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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 most recent recipients were Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber, who won for the second time after leading the league in wins, ERA, and complete games, and Washington Nationals right-hander Max Sherzer, who won for the third time after going 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA.

Can Scherzer and Kluber pull it off again in 2018? We’ll be tracking the odds available at our most trusted betting sites all year, providing you with each player’s average odds to repeat.

American League Cy Young Odds

All AL Cy Young Contenders

We’re tracking the top 44 contenders in the American League, including longshots like James Shields, who will have a tough time racking up wins with the lowly White Sox.

AL Cy Young Top 3 Contenders

Player Bovada Odds (09/20/18)
Chris Sale (Red Sox) -200
Blake Snell (Rays) +175
Justin Verlander (Astros) +650

Luis Severino has already equalled his win total from 2017 and leads all American League pitchers in victories and shutouts.

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

All NL Cy Young Contenders

We’re tracking the top 44 contenders in the National League, including up-and-comer Aaron Nola, who has become the ace of the Phillies’ staff at age 25. The Baton Rouge native attended Louisiana State University, where he was named the College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher of the Year in 2014.

NL Cy Young Top 3 Contenders (September 20, 2018)

Player Bovada Odds
Jacob deGrom (Mets) -250
Max Scherzer (Nationals) +250
Aaron Nola (Phillies) +850

Need a reason to believe in Max Scherzer’s Cy Young candidacy? How about five? The perennial All-Star leads the National League in wins, complete games, innings, strikeouts, 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.