Few individual awards in sports have the level of prestige and instant name recognition as the Cy Young Award. Every MLB season, a top pitcher in each league takes home the hardware, named after legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young.
Previous Winners Top Current Cy Young Odds
Last season, there were two first-time Cy Young winners. In the American League, Toronto’s Robbie Ray, who led MLB in strikeouts, finished first in the AL in ERA, WAR, and WHIP, while posting a 13-7 record, beat out Gerrit Cole.
In the National League, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes edged Phillies hurler Zack Wheeler in a tight vote. Both players received the same number of first-place votes (12), but more second-place votes secured the award for Burnes.
While Burnes sits atop the current NL Cy Young odds, along with three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, Ray is trying to work his way back up the AL Cy Young odds after so-so results for both he and the Seattle Mariners in the first month of the season.
Like Burnes and Scherzer, a former Cy Young winner leads the way with the latest AL Cy Young odds. After winning his second AL Cy Young in 2019, Justin Verlander made one appearance across the 2020 and 2021 seasons. But he has shown no rust thus far, and if he maintains this high standard throughout the 2022 season, it will be tough for any other AL Cy Young candidates to muscle in front of him.
The odds listed below are via FanDuel Sportsbook, but all of our recommended sportsbooks offer 2022 Cy Young Award odds.
Listed odds are as of Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
2022 American League Cy Young Award Odds
2022 AL Cy Young Favorites
- Justin Verlander, Houston Astros +550
- Kevin Gausman, Toronto Blue Jays +650
- Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox +750
- Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees +750
- Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels +1000
- Shane McClanahan, Tampa Bay Rays +1200
- Alek Manoah, Toronto Blue Jays +1200
- Shane Bieber, Cleveland Guardians +1700
- Logan Gilbert, Seattle Mariners +2000
- Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox +2000
- Noah Syndergaard, Los Angeles Angels +3500
- Nestor Cortes, New York Yankees +3500
- Michael Kopech, Chicago White Sox +4000
- Robbie Ray, Seattle Mariners +4000 (2021 AL Cy Young winner)
Potential 2022 AL Cy Young Candidates
- Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox +5000
- Patrick Sandoval, Los Angeles Angels +5000
- Luis Severino, New York Yankees +5500
- Joe Ryan, Minnesota Twins +5500
- Frankie Montas, Oakland A’s +5500
- Tarik Skubal, Detroit Tigers +6000
- Framber Valdez, Houston Astros +6000
- Jose Berrios, Toronto Blue Jays +7500
Best of the Rest – Longshot Contenders, Injured Players, and Underachievers
- Lance Lynn, Chicago White Sox +10000
- Lance McCullers Jr., Houston Astros +10000
- Luis Garcia, Houston Astros +10000
- Garrett Whitlock, Boston Red Sox +10000
- Sonny Gray, Minnesota Twins +12000
- Triston McKenzie, Cleveland Guardians +12000
- Jordan Montgomery, New York Yankees +12000
- Bruce Zimmerman, Baltimore Orioles +12000
- Jose Urquidy, Houston Astros +15000
- Eduardo Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers +15000
- Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees +15000
- Liam Hendriks, Chicago White Sox +15000
- Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox +15000
2022 National League Cy Young Award Odds
2022 NL Cy Young Favorites
- Corbin Burnes, Milwaukee Brewers +500 (2021 NL Cy Young winner)
- Max Scherzer, New York Mets +500
- Carlos Rodon, San Francisco Giants +700
- Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers +1200
- Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers +1700
- Max Fried, Atlanta Braves +2000
- Pablo Lopez, Miami Marlins +2000
- Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee Brewers +2000
- Joe Musgrove, San Diego Padres +2000
- Zack Wheeler, Philadelphia Phillies +3000
- Tylor Megill, New York Mets +3000
- Sandy Alcantara, Miami Marlins +3000
- Julio Urias, Los Angeles Dodgers +3000
- Logan Webb, San Francisco Giants +3500
- Chris Bassitt, New York Mets +3500
Potential 2022 NL Cy Young Candidates
- Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies +4000
- Kyle Wright, Atlanta Braves +4000
- Eric Lauer, Milwaukee Brewers +4000
- Zac Gallen, Arizona Diamondbacks +4500
- Miles Mikolas, St. Louis Cardinals +5500
- Jacob deGrom, New York Mets +6000
- Sean Manaea, San Diego Padres +6000
- Yu Darvish, San Diego Padres +7500
- Freddy Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers +7500
- Jesus Luzardo, Miami Marlins +7500
- Carlos Carrasco, New York Mets +8000
- Kyle Gibson, Philadelphia Phillies +8000
- Ian Anderson, Atlanta Braves +8000
- Trevor Rogers, Miami Marlins +8000
- Merrill Kelly, Arizona Diamondbacks +8000
Best of the Rest – Longshot Contenders, Injured Players, and Underachievers
- Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals +10000
- Charlie Morton, Atlanta Braves +10000
- Josh Hader, Milwaukee Brewers +11000
- Andrew Heaney, Los Angeles Dodgers +12000
- Tyler Mahle, Cincinnati Reds +12000
- Adrian Houser, Milwaukee Brewers +12000
- Alex Cobb, San Francisco Giants +12000
- Marcus Stroman, Chicago Cubs +15000
- Madison Bumgarner, Arizona Diamondbacks +15000
- Blake Snell, San Diego Padres +15000
- Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals +15000
- Stephen Strasbourg, Washington Nationals +15000
- Mike Clevinger, San Diego Padres +15000
- Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds +15000
2022 MLB Cy Young Award Preseason Odds, Picks & Best Bets
2022 AL Cy Young Award Preseason Odds
- Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees +450
- Shane Bieber, Cleveland Guardians +700
- Robbie Ray, Seattle Mariners +1000
- Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox +1000
- Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox +1800
- Jose Berrios, Toronto Blue Jays +2000
- Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels +2000
- Kevin Gausman, Toronto Blue Jays +2000
- Shane McClanahan, Tampa Bay Rays +2000
- Justin Verlander, Houston Astros +2000
- Lance McCullers Jr., Houston Astros +2500
- Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox +3000
- Frankie Montas, Oakland A’s +3000
- Alek Manoah, Toronto Blue Jays +3000
- Casey Mize, Detroit Tigers +3500
- Lance Lynn, Chicago White Sox +3500
- Logan Gilbert, Seattle Mariners +3500
- Eduardo Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers +4000
- Hyun-Jin Ryu, Toronto Blue Jays +5000
Odds are via FanDuel.
