New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, March 21, 2021, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
- The NL Cy Young Award odds on New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom have shortened from +500 to +388
- Meanwhile, the betting line on reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer lengthened from +700 to +725
- Bauer (2020) and deGrom (2018, 2019) have captured the past three NL Cy Youngs
Jacob deGrom is dealing in spring training. Forget for a moment, though, about the movement on his fastball.
Check out deGrom’s movement in the National League Cy Young Award race. In early February, the New York Mets ace was listed at an average of +500 in the Cy Young odds. Today, his betting line has shortened to +388.
Meanwhile, Trevor Bauer of the Los Angeles Dodgers saw his average Cy Young odds length from +700 to +725 over the same time frame.
Bauer (2020) and deGrom (2018, 2019) have won the past three NL Cy Young Awards.
2021 NL Cy Young Award Odds
|Pitcher (Team)||Odds at DraftKings|
|Jacob deGrom (Mets)||+425|
|Trevor Bauer (Dodgers)||+700|
|Max Scherzer (Nationals)||+950|
|Walker Buehler (Dodgers)||+1000|
|Yu Darvish (Padres)||+1200|
|Aaron Nola (Phillies)||+1200|
|Blake Snell (Padres)||+1200|
|Luis Castillo (Reds)||+1500|
|Jack Flaherty (Cardinals)||+1500|
|Max Fried (Braves)||+1700|
|Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)||+2000|
|Stephen Strasburg (Nationals)||+2000|
Odds as of March 26th.
Jacob Climbs The Ladder
The sensational spring training being enjoyed by deGrom continued in his most recent outing on March 21st against the Washington Nationals. The right-hander threw 4.2 shutout innings while allowing just three hits, two walks, and striking out five.
His fastball was once again averaging as high as 99 to 100 mph. deGrom’s slider stopped the radar gun at 95 mph.
Clocked in at 101 MPH ⛽ pic.twitter.com/yT9QbuceyE
— SNY (@SNYtv) March 21, 2021
The Mets ace shows three wins for the spring. He’s fanned 21 through 13.2 innings pitched. deGrom also displays a 0.66 WHIP and an identical 0.66 ERA.
Instead of a second spring start against the Nats on Friday, the Mets opted to pitch deGrom in a simulated game. He’s slated to start opening day against Washington. Mets manager Luis Rojas didn’t want to give the Nationals another look at deGrom before that start.
Bauer’s Different Spin
A new MLB rule regarding foreign substances on pitches seems to be aimed directly at Bauer. On Wednesday, MLB revealed that it would be seeking to crack down on the use of foreign substances by pitchers.
Methods that will be deployed in order to decipher the cheaters will be via the analysis of a random sampling of baseballs, surprise inspections and spin-rate analysis. Last season, as he won the NL Cy Young with the Cincinnati Reds, Bauer slyly admitted that he’d discovered the secret of how the Houston Astros pitchers were able to increase their spin rate.
— Barry (@YanksBar) March 24, 2021
In 2020, Bauer’s spin rate on his pitches increased significantly.
Bauer clearly put a target on his back by leaving the Reds to sign a three-year free-agent deal with the Dodgers. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner joining the reigning World Series champions. Can you say pressure under a massive spotlight?
2021 MLB Division Odds Tracker
deGrom Is The Man
It’s worth noting that Bauer’s outstanding 2020 campaign came during an unusual 60-game season. Would he have maintained that pace over 162 games?
On the other hand, deGrom has put together three brilliant seasons. He finished third in NL Cy Young balloting last year, just missed on joining Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers in history to win three consecutive Cy Young Awards.
No surprise here ⚾️
The MLB on FOX fans picked Jacob deGrom to win the NL Cy Young award in 2021! pic.twitter.com/u4NUhdlbiD
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) March 26, 2021
On paper the Mets look to have their best team in over a decade. Pete Alonso has rediscovered his home-run stroke. Francisco Lindor’s presence bulks up their offense.
deGrom ranked near the bottom of starting pitchers in run support in both 2018 (3.53) and 2019 (4.16), his two Cy Young Award-winning campaigns.
Imagine how dominant he’ll be if the Mets start scoring runs?
Pick: Jacob deGrom (+425).
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An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.