2021 MLB Player Futures: Lance Lynn and Gerrit Cole Battle For AL Cy Young

  • BetOnline has updated odds for the American League Cy Young Award race
  • Lance Lynn (-120) and Gerrit Cole (+150) have distanced themselves from the rest of the field with less than six weeks of the MLB season left
  • Shohei Ohtani (+900) has an 8-1 record with a 2.79 ERA to complement his major-league-leading 40 home runs

It has been an eventful year for Gerrit Cole. After being the early-season favorite for the AL Cy Young, New York’s $324-million ace became the poster boy for Major League Baseball’s sticky-stuff crackdown as he struggled throughout the month of June. Following a 14-0 loss at Tampa Bay in which he allowed eight runs, Cole then tested positive for COVID-19. But after returning to give the red-hot Yankees two strong starts, the 30-year-old is once again in contention for the award.

Let’s review the latest Cy Young odds in the American League and make sure to check out our MLB 2021 betting guide for further baseball betting tips and advice with the World Series betting only two months away.

AL Cy Young Winner

Lance Lynn-120
Gerrit Cole+150
Carlos Rodon+850
Robbie Ray+900
Shohei Ohtani+900

Lance Lynn the favorite

Lance Lynn is a -120 favorite to become the first White Sox pitcher to take home the American League Cy Young Award since Jack McDowell in 1993. The 34-year-old leads the AL with a 2.26 in ERA (fourth-best in all of baseball) and has an AL-best 6.69 hits allowed per nine inning.

Also boasting an impressive 10-3 record, the only chink in Lynn’s statistical armor is his innings pitched as he has three teammates with a higher workload. One of those is southpaw Carlos Rodon (+850), who is currently on the 10-day injured list with shoulder fatigue and fading from the race.

Gerrit Cole (+150) helped extend New York’s winning streak to nine games by pitching six scoreless innings against the Twins on Saturday. Cole’s 185 strikeouts is the second-most in baseball and the most in the AL, and while his 2.92 ERA doesn’t stack up favorably with Lynn’s (2.26), his 0.97 WHIP has the White Sox pitcher beat.

If Cole can lead the Yankees to the playoffs with a series of gems over the season’s final six weeks, expect him to be awarded with his first career Cy Young Award.

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What about Shohei Ohtani?

Shohei Ohtani (+900) is now a -3000 lock to win American League MVP, but could baseball writers also bestow the Japanese superstar with the Cy Young to award him for his throwback Babe Ruth season?

In his last start, Ohtani struck out eight over eight innings of work (the longest outing of his career) in a 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers to improve to 8-1 and lower his ERA to 2.79. In his five starts after the All-Star Game, where he served as the AL’s starting pitcher, the 27-year-old is 5-1 with a 1.36 ERA.

Unfortunately, Ohtani trails the other Cy Young contenders badly in starts and innings pitched. Because he also happens to be the Angels best hitter with Mike Trout out for the most of the season, he’s not starting every fifth day like most starters. That means someone like Cole, for instance, has provided his team with six extra starts worth of innings.

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