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Some sports books have released MLB win totals. Over the next few days, we’ll analyze the win totals by division and comments where we see some value. Today, we’ll focus on the National League East:

The odds-makers believe that Washington will run away with the National League East title. After adding Max Scherzer to an already loaded rotation, it’s hard not to envision Washington not only winning the NL East, but winning the National League itself. 

Washington

As mentioned above, Washington is easily the best team in the National League. Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg can match-up against any team. Washington’s offense, which is led by Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper, is very solid. The rest of the NL East isn’t in Washington’s class.

New York

Hopes are very high for the Mets. Matt Harvey will return, Michael Cuddyer was signed to provide veteran leadership, and David Wright is 100% healthy after a pesky shoulder injury limited him last season. It’s been a very long-time since the Yankees and Mets were projected to win the same amount of games. The Mets have a golden opportunity to be the toast of the town.

Miami

Miami made Giancarlo Stanton its $325 million man, but its other moves have gone surprisingly unnoticed. Miami traded for Martin Prado and Mat Latos while inking Michael Morse in free agency. Its ace, Jose Fernandez, will be out until mid-June. 

Atlanta

With the exception of Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta lost nearly all of its talented players. Justin Upton and Jason Heyward were traded away while Aaron Harang and Ervin Santana, who threw nearly 400 innings, left via free agency. Julio Teheran and Alex Wood will be expected to lead this rotation.

Philadelphia

The Phillies are years away from competing. The Phillies may trade away Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee,  which would push Philadelphia deeper into its rebuilding process.

Observations:

  • Despite adding Scherzer, the odds-makers are projecting Washington to win fewer games. The odds-makers are still bullish on Miami even without the presence of Fernandez. None of these lines offer a lot of value, but I would bet on our hometown, New York Mets. The Mets may not make the playoffs, but winning 82-85 games would be a huge improvement and a building block for next season.

Best Bet:

  • Mets Over 81.5 Wins

Entering the 2015 season, expectations are high for the New York Mets. Ace Matt Harvey will return after having Tommy John surgery. Harvey’s presence will be a welcome addition to a team that won 79 games last season. Harvey will join a rotation that features Rookie of the Year, Jacob deGromm, Zach Wheeler, and Bartolo Colon. Harvey was masterful during the 2013 season by striking out 191 hitters over 178 innings while posting an impressive 2.27 ERA. deGromm stepped up in Harvey absence by posting a 2.69 ERA over 140 innings. Run support has been an issue and has limited win totals for its starting pitchers. New York added outfielder Michael Cuddyer and will hope for a bounce back campaign from David Wright. Cuddyer rejected a $15 million qualifying offer from Colorado in order to join New York on a two-year deal. Cuddyer only appeared in 49 games last season as he dealt with injuries, but the 36-year-old outfielder should provide leadership  to a younger lineup. Wright posted career lows last season as he dealt with an ailing shoulder injury. Wright’s home run total (8) and on-base percentage (.324) were career lows. 

Entering the 2015 season, the Washington Nationals are clear favorites in the National League East. Still, New York has the young talent to compete for a Wildcard spot. New York’s National League East foes are also expected to have down seasons. Atlanta is building for the future while Miami is dealing with a few injuries. The opportunities will be there for the Mets to compete in the 2015. 

The Mets let one franchise player walk away this off-season..they aren’t prepared to let that happen again. The Mets are prepared to offer David Wright a long-term contract this season. The Mets hold a $16 million club option for the 2013 season, but don’t expect that to get in the way of the Mets hope to lock up their cornerstone player. If the Mets can’t sign Wright before next season, they’ll likely start to entertain trade offers. 

Make no mistake–the Mets should (and likely will) lock up Wright. Wright has been with the Mets through their ups and downs. He has endured late season collapses, dealt with the dimensions at Citi, handled off-field issues with ownership, and most importantly, never shied away from the media. Wright has always been willing to sit at his locker and answer the hard questions while his team mates looked the other way. Wright has never been one to make excuses for his (or the team’s) poor performance. The Mets and their fans can’t ask for anything more. 

