The New York Mets will be eager to get the season started. While they missed out on the playoffs last year due to numerous injuries and bullpen collapses, their roster is among the best in the National League, on paper.
However, the Mets have not been given good odds to win the World Series. At FanDuel Sportsbook, the Mets currently sit at +2200 to win the championship. That's an implied probability of just 4.3 percent.
While the Mets haven't had a track record of recent success, it's clear that the fundamentals are good. They have the reigning NL Rookie of the Year and Cy Young winner, as well as a deep roster of hitters that many teams would love to have. The addition of the DH into the NL will also be a boon for them, as they can start to rotate more of their bats through the lineup.
The Mets will suffer from the loss of Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard in the rotation, but that will matter less with a season compressed to 60 games. The randomness of the season and the changes to divisions could give the Mets even more chance to compete.
Looking at the odds, it's hard to understand why the Mets are so far behind the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays, who are both at +1700. All three of the teams are flawed in different ways, but it's hard to argue that any of them are substantially worse than the others.
The Mets should hope for continued growth from Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, and J.D. Davis, as well as a new intensity from players like Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith. With Jacob deGrom heading the rotation, the Mets are still in a good position to contend, despite what their odds might lead you to believe.
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