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Preseason favorites to win AL and NL Cy Young

  • Preseason favorites to win AL and NL Cy Young
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    Preseason favorites to win AL and NL Cy Young

    The 2018 Cy Young Award winners proved that the voters within the Baseball Writers Association of America are, in fact, capable of looking past the many variables in baseball that are outside of a pitcher’s own control. Mets starter Jacob deGrom winning the honor in the National League was welcomed proof that run support is entirely unnecessary to be crowned baseball’s best, and a win/loss record (deGrom was 10-9 in 2018 in his 32 starts) is far from telling. deGrom was hard to look past despite the Mets’ 77-85 record last season, and he received all but one of the first place votes.

    With 26-year-old Blake Snell winning the American League Cy Young Award, a somewhat unexpected breakout season for a youngster exceeded the continued dominance from some of the game’s current greats. Snell became the second Tampa Bay Rays pitcher to ever win a Cy Young (the other was David Price in 2012), beating out a field littered with household names and former Cy Young winners like Justin Verlander, Corey Kluber, Chris Sale, and Gerrit Cole. Though the race was tight, Snell’s ridiculous 1.89 ERA—the lowest in the AL since Pedro Martinez’s 1.74 ERA in 2000—was too good not to be rewarded.

    Can 2019 bring another surprise name to the forefront? Will past winners like Kluber or Clayton Kershaw add another piece of hardware to their mantel? Nationals starter Max Scherzer is looking to join an elite group and become the fifth pitcher ever to win four Cy Young awards in his career. He is already one of 10 pitchers to win it three times. For Red Sox lefty Chris Sale, a Cy Young Award in 2019 would be a first.

    Ranked from lowest to highest odds to take home the title, Stacker mined odds from Bovada and stats from Baseball Reference to rank the hurlers that oddsmakers in Las Vegas have pegged as the favorites for the AL and NL Cy Young Award.

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  • AL #23 (tie): Michael Fulmer
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    AL #23 (tie): Michael Fulmer

    - Cy Young odds: +6000
    - Team: Detroit Tigers

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 3 - 12
    --- ERA: 4.69
    --- WHIP: 1.315
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 7.5

  • AL #23 (tie): Danny Duffy
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    AL #23 (tie): Danny Duffy

    - Cy Young odds: +6000
    - Team: Kansas City Royals

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 8 - 12
    --- ERA: 4.88
    --- WHIP: 1.490
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 8.2

  • AL #16 (tie): Andrew Heaney
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    AL #16 (tie): Andrew Heaney

    - Cy Young odds: +5000
    - Team: Los Angeles Angels

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 9 - 10
    --- ERA: 4.15
    --- WHIP: 1.200
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 9.0

  • AL #16 (tie): Kyle Gibson
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    AL #16 (tie): Kyle Gibson

    - Cy Young odds: +5000
    - Team: Minnesota Twins

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 10 - 13
    --- ERA: 3.62
    --- WHIP: 1.302
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 8.2

  • AL #16 (tie): Mike Clevinger
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    AL #16 (tie): Mike Clevinger

    - Cy Young odds: +5000
    - Team: Cleveland Indians

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 13 - 8
    --- ERA: 3.02
    --- WHIP: 1.155
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 9.3

  • AL #16 (tie): Charlie Morton
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    AL #16 (tie): Charlie Morton

    - Cy Young odds: +5000
    - Team: Tampa Bay Rays

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 15 - 3
    --- ERA: 3.13
    --- WHIP: 1.162
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 10.8

  • AL #16 (tie): Marcus Stroman
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    AL #16 (tie): Marcus Stroman

    - Cy Young odds: +5000
    - Team: Toronto Blue Jays

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 4 - 9
    --- ERA: 5.54
    --- WHIP: 1.476
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 6.8

  • AL #16 (tie): Marco Gonzales
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    AL #16 (tie): Marco Gonzales

    - Cy Young odds: +5000
    - Team: Seattle Mariners

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 13 - 9
    --- ERA: 4.00
    --- WHIP: 1.224
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 7.8

  • AL #16 (tie): Eduardo Rodriguez
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    AL #16 (tie): Eduardo Rodriguez

    - Cy Young odds: +5000
    - Team: Boston Red Sox

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 13 - 5
    --- ERA: 3.82
    --- WHIP: 1.265
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 10.1

  • AL #14 (tie): Nathan Eovaldi
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    AL #14 (tie): Nathan Eovaldi

    - Cy Young odds: +4000
    - Team: Boston Red Sox

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 6 - 7
    --- ERA: 3.81
    --- WHIP: 1.126
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 8.2

  • AL #14 (tie): J.A. Happ
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    AL #14 (tie): J.A. Happ

    - Cy Young odds: +4000
    - Team: New York Yankees

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 17 - 6
    --- ERA: 3.65
    --- WHIP: 1.131
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 9.8

