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How To Bet On New York Mets – Mets Should Show Marginal Improvement In Tough NL East Division

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 3/3/2013 6:19:46 PM

The New York Mets had a sports betting season to forget in 2012, finishing fourth in the National League East, and drew the lowest attendance since they opened Citi Field. There will be pressure on manager Terry Collins to get more out of his club in 2013, and the talent is certainly there for the Mets to be a competitive team. However, New York will have to overcome the loss of a Cy Young pitcher in RA Dickey, and a young core of talented players will need to step up and prove they are ready to perform at a high level in the majors, including young catcher Travis D’Arnaud, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Dickey deal. Even with the loss of Dickey the Mets do appear to be a better team on paper, but that won’t mean anything unless they can get the results they are after on the field in a tough NL East division.

With Dickey gone, the online sportsbook spotlight will be on Johan Santana as the new No. 1 man in the starting rotation, with Shaun Marcum added through free agency to help fill the spot vacated by Dickey. Santana struggled with consistency in 2012 and finished with a 4.81 ERA, a number he will be expected to bring down this coming year. As for Marcum, a 7-4 record and 3.40 ERA was enough to get him a new role with New York, where he will pitch behind Santana and Jon Niese. All three pitchers have a ton of talent, and if they can play to their potential they should be able to make up for the loss of Dickey. Matt Harvey and Dillion Gee will round out the rotation, while the bullpen should be better in 2013 after struggling for most of last year.

On offense, the top of the lineup is very talented with Reuben Tejada slotted in the leadoff spot followed by Daniel Murphy and David Wright. The Mets weren’t very good last year when they averaged less than four runs per game, but management is relying on a couple of bounce back years from Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, who were excellent in 2011 but regressed last season. If Davis and Duda can give the top of the lineup some support, the offense should be better in 2013, but the fact that management didn’t go out and add a quality hitter to hit behind Wright should still be somewhat of a concern.

The odds of improving on last year’s online betting record are fairly good, if for no other reason than that it will hard to finish worse than they did last season. The Mets do have the talent on paper to take a step forward even with the loss of Dickey, but will need Santana and Marcum to step up and help fill the void left by the reigning NL Cy Young award winner, while getting more production from players like Davis and Duda beyond the heart of the order after both players regressed last season. The Mets are still not ready for the postseason, but that doesn’t mean their record won’t be slightly better than it was a year ago in a very tough NL East division.

Projected Record: 77-85; 4th In NL East



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