Last season’s NL Cy Young race was one of the tightest in recent memory. This year should be no different, with several pitchers able to etch their names in baseball immortality.
Let’s take a look at current NL Cy Young futures courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook.
Sandy Alcantara – Marlins (-400)
Last week: After pitching a full game in his previous start, Sandy Alcantara was battered for six runs over five innings in an 8-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 2. . It was his seventh loss of the season on a rare night off.
This week: Despite last week’s struggles, leading NL contender Cy Young still boasts an impressive 2.36 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 170/47 K/BB ratio. Alcantara will look to rebound Thursday in a road game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Max Fried – Braves (+1000)
Last week: Max Fried picked up his 12th win Sunday, tossing five no-hitter innings with six punches as the Braves beat the Marlins 7-1. The 28-year-old probably would have lasted longer had it not been for the lengthy rain delay. It was a great rebounding performance from Fried after giving up three runs in five innings in his Aug. 30 start against the Colorado Rockies.
This week: Fried will run a 2.48 ERA in his next scheduled start Sunday against the burning Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park.
Julio Urias – Dodgers (+1000)
Last week: Julio Urias picked up his 15th victory on Saturday as the Los Angeles Dodgers crushed the San Diego Padres 12-1. The 26-year-old allowed a run on two hits, striking out two. It was the eighth time in the last nine outings that Urias allowed a run or less – his 2.29 ERA ranking fourth in the NL.
This week: The southpaw will look to keep the good times going in a rematch with the Padres on Saturday.
Zac Gallen – Diamondbacks (+1500)
Last week: Zac Gallen (11-2) extended his scoreless innings streak to a remarkable 41.0 in Arizona’s 5-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. The right-hander pitched seven innings, allowing two hits while striking out seven. The outing lowered Gallen’s season ERA to 2.42 (sixth in NL).
This week: Gallen will look to break Brandon Webb’s franchise record of 42 straight scoreless innings on Sunday when he takes on the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Tony Gonsolin – Dodgers (+1500)
Last week: Tony Gonsolin missed his scheduled August 229 start after being placed on the 15-day injured list with a sprained right forearm.
This week: The 28-year-old won’t start this week but is expected to return after a minimum spell at IL.