- The New York Mets have seen their NL East division odds shorten from -240 to -275 on the latest betting boards.
- New York’s current 9.5 games lead in the NL East is the biggest ever in franchise history during the month of May.
- Defending World Series champions Atlanta Braves are second with their +325 odds.
After their 13-5 dismantling of the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on Monday, the New York Mets have achieved several milestones.
Through 50 games, they are 33-17 and are 16 games over the .500 mark for the first time since 2015 when they last made a trip to the World Series. The 2022 Mets have also topped the franchise’s mythical 1986 team who were up by 8 games in the division after 50 regular-season games played.
Mets Have a 9.5 Game Lead Over the Braves
Mets Win ✅
Phillies Lose ✅
Braves Lose ✅
Marlins Lose ✅
— GENY Mets Report (@genymets) May 31, 2022
With the Mets winning on Monday and the Braves losing on the same day, New York is now a massive 9.5 games ahead of the Braves in the NL East Division standings. That lead is twice as large as any other current division lead in the majors and is the largest division lead ever held by the Mets franchise in May. In their last World Series win in 1986, the Mets held an 8-game lead in the NL East. This season, they are 1.5 games better than their 1986 pace which has led many to believe that this could be the Mets’ season.
The Braves opened as +120 betting favorites to win the NL East but one month into the season, the Mets took the top spot at +155 with the defending World Series champions falling to second favorites at +225. A strong start moved New York to -240 at the BetOnline App on May 18th and now with 50 regular-season games in the books for the 2022 season, New York is comfortably ahead at -275 with Atlanta falling farther back at +325. Sure, the season is far from over, but the Mets have already built a solid wall between them and their division rivals.
What’s more impressive is that the Mets are doing this with top pitchers Max Scherzer and Jacob de Grom on the shelf with injuries. And with both aces expected to return in a few weeks, the Mets will only get better, at least on paper. Through 50 games, only 14 have been played against opponents with a winning record and the Mets are 9-5 in those games.
Braves Need to Wake Up Before the Mets Run Away With NL East
— Ron Bohning (@RonBohning) May 30, 2022
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves are off to a disappointing 23-26 start. The defending World Series champions are just 5-5 in their last 10 games played and are coming off a 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. But then again, this is where the Braves were last season, and look what happened. Still, a 9.5 game deficit before June 1st is huge and the Braves may need to wake up before the Mets run away with the NL East.
Bryce Harper’s Phillies are third in the NL East odds board at +1200 and are also third in the division standings. However, they have won just thrice in their last 10 games played and have dropped their last four assignments. Philadelphia is also already 11 games back of the Mets and given how they have been playing, it’s hard to see them catching up.
The Marlins and Nationals complete the odds board at +2500 and +2800, respectively. Not only are the Marlins and Nationals the worst teams in the NL East, but they also have the 4th worst and 2nd worst records in the National League respectively.