Last season’s NL and AL Cy Young Award winners are not favorites to repeat


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Both the National League and American League Cy Young Award winners (Jake Arrieta and Dallas Keuchel) were off the betting board at most books last spring. That was bad news for the betting public as the books claimed every single Cy Young wager that was made.

In 2016, the list of options is larger and the chances of a winner coming from off the board are low. Arrieta and Keuchel are both listed at +700 as neither hurler is the favorite to repeat. Clayton Kershaw is the overwhelming favorite (+150) to take home the award for a fourth time in the National League while Chris Sale (+300) and David Price (+350) are the top two options in the American League.

Let’s take a look at the odds to win the 2016 Cy Young Award for both the National League and the American League:

Odds provided by Sportsbook.ag.

If you’re looking for value in the National League, Washington’s Stephen Strasburg (+1200) and St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (+2000) provide opportunity with very high ceilings for 2016 success. Strasburg is said to be feeling better than ever heading into this season and hopes that the arm issues that have plagued his young career are behind him. His 23 starts in 2015 were a mixed bag of good and bad, but he still managed to finish with an 11-7 record with a ridiculous 26/155 BB/K ratio. Wainwright injured his achillies during his fourth start of 2015 and he wasn’t seen on the hill until October. Wainwright is as consistent a starting pitcher as there is in baseball and should be able to get back to his usual 18-20 wins, 2.50 ERA, and 200 strikeouts.

In the American League, Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer (+1200) and Toronto’s Marcus Stroman (+2500) look to be very intriguing options. Archer has gotten better each season at the major league level and posted a very good 3.23 ERA in 2015 to go along with an impressive 66/252 BB/K ratio. Archer will be backed by an improved Rays team who will likely improve on their below .500 record (80-82). Stroman missed most of 2015 with a knee injury but returned in September to post four impressive wins in four starts to go along with a 1.67 ERA. Stroman is also backed by baseball’s most lethal offensive lineup which will help boost his win total.

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