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Jacob deGrom Surpasses Max Scherzer as 2019 NL Cy Young Favorite

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Jacob deGrom has usurped Max Scherzer as the 2019 NL Cy Young Award favorite. Photo by Arturo Pardavila III (flickr) [CC License].
  • New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is now the favorite to win the 2019 NL Cy Young Award
  • deGrom won the NL Cy Young Award in 2018
  • He is one outing away from setting a new MLB record for consecutive quality starts

Jacob deGrom is poised to make Major League Baseball history on Tuesday and it has helped improve his 2019 National League Cy Young odds significantly.

The Mets right-hander is 2-0 this season and has yet to allow an earned run.

2019 NL Cy Young Award Odds

Pitcher 2019 NL Cy Young Odds at 5Dimes
Jacob deGrom +150
Max Scherzer +250
Aaron Nola +1000
Noah Syndergaard +1000
Walker Buehler +1500

*Odds taken 04/09/19. Click on the link in the table above for a complete list.

deGrom won the 2018 NL Cy Young Award. He posted an earned-run average of 1.70, becoming just the ninth MLB starting pitcher since 1970 to record an ERA below 1.80.

A Quantity of Quality

If deGrom goes six innings and allows three runs or less in Tuesday’s start for the Mets at Citi Field against the Minnesota Twins, he will make MLB history.

Currently, deGrom and Hall of Famer Bob Gibson share the MLB mark with 26 consecutive quality starts.

deGrom’s streak began on May 18, 2018. Gibson posted his 26 quality starts in succession during the 1967 and 1968 seasons.

He’s on a Roll

Along with his quality starts, deGrom has also added an impressive slider to his repertoire, clocking in at 95 mph.

In an April 3rd win over the Miami Marlins, deGrom struck out a career-high 14 batters.

He also clouted a home run in that game.

Scherzer Slumping

While deGrom has picked up where he left off, Scherzer has struggled out of the gate. The Washington Nationals ace is 1-2 with a 3.32 ERA and a WHIP of 1.105.

deGrom got the best of Scherzer in a head-to-head Opening Day showdown, as the Mets blanked the Nationals 2-0.

Cy Young Back-to-Back? Why Not?

An NL pitcher winning consecutive Cy Young Awards has proven to be a fairly commonplace occurrence in recent years. Scherzer was the most recent to do so, capturing the award in 2016 and 2017.

Before him, Clayton Kershaw turned the feat in 2013-14, and Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants won consecutive NL Cy Youngs in 2008-09.

Greg Maddux (1992-95) and Randy Johnson (1999-2002)  both won four straight NL Cy Young Awards.

deGrom is the Bomb

After his groundbreaking 2018 campaign, it was easy to project that deGrom’s numbers would be dialed back somewhat in 2019. Sure, it’s very early into the season, but that’s not been the case at all.

If anything, he looks like he’s getting better. deGrom has posted a 1.55 ERA during his 26-game quality start streak. He’s given up 32 earned runs over his last 185.2 innings.

At this juncture, there’s no reason to doubt deGrom. And it would appear to be foolish to bet against him winning another Cy Young Award in 2019.

Pick: Jacob deGrom (+150)

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