Gerrit Cole Favored To Win The American League Cy Young Award


Gerrit Cole Favored To Win The American League Cy Young Award


The New York Yankees made a big splash in the offseason by signing former Houston Astros ace right-hander Gerrit Cole to a nine-year, $324 million contract. Is Cole rightly favored to win the American League Cy Young award.


The Yankees made a very smart decision because there are no pitchers like Gerrit Cole in free agency for the next few years.


Now the Yankees finally have a legitimate ace in their starting rotation:


Games with at least 14 strikeouts and no walks allowed:


Gerrit Cole last season – 3


Nolan Ryan, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Sandy Koufax, & Bob Gibson careers combined – 3


Cole also set an Astros record by winning his last 16 regular season decisions and he led the American League with a career-best 2.50 ERA. His career-high 326 strikeouts were the most in the majors and set an Astros franchise record (J.R. Richard had 313 strikeouts in 1979).


He only had one loss since May 22… Game 1 of the World Series against the Nationals but he did get back on track in Game 5 of the World Series and went 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA in 36 2/3 innings over five postseason starts.


Gerrit Cole grew up a Yankees fan but he dominated them in New York and beat them in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, throwing seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball with seven strikeouts.



Odds To Win The American League Cy Young Award


Gerrit Cole +400


Justin Verlander +450


Lucas Giolito +1000


Shane Bieber +1000


Mike Clevinger +1400


Blake Snell +1600


Charlie Morto +1600


James Paxton +1600


Jose Berrios +1600


Tyler Glasnow +1600


Zack Greinke +1600


Corey Kluber +2500


Shohei Ohtani +2500


Frankie Montas +3300


Hyun-Jin Ryu +3300


Sean Manaea +3300


Carlos Carrasco +4000


Jake Odorizzi +4000


Lance Lynn +4000


Mike Minor +4000


Dallas Keuchel +5000


Eduardo Rodriguez +5000


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