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.