Corbin Burnes won the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s National League Cy Young Award by smashing strikeout records.

Will Burnes get the honors for the second year in a row, or will another pitcher win the prestigious individual player award in 2022?

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Favorites To Win the 2022 MLB Cy Young Award

Max Scherzer (New York Mets)

Despite putting up a Cy Young-worthy first nine starts in Los Angeles last season – forging a 7-0 record, 0.78 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 12.3 K/9, and 0.3 HR/9 in that span – Scherzer stumbled in his last two regular-season turns (8.71 ERA, 1.74 WHIP in 10.1 innings).

However, he hit form again during a four-appearance postseason, generating a 2.16 ERA and 23:5 K:BB in 16.2 innings.

Now lining up for the Mets, the 37-year-old Scherzer will join new rotation teammate Jacob deGrom, giving him the benefit of facing a deflated group of hitters 24 hours after the “deGrominator” puts them through their paces.

Corbin Burnes (Milwaukee Brewers)

With deGrom and Scherzer now in the same rotation, it’s easy to forget that Corbin Burnes is the defending champ.

Although deGrom’s injury helped Burnes win the Cy Young Award last year, the right-hander had a 14.3 K/9 and sensational 94:7 K:BB through his first 59.1 innings of the season and only got a single walk on his sixth start.

Burnes didn’t end the season as strongly as he started, but like deGrom, he had poor run support. The bad news for last year’s award winner is that it might be the same case this season. However, the additions of veteran sluggers Andrew McCutchen and Hunter Renfroe could come to his aid.

Brandon Woodruff (Milwaukee Brewers)

Woodruff posted a line that shows he had some awful run support: The right-hander’s 9-10 record was blighted by a 2.56 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 10.6 K/9, and 0.9 HR/9.

Just like Burnes, Woodruff has superior control and possesses a fastball that averaged just shy of 97 mph last year. Nevertheless, if Woodruff gets anywhere near 3.7 runs per start of support he received last season, the 29-year-old will struggle to post a voter-pleasing record.

Recent AL Cy Young Winners

Opening Odds of Recent Winners
Year Player Opening Odds
2021 Corbin Burnes (MIL) +4000
2020 Trevor Bauer (CIN) +2000
2019 Jacob deGrom (NYM) +350
2018 Jacob deGrom (NYM) +2500
2017 Max Scherzer (WAS) +350

Cy Young Award: Most Successful Teams in the National League

Cy Young preseason betting odds were available at Bovada
Team Number of Cy Young Winners
Philadelphia Phillies 7
Los Angeles Dodgers 7
New York Mets 7
Atlanta Braves 6
Arizona Diamondbacks 5
Chicago Cubs 5
San Diego Padres 4
St. Louis Cardinals 3
San Francisco Giants 3
Houston Astros 2
Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Washington Nationals 2
Cincinnati Reds 1
Montreal Expos 1

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Cy Young Award?

    The Cy Young Award is given to the best pitchers in Major League Baseball (MLB), one each for the American League (AL) and National League (NL). The winner is decided by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

  • Where can I bet on the Cy Young Award?

    You can bet on the Cy Young award at MLB Betting Sites. These online platforms also offer wagering options for upcoming baseball games and futures markets.

  • Who is Cy Young?

    Cy Young was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. Young began participating in the major leagues in 1890 with the National League's Cleveland Spiders.

    The right-hander won 511 games during his baseball career - nearly 100 more than any other pitcher in MLB history.

    A few months after his death on November 4, 1955, the Baseball Writers Association of America named the best MLB pitcher award after him.

  • Who are the favorites to win the NL Cy Young Award?

    The opening NL Cy Young favorites are Max Scherzer (New York Mets), Brandon Woodruff (Milwaukee Brewers), and Brandon Woodruff (Milwaukee Brewers).