To begin with, Gerrit Cole’s record contract with the Yankees set off a substantial betting reaction. New York was already going to be a favorite to win the World Series before Cole arrived. Once Cole was introduced at a Yankee press conference, baseball betting futures on the Yankees reached all-new levels. Naturally, Cole is an understandable favorite. But he is far from the only quality starter that can win the AL Cy Young. Let’s preview the top choices for the 2020 American League Cy Young Award.
2020 American League Cy Young Award Winner
2020 American League Cy Young Award Overview
At the onset, gamblers wasted no time in making Cole the prohibitive sports betting favorite for the Cy Young. Boston’s Chris Sale is a “potential” bet based on strong performances of the past. Justin Verlander is the 2019 winner and remains in top form. While Mike Clevinger and Corey Kluber could be strong sleeper values.
Getting the biggest contract for a pitcher in the history of the game isn’t the only reason for the Cole hype. By reason of him coming off the best year of his career do gamblers believe? Cole was 20-5 with a 2.50 earned run average and a WHIP of 0.89 in 2019. He has been named an All-Star the past two years. Of great concern is if he can top or even equal last year’s performance.
Of course, Sale will get plenty of play as a seven-time All-Star for the highly popular Red Sox. The sale is recovering from a flexor strain and may not start the season, whenever that is. But the fact remains that when he is in top form, he is one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers. Simultaneously its also reasonable to believe that Sale is overpriced. Due to his injury issues, he should not be this expensive.
Houston’s number one starter is a justifiable favorite. In fact, Verlander has won two Cy Young Awards for his career. Verlander is an eight-time All-Star including the past two seasons. Last season he went 21-6 with a 2.58 earned run average and WHIP of 0.80. Verlander may be 37 years old but resembles a fine wine that ages beautifully.
Correlate the consistency of the Indians Mike Clevinger. In three full seasons as a major leaguer, Clevinger has never had an earned run average over 3.11. Clevinger went 13-4 in 2019 with a 2.71 earned run average and WHIP of 1.06. Also, he struck out 169 batters in 126 innings of work.
Even though he is not a top tier baseball betting favorite, Kluber could be a hidden gem. First, he is a two-time Cy Young Award winner from 2014 and 2017 when with the Indians. Second, in 2018 Kluber was 20-7 with a 2.89 earned run average and 0.99 WHIP.
2020 AL Cy Young Award Free Pick
In this situation, Mike Clevenger combines ability, quality of time, and price to make for the best pick.
Baseball Odds Today Betting Online Pick: Mike Clevenger