2022 AL Cy Young Preseason Best Bet: Robbie Ray, Seattle Mariners (+1000)
A number of reasons why Ray should have a standout season in Seattle were outlined in our look at MLB strikeout leader odds. But he made a great choice in signing with the Mariners, and not just because of the five-year, $115 million contract.
T-Mobile Park in Seattle is known as a pitcher-friendly park, and he will have plenty of starts there to rack up excellent numbers.
Last season, despite making 17 home starts in two minor league stadiums (TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, which is also the Blue Jays’ spring training home, and Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York) and hitter-friendly Rogers Centre, Ray was 8-4 with a 2.58 ERA and an OBA of .194. He was also solid in his road starts, going 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 16 road starts.
Ray gave up 33 home runs last season, but those long balls didn’t hurt him as much because he put fewer runners on base, registering career bests in WHIP, walks, and K/BB ratio. He also averaged 16.2 pitches per inning, which was a career best.
Pitching regularly against some big bats in the AL West will certainly be a challenge, but he will be more than prepared coming from the AL East.
There hasn’t been a repeat AL Cy Young winner since Pedro Martinez (1999 and 2000), but Ray is poised for a real run at ending that drought.
2022 AL Cy Young Preseason Best Value Pick: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Toronto Blue Jays (+5000)
With four pitchers with Cy Young odds of +5000 or shorter and a lot of visibility due to their status as one of the favorites to win the 2022 World Series, there’s a good chance that the AL winner comes from the Blue Jays once again.
Gausman? Berrios? Manoah? All very good choices. But the best value is in Ryu. He posted a career-worst 4.37 ERA and lost a career-high ten games last season, but he still won 14 games. Given what he had done in most of his MLB career prior to last season, there’s reason to feel optimistic about a strong season for the 35-year-old.
True enough, these awards tend to go to players who put up big strikeout numbers, and Ryu has never been that guy. However, he did average 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings in his first season with the Blue Jays in 2020.
2022 NL Cy Young Award Preseason Odds
- Max Scherzer, New York Mets +700
- Corbin Burnes, Milwaukee Brewers +750
- Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers +1000
- Zack Wheeler, Philadelphia Phillies +1000
- Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee Brewers +1300
- Sandy Alcantara, Miami Marlins +1600
- Logan Webb, San Francisco Giants +1700
- Julio Urias, Los Angeles Dodgers +2000
- Carlos Rodon, San Francisco Giants +2000
- Jacob deGrom, New York Mets +2000
- Max Fried, Atlanta Braves +2500
- Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies +2500
- Joe Musgrove, San Diego Padres +2500
- Freddy Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers +3000
- Yu Darvish, San Diego Padres +4000
- Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals +4000
- Chris Bassitt, New York Mets +4000
- Sean Manaea, San Diego Padres +4000
- Charlie Morton, Atlanta Braves +5000
- Blake Snell, San Diego Padres +5000
- Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers +5000
- Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds +5000
Odds are via FanDuel.
2022 NL Cy Young Preseason Best Bet: Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers (+1000)
Buehler is the #1 starter on the team favored to win the World Series this year. Last season, he finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting after going 16-4 with a 2.47 ERA and 212 strikeouts in 33 starts (207.2 IP). Getting him at this number feels like a steal.
2022 NL Cy Young Preseason Best Value Pick: Yu Darvish (+4000)/Blake Snell (+5000), San Diego Padres
Were either Luis Castillo or Jack Flaherty healthy, they would be solid value options. But both are currently sidelined with shoulder concerns, with Castillo potentially set to return later this month and Flaherty out until at least May.
So, we’re showing some love to San Diego here. Snell (7-6, 4.20 ERA in 2021), who won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award with the Tampa Bay Rays, and Darvish (8-11, 4.21 ERA) both had a forgettable 2021, as did the Padres as a whole. But there are things to be encouraged by as the 2022 season starts.
Darvish was actually 7-2 with a 2.44 ERA in his first 16 starts but won only one of his last 14 starts last season.
Snell’s form did the opposite thing. After giving up seven runs in four innings in a loss to the A’s on July 28, he was 4-4 with a 5.44 ERA. But in his final seven starts before being shut down with an adductor injury in September, he was 3-2 with a 1.84 ERA.
We know what Snell and Darvish can do at their best, and the only way is up. Ray and Burnes were excellent in 2021 after experiencing some recent struggles. The same could happen for Snell and Darvish this season. Aaron Nola (9-9, 4.63 ERA in 2021) also offers solid value in a similar spot, as he
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