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Yu Darvish of the San Diego Padres pitches as we look at the MLB wins leader odds
Yu Darvish of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Dustin Bradford /Getty Images via AFP.

You play to win the game, and the MLB wins leader is without doubt one of the most unpredictable betting markets in professional sports. Sportsbook Review betting analyst Neil Parker evaluates the favorites, contenders and long shots to pace the majors in victories, in addition to offering his top MLB picks based on the best MLB odds.

Favorites, long shots, and hurlers entirely absent from preseason odds lists have recently paced the majors in wins, and last year’s league-leader serves as a perfect example.

Atlanta Braves righty Kyle Wright pitched a mere 6 1/3 innings across two winless starts in 2021 before tallying up a league-leading 21 victories last year. It was also the second consecutive season an off-the-board pitcher led baseball in wins.

Still, a number of potential Hall of Famers have also weighed in. Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, and Max Scherzer have all won the most games in a season during their respective careers.

Here's a look at the best odds for the 2023 wins leader, and our top picks (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, and PointsBet).

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MLB 2023 wins leader odds

Gerrit Cole+1000+1200 🔥+700 ❄️ +1000
Justin Verlander+1400+1400+1600 🔥+1200 ❄️
Shane McClanahan+1500+2000 🔥+1600 +1500 
Max Fried+1500 +1600+1600 +1500
Julio Urias+1500 +1500+2500 🔥 +1500
Shane Bieber+1600+1600+1600+1500 ❄️
Sandy Alcantara+1600+4000 🔥+1800 +1500 ❄️
Framber Valdez+1600 +1600+1200 ❄️+1500
Max Scherzer+1600 +2500 🔥+1200 ❄️+1500
Carlos Rodon+1600 +3000 🔥+1200 ❄️+1500
Jacob deGrom+1700+3000 🔥+1600 ❄️+1800 
Corbin Burnes+1700+2000 🔥+800 ❄️+1800 
Zach Wheeler+1800 ❄️+5000 🔥+2500 +2000
Kevin Gausman+1900 ❄️+4000 🔥+2500 +2000
Dylan Cease+1800 ❄️+3000+3000 +2000

MLB 2023 wins leader odds accurate as of Tuesday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m. ET).

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MLB 2023 wins leader odds analysis

BetMGM has the best odds available in this betting market, and it's a simple as that.

Prospective bettors can still benefit from shopping for the best price through Caesars, as it has the highest odds for both Justin Verland and Julio Urias. On the flip side, neither DraftKings nor PointsBet offers the longest odds for a single pitcher among the betting favorites in this market.

MLB 2023 wins leader odds movement

PointsBet made the most drastic overhaul to its odds list by cutting the prices of nearly every pitcher at the top of the board. DraftKings and Caesars didn’t make many adjustments. The odds for Kevin Gausman were raised slightly at DraftKings, while Caesars shrunk the price for Framber Valdez.

Though BetMGM did lower the odds for a number of pitchers, it is still offering the best price on most of the highlighted hurlers.

MLB 2023 wins leader odds best bets

  • Julio Urias, Los Angeles Dodgers (+2500 via Caesars) - Feb. 24
  • Alek Manoah, Toronto Blue Jays (+2800 via Caesars) - Feb. 24
  • Kevin Gausman, Toronto Blue Jays (+4000 via BetMGM) - Feb. 24
  • Yu Darvish, San Diego Padres (+5000 via BetMGM) - Feb. 24

MLB 2023 wins leader odds: Favorites

Justin Verlander (+1600 via Caesars)

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner heads to the NL for the first time in his storied 17 year-career. Verlander has led the majors in wins three times, and he also paced the AL in victories in 2022. Father Time has nothing on the 40-year-old hurler.

Julio Urias (+2500 via Caesars)

The 25-year-old lefty checks all the boxes. Urias paced the majors in wins in 2021, and he won another 17 times last year. The Los Angeles Dodgers also project to take another run at a World Series title in 2023. I’m anticipating plenty of opportunities to pad the wins column again this season and think this is a fair price. 

