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Kershaw Headlines 2017 NL Cy Young Odds

Injuries kept the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw from capturing his fourth career NL Cy Young Award last year, but he’s the clear favorite on the odds to claim the honor in 2017.

Kershaw, who won the NL Cy Young Award in each of 2011, 2013, and 2014, is the +160 favorite on the 2017 NL Cy Young Award odds. Last year the lefthander was limited to just 21 starts, but he still managed to go 12-4 with a 1.69 ERA and 172 strikeouts in just 149 innings of work. Kershaw has put up an ERA of under 2.15 in each of his last four seasons, and could have easily won the NL Cy Young Award in 2015 as well when he went 16-7 with a 2.13 ERA.

Instead, it was Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs who won the 2015 NL Cy Young Award, after he went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA and 236 strikeouts. Last year, though, Arrieta went 18-8 with just a 3.10 ERA and 190 strikeouts, putting him at +1600 to win the 2017 NL Cy Young Award.

And that leaves the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer as Kershaw’s biggest challenger on the 2017 NL Cy Young Award odds, at +350. Scherzer won the AL Cy Young Award back in 2013 as a member of the Detroit Tigers, and he won it last year as well with the Nationals.  The righthander posted a 20-7 mark for the Nats in 2016 with a 2.96 ERA and 284 strikeouts.

 

Bumgarner, Syndergaard Round Out Favorites

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants and Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets are both at +1000 on the 2017 NL Cy Young Award odds, with Johnny Cueto of the Giants joining Jon Lester of the Cubs and Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals at +1600. Righthander Strasburg has made just 47 starts over the past two seasons, but he had solid numbers for Washington last year at 15-4 with a 3.60 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 147 innings.

Zack Greinke of the Dodgers, who won the AL Cy Young Award with the Kansas City Royals back in 2009, is at +2500 odds on the board along with Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey of the Mets. Righthander Harvey went 4-10 with an ugly 4.86 ERA in his 17 starts for New York last year before undergoing season-ending surgery in July for thoracic outlet syndrome.

The rest of the field then sits at odds of +3300 or greater on the NL Cy Young Award board, including the St. Louis Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright. Righthander Wainwright was held to four starts in 2015, then went 13-9 with a 4.62 ERA over his 33 starts for the Cardinals last year.

 

*Odds as of March 15, 2017

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