AL Cy Young Odds Set Cole, Bieber, Giolito Well Ahead of the Pack

Gerrit Cole delivering a pitch

New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws during the second inning in Game 5 of a baseball American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
  • New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole is the +350 favorite to win the 2021 AL Cy Young Award
  • Shane Bieber, the 2020 winner, is the second betting choice at +400
  • The last Yankees hurler to win the AL Cy Young was Roger Clemens in 2001

If he’s to win the American League Cy Young Award in the upcoming season, Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees will need to end a couple of slumps.

Despite finishing among the top five in balloting three years in a row, Cole has never won the AL Cy Young Award. As a matter of fact, no Yankees pitcher has since Roger Clemens in 2001.

Oddsmakers are of the opinion that Cole’s time is now. He’s listed as the +350 favorite in the 2021 AL Cy Young odds. Shane Bieber of Cleveland, the 2020 AL Cy Young winner, is second in the betting line at +400. Next is Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox at +450.

2021 AL Cy Young Odds

Player (Team) Odds
Gerrit Cole (Yankees) +200
Shane Bieber (Cleveland) +400
Lucas Giolito (White Sox) +450
Tyler Glasnow (Rays) +950
Hyun-Jin Ryu (Blue Jays) +1300
Jose Berrios (Twins) +1700
Lance Lynn (White Sox) +1700
Corey Kluber (Yankees) +1800
Kenta Maeda (Twins) +2000
Dallas Keuchel (White Sox) +2200
Chris Sale (Red Sox) +2200
Marco Gonzales (Mariners) +2500
Jesus Luzardo (Athletics) +2500
Framber Valdez (Astros) +2500
Luis Severino (Yankees) +3000
Zack Greinke (Astros) +3300
Andrew Heaney (Angels) +3300
Nate Pearson (Blue Jays) +3300
Frankie Montas (Athletics) +3500
Eduardo Rodriguez (Red Sox) +3500
Dylan Bundy (Angels) +4000
Dylan Cease (White Sox) +4000
Nathan Eovaldi (Red Sox) +4000
Mike Minor (Royals) +4000
Shohei Ohtani (Angels) +4000
Alex Cobb (Angels) +5000
Triston McKenzie (Cleveland) +5000
Casey Mize (Tigers) +5000
Randy Dobnak (Twins) +5000
Cristian Javier (Astros) +6000
Jose Urquidy (Astros) +6000
Justin Dunn (Mariners) +6600

Odds as of Feb. 18th at DraftKings.

The 2021 MLB regular season is slated to get underway on April 1st.

Another Lump For Cole

In the close-but-no-cigar category, Cole is a Cy Young champion: perennially a contender, never a winner.

Posting a 7-3 record with a 2.84 ERA last season, Cole finished fourth in balloting behind Cleveland’s Bieber. Despite a stellar 20-5 record, 2.50 ERA and a MLB-leading 326 strikeouts, Cole ended up second in 2019 voting to then Houston Astros teammate Justin Verlander.

He was fifth in AL Cy Young voting in 2018 and fourth in NL Cy Young balloting in 2015. So why should 2021 turn out any different for this forever runner-up?

Well, for starters, he’s going to be required to carry the Yankees’ starting rotation. Beyond Cole, there’s reclamation project Corey Kluber, oft-injured Luis Severino and then, who knows?

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Tough To Turn Two

After going 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA, what can Bieber do for an encore? Well, if he won the Cy Young again, that would be really something.

It’s been over two decades since a pitcher repeated as AL Cy Young Award winner. Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox won in 1999-2000, right on the heels of wins by Clemens in 1997-98.

Bieber was the AL leader in wins, ERA, winning percentage (.889), strikeouts (122), as well as hits (5.4) and strikeouts (14.2) per nine innings.

Gio Positioning Himself Well

Oddsmakers see this as a three-pitcher race, slotting Giolito in at +450. No other hurler registers shorter than +950 in the opening odds.

Giolito was sixth in Cy Young voting in 2019 and seventh last year. If the ChiSox are contenders and he’s closer to the 14-9 of 2019 than the 4-3 of 2020, he could be a factor.

Ryu Worth A Look

Bieber was +1600 in the 2020 AL Cy Young opening odds, so it’s always wise to consider someone from off the pace. And that someone should be Toronto’s Hyun-Jin Ryu (+1300).

Third in 2020 AL Cy Young voting, he was 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA. In 2019 with the LA Dodgers, Ryu was 14-5 and led the NL with a 2.32 ERA.

Pick: Gerrit Cole (+200)

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