  • AL #13: Rick Porcello
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    AL #13: Rick Porcello

    - Cy Young odds: +3000
    - Team: Boston Red Sox

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 17 - 7
    --- ERA: 4.28
    --- WHIP: 1.176
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 8.9

  • AL #11 (tie): Masahiro Tanaka
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    AL #11 (tie): Masahiro Tanaka

    - Cy Young odds: +2500
    - Team: New York Yankees

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 12 - 6
    --- ERA: 3.75
    --- WHIP: 1.128
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 9.2

  • AL #11 (tie): Jose Berrios
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    AL #11 (tie): Jose Berrios

    - Cy Young odds: +2500
    - Team: Minnesota Twins

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 12 - 11
    --- ERA: 3.84
    --- WHIP: 1.144
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 9.5

  • AL #9 (tie): David Price
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    AL #9 (tie): David Price

    - Cy Young odds: +1800
    - Team: Boston Red Sox

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 16 - 7
    --- ERA: 3.58
    --- WHIP: 1.142
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 9.1

  • AL #9 (tie): James Paxton
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    AL #9 (tie): James Paxton

    - Cy Young odds: +1800
    - Team: New York Yankees

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 11 - 6
    --- ERA: 3.76
    --- WHIP: 1.098
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 11.7

  • AL #7 (tie): Justin Verlander
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    AL #7 (tie): Justin Verlander

    - Cy Young odds: +1400
    - Team: Houston Astros

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 16 - 9
    --- ERA: 2.52
    --- WHIP: 0.902
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 12.2

  • AL #7 (tie): Carlos Carrasco
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    AL #7 (tie): Carlos Carrasco

    - Cy Young odds: +1400
    - Team: Cleveland Indians

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 17 - 10
    --- ERA: 3.38
    --- WHIP: 1.125
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 10.8

  • AL #4 (tie): Gerrit Cole
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    AL #4 (tie): Gerrit Cole

    - Cy Young odds: +1200
    - Team: Houston Astros

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 15 - 5
    --- ERA: 2.88
    --- WHIP: 1.033
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 12.4

  • AL #4 (tie): Blake Snell
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    AL #4 (tie): Blake Snell

    - Cy Young odds: +1200
    - Team: Tampa Bay Rays

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 21 - 5
    --- ERA: 1.89
    --- WHIP: 0.974
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 11.0

  • AL #4 (tie): Trevor Bauer
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    AL #4 (tie): Trevor Bauer

    - Cy Young odds: +1200
    - Team: Cleveland Indians

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 12 - 6
    --- ERA: 2.21
    --- WHIP: 1.089
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 11.3

  • AL #3: Luis Severino
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    AL #3: Luis Severino

    - Cy Young odds: +800
    - Team: New York Yankees

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 19 - 8
    --- ERA: 3.39
    --- WHIP: 1.145
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 10.3

  • AL #2: Chris Sale
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    AL #2: Chris Sale

    - Cy Young odds: +450
    - Team: Boston Red Sox

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 12 - 4
    --- ERA: 2.11
    --- WHIP: 0.861
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 13.5

  • AL #1: Corey Kluber
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    AL #1: Corey Kluber

    - Cy Young odds: +375
    - Team: Cleveland Indians

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 20 - 7
    --- ERA: 2.89
    --- WHIP: 0.991
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 9.3

  • NL #24: Jose Quintana
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    NL #24: Jose Quintana

    - Cy Young odds: +6600
    - Team: Chicago Cubs

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 13 - 11
    --- ERA: 4.03
    --- WHIP: 1.319
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 8.2

  • NL #22 (tie): Rich Hill
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    NL #22 (tie): Rich Hill

    - Cy Young odds: +6000
    - Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 11 - 5
    --- ERA: 3.66
    --- WHIP: 1.123
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 10.2

  • NL #22 (tie): Cole Hamels
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    NL #22 (tie): Cole Hamels

    - Cy Young odds: +6000
    - Team: Chicago Cubs

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 9 - 12
    --- ERA: 3.78
    --- WHIP: 1.264
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 8.9

  • NL #18 (tie): German Marquez
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    NL #18 (tie): German Marquez

    - Cy Young odds: +5000
    - Team: Colorado Rockies

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 14 - 11
    --- ERA: 3.77
    --- WHIP: 1.204
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 10.6

  • NL #18 (tie): Mike Foltynewicz
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    NL #18 (tie): Mike Foltynewicz

    - Cy Young odds: +5000
    - Team: Atlanta Braves

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 13 - 10
    --- ERA: 2.85
    --- WHIP: 1.082
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 9.9

  • NL #18 (tie): Zack Wheeler
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    NL #18 (tie): Zack Wheeler

