MLB Betting on Dark Horses for the 2015 Cy Young Award
With the 2015 MLB All-Star Game approaching and the talks about the best baseball players in the nation taking preeminence in MLB betting odds, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the players who are increasingly gaining reputation as solid dark horse candidates for the prestigious Cy Young Award in 2015.
A Closer Look at the MLB Betting Dark Horses for the 2015 Cy Young Award
For purposes of reminding ourselves (and briefing those who are hearing the term for the first time), the Cy Young Award is an accolade that is usually given to the best pitchers in the American League and National League. In 2014, Corey Kluber bagged the award in the American League and Clayton Kershaw was the winner in National League. That being said, here are our select dark horse candidates for the award in 2015.
Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
Though his 2.80 ERA is good for just No. 8 in the nation among starters and his 7-4 record doesn’t exuberate much confidence about him as a CY Young contender, Sale’s 147 shutouts rank second-best in the country. In addition, the three-time All-Star, who has also been named in the 2015 AL All-Star team, boasts of having an impressive 0.94 WHIP. After compiling such numbers in 16 starts, there is no question that the Florida Gulf Coast product could be among the players to watch in the AL race for the 2015 Cy Young Award.
Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
After getting a nod for the All-Stars with more player’s ballot votes than any starting pitcher (in both leagues), maybe Keuchel will start getting the recognition he deserves as a top-tier performer this season that warrants a spot among the top contenders for the 2015 Cy Young Award. Following his stunning performance on Monday, leading the Astros to a 9-4 win at Cleveland, the third-year MLB star impressively bumped his numbers to 11-3, 2.14 ERA, 110 SO and 0.99 WHIP in 18 starts this season.
Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics
Despite playing in an Oakland team that has been largely underwhelming this season, currently placed bottom of the AL West division with a 39-48 record, Gray has continually made himself a dominant figure for the team. In his 17 starts for the A’s in 2015, Gray commendably owns a 9-3 record and 2.20 ERA, alongside 102 SO and a 1.01 WHIP. Going by the flurry of tremendous pitching performances he has been giving, Gray’s numbers can only get better as we go the remaining length of the 2015 MLB season.
Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
Outside Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer, it’s hard to see anyone who will be able to match up to Cole’s numbers when the season ends. The former UCLA pitcher has been in a tear this season, with his team winning 8 of the last 10 games he’s started, while his numbers keep on going from good to better. Entering Thursday, boasts of a remarkable ERA of 2.28 ERA, coupled with a .240 BAA, 1.11 WHIP and 113 SO. More impressively, Cole is astoundingly 12-3 in the 17 starts this season, which is the best win-loss mark in the entire MLB.
Jacob DeGrom, New York Mets
If you are looking for the heart and soul of the New York Mets rotation, then you don’t need to look further than DeGrom, who recently led the Mets to a stunning 4-2 road win over the San Francisco. The right-hander has been a consistent high-performer for the Mets, no wander he is among the listed starting pitchers for the All-Star Game in the coming week. For the season, deGrom is allowing almost as many hits and walks as Max Scherzer, the league-leader in WAR, while the rest of his statistics have been equally impeccable, posting a 9-6 W-L record, 2.14 ERA, 112 SO and 0.92 WHIP in 17 starts. With such numbers, it would be a big surprise if the 27-year-ld pitcher is not in the Cy Young conversation at the end of the year.
Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
It’s no secret that Arrieta, one of the best pitchers this season, was snubbed from the All-Star game. So how did he respond to the snubbing? He had an emphatic showing against the MLB-leading St. Louis Cardinals, leading the Cubs to a thrilling 7-4 win on Tuesday night, bringing his season numbers to 9-5, 2.80 ERA, 114 SO and 1.05 WHIP in 17 starts. And with his constantly surging performances, there’s no doubt that fifth-year Major League star will be finding his way to the top contenders for the Cy Young award, especially if he can avoid injuries and have a good second half of season.