Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer own the National League Cy Young Award right now. There’s no getting around that fact. After all, Scherzer won back-to-back Cy Youngs in 2016 and 2017, only for deGrom to match that feat in 2018 and 2019. They are the class of the N.L. and it’s no surprise that they are atop the list when it comes to N.L. Cy Young betting odds per BetMGM.
However, in the shortened 2020 MLB betting season, there’s no telling who might emerge as the most dominant pitcher in the N.L. Normally, pitchers have close to 30 starts to prove themselves worthy of the Cy Young. With the season shortened by almost two-thirds, one bad start could tank a starter’s Cy Young hopes.
Current Odds To Win N.L. Cy Young
Opening Odds To Win N.L. Cy Young Award 2020
Jacob deGrom +280
Max Scherzer +450
Jack Flaherty +800
Walker Buehler +1000
Stephen Strasburg +1100
Clayton Kershaw +1200
Luis Castillo +2000
Patrick Corbin +2500
Yu Darvish +2500
Aaron Nola +2500
Trevor Bauer +2500
Max Fried +3000
Dinelson Lamet +3000
Mike Soroka +3000
Josh Hader +3300
Sonny Gray +4000
Chris Paddack +4000
David Price +4000
Robbie Ray +5000
Zack Wheeler +5000
Brandon Woodruff +5000
Jon Gray +5000
Scherzer and deGrom are obviously strong choices, but is the juice worth the squeeze at those odds? Again, one bad start could be enough to end a Cy Young campaign and completely shake things up.
Josh Hader is an intriguing option given the fact that he’s the only reliever in the mix on N.L. or A.L. Cy Young betting odds. While most high-level starters will probably make 10-15 starts, Hader could end up making up to 30 appearances in this shortened season. Reaching 20 saves in a 60-game season would be a massive number and it would likely mean that the Milwaukee Brewers are cruising to a postseason berth. In this all-out sprint of a season, a dominant closer could be more valuable than ever.
Aside from Hader or the favorites, there are a bunch of middle-of-the-pack options for bettors. Mike Soroka of the Atlanta Braves is coming off of a season in which he compiled a 2.68 ERA. Likewise, Sonny Gray put together a sub-3.00 ERA season after being traded from the New York Yankees to the Cincinnati Reds last season.
Anything can happen in a 60-game season and bettors should act accordingly.
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