    - Cy Young odds: +5000
    - Team: New York Mets

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 12 - 7
    --- ERA: 3.31
    --- WHIP: 1.124
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 8.8

  • NL #18 (tie): Robbie Ray
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    NL #18 (tie): Robbie Ray

    - Cy Young odds: +5000
    - Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 6 - 2
    --- ERA: 3.93
    --- WHIP: 1.350
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 12.0

  • NL #16 (tie): Jon Lester
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    NL #16 (tie): Jon Lester

    - Cy Young odds: +4500
    - Team: Chicago Cubs

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 18 - 6
    --- ERA: 3.32
    --- WHIP: 1.310
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 7.4

  • NL #16 (tie): Kyle Hendricks
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    NL #16 (tie): Kyle Hendricks

    - Cy Young odds: +4500
    - Team: Chicago Cubs

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 14 - 11
    --- ERA: 3.44
    --- WHIP: 1.146
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 7.3

  • NL #14 (tie): Chris Archer
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    NL #14 (tie): Chris Archer

    - Cy Young odds: +4000
    - Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 6 - 8
    --- ERA: 4.31
    --- WHIP: 1.375
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 9.8

  • NL #14 (tie): Jameson Taillon
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    NL #14 (tie): Jameson Taillon

    - Cy Young odds: +4000
    - Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 14 - 10
    --- ERA: 3.20
    --- WHIP: 1.178
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 8.4

  • NL #11 (tie): Stephen Strasburg
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    NL #11 (tie): Stephen Strasburg

    - Cy Young odds: +3000
    - Team: Washington Nationals

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 10 - 7
    --- ERA: 3.74
    --- WHIP: 1.200
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 10.8

  • NL #11 (tie): Zack Greinke
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    NL #11 (tie): Zack Greinke

    - Cy Young odds: +3000
    - Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 15 - 11
    --- ERA: 3.21
    --- WHIP: 1.079
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 8.6

  • NL #11 (tie): Miles Mikolas
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    NL #11 (tie): Miles Mikolas

    - Cy Young odds: +3000
    - Team: St. Louis Cardinals

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 18 - 4
    --- ERA: 2.83
    --- WHIP: 1.071
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 6.5

  • NL #9 (tie): Madison Bumgarner
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    NL #9 (tie): Madison Bumgarner

    - Cy Young odds: +2500
    - Team: San Francisco Giants

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 6 - 7
    --- ERA: 3.26
    --- WHIP: 1.242
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 7.6

  • NL #9 (tie): Patrick Corbin
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    NL #9 (tie): Patrick Corbin

    - Cy Young odds: +2500
    - Team: Washington Nationals

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 11 - 7
    --- ERA: 3.15
    --- WHIP: 1.050
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 11.1

  • NL #7 (tie): Kyle Freeland
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    NL #7 (tie): Kyle Freeland

    - Cy Young odds: +2000
    - Team: Colorado Rockies

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 17 - 7
    --- ERA: 2.85
    --- WHIP: 1.245
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 7.7

  • NL #7 (tie): Jack Flaherty
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    NL #7 (tie): Jack Flaherty

    - Cy Young odds: +2000
    - Team: St. Louis Cardinals

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 8 - 9
    --- ERA: 3.34
    --- WHIP: 1.106
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 10.8

  • NL #5 (tie): Noah Syndergaard
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    NL #5 (tie): Noah Syndergaard

    - Cy Young odds: +1400
    - Team: New York Mets

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 13 - 4
    --- ERA: 3.03
    --- WHIP: 1.212
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 9.0

  • NL #5 (tie): Walker Buehler
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    NL #5 (tie): Walker Buehler

    - Cy Young odds: +1400
    - Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 8 - 5
    --- ERA: 2.62
    --- WHIP: 0.961
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 9.9

  • NL #4: Clayton Kershaw
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    NL #4: Clayton Kershaw

    - Cy Young odds: +1200
    - Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 9 - 5
    --- ERA: 2.73
    --- WHIP: 1.041
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 8.6

  • NL #3: Aaron Nola
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    NL #3: Aaron Nola

    - Cy Young odds: +700
    - Team: Philadelphia Phillies

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 17 - 6
    --- ERA: 2.37
    --- WHIP: 0.975
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 9.5

  • NL #2: Jacob DeGrom
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    NL #2: Jacob DeGrom

    - Cy Young odds: +400
    - Team: New York Mets

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 10 - 9
    --- ERA: 1.70
    --- WHIP: 0.912
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 11.2

  • NL #1: Max Scherzer
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    NL #1: Max Scherzer

    - Cy Young odds: +250
    - Team: Washington Nationals

    - 2018 season stats:
    --- Record: 18 - 7
    --- ERA: 2.53
    --- WHIP: 0.911
    --- Strike outs / 9 innings: 12.2

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