With a few weeks to go, two NL pitchers who weren't remotely in consideration as preseason Cy Young contenders are now the only guys inside of 5-to-1 odds.
The latest: Zac Gallen was the longtime frontrunner, but Blake Snell has taken over and Justin Steele isn't far behind. It'll be tough to catch Snell, but this race isn't over yet.
Here are the latest NL Cy Young odds.
NL Cy Young odds
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MLB odds as of 3:35 p.m. on 09/12/2023.
Best NL Cy Young odds
The favourite: Blake Snell (-200)
Back in June, Snell was a 20-to-1 outsider in this market. Now he's the frontrunner with only a handful of weeks to go.
Snell, who won an AL Cy Young award with the Rays back in 2018, leads the majors in hits per nine (6.1) and is just off the lead with a 2.52 ERA. You might call him effectively wild since he also paces MLB in walks (92) and wild pitches (12).
In a season where so much has gone wrong for the Padres, Snell has been an obvious bright spot.
He was an all-star snub, but maybe that added fuel to his fire. Since the Midsummer Classic, Snell has a 2.00 ERA and .178 opponent BA over 11 starts.
Snell handled a really strong Astros lineup last time out (6.0 innings, five hits, two runs) and is in line to face the Dodgers next. If he comes out of that start unscathed, he could be in the clear to win this award.
Other NL Cy Young choices
Best value: Justin Steele (+170)
Steele has the best shot at dethroning Snell, at least from an odds perspective, which makes a lot of sense.
The Cubs starter paces the majors in ERA (2.49) and wins (16), if that's your thing. Steele isn't an overwhelming strikeout guy, but his 9.0 K/9 mark is respectable.
Oh, and he's on fire over his past three starts, allowing just one run over 21.0 innings while fanning 26.
If Snell stumbles in some upcoming matchups, look to Steele as someone who can make up ground quickly in this race.
Player to watch: Zac Gallen (+550)
A late push by Gallen last season — including a 1.36 ERA over his final 11 starts — helped him surge into fifth place in the NL Cy Young vote. He's running out of time to post similarly staggering numbers, though.
But coming off a one-hit shutout against the Cubs, maybe Gallen does have enough magic left over four starts.
Then again, he'll have to be almost perfect to catch a pair of pitchers whose ERAs are well more than a half-run better than his. It's an uphill battle, to say the least.
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