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Major League Baseball has been celebrating its best pitchers since 1956 with the Cy Young award. Named in honor of the game’s winningest pitcher, Denton “Cyclone” Young, the award is given annually to the top hurler in both the American League and the National League.

The 2018 AL Cy Young Award went to Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell, who began the year with distant odds of +27500. NL honors went to New York Mets hurler Jacob deGrom, who finished the season with a minuscule 1.70 ERA.

We tracked the Cy Young odds for all top contenders throughout the 2018 season and have included their average odds across a number of top online sportsbooks in the graphs and tables below. You’ll also find the odds for other top contenders and can view how their fortunes fluctuated throughout the year.

American League Cy Young Odds

2018 AL Cy Young Finalists Odds

Blake Snell, Justin Verlander, and Corey Kluber were named the finalists for the 2018 AL Cy Young Award. The winner was announced on November 14th at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

2018 AL Cy Young Finalists Odds at BetOnline

Player BetOnline Odds (11/07/18)
Blake Snell (Rays) -400
Justin Verlander (Astros) +250
Corey Kluber (Indians) +700

Snell became the overwhelming favorite to win the 2018 AL Cy Young Award after leading the league in wins and ERA.

AL Cy Young Contenders by Division

The AL East is home to some of the best teams in baseball, so it should come as no surprise that it also contains some of the best pitchers. Boston hurlers Chris Sale and David Price are perennial Cy Young contenders, and New York’s Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka are two talented young players who should benefit from plenty of run support in 2018.

AL Cy Young Winners by Team

Team Number of Cy Young Winners
Boston Red Sox 7
Baltimore Orioles 6
Oakland A’s 5
Detroit Tigers 5
Cleveland Indians 5
Toronto Blue Jays 4
Minnesota Twins 4
Kansas City Royals 4
New York Yankees 3
Chicago White Sox 2
Milwaukee Brewers 2
Seattle Mariners 2
Houston Astros 1
Tampa Bay Rays 1

The Red Sox have produced the most American League Cy Young winners since the award was first given in 1967. Jim Lonborg won the inaugural award and Roger Clemens picked up three during the late 80’s and early 90’s.

AL Cy Young Preseason Odds

Kluber has some serious competition in the AL, where he finds himself behind Red Sox fireballer Chris Sale. The 29-year-old has led the league in strike outs in three of the last four years and his fastball is as lively as ever.

AL Cy Young Odds for Previous Winners

The five players featured in this graph have accounted for six of the last seven AL Cy Young awards. The lone exception is Scherzer, who won the award in 2013 with Detroit before signing with Washington as a free agent in 2015.

American League Teams Without a Cy Young Winner
Texas Rangers

The Rangers are the only American League club to have never produced a Cy Young winner. Texas came close in 1989 when Nolan Ryan led the league in strikeouts and finished fifth in Cy Young voting.

National League Cy Young Odds

2018 NL Cy Young Finalists Odds

Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, and Aaron Nola were named the finalists for the 2018 NL Cy Young Award. The winner was announced on November 14th at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

2018 NL Cy Young Finalists Odds at BetOnline

Player BetOnline Odds (11/07/18)
Jacob deGrom (Mets) -1000
Max Scherzer (Nationals) +400
Aaron Nola (Phillies) +900

deGrom came out on top in Cy Young voting despite the fact that Max Scherzer led the National League in wins, complete games, shutouts, innings, strikeouts, batters faced, and WHIP.

NL Cy Young Contenders by Division

Not only are Scherzer’s biggest obstacles in the NL East, but they’re also on his own team. Fellow rotation mates Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez both possess A+ stuff and could easily unseat ‘ol Blue Eye in 2018. 6’6” Mets phenom Noah Syndegaard is also finally injury free and is eager to make up for lost time after missing much of 2017 with tightness in his right biceps.

NL Cy Young Winners by Team

Team Number of Cy Young Winners
Philadelphia Phillies 7
Los Angeles Dodgers 7
Atlanta Braves 6
Arizona Diamondbacks 5
Chicago Cubs 5
New York Mets 5
San Diego Padres 4
St. Louis Cardinals 3
San Francisco Giants 3
Houston Astros 2
Washington Nationals 2
Montreal Expos 1

The Phillies and Dodgers have produced the most National League Cy Young winners with seven apiece. In the case of the Phillies, four of those trophies were won by Steve Carlton, who racked up 329 wins during his Hall of Fame career.

NL Cy Young Preseason Odds

For the second straight year, Scherzer’s Cy Young odds are a little longer than those of Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers southpaw had a sensational season in 2017 and likely would have won the award were it not for a bout of back tightness that caused him to miss five starts.

 

NL Cy Young Odds for Previous Winners

Scherzer is one of only six pitchers to win the Cy Young award in both leagues. Will he be four-times lucky in 2018?

National League Teams Without a Cy Young Winner
Cincinnati Reds
Colorado Rockies
Miami Marlins

Only three National League teams have yet to produce a Cy Young winner. The Reds came close in 2014 when Johnny Cueto finished second in Cy Young voting after going 20-9 with a 2.24 ERA.

Pitchers with Multiple Cy Young Awards

Pitcher Number of Cy Young Awards
Roger Clemens 7
Randy Johnson 5
Steve Carlton 4
Greg Maddux 4
Sandy Koufax 3
Pedro Martinez 3
Jim Palmer 3
Tom Seaver 3
Clayton Kershaw 3
Max Scherzer 3
Bob Gibson 2
Tom Glavine 2
Roy Halladay 2
Corey Kluber 2
Tim Lincecum 2
Denny McLain 2
Gaylord Perry 2
Bret Saberhagen 2
Johan Santana 2
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Ryan Murphy began his love affair with sports journalism at the age of nine when he wrote his first article about his little league baseball team. He has since authored his own column for Fox Sports, and now serves as SBD’s resident NBA and MLB expert.