MLB Cy Young Odds 2022: Max Scherzer Favored In NL; Gerrit Cole Paces Field In AL

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Jacob deGrom is +450 per DraftKings odds to win the 2022 NL Cy Young (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire)

The end of Major League Baseball’s lockout paves the way for bettors to consider MLB Cy Young odds. DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook are offering odds on American and National League Cy Young winners.

One angle we like to consider in our efforts to identify potential value plays is volume. The “workhorse” starter has become somewhat of an endangered species as a result of front offices micromanaging their pitching staffs. Players with relatively long odds but a path to 180-plus innings capture our attention.

2021 winner Robbie Ray led the AL in ERA (2.84) and innings (193.1). He also paced all of baseball in strikeouts (248). Ray accomplished that pitching in the rugged AL East, and he’ll lead the Mariners’ rotation in 2022. The Brewers’ Corbin Burnes was named National League Cy Young winner on the strength of utterly dominant peripherals (2.43 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 6.88 K/BB).

Both Burnes (+750, FD) and Ray (+1000, FD) reside among 2022 Cy Young betting favorites in their respective leagues, but the pool of viable candidates is deep.

Partial lists of DraftKings’ and FanDuel’s MLB Cy Young odds are below. Bettors are always encouraged to shop around the sports betting market for the best prices for their picks.

MLB Cy Young Odds

American League

The Yankees’ Gerrit Cole (+450) has been the bridesmaid, so to speak, finishing second in the voting on a pair of occasions. He possesses all the ingredients necessary to bake a Cy Young campaign in 2022, and he warrants his short price.

Bettors, however, have more profitable options to consider before plopping a wager on the AL Cy Young favorite.

PlayerTeamDraftKings AL Cy Young OddsFanDuel AL Cy Young Odds
Shane BieberCleveland Guardians+700+700
Lucas GiolitoChicago White Sox+1000+1000
Dylan CeaseChicago White Sox+1400+1800
Lance McCullers Jr.Houston Astros+1400+2500
Justin VerlanderHouston Astros+1600+2000
Shane McClanahanTampa Bay Rays+1600+2000
Kevin GausmanToronto Blue Jays+1600+2000
Shohei OhtaniLos Angeles Angels+1800+2000
Frankie MontasOakland Athletics+2000+3000

Cole has plenty of stiff competition to fend off. Shane Bieber took home AL Cy Young honors in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, and he’s capable of piecing together another dominant showing across a full allotment of starts.

Lucas Giolito stands out as well. He has three seasons of 170-plus frames and has pitched at a high level since 2019. He’s only 27, so there could very well be another gear in his game.

As we saw in 2021, strong Cy Young candidates can emerge from the depths of preseason odds boards. Chris Sale (+6000, FD), Jose Berrios (+2000, DK), Eduardo Rodriguez (+4000, FD), and Noah Syndergaard (+6000, FD) are a few who could emerge from relative “obscurity” to deliver dominant production.

National League

The Mets’ Jacob deGrom was the oddsmakers’ favorite to win the NL Cy Young before he hit the shelf due to a shoulder injury. That perch is now occupied by fellow Met, Max Scherzer. Like Cole, Scherzer pitches under the scrutiny of the New York media (for better or worse).

PlayerTeamDraftKings NL Cy Young OddsFanDuel NL Cy Young Odds
Max ScherzerNew York Mets+600+700
Walker BuehlerLos Angeles Dodgers+800+950
Zack WheelerPhiladelphia Phillies+1000+1000
Brandon WoodruffMilwaukee Brewers+1000+1300
Logan WebbSan Francisco Giants+1400+1700
Aaron NolaPhiladelphia Phillies+1800+2500
Max FriedAtlanta Braves+2200+2500
Joe MusgroveSan Diego Padres+2500+2500
Jack FlahertySt. Louis Cardinals+3500+4000

Among the closest contenders, Walker Buehler earns a star next to his name. He’ll begin the season at 27, so he’s just entering his prime. He finished fourth in the Cy Young voting in 2021 and has proven capable of producing gaudy numbers over large inning totals.

Looking deeper, there’s a lot to like among some of those priced as longer shots at sportsbooks. A pair of southpaws in particular are worth strong consideration.

Blake Snell (+5000, FD) won the award in 2018 and found his stride in the second half of 2021 after adjusting to his new home in San Diego. Meanwhile, in the same division, Julio Urias (+2000, DK), who’s still only 25, compiled strong numbers across 185.2 frames. Both are quite capable of shutting down opposing lineups over lengthy strings of starts.

Also read: MLB MVP odds | MLB Rookie of the Year odds

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Craig Williams

Craig Williams is a Charlotte-based sportswriter who has worked professionally in the gaming, fantasy, and sports business industries. He’s an avid fantasy football player, managing over 100 leagues across multiple formats. When he’s not pouring over Vegas odds and statistics, he’s indulging in soccer and enjoys anything from LigaMX to Champions League.

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