LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) - After signing a whopping new contract extension with the Dodgers, is ace Clayton Kershaw in line for an award-winning 2014 season?
Will Kershaw win the 2014 NL Cy Young award? According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the odds aren't in Kershaw's favor. The odds of him winning the award are 3/1 while the odds against him accomplishing the feat is 1/5.
Will Kershaw have the lowest ERA in Major League Baseball at the end of the 2014 regular season for a fourth straight year? The odds for are 4/1 while the odds against are 1/7, again indicating that another pitcher will have a better season than the recently signed Kershaw, who just inked a seven-year, $215 million deal with the Dodgers on January 16.
Finally, how many total wins will Kershaw rack up in 2014? The over/under according to Bovada.lv is sitting at 16. He won 16 a year ago in 2013, 14 in 2012 and a career-high 21 on 2011. He also won 13 games in 2010 with an ERA of 2.91, which was his highest ERA over the past four years. He had a 1.83 ERA a year ago, a 2.53 ERA in 2012 and a 2.28 ERA in 2011.
Now that Kershaw has a new contract, which team will sign Japanese free agent Masahiro Tanaka? The Yankees are the current favorites at 3/2 while the Dodgers have the next-best odds at 11/4. The Mariners are 5/1 to sign Tanaka while the Cubs are 7/1 and the Red Sox are 10/1. The long shots to sign the Japanese ace are the Diamondbacks at 12/1, the Rangers and Angels at 15/1, respectively, while the Blue Jays and White Sox are 18/1, respectively.
Will Tanaka sign with an MLB team before the January 24th deadline? The over is sitting at -175 on the money line while the under is +125.