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  • Cleveland's Shane Bieber is a Cy Young favorite
  • The Reds boast two National League Cy Young favorites
  • Surprise, surprise: Mike Trout is the favorite to win MVP

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Somewhat lost within the abridged-MLB season is a potentially historic moment unfolding at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario just off Cleveland’s shores of Lake Erie. The Indians ace pitcher Shane Bieber is 6-0 with a dazzling 1.35 ERA, sub-1.00 WHP and also the current favorite to win the 2020 American League Cy Young Award at +200 at Bovada’s online sportsbook.

But Ryan, what makes a pitcher winning a Cy Young Award historic? They hand out that hardware every season.

Yes, but if Bieber wins the 2020 Cy Young, he’d become the fourth different Indians pitcher to earn the honor since 2007 and fifth overall. C.C. Sabathia won it in 2007, Cliff Lee in 2008, and Corey Kluber in 2014 and 2017. While that Cy Young trio never won a World Series, Bieber could help buck Cleveland’s 72-year championship slump so long as the Tribe’s bats carry some of the weight.

American League Cy Young Favorites Odds
Shane Bieber +200
Gerrit Cole +225
Lance Lynn +450
Frankie Montas +1400
Dylan Bundy/Lucas Giolito +1600

Through his first seven starts as a member of the New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole is 4-1 with 3.51 ERA, which is up more than a run compared to 2019. However, he’s still punching out more than 11 batters per nine innings and with the advantage of playing in a large market, he’ll continue to place pressure on Bieber for the Cy Young honor.

At 33 years old, Lynn might be the biggest Cy Young favorite surprise. Although his numbers have remained consistent since breaking out in 2012 as a member of the Cardinals, the 4-0 record and sub-2.00 ERA does come as somewhat of a surprise playing in the Rangers’ hitter-friendly home stadium. It’s just a shame that this production is being wasted on a team with an 11-19 record.

Bundy and Giolito were two top-tier prospects a decade ago, but injuries and trades stunted their rise through the ranks. In fact, Bundy was supposed to be the Orioles staff ace and Giolito the #2 behind Stephen Strasburg in Washington. However, 2020 has been good to both as Bundy is carrying an underachieving Angels rotation, while Giolito just spun the 19th no hitter in White Sox history earlier this week.

National League Cy Young Favorites Odds
Trevor Bauer +325
Yu Darvish +450
Jacob deGrom +600
Max Fried +600
Sonny Gray +750

How bad are the Cincinnati Reds bullpen and bats? Well, the team boasts two of the top five Cy Young Award favorites and are a paltry 4-6 over their past 10 games and four games under .500. Outspoken Trevor Bauer and Sonny Gray have allowed just 15 earned runs in more than 73 innings pitched combined and yet mediocrity oozes out of Reds country.

This is why my NL Cy Young money is on Yu Darvish. Everybody loves a comeback story and the veteran ace is spinning his best starts since he was a member of the Texas Rangers. Over his past five starts, he’s 5-0 with 39 strikeouts to pace the first-place Cubbies in the NL Central division.

American League MVP Favorites Odds
Mike Trout +350
Brandon Lowe +450
Aaron Judge +450
Jose Abreu +750
Nelson Cruz +1000

Surprise, surprise, surprise, Mike Trout is the favorite to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award, again. With three MVP’s on his resume to-date, it’s hard to imagine the state of the Los Angeles Angels without him. After returning from a brief paternity leave, the franchise player belted more than a handful of dingers in the week that followed. Though Brandon Lowe and oft-injured Aaron Judge are within striking distance of Trout, keep an eye on Chicago’s Jose Abreu who – at 33 years old – carries a .320 batting average with 12 homers. Remember, after mashing up Cuban baseball leagues for years, Abreu was a veteran MLB rookie at 28 years old back in 2014.  He’s averaged nearly 30 home runs per FULL season the past six campaigns and with 12 dingers already is outpacing his previous production for a White Sox club just a half-game out of first place.

National League MVP Favorites Odds
Fernando Tatis Jr. +350
Mookie Betts +450
Bryce Harper +750
Mike Yastrzemski +750
Charlie Blackmon +800

Mookie Betts’ current contract with the Dodgers is 12-years, $365-million.

Bryce Harper’s current contract with the Phillies is 13-years, $330-million.

At 21-years-old, Fernando Tatis Jr.’s contract is a one-year $591,800 deal.

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So long as Tatis stays healthy and keeps up his current .300 batting average with what feels like a home every other day, the 60-game short season makes his MVP campaign that much easier for the phenom to obtain.

Rounding out the 2020 Rookie of the Year favorites are White Sox slugger Luis Robert (+200) and Seattle’s Kyle Lewis (+250) who is carrying a .350 batting average into September. Dodgers’ pitching prospect Dustin May – and his sweet lettuce (pic) – is the favorite to win the NL ROY at +275.

Ryan Fowler

Ryan has covered sports on every media platform over the past 17+ years. The first seven years of his professional career were spent as a sports anchor and reporter at various local television stations, while he picked up side gigs as a freelance sports columnist and recurring radio guest before he decided to jump to the web. As content manager of sports simulation website WhatIfSports.com and senior editor of FOXSports.com's fantasy baseball and football coverage for the better part of this decade, Ryan embraces advanced metrics, trends, and outside-the-box angles to find his edge. You can follow him on Twitter @FreelanceFowler.

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