After delivering one of the more dominant pitching seasons in recent memory, Jacob deGrom almost unanimously captured the 2018 National League Cy Young Award.
And two solid starts into spring training, deGrom seems primed for another big year in 2019 with the possibility of a repeat on the horizon. But BetOnline.ag is has a different candidate as the favorite to win the award this season.
Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer is presently listed at 5-2 with the Cy Young, with deGrom right behind him at 7-2. Much like last year, it appears the race will primarily reside within the NL East -- Phillies ace Aaron Nola sports the third-best odds at 9-1.
Scherzer poached the only vote away from deGrom on last year's ballot and Nola finished in third. But Scherzer has plenty of winning pedigree, capturing the award three times -- once with the Tigers and in 2016 and 2017 with the Nationals.
DeGrom unseated Scherzer last year thanks to a campaign that saw him post a 1.70 ERA with 269 strikeouts over 217 innings. He'll now have a chance to make it two in a row and match Scherzer in that regard.
In the American League, Indians righty Corey Kluber leads the way with 5-2 odds as well. Chris Sale is at 3-1, while Yankees ace Luis Severino checks in at 9-1.
Noah Syndergaard is the only other Mets' starter on the board and is currently getting 14-1 odds to come home with the hardware.