Favorites and live long shots to win MLB Cy Young Awards
The first half of the MLB schedule has given us some front runners for the 2013 Cy Young Awards, honoring the top pitchers in the American and National Leagues. There’s a lot of baseball to play this summer, and spotting an ace before they get hot can pay off big in the Cy Young futures.
We take a look at the favorites and some live long shots to earn each league’s top pitching honor.
American League Cy Young
Favorite: Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers (-300)
Scherzer picked up 13 wins before suffering his first blemish of the season right before the break. The Tigers righty has a 3.19 ERA and owns the sixth-best WHIP in baseball. Last season, he posted a 2.69 ERA and an 8-2 record after the break and has been at his best in the second half of the sked, with a 3.03 ERA and a 19-12 record over the past three seasons.
Long shot: Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers (+2,000)
Darvish was a scratch from the All-Star Game due to injury but the Rangers’ second-year hurler got some much needed down time and will be ready to go in the second half of the slate. He boasts an 8-4 record and 3.02 ERA and leads the majors in Ks with 157 at the break. The Japanese righty struggled in the second half of 2012 but if Texas makes a push in the AL West, you can be sure he’ll be the catalyst.
National League Cy Young
Favorite: Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals (+200)
Wainwright was another top ace that sat out the All-star Game, instead resting up for the home stretch. The Cardinals have soared to the top of the National League on the back of their 6-foot-7 right-hander, who is 12-5 with a 2.45 ERA at the break. Wainwright, who missed all of 2011, was stellar in the post-break schedule last summer, with a 3.28 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
Long shot: Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals (+600)
The Nationals have struggled to repeat last year’s success but Zimmermann has kept their heads above water with a 12-4 record and 2.58 ERA at the break. The righty was solid in the second half of 2012, going 7-2 with a 3.38 ERA and if Washington finds its form, there is great value in Zimmermann to bring home the hardware.
Odds to win National League Cy Young
Adam Wainwright (Cardinals) +200
Patrick Corbin (Diamondbacks) +350
Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) +400
Jordan Zimmermann (Nationals) +600
Cliff Lee (Phillies) +800
Lance Lynn (Cardinals) +900
Jason Grilli (Pirates) +1,200
Jeff Locke (Pirates) +1,200
Craig Kimbrel (Braves) +1,500
Shelby Miller (Cardinals) +1,500
Matt Harvey (Mets) +1,500
A.J. Burnett (Pirates) +4,000
Odds to win American League Cy Young
Max Scherzer (Tigers) -300
Joe Nathan (Rangers) +600
Bartolo Colon (Athletics) +800
Clay Buchholz (Red Sox) +1,000
Matt Moore (Rays) +1,200
Yu Darvish (Rangers) +2,000
Felix Hernandez (Mariners) +2,500
Mariano Rivera (Yankees) +3,000
Addison Reed (White Sox) +5,000
Justin Verlander (Tigers) +5,000
Anibal Sanchez (Tigers) +10,000
Odds courtesy of CarbonSports.ag.