Following a mid-summer swoon that threatened to extinguish their playoff chances, the New York Mets enter the final three weeks of the regular season on the rise on the odds to win the World Series, moving up to +2800 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Mets entered the All-Star break on a three-game losing streak and failed to tally consecutive wins for the next five weeks during a 10-20 stretch. That slide briefly dropped the club under .500 on the season, while sending their World Series odds plummeting to a distant +5000.
New York has since righted the ship, returning them to the hunt for an NL Wild Card berth heading into Wednesday afternoon’s Mets vs. Nationals betting matchup at Nationals Park.
The Mets also enjoy a favorable schedule down the stretch with 13 dates against losing teams, including Minnesota, Atlanta and Philadelphia, leaving them poised to defend the NL pennant in October.
However, the Mets still badly trail the World Series betting favorites, led by the Chicago Cubs, who sport minuscule +250 odds. With a massive lead atop the NL Central standings, the Cubs look poised to clinch the division as early as this week but still face the task of ending baseball’s longest World Series drought, which dates back to 1908.
The NL East-leading Nationals follow the Cubs on the odds, joined by the AL West-leading Texas Rangers at +600. Washington’s current 11-3 run has given it a mammoth lead in the NL East, while the Rangers continue to own the best record in the American League and also are pegged as strong +250 chalk to win this year’s AL pennant.
The Cleveland Indians hold steady at +800 on the World Series odds, where they are joined by the Boston Red Sox. With six wins on their recent nine-game road swing, the Red Sox displaced Toronto atop the AL East standings.
The Blue Jays’ recent 3-8 run also impacted their World Series odds, which now sit at +1000, trailing both Boston and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who continue their steady climb, to +900.
Conversely, the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals now sit third in the AL Central, and have seen their futures fall to +5000.
And the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins both have suffered September collapses that have devastated their World Series odds. The Marlins and Pirates have endured lengthy losing streaks this month that have all but snuffed out their postseason hopes, dropping them each to distant +25000 World Series betting longshots.
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