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MLB Thursday review: Mets struggles continue

When the season began several months ago, it was only fair to expect both the New York Mets and New York Yankees to make a legitimate push to play each other in the World Series.

The reality is that only the Yankees look like a team that is in contention for the playoffs.

 Starting with the Yankees, they followed up a sensational perfect game by Domingo German on Wednesday night with another dominant performance on Thursday. The Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics by a score of 10-4. 

Now with a record of 45-36, the Yankees have won two games in a row. The American League East is still looking to be a lost cause at the moment, considering the Yankees trail the Tampa Bay Rays by 9.5 games and are in third place. 

That being said, the Yankees currently hold the second Wild-Card, ahead of the chasing pack by 0.5 games, but trail the Baltimore Orioles, the first Wild-Card spot by four games. 

With the division quickly becoming a pipe dream, the Yankees can focus on holding their Wild-Card position and just making the playoffs anyway they can. 

During their brief two-game winning streak, the Yankees have scored an average of 10.5 runs per game, while they are allowing just two runs per game. 

As amazing as German’s performance was the other night, the Yankees will need him to continue to make good starts if they want to find themselves in the postseason.

If you want to ride the Yankees’ momentum of the perfect game, you can back them to win the World Series at odds of +1700, win the American League at odds of +850, win the American League East division at odds of +1400, and make the playoffs at odds of -220.

Mets enduring tough season

It is safe to say that the New York Mets are having quite the opposite season compared to the Yankees. 

The Mets are currently 36-45 and find themselves 17.5 games behind the first place Atlanta Braves in the National League East division. 

With the division out of reach, the Mets only chance to make it back to the postseason is the Wild-Card race. Unfortunately, for the Mets, they are nine games behind the San Francisco Giants for the third and final Wild-Card spot. 

The Mets most recent result was a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday and they have now lost two games in a row and seven of their last 10. 

Their offense has clearly been inconsistent this season, shown by the fact that they have scored an average of just two runs during their losing streak.

If you’re looking to back the New York Mets to make a miraculous turnaround, you can bet them to win the World Series at odds of +5500, win the National League at odds of +2800, win the National League East at odds of +10000, and make the playoffs at odds of +450.

Recent champions won’t go away

The defending World Series champions, the Houston Astros continue to have a solid season, but one that has been below expectations. 

Recently the Astros do seem to be picking up some steam, having won two games in a row. They still trail the Texas Rangers by five games in the American League West division, but are just 0.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the final Wild-Card spot. 

The most recent win for the Astros came on Thursday, where they beat the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 14-0. During their two-game winning streak, the Astros are averaging 12 runs per game, while allowing just 3.5 runs per game.

If you want to be the Houston Astros to defend their World Series championship, you can bet on them to win the World Series at odds of +900, win the American League at odds of +450, win the American League West at odds of +210, and make the playoffs at odds of -175.

Another recent World Series champion that has had their fair share of struggles this season is the Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers won their most recent game on Thursday by a score of 14-3 against the Colorado Rockies

With that win, the Dodgers have moved back into second place in the National League West division and trail the Arizona Diamondbacks by just two games. 

In the Wild-Card race, the Dodgers own the second spot, trailing the Miami Marlins by two games for the top Wild-Card spot, while leading the Philadelphia Phillies by two games from being out of the playoffs.

With the Dodgers starting to improve, you can bet on them to win the World Series at odds of +650, win the National League at odds of +250, win the National League West at odds of -210, and make the playoffs at odds of -1100

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