The Mets are the new favorites to win the NL Pennant
Well would you look at that.
As we enter September, the Vegas betting odds have shifted in the Mets' favor.
As it stands, the Mets are now the favorites to be the National League's representative in the World Series - yes, ahead of the Cardinals, who hold baseball's best record, and the Pirates and the Cubs, who have both beaten the snot out of the Mets all season.
So that begs one very simple question:
It's because there's something contagious about this Mets team. They are playing baseball the way baseball teams in storybooks play: they're together, playing jokes on each other through the heat of the summer, winning big games day in and day out.
They're getting it done.
But the real reason has to be what we've been talking about all along.
It's the pitching - and the way it looks to line up come October.
We've said it before, but it only gets more exciting as the playoffs approach. The Mets are built for the playoffs, with three - and maybe four - elite starting pitchers and a lockdown set-up man and closer in Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia.
It's going to be really hard to beat the Mets in a 7-game series.
Think about it: if a series were to go 7 games, that means Harvey twice, deGrom twice, and Syndergaard twice.
Most teams struggle to beat any of those guys even once.