Gerrit Cole is having a historic season.
The New York Yankees starter is the favorite to win the AL Cy Young Award at +140 (odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook) and has a 5-1 record so far this season. Cole turned heads in his start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, in which he sealed his 1,500th career strikeout. He threw eight innings in the Yankees’ 1-0 win, giving up only four hits, no runs, and no walks with 12 strikeouts.
Wednesday was also Cole’s third start of the season in which he didn’t allow a run or walk and struck out at least 12 batters. AND his 78 strikeouts through his eight starts this season set a Yankees record for the most Ks in that time frame.
He also tied Curt Schilling on Wednesday for number of strikeouts without a walk at 56. Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes (+500 to win the NL Cy Young) holds the record for that stat, which he snapped at 58 on Thursday. Which means Cole only needs three more strikeouts without a walk to break that record. A feat I am certain he could accomplish in his next start.
It’s still a bit early to look seriously at the Cy Young race for this year, but keep an eye on Cole’s odds. If he continues performing this way, he absolutely deserves the honor.
Lucy is a sports betting content producer with Audacy and BetQL. She has worked with WEEI and Audacy as a writer, radio producer and podcaster. Lucy lives in Boston and loves Tom Brady and prop bets. Follow Lucy on Twitter at @LucilleBurdge.