Mets’ Second-Half Collapse Has Many Bettors Feeling Regret

Written By Mike Mazzeo on August 30, 2021
Thumbs Down On Mets Futures

Same Ol’ Mets.

Which means, for the 35th straight year, barring a miracle, those who bet on the Mets to win the World Series will be out of luck and out of money.

Despite taking two of three from the floundering Nationals over the weekend, the Mets have just a 2.5% chance of making the playoffs and a 0.2% chance of winning the World Series, according to FanGraphs.

New York’s season has quickly turned from promising to disappointing after an 8-21 stretch (including 2-11 versus the Dodgers and Giants). Once in first place in the NL East with a 55-46 record, the Mets are now 63-67 and 7.5 games back of division-leading Atlanta.

The players have managed to blame literally everyone but themselves. It’s a familiar combination of collapse and dysfunction, just with new ownership.

Mets annually crush sports bettors’ hopes and dreams

Back in February, there was plenty of reason for optimism. Hedgefund billionaire Steve Cohen bought the team from the Wilpons. Francisco Lindor arrived via trade and signed a $341 million extension.

Cohen even said that he’d be disappointed if the team didn’t win a World Series in the next three-five years. Bettors clearly ate it up.

According to BetMGM (online in NJ), as of mid-February, 24.6% of all tickets and 31.2% of the handle were on the Mets to win the World Series at its sportsbooks nationwide. With all that action, the team went from +2,500 to +1,200 and sat at +1,000 on Opening Day.

But now, the Mets are +10,000, with 6.1% of tickets and 6.9% of the handle, per BetMGM. The team hasn’t won the World Series since 1986.

Mets are the laughingstock of MLB yet again

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the Mets find new ways to embarrass themselves.

Newcomer Javier Baez, Kevin Pillar, and Lindor were all seen doing “thumbs-down” celebrations when they reached base.

Here’s Baez’s stunning explanation:

“It’s to let fans know when we don’t have success we are going to get booed, so they are going to get booed when we have success.”

Yes, those same loyal and passionate fans who continue to support the team and pay outrageous prices at the ballpark despite all the drama, controversies, and losing seasons.

President Sandy Anderson issued a statement calling the gesture “unacceptable.” Cohen told the New York Post: “These are young guys and sometimes we forget they are on a public stage and can make mistakes. They hit the third rail, though, messing with the fans.”

The team’s future is unclear.

Ace Jacob deGrom, who was having a season for the ages, is recovering from injury and may not pitch again in 2021. Lindor has been a disappointment at the plate in his first season with the team. Manager Luis Rojas and Alderson are both under fire. Cohen has called out the team’s overall hitting on Twitter. Jeff McNeil, (potential free agent to be) Michael Conforto, and Dom Smith, in particular, have all not hit to the back of their baseball cards, respectively.

Marcus Stroman, who has pitched well, has inexplicably blamed the media for the team’s lackluster performance.

Photo by AP / Corey Sipkin
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Mike Mazzeo is the Lead Writer for PlayNY, arriving after covering several of New York's professional sports teams in a variety of roles for the past decade. Previously, he served as a beat writer and columnist covering the Brooklyn Nets (ESPN) and New York Yankees (New York Daily News). Mike also covered both the MLB and NBA nationally for Yahoo Sports. In addition, he served as a general assignment reporter for ESPN He has also had bylines in the New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Forbes and The Ringer. With PlayNY, Mike brings extensive coverage and unique story angles to what is projected to be one of the biggest and most lucrative online sports betting markets in the country. It's been an arduous and confounding process to get here, but 20 million New Yorkers (many of them die-hards) are now legally able to bet on their favorite sports teams across the state via online and mobile platforms.

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