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.

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.

sportsnetny:

Santana “did nothing noteworthy in his last outing.” - Wall Street Journal
What the who??
(via @EliFromBrooklyn)

If I was drinking something right now, I’d spit it out in equal parts surprise and confusion.

sportsnetny:

Santana “did nothing noteworthy in his last outing.” - Wall Street Journal

What the who??

(via )

If I was drinking something right now, I’d spit it out in equal parts surprise and confusion.

reuters:

Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter ever for the New York Mets as he blanked the visiting World Series champion St Louis Cardinals 8-0 at Citi Field on Friday with the help of a big break and a big assist from outfielder Mike Baxter.
The Venezuelan struck out World Series MVP David Freese on a change-up in the dirt to end the game with his eighth strikeout and unleash a huge celebration in the middle of the diamond.
READ MORE: Santana pitches first no-hitter in Mets history

reuters:

Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter ever for the New York Mets as he blanked the visiting World Series champion St Louis Cardinals 8-0 at Citi Field on Friday with the help of a big break and a big assist from outfielder Mike Baxter.

The Venezuelan struck out World Series MVP David Freese on a change-up in the dirt to end the game with his eighth strikeout and unleash a huge celebration in the middle of the diamond.

READ MORE: Santana pitches first no-hitter in Mets history

brooklynmutt:

Love how SNY presents the lineups. 

The only thing better would be if it showed up blank and they had Keith fill it out with the telestrator. Barring that, this is pretty great.

brooklynmutt:

Love how SNY presents the lineups. 

The only thing better would be if it showed up blank and they had Keith fill it out with the telestrator. Barring that, this is pretty great.

The Mets today announced that they have inducted John Franco in to the team’s Hall of Fame.

Read —> MetsBlog.com

(via sportsnetny)

We can probably all agree that this was a foregone conclusion. John Franco was a fan favorite (yes, and “fan frustrator”) for many years, so this wasn’t really much of a surprise. Good for Johnny Franco, for whom I still remember Go Johnny Go being played and thinking the following two things:

  1. Time for John Franco!
  2. I sure hope it’s a smooth outing…

A former captain of the Mets who I’m glad is getting this honor. Congratulations, Johnny boy.

I know if I had to do it all over again, I would have stayed…It looks good on the other side, but it’s not always as good as the place that you’re used to. When you’re young, you don’t realize that. For me, I was young and I didn’t realize what New York meant to me…So tell [Jose Reyes] that New York is a great place. No matter what, it’s a great place to play. No matter what you have to go through, how difficult it gets, this is the place where you want to play.

Darryl Strawberry regrets leaving Mets, tells Reyes to stay

MetsBlog

(via sportsnetny)

sportsnetny:

Jose Reyes hugs Jason Isringhausen by Michael G. Baron on Flickr.

sportsnetny:

The second trailer for Moneyball.

Amazin’ Avenue

Jason Bay says there is a running joke going around team: “We still have a few days to trade for Carlos [Beltran] back.
7thinningsketch:

Beltran’s Big Move

7thinningsketch:

Beltran’s Big Move