Corbin Burnes (+2000 via BetMGM)

Burns checks out among the elite starters in the league, and he’s in the middle of his prime entering his age-28 campaign. The 2021 NL CY Young winner has only 23 wins across 61 starts in the past two years, though. It could be argued he’s set to see a statistical correction in the wins column, but I’m going to take a wait-and-see approach and see if a longer number presents itself during the season.

Alek Manoah (+2800 via Caesars)

I’m bullish about Manoah’s career trajectory, and after posting a 0.88 ERA and 0.85 WHIP across six September starts to conclude the 2022 campaign, I’m not concerned about him wearing down over the course of the season. Simply put, Manoah is mispriced in this market, and I’m happy to add him to my betting portfolio.

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MLB 2023 wins leader odds: Contenders

Dylan Cease (+3000 via Caesars)

I’m expecting the Chicago White Sox to improve this year following a disappointing showing last season. It’ll be a boon to Cease’s upside in the wins column. He’s started 32 games in consecutive years and threw a career-high 184 innings in 2022. Cease is set to be a contender in this betting market all season.

Carlos Rodon (+3000 via BetMGM)

Injuries plagued Rodon for years, and he'll open the 2023 season on the IL with a left forearm muscle strain. The lefty returns to the AL following his best season since entering the league in 2015. His advanced statistics have been elite the past two years, and he’s better positioned to collect wins pitching for the New York Yankees than at any other point in his career. Still, given his current injury and history of missing time, BetMGM is the only shop offering a reasonable price.

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MLB 2023 wins leader odds: Long shots

Kevin Gausman (+4000 via BetMGM)

Lady luck shunned Gausman in his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays to the tune of an unsustainably high .363 BABIP, and he also went 4-7 at the Rogers Centre. As a result, a splash of statistical correction could go a long way in Year 2 with the Blue Jays. Toronto boasts an improved lineup, and Gausman has proven durable with 64 starts across the past two seasons. I’m backing the veteran righty at the inflated odds available through BetMGM.

Sandy Alcantara (+4000 via BetMGM)

The price at most of our best sportsbooks is too short for Alcantara. He recorded double-digit wins (14) for the first time in his career last season, and more concerning, it required him throwing an MLB-high six complete games. It’s worth noting that BetMGM is offering the best odds to back Alcantara in this market by a considerable margin.

Yu Darvish (+5000 via BetMGM)

Darvish won 16 times and started 30 games for a second consecutive season in 2022, so I’m viewing the +5000 odds as a nice addition to my betting portfolio for this market. The San Diego Padres have a star-studded lineup to provide run support, and Darvish has been incredibly durable since his injury-shortened 2018 campaign. 

Luis Castillo (+5000 via BetMGM)

Pitching for a legitimate contender and starting home games at T-Mobile Park should pave the way for Castillo to approach or pass his prior career-high 15 wins during the 2019 campaign. He’s rightfully positioned among the long shots through BetMGM, but he’s also a pitcher I’m going to watch in April. The Seattle Mariners have a potentially tough schedule the first month of the season.

MLB 2023 wins leader odds: Fades

Gerrit Cole (+1200 via BetMGM)

The consensus favorite to lead the majors in wins in 2023, Cole posted a 13-8 record across an MLB-high 33 starts last year. He’s proven to be a perennial Cy Young candidate since shifting to the AL, and his durability and pitching for a pennant contender rightfully position him as a front-runner in this betting market. 

Cole’s velocity hasn’t dipped as he approaches his mid-30s, but both his ERA and FIP creeped up in 2022, so I’m concerned he’s in the twilight of his prime – if not past it.

Max Fried (+1600 via BetMGM, Caesars)

Fried has evolved into one of the most reliable starters in baseball, and he’s succeeded without featuring an overpowering fastball. The lefty has won 14 games in consecutive seasons, and he recorded a career-high 17 victories in 2019. I’m passing on Fried in this market – and price – because I consider his upside capped by pitching in the potentially competitive NL East.

