle Hendricks was the third “luckiest” out of 70 qualified pitchers last season and Jon Lester was 10th. Jake Arrieta, John Lackey, and Jason Hammel were each in the top 30 as well.

Another reason I don’t like them is because they’re all likely to amass 15 wins or so due to the fact they’re on the Cubs, which will lead to them splitting votes if one can’t separate himself from the other two. Last season, Lester finished second, Hendricks finished third, and Arrieta finished ninth in the voting. If I was forced to pick one of them this season, I think Arrieta would be my choice. Lester is 33 years old now and has a ton of innings logged on his arm. Hendricks, I believe, will come back to earth a bit due to some of that luck evening out. Arrieta, however, is a free agent after this season and has a bit to prove after somewhat of a “down” year by his standards.

As the season continues to approach, we will update the odds list when numbers change or new players are added.

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