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Clayton Kershaw voted best NL pitcher by managers, favored to win Cy Young Award

Kershaw is 10-6 with a 1.87 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 168⅔ innings this season.


Clayton Kershaw makes the start for the Dodgers on Tuesday night in St. Louis, and does so as the favorite to with the National League Cy Young Award. At least according to the folks at Bovada, and a survey of managers at Baseball America. Kershaw headlined the Dodgers listed on Baseball America's Best Tools survey, released on Tuesday.

The survey of major league managers named Kershaw the best pitcher in the National League, surpassing Matt Harvey of the Mets and Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.

Kershaw is 10-6 with a 1.87 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 168⅔ innings this season. He leads the majors in ERA and is second in the NL in strikeouts. If Kershaw pitches at least 7⅔ innings on Tuesday night, he'll pass Wainwright for the major league lead in innings.

Bovada lists the odds for Kershaw to win the NL Cy Young Award at 2/3, with Wainwright at 4/1 and Harvey at 7/1.

Kershaw was also voted to have the second best curve ball in the NL, behind Wainwright, and was tied with Clayton Richard of the Padres for second-best pick-off move in the NL, behind Julio Teheran of the Braves.

Other Dodgers named in the Best Tools survey, which listed the top three in each category, were Hyun-jin Ryu with the second-best change up in the NL, behind Cole Hamels; Yasiel Puig as the third-best outfield arm, behind Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies and Gerardo Parra of the Diamondbacks; and Mark Ellis as the third-best defensive second baseman in the senior circuit, behind Brandon Phillips of the Reds and Darwin Barney of the Cubs.

Bovada also lists Puig as the favorite to win NL Rookie of the Year at 4/7 odds, ahead of both Jose Fernandez of the Marlins and Shelby Miller of the Cardinals, both at 3/1 odds. Ryu is listed at 20/1 odds to win Rookie of the Year.