AL Cy Young Award Odds Tracker & Top Contenders To Watch
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Yankees starter Gerrit Cole remains the clear MLB betting favorite to win the American League Cy Young Award as the 2021 season hits the traditional Memorial Day marker. The Cy Young Award has been handed out since 1956, but split into two awards, one for each league, in 1967.
Starting pitcher Shane Bieber of Cleveland won his first AL Cy Young last year after going 8-1 in 12 appearances. Bieber joins Tyler Glasnow of the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB futures as the other top contenders for the 2021 award.
AL Cy Young Odds
|Gerrit Cole, Yankees||+100|
|Shane Bieber, Indians||+450|
|Tyler Glasnow, Rays||+600|
|Carlos Rodon, White Sox||+1500|
|John Means, Orioles||+1500|
|Lance Lynn, White Sox||+1500|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu, Blue Jays||+3500|
|Dylan Cease, White Sox||+4000|
|Corey Kluber, Yankees||+4500|
Odds via FanDuel and are accurate as of publication.
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Top AL Cy Young Contenders
Gerrit Cole, Yankees (+100, FanDuel)
Two months into the 2021 season, Cole continues to dominate opponents and Cy Young betting markets at the top sportsbooks. He lost just one game from April 19-May 17, and he's edged up from +150 to +100 in the past month. Overall, he was 6-2 in his first 10 starts with a stingy 1.82 ERA and 92 strikeouts in just 64.2 innings. Cole threw at least six innings in each of those starts. He remains on target to approach or best his 2019 numbers. He went 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts in just 212.1 innings during MLB’s last full campaign.
Cole is on pace to make more than 30 starts for the fifth time in his career. He has even stirred conversation that he should be included in the MVP race. After all, he is by far the most consistent starter in the Yankees’ rotation. The Pinstripes are tangled with Boston and Tampa Bay atop the AL East. Cole is also the only veteran among the MLB odds favorites on the AL side to rank in Cy Young voting three or more times. He remains the top best-bet among all the award-winners in both leagues.
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Shane Bieber, Cleveland (+450, FanDuel)
Bieber, now in his fourth season, continues to build upon his 2020 success. He posted a 5-3 record and 3.13 ERA in his first 11 starts in 2021. He fanned 12 Tigers on May 27, and he leads the majors with 110Ks in just 72 innings. AL Cy Young voters in 2020 didn’t have much of a challenge in giving Bieber the honor. In his 12 starts in 2020, Bieber went 8-1 with a minuscule 1.63 ERA, whiffing 122 batters in just 77.1 innings. He led the league in each category and even finished fourth in AL MVP voting. All in his third season in the majors. He is a solid value play here against a potential Cole injury.
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Tyler Glasnow, Rays (+600, FanDuel)
Tyler Glasnow continues to be the “Mane Man” in Tampa Bay, and he's pitched up to his billing during the two months of the season so far. Glasnow has been delivering Florida summer heat all spring and helped power the Rays to an 11-game winning streak that allowed Tampa Bay to knock Boston out of first place in the AL East.
In Glasnow’s first nine starts he was 4-2 with a 2.35 ERA. He remains heavy on the gas and often breaks 100 mph on the gun. He whiffed 84 batters in 57.2 innings to start the season before getting shelled in his 10th start. His status as a value play will mirror that of the Rays, who will battle Boston and New York for the AL East title.
Carlos Rodón, White Sox (+1500, FanDuel)
Carlos Rodón and the White Sox entered 2021 with lofty expectations. Rodón, for one, has delivered. He no-hit the Indians on April 14, and only missed a perfect game when he hit a batter on the foot with one out in the ninth. He’s built upon that near-flawless performance and has moved into Cy Young contention in the eyes of the sports betting sites, who did not have him anywhere near the top just one month ago.
Rodón’s 1.29 ERA led the American League after eight starts. He was 5-2 in his first 48 innings and was averaging 13.3Ks per nine innings, fourth overall in the majors. He appears to have the edge in this race over his White Sox teammates and is tempting at +1500, despite looking up at Bieber and Cole.
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Lance Lynn, White Sox (+1500, FanDuel)
Lance Lynn missed two weeks in April with a strained right trapezius injury, but he dominated in May. He won four of his first five starts during the month. He fanned 23 batters in 28 innings and posted a tight 1.82 ERA, while holding opposing hitters to a .149 average.
The White Sox wanted to use Lynn to devour innings this season, but had him on a tight leash after his injury. He threw just 28 innings in his first five May starts. He tallied 208.1 innings in 2019 for Texas, while going 16-11 for a putrid Rangers team
AL Cy Young FAQs
Who Won the AL Cy Young in 2020?
Cleveland's Shane Bieber went 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA and was the unanimous American League Cy Young Award winner. He led the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts, achieving the rare Triple Crown of pitching.
Who Has Won The Most Cy Young Awards?
Roger Clemens won seven Cy Young Awards with four different teams, the last coming in 2004 with the Astros. Six of those came in the American League: Three with the Red Sox, two with the Blue Jays, and one with the Yankees. Nobody else has won more than three AL Cy Youngs.
Who Is The AL Cy Young Favorite?
New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, who last season went 7-3 with a 2.84 ERA, and finished third in the AL Cy Young race, remains the favorite to win his first trophy.
Who Votes For AL Cy Young?
Thirty members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, one representing each team, vote for their top five in each league.
When Is the AL Cy Young Award Announced?
The AL Cy Young is awarded roughly two weeks after the conclusion of the World Series.