2020-04-01 12:00:00 EDT
The last four National League Cy Young Awards have been won by two pitchers, so its been a bit top heavy as of late, but there’s still some money to be made out there. Outside of Jacob deGrom, who has won the award the last two years and is priced at +300, you can get every other pitcher at no less than +600 odds. There’s value and money to be made.
Let’s take a look at some of the players worth betting on to win the NL CY Young in 2020.
Clayton Kershaw, +2000 – Clayton Kershaw didn’t look like himself last season as his 3.03 ERA was the second-worst of his career and his 1.04 WHIP was his worst since 2010. Kershaw has also had recent issues staying healthy and is averaging just 26 starts his last four years. With all that said, Kershaw is still a top-10 pitcher in all of baseball, has won this award three times already and has finished no worse than eighth in CY Young voting in eight of the last nine years. Oh, Kershaw also happens to be pitching on the most talented team in the NL, so he has plenty of run support to get those important wins. I have to snag this price.
Marcus Stroman, +6000 – I love my long shots when it comes to future bets, and Marcus Stroman at this price has some bark to it. Stroman hasn’t been considered a CY Young candidate outside of finishing eighth in the AL voting back in 2017 with the Toronto Blue Jays, but he finished the season strong last year and it’s worth taking note. In Stroman’s last four games, the Mets not only went 4-0, but he had a 1.88 ERA, allowed a .200 batting average and had 23 strikeouts in 24 innings. Small sample size, but if Stroman can build on that, we’re cooking with gas. Remember, Stroman thrives off swagger and confidence and is now pitching in the big apple. I’m buying some of the Stroman stock.
Jack Flaherty, +600 – Jack Flaherty finished fourth in the CY Young voting last year, as he had a 2.75 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 231 strikeouts in 196.1 innings. Flaherty’s allowed batting average got better in each of the last four months, and that includes a .118 allowed batting average and .170 OBP in six games between September and October. Flaherty is a young pitcher who is just getting better and better when he takes the mound. If last seasons trends are an indication of things to come, Flaherty could truly be the best pitcher in the National League in 2020.