NL Cy Young Award Odds Tracker & Top Contenders To Watch
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The National League Cy Young Award has signified the best pitcher in the senior circuit. The award has been handed out since 1956, but split into two awards, one for each league, in 1967.
Trevor Bauer won the NL Cy Young for the Cincinnati Reds in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. He’s now with the Los Angeles Dodgers after inking a $102 million dollar deal, and is tied for No. 4 in the betting for the 2021 NL Cy Young with many of the top sportsbooks.
NL Cy Young Odds
|Jacob deGrom, Mets||-125|
|Corbin Burnes, Brewers||+450|
|Max Scherzer, Nationals||+1400|
|Brandon Woodruff, Brewers||+1600|
|Yu Darvish, Padres||+1600|
|Trevor Bauer, Dodgers||+1600|
|Jack Flaherty, Cardinals||+1600|
|Kevin Gausman, Giants||+2200|
|Walker Buehler, Dodgers||+5200|
Odds via PointsBet and are accurate as of publication.
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Top NL Cy Young Contenders
Jacob deGrom, Mets (-125, PointsBet)
Two months into the season, deGrom (3-2, 0.80 ERA, 74Ks) is holding as the prohibitive favorite to reclaim the award he won in 2018 and 2019 when looking at the MLB futures odds. In April, while his record was only 2-2, he owned a miniscule 0.59 ERA with 59 strikeouts in only 35 innings and a WHIP of just 0.57.
His MLB odds to win the award have plummeted from +425 on Opening Day to -125. After missing two weeks on the injured list, deGrom returned on May 25 with a blistering performance. He fanned nine Rockies in five innings using just 63 pitches. He topped three-digits on the gun several times. His first pitch back registered 100 MPH. There is little reason to believe deGrom won’t be a contender at the end. Don’t worry about that win-loss record - it’s barely taken into consideration anymore for Cy Youngs. In 2019, he only went 11-8, but with a 2.43 ERA and a league-leading 255 strikeouts in only 204 innings. The year before he was only 10-9 on a bad Mets team, but with a 1.70 ERA and 269 K’s.
Corbin Burnes, Brewers (+450, PointsBet)
Burnes went 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA in the shortened 2020 season. Skeptics remained - he wasn’t anywhere to be found atop the Cy Young odds - but they disappeared quickly in 2021. Burnes had a record-setting April, going 2-2 with a 1.53 ERA, 49 strikeouts and zero walks.
No starter had ever begun the season with so many K’s and zero BBs. Burnes (2-4, 2.33 ERA, 74Ks) hasn’t won since a stint on the injury list sidelined him for two weeks starting in late April. Despite his recent 1-3 slide, he’s held the second spot in NL Cy Young Award betting at +450 with MLB betting sites.
Max Scherzer, Nationals (+1400, PointsBet)
No one of note has moved up the odds chart more than Scherzer in the past month. He’s moved from +2500 to +1400 on sports betting sites for the NL Cy Young Award. Scherzer remains so dialed in during this, his 14th major-league season, that he went through one normal off-day workout at Nationals Park while Georgetown University was holding its 2021 graduation ceremony at the same time and place.
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Even after a 2-1 loss to the Reds on May 26th, Scherzer’s ERA stood at 2.27. Scherzer is 4-3 with 85 strikeouts in 63.1 innings. He’ll need some help from the Nationals lineup if he wants to make a run at 15 or more wins. But he’s controlling what he can, and can’t be counted out here, especially at this price.
Trevor Bauer, Dodgers (+1600, PointsBet)
Bauer has slipped a bit in the past month, sliding to +1600 from +1300. The Dodgers sputtered in May despite being strong favorites to win the NL West for the ninth straight season. They are now in a three-way fight with San Francisco and San Diego. Bauer was just 5-4 with the Reds in 2020, but his 1.73 ERA and 0.79 WHIP showcased his dominance.
Only once prior in his six full MLB seasons did he post an ERA lower than 3.70, and last year he needed only 11 starts for a full season. But if you believe 2020 was the start of a special stretch for him, he’ll get the offense to work ahead in L.A., perhaps making him even more dominant than before. Bauer’s numbers held up in May and he stood at 5-2 with a 1.98 ERA and 88 strikeouts after 63.2 innings of work.
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Yu Darvish, Padres (+1600, PointsBet)
Another potential value play if deGrom gets injured or somehow struggles is Darvish. He and the Padres are contending in the NL West. Darvish’s numbers are solid. He’s 5-1 since a pair of no-decision losses that began his time San Diego. Darvish has not given up more than two runs in nine straight starts. He regained his form in the shortened 2020 season for Chicago, going 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA, and he was among the stars in the second half of the 2019 season as well.
Darvish left the Windy City to join a resurgence in San Diego. He’s now in a pitcher’s park with an offense behind him that will score runs. His 5-1 record is accompanied by a 2.27 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 61.7 innings.
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NL Cy Young FAQs
Who Won the NL Cy Young in 2020?
Trevor Bauer led MLB with a 1.73 ERA and two shutouts for the Reds in winning his first Cy Young Award. Bauer signed a three-year contract with the Dodgers in the off-season.
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. Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux each won four consecutive NL Cy Youngs, the most in that league’s history.
Who Is The NL Cy Young Favorite?
Mets ace Jacob deGrom won the NL Cy Young Award in 2018 and 2019, and was third in the voting in 2020. Oddsmakers have deGrom as a strong favorite in 2021 to win his third Cy Young.
Who Votes For The NL Cy Young?
Thirty members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, one representing each team, votes for their top five in each league.
When Is the NL Cy Young Award Announced?
The NL Cy Young is awarded roughly two weeks after the conclusion of the World Series.