Many Yankees Being Considered for 3 Major Postseason Baseball Awards

Many Yankees Being Considered for 3 Major Postseason Baseball Awards
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For New York sports betting fans, a great rivalry is renewed Friday as the New York Yankees host the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in an afternoon matinee at 1:05 p.m.

Gerrit Cole takes the mound for the Yankees against Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi.

Last October, Cole started the American League wild-card game at Boston. He gave up three runs in the first two innings and New York lost, 6-2. He looks for a bit of redemption in the opener.

This week, BetMGM New York released updated future player odds for three postseason American League award categories. Unfortunately, in the Empire State, you can’t bet on any of them.

Per New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) regulations, wagers can’t be placed on any awards in any sport in which voting takes place to determine the winner of that award. For example, you can’t bet on who wins the Heisman Trophy. The Heisman announcement takes place in New York City.

However, there is major interest in all three awards and it makes for great conversation points, so let’s see what BetMGM New York thinks relating to the Yankees.

Before we do, though, two other recent related stories on

  • Our look at Mets players’ odds for these same awards.
  • Our look at the Yankees odds to win the division, pennant and World Series.

American League Rookie of the Year

Pitcher Luis Gil came to the Yankees four years ago in a March 2018 trade with the Twins for Jake Cave. He posted a 3.07 earned run average in six starts with the Yankees down the stretch last season and struck out 38 in 29 1/3 innings.

Gil opened and is currently at +3000 in MLB betting at BetMGM.

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AL Cy Young Award

Cole is BetMGM’s favorite to win the award, opening at +400 and currently at +425 with 11.8% of the tickets and 12.2% of the handle. He looks to become the first Yankee to win the award since Roger Clemens in 2001.

One other Yankees pitcher on the list: Luis Severino, who opened at +4000 and is currently at +8000 with 0.4% of the tickets.

AL Most Valuable Player

Seven Yankees have made the BetMGM AL MVP odds list:

Outfielder Aaron Judge, who is in renewed contract negotiations, opened and is currently at +2000 with 5.3% of the tickets and 3.1% of the handle.

Designated hitter and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton opened and is currently at +5000 with 1.0% of the tickets and 3.4% of the handle.

Outfielder Joey Gallo, who came to the Yankees last season via the Texas Rangers, opened and is currently at +8000 with 1.0 % of the tickets and 0.7% of the handle.

Cole opened at +5000 and is now +10000 with 0.3% of tickets and 0.1 % of handle.

Infielder DJ LeMahieu opened at +6600 and is now listed at +10000, along with third baseman Josh Donaldson, newly acquired from the Minnesota Twins.

Shortstop/second baseman Gleyber Torres opened at +8000 and is currently at +12500.

The Yankees continue their season-opening three-game set with the Red Sox this weekend and then host the Toronto Blue Jays for four games starting on Monday.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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