New Yorkers who are keen to place online wagers on the Mets’ and Yankees’ fates this year, be not dismayed.
The MLB is back and with it, several opportunities to put down such bets.
Although NY retail casinos — and sportsbooks — are closed, New Yorkers can cross the state line into New Jersey to take advantage of sports betting apps there.
The opportunities are abundant right now despite ongoing uncertainty about the coming season.
MLB is back for a season unlike any other
Several facets of the 2020 MLB season will be unprecedented.
On top of all teams using the rule changes that include designated hitters and extra innings starting with runners on second base, teams will play in empty stadiums, at least to start the season.
It’s uncertain how this will affect games and to what extent. A more prominent factor may be the option for players who are considered “high-risk” to skip the season without sacrificing service time.
Should some prominent players exercise that option, it would undoubtedly affect futures markets. NJ sports betting apps haven’t hesitated, however.
Seven of the most popular NJ online sportsbooks have markets live right now. As far as Mets and Yankees wagers go, there isn’t a lot of variance in the lines.
Meet the Mets for 2020
A lot of Mets-related wagers for the coming MLB season revolve around first baseman Pete Alonso. How the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year fares in his shortened sophomore campaign is the subject of intrigue.
BetMGM has Alonso with the second-shortest odds to lead in home runs this season. That line currently sits at +1,000.
Fox Bet has Alonso +3,300 to win the NL MVP.
Both BetMGM and Fox Bet have Jacob deGrom as their NL Cy Young Award favorite. Those odds currently sit at +280 and +333, respectively.
FanDuel currently offers a boost on a Mets-related wager. That sportsbook currently offers a +1,500 payout on wagers of up to $50 on the Mets to win the NL pennant. The following are current Mets World Series title lines at seven NJ sports betting apps.
Several of the books also have Mets win-total markets.
For example, PointsBet sets its over/under on Mets wins this season at 31.5, with odds of -11o on both options.
That number trends much higher on the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers continue to enjoy a position as a championship favorite at NJ sportsbooks.
World Series title No. 28 in 2020?
The Yankees haven’t even played in, much less won, a World Series championship since 2009. While an 11-year drought may be a small matter for other MLB franchises, it’s a drastic departure from the norm for the Yankees.
On most NJ sports betting apps, the Yankees are not only the favorite to win the American League title but secure their 28th World Series win as well. That’s largely due to their offseason addition of starting pitcher Gerrit Cole.
Fox Bet has two Yankees player boosts available right now. One pertains to Cole. The line on him securing the AL Cy Young Award is currently at +400.
The other Yankees boost is for outfielder Aaron Judge.
Fox Bet has boosted the line on Judge winning the AL MVP award to +1,000 for a limited time.
PointsBet’s over/under on wins for the Yankees is 38.5. The line there also sits at -110 on both sides of the market. BetMGM favors Aroldis Chapman to lead MLB in saves this season at +800.
Here are the lines on the Yankees getting No. 28 in 2020 at the same seven NJ sportsbooks. At all of them, the Yankees are either the co-favorite, lone favorite or have the shortest odds of any AL team.
As the season approaches, the variety of markets on the Mets and Yankees will expand and lines could move depending on personnel updates with both teams. Now may be the time to buy on some of these wagers, however.