The New York Mets have been one of the pleasant surprises in the National League this season. But now they’ve lost three games in a row. Can they regain their mojo and get back on the right side of the MLB odds as they continue a road trip with stops in the Bronx and Tampa beginning this weekend?
Heading into the last game of a three-game set in Washington Thursday New York was looking to salvage one game. The Mets lost the last game of a series vs. St. Louis Monday 5-4, and got beat by the Nationals Tuesday 7-6 and Wednesday 5-3.
So going into Thursday’s play New York sits in fourth place in the tight NL East, but they’re only 2.5 games out of first.
The Mets will run into a Yankees team this weekend bent on taking over in the AL East. The Yanks have won 10 of their last 13 games to pull within a half-game of first-place Baltimore, and got some great news out of struggling starter Ivan Nova when he gave up just one run in eight-plus innings in a win over Tampa Wednesday.
Luckily for the Mets they’ll miss CC Sabathia this weekend; he pitches Thursday vs. Tampa.
The Rays have lost the first two games of a series in the Bronx and have to face Sabathia Thursday. Tampa is also just 2-6 over its last eight games. The Rays seem to finally miss 3B Evan Longoria, who’s been out for over a month now with a pulled hamstring. They soldiered on fairly well without him for a time, but with their recent swoon are now just 16-17 in his absence.
The Mets themselves recently welcomed back C Josh Thole, who missed nearly a month after suffering a concussion, and OF Jason Bay is expected to return to the lineup Thursday night after he’s missed six weeks with a rib injury.
As of Thursday Bovada.lv is offering the Mets at 12/1 to win the NL East this season, while 5Dimes.eu is listing them at +1800 to win the National League and +3900 to win the World Series.
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