Defending National League champion manager Mike Matheny gave the starting nod in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game to his ace, Adam Wainwright. That evening did not go to Waino’s liking, nor have his results since.
In the meantime, Wainwright’s key rival, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers continues to steam ahead. As the Cardinals’ star’s ERA rose to 2.26, the Dodger dropped his to 1.71. Kershaw has also increased his season win total to equal Wainwright at 13, but with four fewer losses.
As a result, ESPN’s Cy Young Award Predictor now has Kershaw firmly in the lead for the top pitching honor in the league. Wainwright has slipped all the way to third, just behind Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto.
The oddsmakers agree.
In new Cy Young Awards odds released Tuesday by bovada.lv, Kershaw has replaced Wainwright as the clear favorite with Cueto pulling even with Wainwright. A number of others have fallen away with one longer-shot joining since May, the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner.
|Odds to Win the 2014 NL Cy Young||May 1||Aug 5|
|Clayton Kershaw (LAD)||6/1||2/7|
|Adam Wainwright (STL)||7/2||5/1|
|Johnny Cueto (CIN)||15/2||5/1|
|Zack Greinke (LAD)||15/2||25/1|
|Madison Bumgarner (SF)||NR||50/1|
|Jose Fernandez (MIA)||6/1||inj|
|Julio Teheran (ATL)||12/1|
|Kyle Lohse (MIL)||15/1|
|Tim Hudson (SF)||15/1|
|Ervin Santana (ATL)||15/1|
|Yovani Gallardo (MIL)||20/1|
|Gio Gonzalez (WAS)||20/1|
|Cliff Lee (PHI)||20/1|
|Lance Lynn (STL)||20/1|
|Michael Wacha (STL)||20/1|
|Stephen Strasburg (WAS)||25/1|
|Dan Haren (LAD)||33/1|
|Alfredo Simon (CIN)||33/1|
|Aaron Harang (ATL)||40/1|