New York Mets: mlb FUTURES & BETTING ODDS
NEW YORK METS 2021 OUTLOOK
The Mets seemingly got better on the field heading into 2021, but the more important move was the sale of the team from the Wilpon family to billionaire investor Steve Cohen. The Wilpons were known for strange moves both in the front office and on the field, and Cohen promises to be a different kind of owner that isn't afraid to spend. He proved that by pursuing George Springer and Trevor Bauer despite being unsuccessful in landing either star, but he did trade for Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco, subsequently signing Lindor to a 10-year, $320 million contract extension.
After improving in 2019 before taking a step back last year, the Mets seem to have the offensive tools in place with their usual strong pitching to make some noise in 2021.
New president of baseball operations Sandy Alderson decided to stick with Luis Rojas as manager, a year after the Mets fired Carlos Beltran before he got to manage a single game due to his implication in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal.
2021 Featured Players
The Mets' Jacob DeGrom didn't win his third-straight Cy Young award, but he still had a great season with a 2.38 and a K/9-inning ratio of 13.76. Carrasco will miss the first month of the season with an injury but should be solid after that, and the Mets will have Marcus Stroman back after he sat out 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. David Peterson also figures to be in the mix after a solid rookie season, and don't forget about Noah Syndergaard. The Mets are hoping to get "Thor" back around the All-Star break after he had Tommy John surgery in February 2020. Edwin Diaz only had six saves, but his numbers were back to his Seattle form—1.75 ERA and a K/9 ratio of over 17.
On offense, Lindor will provide pop at shortstop, a position the Mets have had trouble with over the years. Pete Alonso slumped a bit in 2020 after an amazing rookie campaign in 2019, but he should bounce back, and James McCann is more than a suitable replacement at catcher over Wilson Ramos. Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith can each flirt with 30 home runs, and Brandon Nimmo should get more chances in the lead-off role. Jeff McNeil will also be back in his home position of second base due to Robinson Cano's full-season suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
Bet on the New York Mets! New York Mets Odds for 2021
Odds are usually skewed in favor of the larger-market teams because those teams will see more action, and that might be the case here too. The New York Mets odds to win the World Series at 10/1, which is tied for the fifth-best odds in baseball, ahead of several teams that had better 2020s, including the American League champion Rays, whose odds are 25/1. A bet on the New York Mets to win the National League pennant currently stands at +550 (11/2), and the New York Mets odds to win the NL East division for the first time since 2015 are +150, which is very slightly below Atlanta's odds of +130.
New York Mets Logo, Uniform & Stadium History
The Mets have a colorful history as they approach their 60th anniversary next season. After finishing in last place in each season of their existence, the Mets came out of nowhere to win the 1969 World Series behind pitchers Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, and a young Nolan Ryan, along with hitters Tommie Agee, Ron Swoboda, and Cleon Jones behind manager Gil Hodges. The Mets reloaded in the early 1980s under manager Davey Johnson. Home-grown talent Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry joined acquisitions Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter to form a team that powered their way to the playoffs in 1986 and used a little luck to win their second World Series title.
The franchise returned to the Fall Classic in 2000 but lost to the crosstown Yankees despite having stars like Mike Piazza, Robin Ventura, Al Leiter, and Mike Hampton. A 2006 team with Jose Reyes, David Wright, Carlos Delgado, David Wright and Carlos Beltran made it to Game 7 of the NLCS before losing to St. Louis.
A new batch of pitchers—Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, DeGrom, and Syndergaard—led the team to the 2015 NL pennant and wild card berth the following year.
The team has called Citi Field home since 2009, and prior to that, the Mets played at Shea Stadium, which was across the street from their current home.
The Mets use elements from the two National League teams that called New York home prior to them—the Dodgers and Giants. The orange NY logo was used by the Giants, and the royal blue color comes from the Dodgers. The Mets' home uniforms feature blue pinstripes with "Mets" written across in blue with an orange outline. The road grays say "NEW YORK" across the front, and there are royal blue alternate jerseys for home and away.
2020 Record: 26-34, Fourth Place in National League East