2019 MLB Cy Young Award Odds
Just a month into the 2019 Major League Baseball season and American League early season Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber’s odds have fallen from an opening 5-2 to 40-1 at the SuperBook of Las Vegas, Westgate. Kluber enters tonight’s contest in South Beach against the Miami Marlins with a 2-2 record and 5.81 ERA. 2019 MLB Cy Young Award Odds: Kluber 40-1.
Kluber’s surface line does not show a dominating April. And his favorite status for the AL Cy Young was created coming off a career-high 20 victories in 2018. The Indians right-hander has won two wins in his last three turns. He is in a favorable position tonight to earn a third consecutive victory without a loss versus arguably the least capable offensive lineup in all of baseball.
Kluber has allowed at least three runs in four of his six starts this season. This includes his last start and victory against the Houston Astros. The Cleveland ace has struck out 35 in 31 total innings and squares off against the Marlins for the first time in his career. The Cy Young candidate is 15-7 with a 2.73 ERA in his interleague play career.
Kluber’s slow start to the 2019 campaign doesn’t come without a number of positives. His current 5.81 ERA isn’t an accurate measure of his April performances. It is his 4.05 FIP that is a better gauge of how the Indians right-hander has pitched. Kluber has been the victim of poor batted ball luck with a strand rate that will experience regression to the mean.
Kluber’s velocity is in the neighborhood of last season. He has experienced a slight decrease in Velo with his two-seam fastball (-.3 mph), his cutter (-.7 mph) and his slider (-1.1 mph) but this isn’t an aberration for Kluber. He has a history of such in the cold weather month of April during his career.
His best two start have come in his last two outings, against quality lineups, versus Houston and Atlanta, respectively. And with five months to go and the easiest part of the Tribe’s schedule in the next two months, with the majority of his outings coming against Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit, expect to see him regain some of his Cy Young momentum.