- Bovada, BetOnline have updated 2021 MLB Cy Young odds in the American and National Leagues
- The two oddsmakers vary on whether Gerrit Cole or Shane Bieber is the award favorite in the AL
- Jacob deGrom is tracking towards his third-career NL Cy Young but Corbin Burnes has still yet to walk anyone
Through the season’s first month, Cy Young Award favorites have emerged in both the American and National League. Striking batters out at astronomical rates, Shane Bieber, Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom and Corbin Burnes are all off to record-breaking starts behind the mound. Now with the World Series champion Dodgers, Trevor Bauer also can’t be counted out to collect his second-straight award.
Let’s see how oddsmakers are handicapping the Cy Young race and be sure check out our MLB 2021 betting guide for further wagering tips and advice.
American League Cy Young Odds
Shane Bieber vs. Gerrit Cole
Baseball fans were treated to an AL Cy Young showdown on Saturday as Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (+300) narrowly outdueled Shane Bieber (+275) in a 2-1 win over the Indians. Cole’s 50 strikeouts in his first five starts are the most for any Pinstripes pitcher in history, but he still trails Bieber.
After becoming the first pitcher in big league history to begin the season with four straight starts with at least 10 Ks since 1893, Bieber has 57 strikeouts this season. In the loss to the Yankees, the reigning Cy Young winner also tied Hall of Famer Randy Johnson’s record with his 17th straight start with at least eight strikeouts.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) April 24, 2021
The Yankees’ sluggish start makes Cole’s numbers all the more impressive. Leading the AL with a .73 FIP and a .73 WHIP, he’s probably the leader in the clubhouse for the award through the first month of the season, but Tyler Glasnow (+500) can’t be counted out. Having added a slider to his arsenal, the Rays’ big righthander has a 2.05 ERA, 46 strikeouts and a .75 WHIP through his first five starts.
National League Cy Young Odds
deGrom aims for 3rd Cy Young
Jacob deGrom (+175) has a minuscule 0.31 ERA through his first four starts, allowing one earned run over 29 innings while striking out 50 batters and walking just three. While it’s never fun to bet the favorite, it may be wise to wager on the two-time National League Cy Young winner at plus odds while you still can.
Corbin Burnes (+375) saw his ERA jump from 0.37 to 1.53 after allowing four earned runs in his last start. However, the 26-year-old Brewer still has the lowest WHIP in the majors (0.55) and with 49 strikeouts, is just two Ks shy of the all-time record for strikeouts in a season before issuing a first walk.
Corbin Burnes…down 3-0 in the count.
Will he walk a hitter????
F no. He’s Corbin Burnes. pic.twitter.com/YycSnv54Z5
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 27, 2021
In the news again for accusing Fernando Tatis Jr. of stealing signs, Trevor Bauer (+1000) has started strong in Dodgers blue with a 2.53 ERA and 45 strikeouts over 32 innings. Already with a 3-0 record, the reigning NL Cy Young winner could be a lock to lead the MLB in wins with Los Angeles again looking like one of the best teams in all of baseball.
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