AL Cy Young Odds Favor Justin Verlander over Kevin Gausman in Crowded Field on FanDuel Sportsbook
By Larry Rupp
The American League is full of pitchers capable of carrying their team to a victory with a quality start on the mound. It has led to a ton of shake ups in the AL CY Young odds over a month into the 2022 season. Houston Astros' Justin Verlander has become the latest favorite to take home the award.
Verlander leads all candidates with odds set at +500, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The 39-year-old has bounced back from 2021 Tommy John surgery in a big way by posting a 5-1 record to go along with a 1.38 ERA. He has also struck out 41 batters across 45.2 innings pitched (7 starts).
Kevin Gausman checks in close behind with odds set at +600. The Toronto Blue Jays ace has been able to replicate his success from last season with a 2.52 ERA through eight starts. He currently leads the AL with 50.0 innings pitched and owns a ridiculous 19:1 strikeout to walk rate.
It's worth noting that New York Yankees' Gerrit Cole was the favorite entering the season and has since fallen to third in the odds (+750). Meanwhile, 2021 AL CY Young winner Robbie Ray has struggled to find his groove in 2022, resulting in a drop all the way down to T-18 (+7000).
It's anyone's race at this point, so here's a look at the rest of the AL CY Young odds from FanDuel Sportsbook.
2022 AL Cy Young Odds
1. Justin Verlander (HOU): +500
2. Kevin Gausman (TOR): +600
3. Gerrit Cole (NYY): +750
4. Dylan Cease (CWS): +900
5. Shohei Ohtani (LAA): +900
6. Shane McClanahan (TB): +1000
7. Alek Manoah (TOR): +1100
8. Nestor Cortes (NYY): +1600
9. Shane Bieber (CLE): +2500
10. Lucas Giolito (CWS): +2500
11. Logan Gilbert (SEA): +4000
12. Tarik Skubal (DET): +4000
13. Noah Syndergaard (LAA): +4000
14. Joe Ryan (MIN): +4500
15. Michael Kopech (CWS): +5000
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