Only a few missed starts over the last several years (in April and March) have stopped the lanky LHP from winning a Cy Young Award thus far. His favorite status is the proper odd – and he should be the #1 guy to win the Award. I hate betting on the favorite though, and in fact, will skip the 3 of the last 4 Cy Young winners on the list – by bypassing them for wagering.
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When gambling establishments put forth their player specials as this it is rarely ever worth it to go for the top 2 picks to win (value – wise).
This doesn’t mean the favorite still won’t win.
Take the ‘Junior Circuit’ Cy Young race for instance. Chris Sale is listed as +300. whereas David Price and Corey Kluber are next with +350. 2015’s winner Dallas Keuchel is 4th at +700 – as is Felix Hernandez.
These five players represent three of the last 5 winners. Typically these guys would all be a great throw down for the Award again in 2016.
My pick for the Award would actually be Sale, who is always a ‘dead arm’ period per spring away from taking the honors as the best chucker in the American League.
I am not going to wager on any of those guys though. Read the rest of this entry