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.
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.