NL and AL Cy Young Tickets Headlined by Buehler and Cease

One month into the MLB season, you’re already seeing multiple names drawing interest to win this year’s NL and AL Cy Young Awards.

AL Cy Young 

Heading into the 2022 MLB season, the top-three opening odds for the AL Cy Young saw Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees as the favorite at +400, followed by Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox at +1100, and Dylan Cease, also of the White Sox at +1600.

There’s been some early line movement over the first month of the season, with Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros leading the pack at +600, while Kevin Gausman of the Toronto Blue Jays boasts odds at +650 in second, with Cole and Cease both sitting at +700 to round out the top three.

In terms of the ticket percentages early on, Cease leads the pack with 12.7% of tickets at BetMGM Sportsbook, while Shohei Ohtani isn’t far behind at 11.1%. Verlander, Alex Manoah, and Cole finish up the top-five in tickets with 9%, 8.6%, and 7.2%.

Looking at the handle, Manoah of the Toronto Blue Jays has the current lead at 11.4%, with Ohtani slightly trailing at 10.3%, followed by Cease at 10.1%.

Noah Syndergaard should be someone to watch here as well, seeing his opening odds already rise from +6600 to +2000. The Angels right-hander also has 5.3% of tickets and 8.7% of the handle.

Top-10 AL Cy Young Odds from the BetMGM Sportsbook. 

Player Opening Odds Current Odds Ticket% Handle%
Dylan Cease 1600 700 12.7% 10.1%
Shohei Ohtani 2500 1000 11.1% 10.3%
Justin Verlander 2000 600 9.0% 7.0%
Alek Manoah 2000 1100 8.6% 11.4%
Gerrit Cole 400 700 7.2% 7.0%
Kevin Gausman 2000 650 6.3% 8.7%
Noah Syndergaard 6600 2000 5.3% 8.7%
Lucas Giolito 1100 2000 4.0% 3.7%
Framber Valdez 8000 5000 3.6% 4.7%
Shane McClanahan 2000 1200 3.5% 4.0%

NL Cy Young 

Unlike the AL, the NL saw the year open with three pitchers below +1000 to win the NL Cy Young this season.

Those odds were led by Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets at +350, Max Scherzer of the Mets at +700, and Corbin Burnes, the reigning winner of the award for the Milwaukee Brewers at +800.

There’s been some slight line movement after one month of the season, which now has Scherzer and Burnes tied as the favorites at +500, followed by Carlos Rodon of the San Francisco Giants at +600.

Looking at the ticket percentages, Walker Buehler of the Los Angeles Dodgers currently leads the charge at 12%, with Scherzer and deGrom behind him at 8.8%, and 7.8%.

This will be interesting to follow because deGrom has yet to make a start this season for the Mets, but we know what he’s capable of when healthy, there are just questions surrounding how long he’ll be out.

In terms of the handle, there are four pitchers currently above 10%, led by deGrom at 12.7%, Scherzer at 10.7%, while Buehler and Rodon sit at 10.3%.

Sandy Alcantara of the Miami Marlins could be someone to keep an eye on in this race, where he currently boasts 4.3% of tickets and a handle of 2.1%.

Top-10 NL Cy Young Odds from the BetMGM Sportsbook. 

Player Opening Odds Current Odds Ticket% Handle%
Walker Buehler 1000 1200 12.0% 10.3%
Max Scherzer 700 500 8.8% 10.7%
Jacob deGrom 350 5000 7.8% 12.7%
Logan Webb 2000 2500 7.5% 5.5%
Corbin Burnes 800 500 4.4% 3.7%
Carlos Rodon Off the board 600 4.3% 10.3%
Sandy Alcantara 2500 2500 4.3% 2.1%
Zack Wheeler 1200 3000 3.9% 1.8%
Freddy Peralta 3000 8000 3.4% 2.7%
Ranger Suarez 20000 10000 3.4% 5.5%