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New York Mets Betting – Mets In Transition, Will End Up In The NL East Cellar

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 3/27/2012 2:55:45 PM
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Online betting players shouldn’t worry too much about the New York Mets this season as they’re trying to get a few of their big-name stars back on track, and an off-field scandal is still hanging over the team like a dark cloud.

The Mets also lost their best player to a division rival in the offseason and they’ve yet to figure out how they’re going to counter his loss. It’s going to be an arduous season in the borough of Queens and Mets fans should take moral victories when they can, such as their ace making it through the season in one piece.

Lineup

The Mets lost two of their most dynamic players as outfielder Carlos Beltran was traded to San Francisco last year, and then shortstop Jose Reyes signed with the new-look Miami Marlins, leaving a large load to carry for third baseman David Wright. He’ll have to get help from first baseman Ike Davis and outfielder Jason Bay, who is trying some new things with his stance after his power production has dropped over the last couple years, but Wright is clearly the star of the lineup and the face of the team now. The leadoff spot that was held by Reyes may now go to outfielder Andres Torres, but he is now 34 and was limping around camp with an ailing calf. Second baseman Daniel Murphy and outfielder Lucas Duda should be watched as well, especially Duda because the Mets need some power.

It’s going to be tough generating runs without Reyes’ average and speed at the top of the lineup, and Reyes isn’t a player that you can replace with only one person. It’s going to take a team-wide effort to get on base more because there isn’t a lot of speed or power throughout the squad.

Pitching

It’s all about a return to form from Johan Santana, the two-time Cy Young winner who is coming off shoulder surgery and if he can get back to the player who earned a massive deal from the Mets in 2008, that takes a lot of pressure off the rest of the rotation, which has the ability to be decent to above-average. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is now 37, but last year his record would have been better if he had gotten some run support. Dillon Gee, Jon Niese and Mike Pelfrey round out the rotation for now, and this group may be the key to the Mets’ MLB betting odds this season because they’re not going to score a lot of runs and the bullpen has been revamped.

Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch came over from Toronto, and Francisco has earned the closer role after a solid second-half last season and a good spring. Rauch can handle some work as well, but is probably better suited for a set-up role. The biggest issue with this bullpen is that it is dominated by right-handers, and even more now with Tim Byrdak out with knee surgery.

Intangibles

Manager Terry Collins led the Mets to a 77-85 record in his first year with the team which, to be honest, could have been much worse and the club has already decided to pick up his option for the 2013 season as well, although that could change.

The Mets are basically playing with MLB betting house money as they’re in the middle of a transition after the Bernie Madoff scandal; no one expects much of them. But they have some solid veterans in the lineup like Wright (although a spring training injury may leave him on the bench for Opening Day), as well as Santana and Bay. Those veterans are going to be important as the Mets navigate what could be a long season.

How It Will Play Out

MLB betting odds have the Mets at +32500 to win the World Series, and even that may be generous in a National League East division with Philadelphia, Atlanta and Miami. Even Washington has taken some steps to improve and has a good young nucleus, which the Mets may be fighting just to stay out of the East basement and there are a lot of question marks going into the 2012 season.

Santana’s health is probably the main goal as the Mets need him to make it through this season without any major injuries. This season is basically a write-off for the Mets as they try to figure out their identity for the future, and they shouldn’t be a consideration for sports betting players at all.

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