The New York Mets look to sit at the bottom of the National League East this season. What can Mets fans hope for this year, and are the MLB Futures odds even worth looking at? Lets see what the sportsbooks have to say about this team.

MLB Betting Lines

MLB Odds to win National League: +5500

MLB Odds to win National League East: +6000

MLB Betting Odds to win World Series: +12500

New york MetsNot often do you find shorter MLB odds for a team to win the National League then their own division, but that is because the Mets reside in the NL East where the dominant Philadelphia Phillies also play. The lines are very steep that the Mets will make any noise in the standings this season, but if they would there is great probability that they would be a wild card contender since most top baseball betting sites list the Phillies as heavy favorites to win the NL East.

The odds should be probably steeper though, as the Mets are the only team in the five-team NL East not have made significant improvements to their roster. They watched short stop and 2011 batting champion, Jose Rese, walk to the rival Miami Marlins without even making a reasonable offer to keep his services.

They are on a sea of hope. Hope that Jason Bay, Johan Santana, and David Wright can stay healthy for the entire season. There is always a team in every season that looks horrid on paper in Spring Training, but somehow manages to have just the right chemistry and surprise baseball experts like myself. The Mets, however, are the Billy Beane A’s of 2004.

Offensive Statistics

The Mets offense ranked sixth in team batting average at .264 and sixth in on-base-percentage at .335, but was in large-part attributed to Jose Reyes (.227 AVG, 384 OBP) winning the batting title and having a very high OBP. They ranked 12th with 718 runs scored and 16th in slugging-percentage at .391. These stats alone show how rare the Mets would get a key run scoring hit in 2011.

