The 2023 MLB season is officially over one month old. We are now in the thick of baseball season, and it won’t be long until this sport is all we have during the summer months.
Strong starts in the spring can prove to be pivotal in the award markets, especially from a betting perspective. And that’s especially true with the NL Cy Young race, where Atlanta Braves hurler Spencer Strider leads the way.
Let’s take a look at the NL Cy Young odds board at WynnBET and try to make sense of it.
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NL Cy Young Betting Odds
Spencer Strider +200
Zac Gallen +275
Max Fried +1000
Clayton Kershaw +1200
Julio Urias +2000
Sandy Alcantara +2000
Zack Wheeler +2500
Brandon Woodruff +2500
Corbin Burnes +2500
Nick Lodolo +2500
NL Cy Young Favorites
Spencer Strider (+200) — After finishing second in the Rookie of the Year race last season, Strider has jumped out to an early lead in the NL Cy Young race. He has helped lead the Atlanta Braves to the best record in the NL, as they are the betting favorites to win the World Series.
Strider is 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA in seven starts this season. He is pacing the league with 67 strikeouts over a total of 40 innings of work. The right-hander has only surrendered two home runs and walked 14 batters as well.
Numbers don’t lie, and Strider is setting the bar for NL pitchers right now.
Zac Gallen (+275) — The Arizona Diamondbacks are in the mix with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West right now, and that is a testament to what Gallen has provided on the mound. Gallen is 5-1 with a 2.36 ERA in eight starts, leading the league in workload with 49 2/3 innings.
According to FanGraphs, Gallen paces all MLB pitchers with a WAR of 2.3. Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees is second at 1.7. Gallen has whiffed 64 batters and walked six to this point, and is well on his way to finishing higher than fifth in Cy Young voting for the first time in his career.
NL Cy Young Best Bet
Zack Wheeler (+2500) — If the Philadelphia Phillies start to climb up the NL East standings, they are a big enough market that players will be in the mix for most awards. Wheeler has posted a 3-2 clip with a 4.26 ERA in seven starts, but the 33-year-old hurler has only given up one home run.
Wheeler is actually third among all NL pitchers in WAR, trailing the two favorites in this market. Don’t be surprised if he is in the mix later in the summer, and this +2500 price is long gone by then.