Robbie Ray

  • Robbie Ray of the Toronto Blue Jays currently holds the best betting odds (-175) to win the 2021 AL Cy Young Award.
  • Gerrit Cole (+125) and Lance Lynn (+1200) round out the top three best odds with only a few games left to go.

NEW YORK – As the 2021 MLB season nears its close, the debate over the winner of this year’s American League Cy Young award is reaching its peak. Two frontrunners have separated themselves from the pack, while the third longshot option remains a possibility.

Robbie Ray, Toronto Blue Jays (-175)

Robbie Ray currently boasts the best odds to win the 2021 AL Cy Young award at legal online sportsbooks at (-175).

Leading the American League in numerous categories: ERA (2.72), innings pitched (182), WHIP (1.033), Strikeouts (238) and ERA+ (161), he holds a 12-6 record and has only allowed 45 walks on the season.

Ray’s 6.8 wins above replacement rank first among American League pitchers in 2021. The Blue Jays have nine games remaining in the season, meaning Ray is likely to make at least one more start before the end of the year.

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees (+125)

Cole, the New York Yankees’ ace, currently holds the second-best odds at legal sports betting sites to win the 2021 AL Cy Young award at (+125).

Cole leads the American League in a few important categories that improve his odds of winning the award, including wins (15), complete games (2), and K/9 (12.3). Cole boasts a 3.03 ERA and a 1.033 WHIP in 169.1 innings pitched.

Cole currently ranks ninth in the American League in wins above replacement with 5.7, good enough for second among pitchers in the American League.

The Yankees have nine more games remaining in their search for a 2021 postseason berth, all but guaranteeing at least one more appearance from Cole.

Lance Lynn, Chicago White Sox (+1200)

Chicago White Sox starter Lance Lynn has the third-best odds to win the 2021 AL Cy Young award at (+1200).

Lynn has been fantastic for the AL Central champion Chicago White Sox, posting a 10-5 record with a 2.47 ERA, 1.068 WHIP, and 166 strikeouts. Lynn’s 5 wins above replacement rank him third in the American League in the category among pitchers.

While Lynn is not leading the league in any major pitching categories, he has been a rock-steady head of the White Sox staff, one of the best teams in the American League. This makes him an appealing longshot contrarian pick in a sport known for contrarian award winners.

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