Attention bettors: grab this 2016 future win total with your MLB picks while you can because once the baseball season begins, it will be gone. The New York Mets, who are coming off of a World Series appearance last season, are currently listed at 89.5 wins.
Best Pitching Staff In the Game
Are the MLB odds makers attempting to provoke bettors into taking the over? Let's take a look.
No offense to the Chicago Cubs, who the Mets swept last season in the NLCS and who also have a higher win projection than the Mets, New York has the deepest pitching staff in baseball and possibly one of the best staffs in the MLB in the last few decades!
When Steven Matz (4-0, 2.27) is the 5th starter in your rotation and Matz is supposed to have a huge upside, you know you've got the got the goods.
It doesn't matter whether the Mets got deGrom #1 and Harvey #2 or vice versa, these are two pitchers that can be an ace on any pitching staff.
Currently, Matt Harvey has more talent, but due to injury and outside factors, Jacob deGrom (14-8 , 2.54, 205 K's in 191 innings ) has been the better pitcher. deGrom pitched a 1.99 ERA at home last season. Yes, Citi Field is a pitcher's park, but this lanky, long-haired pitcher doesn't feel pressure. deGrom allowed the opposition to hit just .215 off of him.
As for Matt Harvey, he needed a season to come back from Tommy John surgery. He's on the same level as Clayton Kershaw when it comes to talent. We should see a monster season from the Connecticut native.
It doesn't stop from there as flame-thrower, Noah Syndergaard awaits in the #3 spot in the pitching rotation (9-7, 3.24) and aside from throwing 166 k's in just 150 innings, Syndergaard held the National League to a 2.65 ERA and pitched even better at Citi Field. Expect big things from the Texas native.
The Mets are a team that dominates at home and as stated, it's due to the dimensions of the ball park. It's made for a pitcher and the Mets pitching is their strength.
Daniel Murphy has moved onto Washington after an amazing post-season. Murphy knows that he could never accomplish something like that again and decided to take the money.
New York has no major drop off at 2nd base in newly acquired Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Last season, Walker had 16 HR and 71 RBI along with a .269 BA. We could see the power numbers drop a tad, but there should be no concern as the Mets have power hitting Lucas Duda at 1st base.
Duda had a terrible first half of the season last year, but closed out strong. This is a guy that will consistently hit near 30 home runs per season.
Surprisingly, last season, Duda smashed 19 dingers at Citi Field. Along with Duda in the infield, the Mets have catcher, Travis d'Arnaud. This guy has the potential to be the best hitting catcher in the game if he can just stay healthy. To round out the infield, the Mets have David Wright at 3rd base and Wright adds leadership. Though he wasn't the player that he once was, this is still an above average baseball player and can come up big during clutch situations.
The Mets were waiting on his decision and Yoenis Cespedes decided that he wanted to remain a New York Met. They will gladly take his monster arm in the outfield along with the 35 HR and 105 RBI that he hit to go along with it. Cespedes also hit .291 for the season.
I'm not sure if he can produce these numbers again, but he's a legitimate star and will help this team.
Along with Cespedes, Michael Comforto, shocked a lot of people last season, will be guarding left field. Comforto is a player with a major upside and we'll await to see just how great that he can be.
The betting win total of 89.5 wins is a joke. The Mets will easily surpass the 90 win mark and get close to 100 wins. To me, this is an easy over and bettors should be all over this bet with their MLB picks.
MLB Pick: Over 89.5 wins at -115 at Bovada