NAME

GP

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

Jose Reyes

126

537

101

181

7

44

43

41

39

.337

.384

.493

.877

Chris Young

4

9

1

3

0

2

0

4

0

.333

.333

.333

.667

Daniel Murphy

109

391

49

125

6

49

24

42

5

.320

.362

.448

.809

Ike Davis

36

129

20

39

7

25

17

31

0

.302

.383

.543

.925

Lucas Duda

100

301

38

88

10

50

33

57

1

.292

.370

.482

.852

Carlos Beltran†

98

353

61

102

15

66

60

61

3

.289

.391

.513

.904

Ruben Tejada

96

328

31

93

0

36

35

50

5

.284

.360

.335

.696

Valentino Pascucci

10

11

1

3

1

2

0

3

0

.273

.273

.545

.818

Josh Thole

114

340

22

91

3

40

38

47

0

.268

.345

.344

.690

Ronny Paulino

78

228

19

61

2

19

15

38

0

.268

.312

.351

.663

Angel Pagan

123

478

68

125

7

56

44

62

32

.262

.322

.372

.694

Justin Turner

117

435

49

113

4

51

39

59

7

.260

.334

.356

.690

Nick Evans

59

176

26

45

4

25

15

48

0

.256

.314

.403

.718

David Wright

102

389

60

99

14

61

52

97

13

.254

.345

.427

.771

Willie Harris

126

240

36

59

2

23

36

62

5

.246

.351

.317

.668

Jason Bay

123

444

59

109

12

57

56

109

11

.245

.329

.374

.703

Mike Baxter

22

34

6

8

1

4

5

9

0

.235

.350

.441

.791

Scott Hairston

79

132

20

31

7

24

11

34

1

.235

.303

.470

.773

Jason Pridie

101

208

28

48

4

20

24

64

7

.231

.309

.370

.679

Fernando Martinez

11

22

3

5

1

2

1

7

0

.227

.261

.455

.715

Josh Satin

15

25

3

5

0

2

1

11

0

.200

.259

.240

.499

Mike Nickeas

21

53

4

10

1

6

4

11

0

.189

.246

.264

.510

Chris Schwinden

4

6

1

1

0

0

1

2

0

.167

.286

.167

.452

Brad Emaus

14

37

2

6

0

1

4

9

0

.162

.262

.162

.424

R.A. Dickey

33

59

0

8

0

2

1

11

0

.136

.150

.136

.286

Mike Pelfrey

34

55

1

6

0

4

4

14

0

.109

.169

.145

.315

Dillon Gee

30

46

3

5

0

4

2

22

0

.109

.160

.109

.269

Chris Capuano

36

56

2

4

0

0

0

33

0

.071

.071

.107

.179

Jonathon Niese

29

49

1

3

0

0

4

33

0

.061

.132

.102

.234

Chin-lung Hu

22

20

2

1

0

1

1

11

1

.050

.091

.050

.141

Miguel Batista†

9

6

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Taylor Buchholz

23

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Francisco Rodriguez†

42

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Josh Stinson

14

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.000

1.000

.000

1.000

Jason Isringhausen

53

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Tim Byrdak

72

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

D.J. Carrasco

42

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Blaine Boyer

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Mike O'Connor

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Pat Misch

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Manny Acosta

44

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Danny Herrera†

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Bobby Parnell

60

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Dale Thayer

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Ryota Igarashi

45

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Pedro Beato

60

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

.000

Totals

162

5600

718

1477

108

676

571

1085

130

.264

.335

.391

.725

Opponents

162

5595

742

1482

147

715

514

1126

121

.265

.332

.411

.743

Defense

Josh Thole will be the starting catcher, but the organization is planning on a much more significant offensive contribution from him. In 2011, like so many other Mets starters, the power numbers were down significantly. Thole his just eight home runs and 66 RBIs and his backup, Mike Nickeas, hit for just .189 with one home run and six RBIs in his 21 games last season.

Ike Davis is the player that may jump start an otherwise anemic offense. He missed all but 36 games in 2001 with a severe ankle injury. Up to that point he was batting a solid .302 with seven home runs, and 25 RBI. Solid defensively, but the Mets need a whole lot more runs scored in 2012.

The Pitching Staff 

NAME

GP

GS

W

L

SV

QS

HLD

IP

H

ER

HR

BB

SO

K/9

WHIP

ERA

Danny Herrera†

16

0

0

1

0

0

1

8.0

7

1

0

2

5

5.63

1.13

1.13

Chris Young

4

4

1

0

0

2

0

24.0

12

5

3

11

22

8.25

0.96

1.88

Miguel Batista†

9

4

2

0

0

3

1

30.2

22

9

0

14

15

4.40

1.17

2.64

Mike O'Connor

9

0

0

1

0

0

2

6.2

5

2

0

3

8

10.80

1.20

2.70

Taylor Buchholz

23

0

1

1

0

0

5

26.0

22

9

5

7

26

9.00

1.12

3.12

Francisco Rodriguez†

42

0

2

2

23

0

0

42.2

44

15

3

16

46

9.70

1.41

3.16

R.A. Dickey

33

32

8

13

0

22

1

208.2

202

76

18

54

134

5.78

1.23

3.28

Manny Acosta

44

0

4

1

4

0

7

47.0

50

18

6

15

46

8.81

1.38

3.45

Dale Thayer

11

0

0

3

0

0

0

10.1

12

4

0

0

5

4.35

1.16

3.48

Bobby Parnell

60

0

4

6

6

0

11

59.1

60

24

4

27

64

9.71

1.47

3.64

Tim Byrdak

72

0

2

1

1

0

8

37.2

34

16

3

19

47

11.23

1.41

3.82

Jason Isringhausen

53

0

3

3

7

0

19

46.2

36

21

6

24

44

8.49

1.29

4.05

Pedro Beato

60

0

2

1

0

0

11

67.0

59

32

5

27

39

5.24

1.28

4.30

Jonathon Niese

27

26

11

11

0

15

0

157.1

178

77

14

44

138

7.89

1.41

4.40

Dillon Gee

30

27

13

6

0

12

0

160.2

150

79

18

71

114

6.39

1.38

4.43

Chris Capuano

33

31

11

12

0

14

1

186.0

198

94

27

53

168

8.13

1.35

4.55

Ryota Igarashi

45

0

4

1

0

0

2

38.2

43

20

2

28

42

9.78

1.84

4.66

Chris Schwinden

4

4

0

2

0

1

0

21.0

23

11

1

6

17

7.29

1.38

4.71

Mike Pelfrey

34

33

7

13

0

15

0

193.2

220

102

21

65

105

4.88

1.47

4.74

D.J. Carrasco

42

1

1

3

0

0

2

49.1

67

33

7

16

27

4.93

1.68

6.02

Josh Stinson

14

0

0

2

1

0

4

13.0

14

10

1

7

8

5.54

1.62

6.92

Pat Misch

6

0

1

0

0

0

0

7.0

11

8

1

4

5

6.43

2.14

10.29

Blaine Boyer

5

0

0

2

1

0

0

6.2

13

8

2

1

1

1.35

2.10

10.80

Totals

162

162

77

85

43

84

75

1448.0

1482

674

147

514

1126

7.00

1.38

4.19

In 2011, Dillon Gee led the team with 13 wins, knuckleballer, R. A. Dockey, led the team with a 3.28 ERA, Chris Capuano recorded 168 strikeouts, Jason Isringhausen had 19 holds, and Francisco Rodriguez had 23 saves. These numbers will have to vastly better and with different names leading these categories for the Mets to even by a .500 type team in 2012.

Contenders

The Mets, as they are right now, on paper or on the field are arguably one of the worst teams in all of baseball. Sure, it is always fun to put 10 bucks on a long shot that would payoff big. But, make sure you have fun placing the bet as it will be the only fun you or Mets fans will have in the 2012 season.