On the field, Wright has gotten off to a fast start this season, hitting an impressive .398 with four home runs, 21 RBIs, and a ridiculous .498 on-base percentage. The 20-15 Mets have surprised many people and Wright is at the forefront of his team’s fast start. While it’s ultimately his decision to stay with the Mets or test free agency, a Ryan Zimmerman-type of extension should get the deal done. The Mets owe it to their fans and David himself to lock him up. Wright has always been a stand up guy and the Mets should do the right thing and make him a Met for life. 

On Sunday, the Washington Nationals and 27-year-old third baseman, Ryan Zimmerman agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract extension. Zimmerman, who had two years and $26 million remaining on his contract, essentially signed an eight-year, $126 million deal. That’s big bucks for one of the game’s underrated players.

While Zimmerman just collected big bucks, the New York Mets have their own late-20s third baseman who is approaching free agency. Given Zimmerman’s hefty contract, is it reasonable to expect the Mets to keep David Wright?

Will The Price Be 'Wright'--AP Photo

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The New York Mets took both games of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. R.A. Dickey pitched Game One and had a no-hitter heading into the seventh inning. David Wright hit a tie-breaking double in the eighth inning to lead the Mets to a 2-1 victory. Dillon Gee took the mound in Game Two and pitched six strong innings allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out two. The Mets put up five runs in the third inning, paving the way to a 6-3 win in the night cap. They have now won three in a row as they look to finish the season strong. 

Valentino Pascucci admires his first major league home run in seven years.

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The Mets got to play spoiler today, and threw a major wrench into the Cardinals’ postseason hopes.  With their 6-run 9th, the Mets rallied from a 6-2 deficit and left the Cards 2 games behind Atlanta for the wild card.  The Mets themselves improved their record to 74-82.

Later, Cap (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 12-2 on Friday night at Turner Field. They immediately put up four runs in the first inning against pitcher Derek Lowe. Chris Capuano gave back two of those runs in his first two frames, but settled down to pitch five solid innings. The Mets had twenty hits in the ballgame, as five batters came through with at least three hits. With the victory, they snap a six-game losing streak.

Wright turns his frustration into homeruns.

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The Nationals completed a 4-game sweep of the Mets at Citi Field and leapfrogged the Mets for 3rd place in the NL East.  The Mets are now 8 games under .500, at 71-79.

Really, what’s to say about this game (or the series, for that matter)?  After playing inspired baseball for most of the year, this team now looks like it just wants October to get here already so they can hit the golf courses.  The offense scored 1 run (they’ve scored a combined 5 runs in this series), the defense committed another 2 errors, and the bullpen got rocked for 8 runs.

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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The Nats beat the Mets for the third straight game, as David Wright‘s third-inning error opened the floodgates for the only 2 runs of the game to score.  The Mets are limping to the finish line with their 4th straight loss, and 6th in their last 7 games.  They are now 71-78 on the season.

Mike Pelfrey was solid tonight, but Nats rookie Brad Peacock was a little better.  Peacock (and the rest of the Nats pitchers) shut out the Mets, while Pelfrey gave up 2 runs (both unearned).  The Mets had their chances with runners on base, but just couldn’t get anyone in, batting 1-11 with runners in scoring position.  Jose Reyes lined out to Rick Ankiel (who made a nice diving grab) with 2 on to end the game.

Chin up, Jose. There's always the batting title. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Monday night at CitiField. R.A. Dickey pitched seven strong innings allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits and no walks while striking out seven. The bullpen went two scoreless innings in relief to give the Mets offense a chance to win it. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, both Jason Bay and Nick Evans stranded David Wright on second base to end the game. The Mets drop their third straight game as they fall to 71-76 on the season. 

Pagan celebrates his game-tying double in the sixth inning.

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