The New York Mets concluded their gloomy season Sunday with a 74-87 record (.460), good for fourth place and 29 1/2 games behind rival, National League East Division champion and New York sports betting World Series favorite Atlanta.
Prior to their 9-1 home loss to top NL Wild Card entrant Philadelphia, manager Buck Showalter was fired after falling out of playoff contention midsummer. Now for the fifth time in the last six years, the Mets are in hiring mode again.
The team’s new president of baseball operations David Stearns was introduced to the Big Apple on Monday and will be in charge of selecting the new head man in charge. Following the news of Showalter stepping down, EmpireStakes.com constructed odds on who the Mets might hire to replace him. Four out of the five potential replacements are currently preparing for the postseason, which starts Tuesday.
Following the Braves, which are listed at +250 to win the championship, BetMGM New York has the Los Angeles Dodgers second at +425 and Houston third at +500.
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Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell (+300) heads the list with a 25% chance to lead a franchise that has not been to a World Series since 2015 and has not won a title since 1986. Unsigned beyond this season and preparing his team for this year’s postseason after winning the NL Central Division with a 92-70 record under Sterns’ front-office tenure, Stearns might have to wait a bit to reach out.
Also familiar to Stearns is Counsell’s right-hand man, Brewers’ bench coach Pat Murphy (+510, 16.4%). Murphy has served in his current role since 2015 after leading two collegiate programs — Notre Dame and Arizona State — prominence. Using NY sportsbook promos, you can get +2000 odds on the Brewers to win the World Series.
Houston bench coach Joe Espada (+705, 12.4%) is third on the list and was a finalist for the Mets’ job two years ago before Showalter took over. MLB’s postseason begins Tuesday with four Wild-Card Round games scheduled.