Although the Los Angeles Dodgers are still considered one of the favorites to win the World Series, Clayton Kershaw’s probability to win the National League Cy Young and MVP awards has greatly decreased.
Before the season started, Kershaw’s odds to win the Cy Young award was 1/1 and he was a 7/1 favorite for NL MVP. However, the left-hander has had a few rough outings and hasn’t pitched in a game without allowing at least one run.
Thus, according to Bovada Sports Kershaw’s probability to win these awards has been affected by his recent performance and he’s now a 21/10 favorite for the Cy Young Award.
While the odds are still angled in his favor, the Dodgers’ ace is no longer the near-lock he once was to win a fourth Cy Young. Additionally, he’s now joined by Zack Greinke in the discussion, whose odds are listed as 4/1. The pair of Dodgers are followed by Max Scherzer (11/2), Matt Harvey (15/2) and a slew of others.
Greinke has only allowed eight runs (seven earned) in 40.1 innings, pitching at least six innings in every start so far. In fact, the Dodgers have won every game Greinke has pitched in, giving him a 5-0 record.
Kershaw’s probability to win the MVP award has taken an even bigger hit. In preseason, he was ranked fourth among all national league players with a 7/1 probability. However, he is no longer listed in the top 10.
It’s certainly within reason to believe Kershaw’s expectations may have been set too high after his monstrous 2014 campaign. In games this season where Kershaw starts and the Dodgers lose, the team’s offense has not scored more than three runs.
Even though Kershaw is off to a rocky start, it will not be much of a surprise to see him break out of the funk and continue his dominance, just as he did last season.
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