NL Cy Young Odds List Max Scherzer as Favorite Ahead of Hyun-Jin Ryu and Jacob deGrom
It seems that not even an extended absence due to injury can convince the oddsmakers that Max Scherzer won't win the National League Cy Young Award in 2019.
Despite landing on the 10-day injured list with a lower back injury last week, Scherzer is now the odds-on favorite (-125) to win the 2019 NL Cy Young Award, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The National League ERA leader, Hyun-Jin Ryu (1.53 ERA), sits in a close second to Mad Max, sporting +100 odds to take home the award.
Ryu just joined Scherzer on the injured list and both have already missed at least one start to potentially pad their odds to take home the Cy Young. Despite the pair's absence, there's a massive drop off in odds between Scherzer, Ryu and the rest of the pack.
Reigning NL Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom is definitely worth keeping an eye on while the above pair is on the shelf. The Mets' ace has made some considerable strides over the past month, seeing his odds skyrocket from +3500 odds in July to his current +1200 odds.
The rest of the pack, however, has lost ground. Walker Buehler has seen his odds drop from +1400 to +1500 over the past month, and Luis Castillo has slid from +1500 to +1700.
The field may inch closer if Scherzer remains on the shelf longer than expected, but barring a complete meltdown and historic performance by the rest of the pack, it'll be hard to supplant him as the NL Cy Young favorite.
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