Submitted by Wayne Allyn Root on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 2:50 PM
Wayne Root: Mets and Yankees Off To GREAT Starts!
You longtime readers know that I'm a New Yorker at heart, even though I've lived out here in Las Vegas for many years now. As I've told you in the past, I was born in Mt. Vernon, New York as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). I still follow the teams of my youth very closely. And, as a Las Vegas bettor, I still have great information pipelines back to and from the Big Apple.
From that perspective, it's great to see how well the Mets and Yankees have been playing so far in the 2015 Major League Baseball season. Through the first week of May:
Mets: 16-10...first place in the NL East
Yankees: 16-9...first place in the AL East
Both teams have four-game leads over the preseason divisional favorites to win those divisions (Washington and Boston respectively). Both teams have established at least short-term superiority within their divisions head-to-head. By that, I mean that both are winning over their divisional foes. The Mets have played ONLY teams from the NL East except for a three-game series against the Yankees. The Yankees have played 18 of their 25 games against the AL East. So, this isn't a case where either got to play a bunch of games against bad teams from other divisions. Each are beating who they need to beat to make the playoffs!
Obviously it's way too early to start talking about the postseason...or another subway World Series. That's still a longshot given what it takes to play winning baseball for six or seven months rather than just one. But, I do like what I'm seeing from these teams in terms of betting value...and the ability to sustain success for at least awhile longer.
*Absolutely fantastic pitching (only 3.2 runs allowed per game)
*Decent offensive production considering their injuries
*Consistent offensive production (getting something on the board regularly)
*Crushing people at home (11-3 so far in Flushing)
*Playing with a great attitude
The Mets aren't one of those teams that scores a zillion runs one day then gets shut out the next two. They have been getting runs on the board consistently, in front of a pitching staff that is very stingy about letting opponents do the same. And, if you're watching the games on TV or satellite...you can see that there's a spirit there that's been missing in recent seasons.
The downside? It could turn out that the NL East is just pathetic this year...and the Mets will be exposed as mortal once they face teams from the NL Central and NL West. Through the first weekend in May...everyone else in the NL East is under .500. That means all the Mets games except those against the Yankees were against losing franchises. I'm not ready to call the Mets one of the best teams in the whole NL just yet. They're clearly outclassing divisional foes thus far.
*Also, fantastic pitching (only 3.7 runs allowed per game in the DH league)
*Surprisingly strong offense (5.0 runs scored per game)
*Playing like a team with a chip on its shoulder
You can tell that the Yankees got sick of everyone picking them to finish in last place in the AL East this season. And, you can tell that Alex Rodriguez got tired of hearing everyone say he was washed up. That weekend series in Boston was very impressive. The Yankees entered with a one-game lead. Many in the media (and everyone in Boston) figured that the Sox would at least catch if not overtake the Yanks by winning the series. Instead, it was a SWEEP for the Bronx Bombers! A one-game lead became a four-game lead. In Fenway!
Honestly though, we do have the same catch here. It could turn out that the AL East is surprisingly weak this season...and the Yankees are just taking advantage of that with the early unbalanced schedule. That seems less likely on the eye test. But, we need a bigger sample size to be sure.
Interesting tests for both Gotham teams this week:
Mets: host Baltimore Tue-Wed, then visit Philadelphia Fri-Sun
Yankees: visit Toronto Mon-Wed, then host Baltimore Thur-Sun
Five games for the Mets...in situations that are favorable (they've been great at home, and then Philly is horrible). Seven for the Yankees against rivals who will no longer be caught napping. Personally, I'm most interested in how these teams perform against the Central and West divisions in their leagues down the road. That's when we'll get a much fuller sense of where each stands in the big picture. How will the Mets perform against teams like the Cardinals and Dodgers? How will the Yankees perform against the Tigers or Royals?
Something to think about as the season progresses. For now, the emphasis is on PICKING WINNERS! I'll be very active all week in baseball and the NBA Playoffs. You can always purchase my BEST BETS right here at the website with your credit card. If you have any questions about which of my long term programs best suits your individual needs, please talk to my representative in the office at 1-877-ROOT-WINS during normal business hours. I have great packages that take you through the end of the NBA Playoffs in June, or baseball's All-Star Break in July.
I'll see you again next Monday with what will probably be an NBA report as second round series head to their most critical games. We already have some doors opening up to potential Cinderella's, as I recently discussed with you. THE KING OF UPSETS and THE KING OF LAS VEGAS could have A LOT to talk about with you next week! See you then.