The New York Mets have lingered around the top of the National League East Division standings and sit poised to move further up the World Series futures as the season drags on. Could a series victory over NL contender Los Angeles give them the confidence they need?
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Taking the hill for the plus-.500 Mets will be wunderkind pitcher R.A. Dickey doing his best impression of a Cy Young contender. Dickey’s 11-1 record and 0.91 WHIP are two major reasons why New York has been particularly dominant in 2012, and it’s that dominance that the Mets will look for when the three-game set against the Dodgers kicks off on Friday.
Given their current spot on the MLB odds – in the bottom half, technically, of the World Series futures – is it unreasonable to expect a strong showing against the sexier Dodgers? According to oddsmakers at Bovada, the Mets have 45/1 odds of winning the championship compared to Los Angeles’ 12/1.
As June gives way to July and the All-Star Break approaches, it’s time to take a good long look at the strongest teams from the first seasons and figure out which ones will have the gas to contend in the second. Here’s a chance to weigh in on the Mets if you think they might be among the few.
Armed and Ready.
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