Two New York pitchers lead the betting odds for most wins of the MLB season, with Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and Mets right Max Scherzer offering solid chances to come away with the league lead in terms of victories.
The 31-year-old Yankees player is the clear favorite to claim the winning streak this season, according to popular online sports betting site BetMGM.
Cole has +650 odds of beating all other major league pitchers for the most wins (meaning players would earn $6.50 for every $1 wagered). Cole’s chances are greatly aided by at bats from the Bronx Bombers roster, who continue to rack up runs against opposing defenses and propelled New York to the best record in MLB.
At 61-25 going into Tuesday night’s game with the Cincinnati Reds, the team is 4.5 games ahead of the next best teams, which is tied between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros.
Over the course of the season, Cole has already racked up 8 wins, which puts him behind a plethora of other pitchers, including a duo of Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin and Astros’ Justin Verlander, who each recorded 11 wins.
Still, the Las Vegas bettors think Cole will come out on top this season, and they’ve given him the best chance to do so.
So far this year, Cole has posted a 3.26 ERA, while giving up 73 hits and 36 runs in 99.1 innings pitched.
He struggled at the start of the season, but he’s found his rhythm lately. This season saw him make the All Star match (although he is unlikely to pitch in the game in Los Angelesas he is scheduled to pitch against the Red Sox just before the game).
Bettors clearly believe Cole, backed by baseball’s most powerful offense, will prevail this year – as he leads Dodgers’ Buehler (+800) and Mets’ Scherzer (+800) in the betting market for most wins.
Despite missing a lot of time this season, Mets right-hander Max Scherzer is tied with Buehler with +800 odds to win the most games this season (meaning players would earn $8 for every $1 wagered ), according to BetMGM.
The 37-year-old right-hander came to Queens on a three-year, $130 million deal this offseason and (while on the pitch) proved his worth for the Amazins.
Scherzer left his start on May 18 with a “moderate to high internal oblique strain”, and missed more than a month until returning to the mound on July 5.
Max Scherzer signals the canoe and leaves the game in the middle of the 6th: pic.twitter.com/EG5DkMTBN2
— SNY (@SNYtv) May 19, 2022
His triumphant comeback, when he pitched 6 innings and allowed just 2 hits and 0 earned runs, was marred when the Mets roster couldn’t muster any scores and handed him the loss. Yet he took over the mound July 11 for a win over the Atlanta Braves – giving him his 7th of the season.
On the year so far, Scherzer has thrown 62.2 innings and recorded a stellar 2.15 ERA, while racking up 41 hits and 16 runs.
As long as he can stay healthy for the rest of the season, the three-time Cy Young Award winner will race to the top of statistical records and potentially overtake the group of pitchers who got ahead of him during his run. absence.
Meanwhile, the Mets are still awaiting the return of ace Jacob deGrom, who has yet to pitch for New York after suffering an injury in spring training.
DeGrom, despite being out so far, has +900 betting odds to lead the league in wins – the same odds as Zach Wheeler of the Philadelphia Phillies.