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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Sale has fifth best Cy Young odds

By Doug Padilla

Chris Sale finished sixth in the Cy Young Award voting in 2012 and fifth in 2013, and according to the betting odds this year, he isn’t projected to move any higher.

According to the betting website bovada.com, the Chicago White Sox's Opening Day starter has the fifth best odds of winning the 2014 Cy Young Award at 12-to-1, tied with the Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Moore and the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander.

The Texas Rangers' Yu Darvish is considered the odds-on favorite at 8-to-1, while the Tampa Rays’ David Price is second at 9-to-1. The Boston Red Sox's Clay Buchholz and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are tied for third at 10-to-1.

Sale’s first two years in the White Sox rotation have been an unquestioned success. He is 28-22 in 59 career starts with the White Sox, but his success in that role is better reflected in his 3.06 ERA as a member of the rotation.

When he became a starter, the move was done to make him the left-handed mainstay in the rotation after the departure of Mark Burhele. As for Buehrle’s Cy Young odds this season, the Toronto Blue Jays lefty is listed at 75-to-1

Of the 26 position players whose odds were listed for AL MVP, none were members of the White Sox. The Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout is the favorite at 5-to-1, while the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera is next at 6-to-1. The 26th player on that list is the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter at 100-to-1.