MLB betting odds on the 2008 New York Mets took a dramatic turn when New York got Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins.
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That one move turns the National League East into a different division now with the Mets the favorite in MLB odds. MLB betting odds will be impacted by the signing of Santana. He can arguably be the best pitcher in the division. The Mets collapsed last season versus MLB odds and missed the playoffs. With Santana in the mix that should not happen.
The Mets have a strong offense that can impact MLB betting odds led by Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, David Wright, and Jose Reyes. They were second in the NL in batting average and fourth in runs scored last season according to MLB odds. Getting Ryan Church and Brian Schneider will not hurt that offense although Schneider is a weak hitting catcher. MLB betting odds experts see a solid defense for the Mets. Both David Wright and Carlos Beltran won Gold Gloves.
The starting rotation is all about Santana. He makes a shaky staff suddenly very good according to MLB betting odds experts. It gets even better if Pedro Martinez is healthy. Orlando Hernandez and Oliver Perez are solid so if Pedro is healthy this is a solid four starters according to MLB betting odds experts and John Maine is a good starter as well.
The bullpen is led by Billy Wagner who is one of the best closers in baseball according to MLB betting odds experts. The problem is the rest of the pen. They do have Scott Schoeneweis and Matt Wise but they need more. The other problem is Willie Randolph according to MLB betting odds experts. He has not done the job in New York.
The Mets are going to be overpriced in Santana’s starts on the MLB betting odds board. It will be even worse than when he pitched for the Twins according to MLB betting odds experts. The Mets are also going to be overpriced in other games versus MLB odds. They will be thought of as a can’t-miss team with Santana. The problem for the Mets is Randolph can’t manage; the team has weaknesses with a rotation that could fall apart with injuries and a bullpen that may have trouble getting to Wagner. They also are old in left field with Alou, weak behind the plate and weak on the bench. Going against the Mets in spots could be a good idea versus MLB betting odds.