With the start of spring training here and the 2021 MLB regular season just over a month way from its April 1 start date, it’s time to take a look at the value-packed odds to win the 2021 National League Cy Young award.
MLB NL Cy Young Odds – Jacob deGrom Leads All Contenders
Given to the best pitcher in the NL each and every year, New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is a decisive favorite at +380 to claim the Cy Young hardware in 2021 with reigning Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer second on the odds board at +700. Tied for the third best odds are Max Scherzer and Walker Buehler, both at +1000.
Let’s look at all of the NL Cy Young odds, followed by some brief analysis on each hurler.
Odds to Win the NL Cy Young Award 2021
- 1. Jacob deGrom (+380)
- 2. Trevor Bauer (+700)
- 3. Max Scherzer (+1000)
- 4. Walker Buehler (+1000)
- 5. Aaron Nola (+1200)
- 6. Yu Darvish (+1200)
- 7. Jack Flaherty (+1300)
- 8. Luis Castillo (+1500)
- 9. Blake Snell (+2000)
- 10. Stephen Strasburg (+2000)
The 2018 and 2019 Cy Young winner went 4-2 in 12 starts last season with a stellar 2.38 ERA and an NL Best 104 strikeouts. No wonder he’s favored to win this third in 2021.
Now with the LA Dodgers, after signing a 3-year, $102 million deal, Bauer went 5-4 with a stunning 1.73 ERA for Cincinnati last season to claim the 2020 Cy Young award. With much better run support this coming season, Bauer could go back-to-back.
Scherzer went 5-4 with a 3.74 ERA in a dozen starts while striking out 92. Scherzer, who won the NL Cy Young in 2016 and 2017, will look to get back to a sub, 3.00 ERA in 2021.
The Dodgers’ 26-year-old right-hander went 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA in eight starts last season. He’ll have a chance, but he’s not the favorite on his own team if you ask me.
The 27-year-old Phillies right-hander went 5-5 with a 3.28 ERA in 12 starts while striking out 96. Unless Philly turns into a winner (they won’t) I don’t see it happening!
The 25-year-old went 4-3 with a 4.91 ERA in nine starts for St. Louis last season. Yikes!
The 28-year-old went 4-6 with a 3.21 ERA in 12 starts for Cincinnati last season. Castillo is a real long shot.
The 2018 AL Cy Young winner went 4-2 for Tampa Bay last season in 11 starts while recording a 3.24 ERA. Now in San Diego, Snell will definitely have a chance to be one of the few pitchers to win a Cy Young in both leagues.
The 32-year-old right-hander was a modest 1-0 with a wild, 10.80 ERA in only two starts for Washington last season. Still, Strasburg went 18-6 in 2019 and he’s still got one of the liveliest arms in all of baseball.