New York Mets feature Tom Verlander, title odds are wide

Published on: December 20, 2022, 01:48 am.

Last updated: December 20, 2022, 01:48.

Big day this morning at Citi Field for the New York Mets, who held an introductory press conference with their biggest free agency acquisition of the offseason, Justin Verlander.

Unless, of course, the biggest addition turns out to be Kodai Senga. He may not be able to walk around Times Square anonymously for much longer if his “phantom fork” argument proves so intractable that he becomes more valuable than Verlander, a three-time Cy Young Award winner .

Senga and Verlander are the new guns in town after a crazy week of free agent signings kept Aaron Judge in the Bronx and shipped Verlander to Queens for the Mets. The latter, however, lost another former Cy Young Award winner, Jacob deGrom, to the Texas Rangers.

And maybe that’s why the Mets — despite owner Steve Cohen’s offseason spending of nearly $402 million on just six players — have higher odds than the Yankees at every New York-licensed sportsbook that lists futures odds Major League Baseball. .

Did the Mets or Yankees have a better offseason?

Losing Judge after setting an American League record for home runs would have been disastrous. The Yankees retained their superstar as part of a $573.5 million spending spree that also brought in starting lefty Carlos Rodon from the San Francisco Giants and righty Tommy Kahnle from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team re-signed first baseman Anthony Rizzo as general manager Brian Cashman operated without a contract of his own and was generous with Hal Steinbrenner’s money.

The Mets added a pitcher in Senga, who started Game 1 of the Japanese World Series for four straight seasons, under general manager Billy Eppler. He’s the same guy responsible for bringing Shohei Ohtani to the Los Angeles Angels, a move you could say worked out pretty well for everyone involved. But Verlander is the biggest signee after winning the Cy Young Award, and the Mets also added left-handed starter Jose Quintana from St. Louis and reliever David Robertson from the Phillies to work with closer Edwin Diaz, who was resigned. so did center fielder Brandon Nimmo.

“If I had to pick one, I’d have to say the Mets,” he said Mark Healey, Editor-in-Chief of wavea sold out baseball website from Far Rockaway, Queens. “They had the most defections and they had the most holes to fill and they are filling them. The Yankees haven’t fixed their bullpen, and with Aroldis Chapman gone, we just don’t know if Clay Holmes can be a full-time closer. And they have shown no desire to enter the (luxury) tax. Holmes had a good half season, but I don’t know that he’s a guy I’d bet on,” Healey said. in a telephone interview. “They might have to figure it out in spring training, and Verlander is better than Rodon.”

Here are the championship odds for the Yankees and Mets at the nine bookies licensed to do business in New York:

  • DraftKings: Mets: +1000; Yankees: +700
  • FanDuel: Mets: +1000; Yankees: +700
  • BetMGM: Mets: +1000; Yankees: +750
  • Caesars: Mets: +900; Yankees: +800
  • PointsBet: +Mets: +1000; Yankees +800
  • BetRivers: Mets: +1100, Yankees: +750
  • Resorts World: Not available.
  • BallyBet: Not available.
  • WynnBet: Mets: +800; Yankees +750.

Individual player award odds have not yet been posted, as several key free agents remain unsigned and trades are expected when the free agency cupboard has been emptied.

What did we learn that applies this season?

Mostly that the regular season is borderline meaningless despite being 162 games long.

Why is this in the package? It comes after the Los Angeles Dodgers swept everyone to a 111-51 record, then lost three straight to the San Diego Padres in the division series. The Dodgers were eliminated by one postseason win.

Lest anyone forget, the Philadelphia Phillies, the team that represented the National League and played for the championship against the Houston Astros, finished sixth in the NL standings, but made the postseason expendable. The Yankees had 99 wins and were eliminated by the Astros in a four-game sweep, and the Mets won 101 games and were eliminated 2-1 by the Padres in the wild-card round.

Hey, as we’re about to see in the NFL — and eventually will see in the NBA — when you cheapen your regular season by adding too many teams in the postseason (more true in basketball than football), you open up the possibility that a Performance from the regular season they can peak at exactly the right time and do something special. If you’re a Detroit Lions fan, you know exactly what we mean after what they just did to the Jets on Sunday.

Can Verlander be a Cy guy?

Verlander won the Cy Young Award after going 18-4 with a 1.75 ERA and 185 strikeouts against just 29 walks for the Astros, who won the championship for the second time in six years. The Mets will be his third team after spending the first 13 years of his career with the Detroit Tigers, and he figures to be the Mets’ opening day starter.

Verlander’s wife, model Kate Upton, sat in a front-row seat in a purple pantsuit with their 4-year-old daughter, Genevieve, and watched the pitcher don the Mets’ No. 35 jersey in this morning at Citi Field. Verlander said Cohen is making it clear in the background that the Mets “will do what it takes.”

He fills a spot in the Mets rotation vacated by deGrom, who left for a five-year, $185 million contract with Texas, and reunites with Max Scherzer, his Detroit teammate from 2010-14. Verlander is guaranteed $43,333,333 in each of the next two seasons, matching Scherzer’s annual salary in a three-year, $130 million contract with the Mets through 2024.

He is the 11th player to win the Cy Young Award three times and will be among the favorites when those odds are released. Roger Clemens has won the award the most times with seven, Randy Johnson has won it five times, and Steve Carlton and Greg Maddux have each won it four times. Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay and Scherzer won the award in both leagues

New York has increased its luxury tax under Cohen to about $360 million next year, on track for a record tax of about $85 million. But the hedge fund owner is loaded and may get even loaded if he gets approval to build a casino in the parking lots at Citi Field. We’ll have more on that tomorrow.

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