De Grom Injured – Zach Wheeler Favorite In Cy Young Odds

Zach Wheeler Cy Young Award

  • NL Cy Young is wide open with the Mets’ de Grom ailing
  • Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler now has inside track.
  • Milwaukee duo in the mix

With only 40-45 games left and the MLB season ending on October 3, talk of the Cy Young Award is starting to rumble and in the National league there is a log jam at the top. Mets pitcher Jacob de Grom was favored at the online sportsbooks coming into spring training at a (+500) while the Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer, besieged with legal troubles on an alleged domestic assault, sat at (+700)

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De Grom was looking like he was close to pulling away with this as he was a (-800) favorite in last July, but a forearm injury has sidelined his return indefinitely. De Grom says he will definitely pitch again this season while some around the team beg to differ.

He has Cy Young-esque numbers with a 7-2 ledger with a 1.08 ERA and a 0.55 WHIP. He has started 15 games with 192 strikeouts and only 11 walks.

Currently, Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler (+175) is looking like the favorite with de Grom on the shelf.

He has struck out 181 in 156 innings as leads the National League in both categories while posting a 2.24 ERA on a Phillies’ staff that sits at 17th in the National League as Philadelphia’s starters and relievers have a combined 4.47 ERA.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler (+300) is potentially Wheeler’s biggest threat. Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff is also in the mix with (+350) odds.

Woodruff’s teammate Corbin Burnes, who started the season at (+4000), currently stands at (+340) while  San Francisco ace Kevin Gausman (+900), all look like the best of the field now that de Grom has come down.

Chasing Wheeler

All five of these pitchers are in position to where they can figure mightily in the pennant races and the playoff runs of their teams.

Buehler is 12-2 in 24 starts and even on days when he has no-decisions, he pitches well enough to win.

On Saturday, he picked up a no-decision in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Mets, but gave up a run on four hits and struck out 10 in 7.0 innings.

He also hasn’t given up over two runs in any of his last seven starts, which dates back to a no-decision in a dodger’s loss to Miami on July 5.

He is the crown jewel on a Dodgers’ putting staff that leads MLB with a 3.11 ERA.

The Brewers have the third-best ERA in the majors at 3.35 as Burnes and Woodruff figure prominently with Burnes placing a 7-4 record with 2.23 ERA and Woodruff standing at 7-6 with a 2.13 ERA.

Burnes has upped his game even more in his last seven starts as he has fashioned a 4-0 ledger with a 1.75 ERA. He has struck out 57 and walked seven in that seven-game stretch while giving up only nine runs in the 46.1 innings pitched.

Last Wednesday, Burnes became only the third pitcher in modern MLB history to strikeout 10 straight batters. His rise has been more than noteworthy as he started spring training at (+4000) and has leaped all the way to a (+340).

Woodruff has fallen off in his last seven outings as he has gone 0-3 but with a respectable 2.97 ERA. His two games in August, however have been two no decisions where

He seems to have fallen victim to a Brewers offense that has struggled to put runs not he board all season.

Woodruff was at a (+2000) when the season started and now has pitched himself into stellar position with a (+350) posting.

San Francisco’s Kevin Gausman has turned into the star on a San Francisco pitching staff this place third in the bigs in ERA at 3.32, just behind the Dodgers.

Gausman is one of three Giants starters who now have double digits in wins as he is tied with Anthony DeScalfani with an 11-5 record and a 2.13 ERA. He has given up only 35 earned runs on 90 hits in 137.1 innings.

He is also is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in August and if he continues at this clip, he will be in the mix throughout the rest of the season.

Gausman was sitting at a (+1200) in Cy Young competition three weeks ago and has fallen to a (+900)

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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