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MLB Cy Young Award: Winners, trophy, when is it awarded?

All you need to know about MLB's Cy Young Award, including past winners, when the award is announced, and more.

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American League Cy Young Award odds

Tarik Skubal +200

Detroit Tigers ace Tarik Skubal leads the American League in WHIP (0.850), is tied for second in wins (six), second in hits allowed per nine innings (6.150), seventh in ERA (2.25), 10th in innings pitched (60.0), and fourth in strikeouts (72).

In advanced stats league-wide, he's fifth in hard hit percentage (29.7), fifth in WAR for pitchers (2.2), eighth in strikeout percentage (31.2) and 11th in whiff percentage (31.4).

Corbin Burnes +425

The Baltimore Orioles' newly-acquired ace Corbin Burnes is in the top 10 among American League pitchers in ERA (2.41, eighth), WHIP (1.022, 10th) and games started (10, tied for fifth).

League-wide, Burnes ranks 17th in weighted on-base average (.262) which measures how often and effectively hitters get on base against a pitcher, 31st in hard-hit percentage at 36.5 percent, and 13th in quality starts with seven.

Cole Ragans +1200

Cole Ragans has been a big part of the Kansas City Royals surpassing expectations so far this season. After 11 starts, he ranks seventh among AL pitchers in innings pitched (62.0), fourth in strikeouts per nine innigns (11.032) and second in strikeouts (76). Plus, he has a complete game this year.

Luis Castillo +1200

Seattle Mariners ace Luis Castillo ranks tied for second among AL pitchers in innings pitched (65.1), tied for first in games started (11), sixth in strikeouts (69), and he's tied for second league-wide in quality starts with seven.

Tanner Houck +1200

Boston Red Sox right-handed starter Tanner Houck is second in the AL in ERA (1.94), fourth in pitcher WAR (2.2), third in WHIP (0.954), 10th in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (6.923), eighth in fewest walks per nine innings (1.662), and fourth in innings pitched (65.0). and tied for 10th in total strikeouts (62).

National League Cy Young Award odds

Zack Wheeler +350

Zach Wheeler has been one of three aces for the MLB-leading Philadelphia Phillies this season.

He's tied for third in the NL in wins with six, sixth in ERA at 2.53, seventh in WHIP at 0.975, fourth in fewest hits allowed per nine innings with 5.985, eighth in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.108, and first in innings pitched with 67.2. He has seven quality starts so far this season.

Shota Imanaga +450

In addition to being second in the odds for the NL Cy Young Award, Chicago Cubs starter Shota Imanaga is the favorite for the NL Rookie of the Year.

Among NL pitchers, Imanaga is first in WAR (3.0), first in ERA (0.84), fourth in WHIP (0.913), third in fewest walks per nine innings (1.509), and he ranks in the top 10 league-wide in whiff percentage and lowest walk percentage.

Ranger Suarez +500

Ranger Suarez has been a revelation for the Philadelphia Phillies - and the league as a whole - as he has emerged as the team's third ace.

He has a 9-0 record and among NL Pitchers, he's second in WAR (2.8), second in ERA (1.36), first in wins, first in WHIP (0.788), second in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (5.455), fifth in fewest walks per nine innings (1.636) and third in innings pitched (66.0). League-wide, he's sixth in ground ball percentage and fourth in average exit velocity.

Chris Sale +900

Atlanta Braves starter Chris Sale has rolled back the years, ranking in the NL's top five in ERA (2.22, fourth), wins (seven, second), WHIP (0.865, second), fewest walks per nine innings (1.271, first), strikeouts per nine innings (11.118, fourth) and strikeouts (70, fifth).

MLB Cy Young Award past winners

YearAmerican League winnerNational League Winner
2023Gerrit ColeBlake Snell
2022Justin VerlanderSandy Alcantara
2021Robbie RayCorbin Burnes
2020Shane BieberTrevor Bauer
2019Justin VerlanderJacob deGrom
2018Blake SnellJacob deGrom
2017Corey KluberMax Scherzer
2016Rick PorcelloMax Scherzer
2015Dallas KeuchelJake Arrieta
2014Corey KluberClayton Kershaw
2013Max ScherzerClayton Kershaw
2012David PriceRA Dickey
2011Justin VerlanderClayton Kershaw
2010Felix HernandezRoy Halladay
2009Zack GreinkeTim Lincecum
2008Cliff LeeTim Lincecum
2007CC SabathiaJake Peavy
2006Johan SantanaBrandon Webb
2005Bartolo ColonChris Carpenter
2004Johan SantanaRoger Clemens
2003Roy HalladayEric Gagne
2002Barry ZitoRandy Johnson
2001Roger ClemensRandy Johnson
2000Pedro MartinezRandy Johnson
1999Pedro MartinezRandy Johnson
1998Roger ClemensTom Glavine
1997Roger ClemensPedro Martinez
1996Pat HentgenJohn Smoltz
1995Randy JohnsonGreg Maddux
1994David ConeGreg Maddux
1993Jack McDowellGreg Maddux
1992Dennis EckersleyGreg Maddux
1991Roger ClemensTom Glavine
1990Bob WelchDoug Drabek
1989Bret SaberhagenMark Davis
1988Frank ViolaOrel Hershiser
1987Roger ClemensSteve Bedrosian
1986Roger ClemensMike Scott
1985Bret SaberhagenDwight Gooden
1984Willie HernandezRick Sutcliffe
1983LaMarr HoytJohn Denny
1982Pete VuckovichSteve Carlton
1981Rollie FingersFernando Valenzuela
1980Steve StoneSteve Carlton
1979Mike FlanaganBruce Sutter
1978Ron GuidryGaylord Perry
1977Sparky LyleSteve Carlton
1976Jim PalmerRandy Jones
1975Jim PalmerTom Seaver
1974Catfish HunterMike Marshall
1973Jim PalmerTom Seaver
1972Gaylord PerrySteve Carlton
1971Vida BlueFergie Jenkins
1970Jim PerryBob Gibson
1969Mike CuellarTom Seaver
1968Denny McLainBob Gibson
1967Jim LonborgMike McCormick
1966Sandy Koufax*Sandy Koufax*
1965Sandy Koufax*Sandy Koufax*
1964Dean Chance*Dean Chance*
1963Sandy Koufax*Sandy Koufax*
1962Don Drysdale*Don Drysdale*
1961Whitey Ford*Whitey Ford*
1960Vern Law*Vern Law*
1959Early Wynn*Early Wynn*
1958Bob Turley*Bob Turley*
1957Warren Spahn*Warren Spahn*
1956Don Newcombe*Don Newcombe*

* = one award for both leagues

When are MLB Cy Young Awards announced?

The Cy Young Award winners are announced around two weeks after the World Series concludes as part of MLB's awards season. In 2023. the winners were announced on Nov. 15.

Who votes on the MLB Cy Young Award?

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) votes on the winners of the Cy Young Award. Two writers in each MLB city get to vote, and votes must be submitted before the postseason begins. Voters get a first-, second-, and third-place vote which are worth five, three, and one point respectively. The player with the most points, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.

MLB Cy Young Award trophy

Winners of the Cy Young Award receive a plaque with a black background that features a hand holding a baseball in the center, with the phrase 'Cy Young Award' across the top.

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