Framber Valdez (+1600 via DraftKings, BetMGM)

It was a breakout campaign for Valdez in 2022. He posted career-best marks in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, and ERA. His 201 1/3 innings were almost 65 more than his 2021 total, which is an immediate warning sign for me. I’m concerned about another hefty workload taking a toll on Valdez and/or the Houston Astros brass being cautious with his starts and innings down the stretch. Still, with the well-rounded Astros looking to go back-to-back, Valdez is primed to tally up wins.

Shane Bieber (+1600 via DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars)

The Cleveland Guardians ace quietly goes about his business and took home the AL Cy Young Award and captured the pitching Triple Crown during the shortened 2020 campaign. It was the lone year Bieber was a contender to lead baseball in wins, though, and his pitch repertoire doesn’t hang with the elite starters. Bieber was trading at +3000 in this market earlier in the offseason through BetMGM, but the odds are too short for me across the board now.

Shane McClanahan (+2000 via BetMGM)

Multiple trips to the IL took a toll on McClanahan in 2022, and after recording nine wins before the All-Star Break, he finished with just 13 for the campaign. The 25-year-old southpaw logged a career-high 166 1/3 innings across 28 starts, but it’s clear the increased workload took a toll. It’ll take another uptick in starts and innings to take a run at leading the league in wins in 2023, so I’m fading McClanahan in this market because I’m concerned with his durability.

Max Scherzer (+2500 via BetMGM)

The good news is Scherzer is healthy entering the 2023 season after oblique injuries limited him to 23 starts in his New York Mets debut last year. Unfortunately, Scherzer’s fastball velocity has dipped in each of the past three seasons, and he’s also failed to flirt with 200 innings in all three. The bad outweighs the good for me.

Jacob deGrom (+3000 via BetMGM)

Considering deGrom is already nursing a minor injury, and he’s started just 38 games across the past three seasons, I’m not interested in backing him in this betting market. I also view the Texas Rangers as a middle-of-the-road club that won’t help him pile up wins.

Spencer Strider (+3500 via Caesars)

Strider made his first start of 2022 on May 30, and he never looked back. The righty posted a 10-4 record with an otherworldly 1.92 FIP across 20 starts and put together a legitimate claim to win the NL Rookie of the Year. There’s room for regression without taking a huge hit in the wins column, but the NL East is top-heavy, and I also worry about the Atlanta Braves being cautious with his workload. 

Zach Wheeler (+5000 via BetMGM)

The Philadelphia Phillies are among the World Series contenders again in 2023, and Wheeler enters the season healthy after missing time last year with forearm tendinitis. As long as Philadelphia outfielder Bryce Harper returns by the All-Star Break to bolster the lineup, Wheeler should stay in the conversation to pace the league in wins. Still, Harper’s too important to the Phillies for me to back Wheeler in this betting market until the slugger’s return timeline is more concrete. 

Tony Gonsolin (+6000 via BetMGM)

Though no one should expect Gonsolin to repeat his dominant 2022 campaign, he has room for regression without taking a big hit in the wins column. The 28-year-old righty is starting for a World Series contender, and if Gonsolin is able to approach 30 starts he could contend to lead baseball in wins again this season. An ankle injury could cut into his early season availability, though, and it only further reinforces my fade stance in this betting market.

Recent MLB wins leaders

YearPlayerTeamOpening Odds
2022Kyle WrightAtlanta BravesN/A
2021Julio UriasLos Angeles DodgersN/A
2020Two-Way TieN/AN/A
2019Justin VerlanderHouston Astros+1800
2018Blake SnellTampa Bay Rays+8000
2017Four-Way TieN/AN/A
2016Rick PorcelloBoston Red Sox+8000
2015Jake ArrietaChicago Cubs+4000
2014Clayton KershawLos Angeles Dodgers+650
2013Max ScherzerDetroit Tigers+1600
2012Gio GonzalezWashington Nationals+4000
2011Justin VerlanderDetroit Tigers+1600

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MLB wins leader FAQs

When will the MLB wins leader be decided?

The pitcher who leads the league in wins upon the conclusion of the regular season is the winner.

Who led the league in wins in 2022?

Atlanta Braves righty Kyle Wright led the league with 21 wins last season.

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