In New York Sports Betting, How Do Mets Stack Up as Contenders?

In New York Sports Betting, How Do Mets Stack Up as Contenders?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

One week from today, the New York Mets, with newly minted manager Buck Showalter, will embark on a much-anticipated 2022 season. Folks interested in New York sports betting will be paying close attention.

The Mets get going with a season-opening seven-game road trip, starting with a four-game stint against a National League East Division rival, the Washington Nationals.

This time last year, the Mets gave fans and bettors much reason for optimism. Will this year be different? Let’s see what the sportsbooks think.


On Thursday, BetMGM New York released updated odds for the NL East, National League and World Series champions. The Mets are placed high in all categories.

To win the National League East, with their 1-2 pitching duo of Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, the Mets opened at +140 and remain at +140 to win the division with 23.8% of the tickets and 28.4% of the handle.

The Mets, who spent heavily on the free agent market for Scherzer and several bats, project a starting lineup of outfielders Brandon Nimmo, Starling Marte and Mark Canha, with slugger Pete Alonso at first base, Jeff McNeil at second base, Francisco Lindor at shortstop and Eduardo Escobar at third. Robinson Cano is a likely designated hitter. Yes, the DH is here, like it or not, National League fans.

The Atlanta Braves, the Mets’ division rival and defending World Series champion, are currently second at +150. Why not first, after winning it all? The loss of all-star first baseman Freddie Freeman clearly has to have hurt Atlanta’s odds.

It is interesting to note the Philadelphia Phillies (+400) have the highest ticket % in the division at 48%, the highest handle percentage at 56.4% and the biggest liability at +400 to take home the division title.

To take home the National League pennant, the Mets opened at +550 and have dipped to +475, second best in the league. Also, the Mets have the highest ticket percentage (23.9%) and handle percentage (33.4%) in the National League.

The favorite, Los Angeles Dodgers, opened with odds of +275 and have dipped a bit to +250 to win the NLCS. Of course, that is where Freeman landed.

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Current odds have the Mets tied for third in all of Major League Baseball to take home the World Series crown.

The Mets opened at +2000, but those odds have dropped in half and are currently at +1000 with BetMGM, tied for third in all of baseball with the Houston Astros. Among World Series betting, the Mets have the highest ticket percentage (13.2%) and the highest handle percentage (19.2%) in all of baseball.

The Dodgers opened and are currently at +500 to remain the favorites to win the Fall Classic.

Current odds for other teams to win the World Series title are: Toronto Blue Jays (+900), New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox (both at +1100), the Braves (+1200), Tampa Bay Rays (+1400), Milwaukee Brewers (+1600) and San Diego Padres (+1600).

The season was delayed by the lockout, but come next week it will be time to Play Ball!



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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