Astros, Dodgers, Cubs Pitching Staffs All Heavy in Cy Young Award Candidates

Kevin Stott

Saturday, March 24, 2018 6:32 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 6:32 PM UTC

Most teams that end up making it to the MLB Postseason possess solid Pitching Staffs, with an ace or No. 1 starter usually buoying the rotation and often setting the tone for the rest of the team’s hurlers. Let’s look at AL and NL Cy Young Award odds and offer up a pick for each before the first pitch of the new season is thrown out in less than a week.

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The start of the 2018 Major League Baseball Regular Season is now less than a week away, with the Miami Marlins hosting Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park in the first game of the new season early on Thursday and all 30 MLB clubs in action on Opening Day as Houston as José Altuve and the Houston Astros look to defend the franchise’s first World Series title ever, earned by beating Clayton Kershaw and the NL champion Dodgers in another thrilling 7-game October Classic. The favorites in the MLB World Series Future book at sportsbooks Offshore and here in a rainy Las Vegas are the defending champion Astros, followed by the New York Yankees, a logical move with the Big Apple the largest market, the Bronx Bombers having so many fans and the team adding NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton in the Offseason to go with fellow dugout lumberjacks Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez.

Let’s continue our look at some of the MLB Futures markets with the AL and NL Cy Young Award odds from offshore sportsbook 5Dimes. Last year, the AL Cy Young went to RHP Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians who finished with an 18-4 record, 265 Strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA, rallying to overtake LHP Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox whom many bettor and fans had presumed had won the Cy Young Award in late Summer. Wrong. Kluber also nabbed the AL Cy Young in 2014. In the NL, Washington Nationals RHP Max Scherzer won his second straight Cy Young Award, finishing with a 16-6 mark, 268 Strikeouts and a 2.51 ERA. Scherzer has gone a remarkable 36-13 and struck out 552 batters for the Nationals the L2 MLB seasons.

Chris Sale +225

Corey Kluber +250

Carlos Carrasco +600

Luis Severino +800

Justin Verlander +800

James Paxton +1500

Gerrit Cole +1800

Dallas Keuchel +1800

Masahiro Tanaka +2000

José Berríos +2500

David Price +2500

Chris Archer +4000

Danny Duffy +4000

Aaron Sanchez +4000

Garrett Richards +5000

Cole Hamels +6000

Marcus Stroman +6000

Félix Hernández +7500

Lance McCullers Jr. +7500

Michael Fulmer +8000

Shohei Ohtani +8000

Rick Porcello +8000

Sonny Gray +10000

Craig Kimbrel +10000

Ervin Santana +10000

JA Happ +12500

Trevor Bauer +17500

Blake Snell +17500

Lucas Giolito +20000

Sean Manaea +20000

Charlie Morton +20000

Dylan Bundy +30000

Marco Estrada +30000

Kevin Gausman +30000

Kyle Gibson +30000

Kendall Graveman +30000

Andrew Heaney +30000

Mike Leake +30000

Jordan Montgomery +30000

Jake Odorizzi +30000

CC Sabathia +30000

Jordan Zimmermann +30000

James Shields +50000

Clayton Kershaw +175

Max Scherzer +225

Noah Syndergaard +500

Madison Bumgarner +1500

Stephen Strasburg +1500

Carlos Martínez +1800

Jacob deGrom +2000

Yu Darvish +3000

Zack Greinke +3000

Robbie Ray +3000

José Quintana +3500

Jon Gray +4000

Aaron Nola +4000

Jon Lester +4500

Johnny Cueto +5000

Kyle Hendricks +5500

Chase Anderson +6000

Gio González +6000

Rich Hill +6000

Julian Teheran +6000

Michael Wacha +6000

Alex Wood +6000

Tyler Chatwood +10000

Kenta Maeda +1000

Matt Harvey +10000

Taijuan Walker +10000

Zach Davies +12500

Adam Wainwright +12500

Luis Castillo +2000

Steven Matz +20000

Tanner Roark +20000

Jeff Samardzija +20000

José Ureña +20000

Jason Vargas +20000

Luke Weaver +20000

Homer Bailey +30000

Ivan Nova +30000

Joe Musgrove +30000

Jameson Taillon +30000

Vince Velasquez +30000

Anthony DeSclafani +50000

Clayton Richard +50000

Dodgers, Cubs, Astros, Nationals Seem to Have Best Starters; Picking an Ace From Their Staffs Wise?

The defending World Series champion Astros went out and signed RHP Gerrit Cole (Pirates) in the Offseason, again giving Manager AJ Hinch and Pitching Coach Brent Strom one of the best Starting 5 staffs in MLB with Justin Verlander, Cole, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton. Expect the veteran 35-year-old to have another good season after winning the 2017 ALCS MVP and going 15-8 with 219 K’s, a 2.36 ERA and a 1.175 WHIP as well as turning it up a notch in the Postseason for Houston, going 4-1 in 5 starts with a 2.21 ERA, a .177 BA against and 8 Walks and 38 K’s in ?36 2⁄3 IP, winning the Babe Ruth Award as co-MVP of the Playoffs with electric teammate Altuve. In 2018 Spring Training, Verlander is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA, starting 5 games and allowing 4 ER (and 17 Hits) for the Astros who are 17-8 Spring Training and currently atop the Grapefruit League.

And while the Astros may have the best overall Staff in the Junior Circuit, there are two pretty solid Pitching Staffs in the Senior Circuit in the US’s second- and third-largest cities, Los Angeles and Chicago where the defending NL champion Dodgers and the Cubs look like they may have at least five solid arms to use in their respective 2018 Opening Day rotations. Los Doyers obviously lead with ace southpaw Clayton Kershaw, but after that, there’s much-underappreciated talent For Manager Dave Roberts in Rich Hill—who went an amazing 16-3 in a breakout 2017 season—Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

And even with the talented Free Agent RHP Jake Arrieta heading to the Phillies, Chicago, Manager Joe Maddon and Pitching Coach Jim Hickey now have a real solid Starting 5 Pitchers on the North Side after the Cubs signed Yu Darvish to a staff that boasts Jon Lester, former White Sox prospect José Quintana, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood. New signee RHP Darvish, LHP Lester and RHP Hendricks should be consistent and good but possibly great with some Run production while RHP Chatwood is a big question mark, pitching in Wrigley Field on the Cubs staff should be better for the 26-year-old Redlands, California native than with the Rockies and in the thin and unforgiving air of Denver. But maybe the guy to watch and back in the NL Cy Young Award race is the 6-1, 220-pound Quintana, a young LHP from Arjona, Colombia possibly ready to come into his own. In Spring Training action, Quintana has started 3 games, gone 9.1 IP, allowed 7 Hits, 3 Earned Runs and has a 1.93 ERA for Chicago who were a solid 16-10 so far in Cactus League play heading into Thursday’s MLB Spring Training slate. Starting pitching matters and Cy Young Award are usually dominant ace Starters who pitch for winning teams that end up making the MLB Postseason.

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