MLB NL Cy Young Odds & Predictions

Below is our article for the 2010 MLB NL Cy Young Odds. Soon we’ll update this post with info on the 2011 MLB NL and AL Cy Young odds. The 2011 season has yet to start, so Cy Young odds haven’t been posted yet.

With only about 50 games left in the 2010 MLB baseball season for each team, it’s about time to start making your final MLB futures wagers of the season, if you haven’t already. Today I want to take a look at the odds on the 2010 NL Cy Young Award winner, as it’s going to be one of the closest races of the season. There are still 4 pitchers that have a serious chance of winning the award this season in the National League and I have a feeling it’s going to come down to the end of the season this year.

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Adam Wainwright – +100

Adam Wainwright has been having an amazing campaign this season and many experts predict that he’s going to walk away with the hardware this year. Wainwright is currently sitting with a 17-6 record with a 1.99 ERA, which is unreal. Adam has also thrown 5 complete games already this season with 2 shutouts. He also has a good strikeout (158) to walk (42) ratio this season plus a very good 0.97 WHIP. If he can continue throwing the ball like he did the other night against the Marlins he should be able to walk away with the NL Cy Young Award this season.

Ubaldo Jimenez – +200

I placed a small wager earlier in the season on Ubaldo to win the Cy Young, but it doesn’t look like he’s going too. Jimenez has an impressive 17-3 record with a 2.55 ERA this season, but the competition is stiff this season between NL pitchers. Jimenez has 143 strikeouts on the season right now, but he’s walked 64 batters, which is a little high. Ubaldo has also thrown 3 complete games with 2 shutouts and 1 no hitter already. If the other pitchers struggle a bit to end the season there is still a chance that Jimenez could slide back into first place in voting.

Josh Johnson – +100

Josh Johnson is one of the best pitchers in the league right now and he’s only going to get better in the future. At this point in the season, Johnson has a 10-4 record with a 1.97 ERA. He doesn’t win as many games as the other pitchers, but he pitches for the Marlins who are a struggling team. Josh has an excellent strikeout (156) to walk (36) ratio right now in the season, which is better then the other 2 pitchers above battling for the Cy Young Award. Johnson has also only completed 1 game on the season and that could hurt his chances at winning the Cy Young this season.

Roy Halladay – +200

Once Halladay was traded to the Phillies from the Blue Jays everyone put him at the top of the list of NL Cy Young contenders this season and he hasn’t disappointed. He may need to wait until next season to win the award though, because it doesn’t look like he’s going to win it this season. Halladay is 14-8 with a 2.34 ERA, which means he’d need to win basically all of his remaining games to stand a chance at the award. I think the bookies are keeping him available because a lot of people are still betting on him without doing any research. Halladay does lead the Cy Young hopefuls in several stat categories though, including 8 complete games with 3 shutouts and an incredible 168 strikeouts vs. 22 walks.

My Pick

Since I already have a bit of money invested in Jimenez from earlier in the season when the odds were better I’m not going to be adding anymore to my wager. If I were betting on this wager at this point in the season to try and pick up a quick unit I’d throw my money on Adam Wainwright at this point. It seems he’s the clear favorite heading into the last 3rd of the season and unless he messes up badly, I think he’s your best bet.

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