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Vegas oddsmakers now favor Shane McClanahan of the Tampa Bay Rays to win the MLB AL Cy Young award. Early favorites Gerritt Cole and Shohei Ohtani are still amongst the frontrunners, but bookmakers have placed McClanahan at the top of the odds table (+250) after consecutive outstanding performances.

Get insights and the latest betting odds for the award given to the American League’s best pitcher in 2022.

American League Cy Young Award Betting Odds

MLB 2022 Player Awards: American League Cy Young Award
MLB 2022 Player Awards: American League Cy Young Award
10/01/22 @ 13:02
Team Win
Justin Verlander -160
Dylan Cease +200
Shane McClanahan +700
Shohei Ohtani +2000
Alek Manoah +4000
Kevin Gausman +6000
Logan Gilbert +9000
Shane Bieber +12500
Gerrit Cole +10000
Nestor Cortes +10000
Martin Perez +12500
Frankie Montas +12500
Lucas Giolito +12500
Clay Holmes +15000
Noah Syndergaard +15000
Tarik Skubal +20000
Luis Garcia +20000
Jordan Romano +20000
Robbie Ray +25000
Triston McKenzie +25000
Garrett Whitlock +25000
Jose Berrios +25000
Lance McCullers Jr +25000
Lance Lynn +25000
Chris Sale +25000
Corey Kluber +25000
Yusei Kikuchi +25000
Eduardo Rodriguez +30000
Michael Kopech +50000
Nathan Eovaldi +50000
Hyun-Jin Ryu +50000
Casey Mize +50000
Marco Gonzales +50000
Jake Odorizzi +50000

AL Cy Young Betting Info

  • MLB betting sites have Shane McClanahan as the new AL Cy Young favorite at +250 odds
  • McClanahan allowed only one earned run on three hits in seven innings in his team’s 6-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays last Saturday
  • Opening AL Cy Young favorite Gerritt Cole is now 4th in the standings at +800.

McClanahan Is on Fire

McClanahan’s dominance of the Toronto Blue Jays led Vegas oddsmakers to slash his odds to +250.

The 25-year-old left-hander allowed only one run on three hits with ten strikeouts and one walk in seven innings pitched to help the Rays beat the Blue Jays 6-2 last Saturday.

Along with securing the victory, this incredible performance made him the first pitcher in MLB history to allow 19 runs or fewer while striking out at least 133 hitters from 16 starts.

In nine of his last ten games, he’s allowed one earned run or less.

His recent run of form has been outstanding. In nine of his last ten games, he’s allowed one earned run or less.

The pitcher leads the AL in ERA and WHIP at 1.74 and 0.81 and has the most baseball strikeouts.

Also, when you consider that the 25-year-old has 11 starts with one or fewer earned runs allowed, seven starts with 9+ strikeouts, allowing two walks or fewer in 14 starts, and has pitched 5+ innings in his last 14 starts, he represents solid futures betting value.

AL Cy Young Award: How the Odds Have Changed

Despite beginning the season as the Vegas oddsmakers’ top guy, he’s now seen his odds fall from +450 to +850. Justin Verlander, who opened the season as the tenth favorite for the Cy Young award in the American League, has seen his odds drop from +1600 to +290 and consequently occupies second place.

Even at 39, Verlander looks the most likely to pip McClanahan to the award. The two-time Cy Young winner has a 2.22 ERA and has been consistently going deep into games for the Astros.

After setting the league alight with his debut in 2021, third-placed Alek Manoah (+550) has been even better this year. The 24-year-old owns an ERA of 2.05 through 87 2-3 innings.

As we’re now halfway through the season, it will take some gargantuan displays to knock these three off the top spots.

Recent AL Cy Young Winners

Opening Odds of recent Cy Young winners
Year Player Opening Odds
2021 Robbie Ray (TOR) +20000
2020 Shane Bieber (CLE) +1200
2019 Justin Verlander (HOU) +1500
2018 Blake Snell (TB) +10000
2017 Corey Kluber (CLE) +4000

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