Max Scherzer Remains Favorite in Latest Odds to Win 2019 NL Cy Young Award
It doesn't look like anyone is going to catch up to Max Scherzer any time soon; according to the oddsmakers, that is.
With -125 odds, the Washington Nationals' ace remains the odds-on favorite to win the 2019 NL Cy Young Award heading into the final month of the regular season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Scherzer has been excellent in 2019, despite missing a considerable amount of time due to injury, sporting a 10-5 record with a 2.56 ERA (No. 2 in the NL), 216 strikeouts (No. 3 in the NL) and 1.00 WHIP (No. 2 in NL) in his 24 starts. The Nats' ace also leads all NL pitchers with a 6.0 WAR.
However, Scherzer's stints on the IL have allowed Jacob deGrom (+175), whose odds were just +1200 a month ago, to sneak back into the running. deGrom has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since the 2019 MLB All-Star break, sporting a ridiculous 1.91 ERA with 82 strikeouts across his 10 starts in the second half (66 innings).
While he has third-best odds to win the NL Cy Young Award, Hyun-Jin Ryu (+300) could see his odds drop if he's unable to end his current slide. Despite leading the NL in ERA (2.45 ERA) at this point in the year, Ryu has been abysmal over his last four starts, going 0-3 with a 9.95 ERA.
The rest of the field features the usual suspects, but one name to keep an eye on is Jack Flaherty. Despite his +4900 odds, Flaherty has been on an absolute tear in the second half, sporting a 6-1 record while leading the NL in ERA (0.79 ERA), WHIP (0.79 WHIP) and strikeouts (89).
With less a month left in the regular season, it may be too late for the rest of the pack to catch up to Scherzer. However, deGrom could make things interesting if he keeps up his current form and guides the upstart Mets to the postseason by the end of the year.
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