Past meets present! Zack Wheeler bumps into Edgardo Alfonzo in the halls of #CitiField. #Mets
The Top 5 World Series Betting Favorites
Well, the season is effectively over and done with (and has been for some time now) for the Mets, and that means that aside from following Matt Harvey’s recovery process and hoping for a splash in free agency, all that’s left for the fans in Queens is to follow the MLB playoffs from afar. The playoff picture is far from decided, with both divisional and wildcard races still open in both the AL and NL, but the true contenders seem to have emerged as we approach the final week of the season. So with that in mind, here’s a quick preview of the 5 teams with the best betting odds to take home the World Series in 2013 according to the Betfair online sports exchange, which provides updated betting odds on pretty much every major sport. Fixed odds backing each team dictate the following favorites:
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (4/1 odds)
We’ve all been hearing about the Dodgers’ scintillating second half of the season pretty much non-stop now, so there’s no need to cover this one too much. All you need to do is turn on a home Dodgers game and see how many fans already have Yasiel Puig jerseys from the MLB shop, or watch the highlight of the team going for a swim to celebrate clinching the playoffs to know that this team is in a happy place right now. The Dodgers are rightful favorites.
2. Boston Red Sox (4/1 odds)
About as hot as the Dodgers, however, are the Red Sox, who are actually tied for the best odds to win the World Series. Boston’s acquisition of Jake Peavy shored up the staff, and the lineup has been clicking in its entirety in a very strong late season push. It’s starting to feel like a deep playoff run is inevitable.
3. St. Louis Cardinals (6/1 odds)
It’s a bit puzzling that the Cardinals are given the 3rd best odds, given that they have yet to wrap up their division - unlike the other 4 teams on this list. We know that St. Louis can turn it on in the playoffs, but as of now this team would seem to be a fringe contender.
4. Detroit Tigers (13/2 odds)
This team has had a somewhat shaky September, but come playoff time nobody is going to doubt a rotation featuring Justin Verlander and the suddenly Cy Young-worthy Max Scherzer - not to mention, this team can flat out hit. According to ESPN, the Tigers have the best batting average in the MLB.
5. Atlanta Braves (8/1 odds)
The Braves ran away with the NL East some time ago, and have sort of quietly coasted as one of the strongest teams in baseball. Suddenly there’s talk of a new Braves divisional dynasty. We don’t know about that, but given Atlanta’s outstanding pitching staff (boasting the MLB’s best collective ERA), they’ll be a very tough out in October.
Look at Mr. Harvey on the cover of Sports Illustrated!
Matt Harvey, or as he’s better known (to me and me alone), Must Watch Television.
While we’re on the subject of Mr. Horwitz, have you given him a follow on Twitter yet? You should. You really should. Here’s a sample tweet about one of his all-too-common minor mishaps:
Matt den Dekker robs a homer vs. the Nationals in Port St. Lucie, Fla. last night.
Watch the video at SNY.tv
This, my friends, is how you flash the leather.
It’s not easy being a Mets fan.
I’m going to slide #2 over into the positive column, but otherwise, as decent a list as any.
However, like the final item points out, we’ll always be there.
Spring Training more or less just started, and already we have my favorite Mets-related Twitter hashtag for at least the next month. This is what makes Mets fans so great. Hopefully the guy continues to show the awareness we’ve seen so far on the baseball field, if only so that can we have more #MoreCowgill.
Yesterday, Terry Collins told reporters that his third baseman David Wright need not wear a “C” on his jersey, citing Derek Jeter as an example as someone who just implicitly acts as his team’s leader without all the fanfare of having some extra stitching on his uniform.
This is his team. He’s the face of it. He’s the captain.
To me, that’s the beginning, middle, and end of the discussion. For the sake of not hitting submit right away, here’s a little more discussion anyhow.
Over the past 9 years, we’ve all watched as David Wright’s grown up on the baseball field. There were ups, there were downs, and there were those times when he’d get all up in Mike Pelfrey’s business (for example).
Outside of the 2011 season when David had injuries to contend with, he’s been the picture of consistency. He says all the right things after every single game, regardless of which of the W/L columns it was to be filed under. He’s always the first one to run out of the dugout while the PA announcer at Citi Field introduces the squad. Those are all things that a captain does. If you’re a fan of the Mets, and certainly if you’re a member of the Mets, you already knew all of this. But it bears repeating anyway: David Wright is the captain of the New York Mets.
Look, if all parties involved decide that, yes, let’s go ahead and slap that “C” on the guy’s chest, then so be it. I would not object, and honestly? I’d probably get a little thrill out of seeing it for the first time, myself. It’s been a while since John Franco was around, after all. As it is now though, it’s my opinion that they just save the trouble of stitching it onto his uniform. It’s far from a crucial thing to do.
Now, if we can get past calling him the “Mets’ Jeter” so that one day some other fanbase can call one of their key players “this team’s David Wright,” or better still, Mets fans call someone “this generation’s David Wright,” I’d really be happy.