4 Best Bets For NL Cy Young Right Now
The NL Cy Young award race is far different from the AL Cy Young race this season. The NL isn’t stacked with much competition here, as just one or two candidates really look like they are running away with the award. Meanwhile, the AL features a handful of significant players that are keeping up with one another. Here are four great bets on who could potentially win the NL Cy Young award by the end of this year.
Sandy Alcantara, Miami Marlins (-140)
When it comes to the NL CY Young award, Sandy Alcantara is running away with it. The odds are very representative of that as well. This far into the year, he’s pitched the most innings compared to any other pitcher in baseball. Not only that, but he is second in the league when it comes to ERA at 1.81. He’s ninth in the league with 133 strikeouts and fourth with a WHIP of 0.90 as well. Everything seems to be clicking for Alcantara right now, and it would need to take a disastrous turn of events for him to fall down the list.
Corbin Burnes, Milwaukee Brewers (+650)
The most recent winner of this award, Corbin Burnes is right back in contention. Burnes is putting up solid numbers across the board just like Alcantara. He’s seventh with a 2.31 ERA, first with 160 strikeouts and fifth with a 0.92 WHIP. On top of that, he’s doing this with a large number of innings pitched. He recorded 167 in total back in 2021, but is now on pace for 200. This is still less than the projection that Alcantara has, but Burnes has a similar combination of quality and quantity this season on the mound.
Tony Gonsolin, Los Angeles Dodgers (+1300)
Tony Gonsolin is putting himself in a position to win this award based off of record alone. He’s currently sitting at a record of 11-1 on the year and his stats are a prime example of how he’s been able to do that. With the sixth best ERA in the league at 2.26 and the third highest WHIP at 0.88, Gonsolin could be a strong second half of the season away from climbing the ladder. Assuming he registers a handful of others games moving forward, he could be ending the season with nearly 20 wins and ridiculously strong numbers to combo with it.
Joe Musgrove, San Diego Padres (+1300)
When it comes to the statistics side of things, Joe Musgrove is a little lower than you would like for him to be for this award. He’s got a solid 8-3 record to back himself up but compared to previously mentioned guys on the list, he’s lower in the numbers department. At the moment, he’s got the 11th highest ERA in the league at 2.63, the 10th best WHIP at 0.99 but falls in at number 35 in terms of total strikeouts at 106. Musgrove isn’t out of the race yet, and could benefit from an excellent end of the year. Though he would need to consistently win games and improve some of these numbers to do so.