AL & NL favorites Cy Young in the first quarter of the 2022 MLB season


The start of the season has been defined by great pitchers, and some pitchers have already separated themselves from the pack. Here’s a look at Cy Young’s favorites after the 1st quarter of the season. Odds are from FanDuel Sportsbook as of May 20, 2022.

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Verlander has a remarkable comeback from Tommy John surgery at 39. The Astros ace has a 1.38 ERA and 0.68 WHIP in seven starts spanning 45.2 innings.

NL: Corbin Burnes +320

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Burnes is trying to win his second consecutive Cy Young Award, and he’s off to a good start. The Brewers ace has a 2.26 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in eight starts in 51.2 innings.

AL: Kevin Gausman +600

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Toronto cut a good figure by replacing Robbie Ray with Gausman. The right-hander has a 2.52 ERA with a remarkable 57/3 K/BB over 50 innings.

NL: Carlos Rodon +600

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San Francisco took a risk in signing the oft-injured Rodon this offseason, but that risk is paying off. He has a 3.49 ERA with 56/13 K/BB in 38.2 innings.

AL: Gerrit Cole +750

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Cole is still chasing his first Cy Young award after finishing in the top five in voting for four straight seasons. He has a 2.89 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 43.2 innings in eight starts.

NL: Pablo Lopez +1200

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Lopez leads an exceptional Marlins pitching team at the start of this year. He has a 1.57 ERA over eight starts, putting the injury troubles of recent seasons behind him.

AL: Shohei Ohtani +900

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Ohtani looks like an ace this season while still producing at home plate. He has a 2.82 ERA in seven starts, with 53/9 K/BB in 38.1 innings.

Newfoundland: Joe Musgrove +1,200

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Musgrove continues to lead a very talented Padres pitching team. He has a 2.20 ERA in seven starts with 47/6 K/BB in 45 innings.

AL: Dylan Cease +900

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Netherlands: Walker Bühler +1300

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AL: Shane McClanahan +1000

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NL: Max Fried +1500

NL: Max Fried +1500

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Fried went on to become Atlanta’s ace. The southpaw has a 3.31 ERA with 47/6 K/BB in 49 innings.

AL: Alek Manoah +1100

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With Jose Berrios struggling, Manoah filled the void as the Jays ace. The sophomore starter has a 1.71 ERA in seven starts in 42 innings.

NL: Zack Wheeler +2000

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Wheeler had a delayed start due to shoulder issues, but made up for lost time. He has a 3.49 ERA in seven starts in 38.2 innings.

AL: Nestor Cortes +1600

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Gerrit Cole is still known as the Yankees’ ace, but Cortes deservedly got a lot of the attention early in the season. The southpaw leads the AL with a 1.35 ERA over seven starts, with 49 strikeouts in 40 innings.

NL: Zac Gallen +2000

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Gallen overcame early shoulder issues to dominate through seven starts. He leads the NL with a 1.14 ERA and 0.71 WHIP, whipping 39 batters in 39.1 innings.

AL: Shane Bieber +2500

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Bieber’s speed went down at the start of this season, but he’s still seeing good results. He has a 3.72 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 38.2 innings.

NL: Sandy Alcantara +2500

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Alcantara has been Miami’s ace since 2019 and continues to pitch as one of the best rotational pitchers. Walks hurt him, but Alcantara has a 2.49 ERA over 50.2 runs.

AL: Lucas Giolito +2500

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Giolito missed time early in the season but was an ace when he pitched. The right-hander has a 2.84 ERA in six starts, with 44 strikeouts in 31.2 innings.

Newfoundland: Brandon Woodruff +2,500

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Woodruff’s peripherals were much better than his results in the first quarter of the season. He has a 5.35 ERA, but Woodruff also has 43/12 K/BB in 33.2 innings. Vegas’ ratings reflect a pitcher who should see improvement over the rest of the season.

AL: Tarik Skubal +4000

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Detroit’s starting rotation was riddled with injuries, but Skubal was reliable. The southpaw has a 2.22 ERA in eight starts with 50/8 K/BB in 44.2 innings.

NL: Aaron Nola +3000

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Nola’s masterful mastery has continued this season and he’s getting better results than last year. He has a 3.64 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with 55/9 K/BB in 47 innings for the Phils.

AL: Logan Gilbert +4000

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Seattle signed defending AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray in the offseason, but Gilbert was their ace. He has a 2.40 ERA and 51/16 K/BB in 45 innings.

NL: Chris Bassitt +3500

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With injuries to Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Tylor Megill, Bassitt could be New York’s most important short-term pitcher. The Spring Training acquisition via Oakland has a 2.77 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 48.2 innings.




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