Vegas Has Kris Bryant As MVP Favorite But No Cubs Pitcher As Cy Young Front-Runner

(CBS) Amid a sensational season that already includes the NL Central title, the Cubs have garnered plenty attention in the race for individual awards.

As it pertains to those, third baseman Kris Bryant is the runaway NL MVP favorite, but neither of the Cubs’ top pitchers — Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks — is expected to win the NL Cy Young.

Bryant has recently been tabbed by Bovada as a -150 favorite to win the MVP award, with Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy following him at +150 and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado a more distant third +600.

Bryant is secondĀ in the NL in home runs (38), fifth in RBIs (99), first in runs (117), fourth in OPS (.951) and first in WAR (7.9, per Fangraphs).

In the Cy Young race, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer is the heavy favorite at -300. Lester follows him at +300, while Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner checks in at +600. There are no odds on the board for Hendricks.

Hendricks sports an MLB-best 2.06 ERA, though he doesn’t fare as well in the advanced metrics, with a WAR that ranks seventh in the NL among pitchers. Lester’s 2.36 ERA is second-best in the big leagues, while he’s sixth in the NL in WAR.

Lester and Scherzer are tied for the NL lead with 18 wins. Scherzer has a 2.82 ERA and a WAR that ranks third in the NL.

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