Verlander, McClanahan injuries loom large in AL Cy Young race

By Adam Burke  (VSiN.com) 

August 30, 2022 11:39 PM
USATSI_18944967

Tuesday was not a good day for two of the top American League Cy Young Award candidates, including heavy favorite Justin Verlander. He hit the injured list with a calf strain, while third choice Shane McClanahan was scratched from his start after experiencing some sort of discomfort while warming up in the bullpen.

Verlander was predominantly in the -200 range to win the award when sportsbooks like DraftKings and BetMGM pulled down the odds in light of his injury status. Verlander could have been on his way to a signature Cy Young moment two starts ago when he was pulled after six no-hit innings. He only lasted three innings in his last start on August 28 before leaving the game. Astros GM James Click said that the team’s “hope and expectation is that this should be relatively short-term”.

Many wondered if the Verlander IL stint would open the door for somebody else, but one of the closest competitors is now out indefinitely. Bally Sports Sun posted a clip at the end of McClanahan’s warmup in which the Rays’ ace gets very emotional about whatever transpired and walks off solemnly to be checked by the training staff.  It was reported shortly after that McClanahan’s warmup was cut short by a “left shoulder impingement”.

The odds for “Yes/No To Make the Playoffs” were taken down prior to tonight’s games, but you have to think that Tampa Bay’s odds will either stay off the board or be adjusted towards the No until we get some clarification on McClanahan, who was in the + 450 range at some books after Verlander went down. He was around 10/1 prior to that, well behind Dylan Cease, who was around + 300.

The Rays entered play on Tuesday with the best record of non-division leaders at 70-57, a half-game ahead of the Mariners, a game ahead of the Blue Jays and three games ahead of the Orioles, who are just outside the cut line. Tampa Bay was a heavy favorite to make the playoffs, but the loss of McClanahan could change that.

Verlander will remain the tentative favorite for now, but Cease, who has only allowed 15 earned runs since June 1 over 93.1 innings, will have a compelling case if he keeps pitching well and if Verlander does not return. Other contenders in light of McClanahan’s injury are Shohei Ohtani and Kevin Gausman, who were well off the pace prior to the developments of the last few days.

back to news

Subscriber Only News  Vsin Exclusive

View All

Screen_Shot_2022-08-22_at_12.19.15_AM

A Numbers Game: From Mike Palm—Have the last leg of your round robins and parlays start later than your other bets so you can lock in a profit

VSiN PrimeTime: If you are betting a teaser that is more than two teams, check the odds against a straight money line parlay, you may be getting a better payout

View tips for Pro subscribers

Screen_Shot_2022-08-22_at_12.19.15_AM

Danny Burke: Russell Wilson Over 1.5 Passing TDs (+130)

Josh Appelbaum: Colts-Broncos Under 42.5

View new sortable Picks at a Glance page for Pro subscribers

Screen_Shot_2022-08-22_at_12.19.15_AM

Screen_Shot_2022-10-03_at_7.42.33_PM

Betting Splits: Percentage of handle & tickets from DraftKings, updated every 10 minutes. GO HERE.

NFL Power Ratings: 3 sets of numbers from Steve Makinen. GO HERE.

CFB Power Ratings: 3 sets of numbers from Steve Makinen. GO HERE.

View more CFB tools for Pro subscribers

View more NFL tools for Pro subscribers

 

Close