New York Sports Betting Preview: Scherzer Is Back for Mets

New York Sports Betting Preview: Scherzer Is Back for Mets
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The New York Mets, who have won three of their last four games, continue their three-game road trip at the Cincinnati Reds (27-52) Tuesday (SNY, 6:40 ET).

The Mets are 50-30 (.625) with one game left until the season’s midpoint, which puts them on a 100-win pace. That lofty record makes the Mets a tempting wager for New York sports betting bettors.

New York currently leads the National League East by 3½ games over the Atlanta Braves and by eight games over the Philadelphia Phillies. That’s about as close as the Braves have been in a while.

The Mets are 24-17 on the road.

Max Is Back

After 47 days since his last start, Max Scherzer (5-1, 2.54 ERA) makes his long-awaited return to the mound for the Mets against Nick Lodolo (1-2, 5.52 ERA).

Scherzer, 37, left his May 18 start with a left oblique strain and has had two rehab appearances for Double-A Binghamton, where he built up to a total of 80 pitches.

Scherzer’s comeback Tuesday night shows in the betting numbers as well. The Mets are -220 on the moneyline and -135 giving 1½ runs at Caesars Sportsbook New York.

The Reds are a +180 moneyline underdog and +115 on the plus-1.5 runs. The over/under run total for the game is nine.

Currently, the Mets have a 44-36 run line record (55% cover) in MLB betting. As the away team on the run line, the Mets are 25-16 (61% cover). As a favorite, they sport a 32-25 record (56.1% cover) and they are 14-9 (60.9% cover) as an away favorite.

Check on Mets’ Future Odds

New York’s top operator in handle, Fan Duel Sportsbook New York, has the Mets as a -160 favorite to win the NL East, second to the Los Angeles Dodgers at +350 to win the NL and at +700 to win it all, behind the Yankees (+400), Dodgers (+450) and Houston Astros (+600).

New York remains the favorite on Caesars Sportsbook’s New York app to win the NL East at -170, with the Braves at +150.

The Mets are the second choice to capture the National League pennant at +360 with the Dodgers the favorite at +220. The Braves (+500), San Diego Padres (+700) and Milwaukee Brewers (+750) round out the top five.

New York is the fourth favorite to capture the World Series this fall at +700. The Yankees are the favorite at +400, followed by the Dodgers at +450 and the Astros at +550.

The Braves and Blue Jays follow at +1100 each.

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Progress Continues for deGrom

On Monday, Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom finally started his rehab assignments.

He threw just 24 pitches for single A St. Lucie in his first action on the mound since starting the season on the injured list with a stress reaction on his right scapula.

He struck out five of the six batters he faced over 12/3 innings, topping out at 101 mph. His next rehab start also will be for St. Lucie on Friday in Daytona, Florida.



Lou Monaco

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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