Yankees-Mets: Which New York team is a better bet to win the 2022 World Series? – CBS Sports

Yankees-Mets: Which New York team is a better bet to win the 2022 World Series?  - CBS Sports

Both New York baseball teams have been fixtures on the standings this season. The Mets is 78-44 and holds a four-game lead in the NL East despite the Braves having been on the rise since early June. The Mets have been in first place every day but one this season, back when they were 3-2 and a half game out. The yankees are 74-48 and have held first place in the AL East since April 27. They held a 15 1/2-game lead at one point. They’ve fallen on hard times the last month-plus, but they still have an eight-game lead.

The two teams are set to face off Monday and Tuesday in their second and final regular season series in 2022. New Yorkers and TV executives might start wondering if this is a World Series preview. It would be the second “Subway Series”, after 2000.

Of course, the Mets have to contend with the Braves in their division and possibly the mighty Dodgers in the NLCS. The Yankees will probably have to finally learn how to beat the Astrosif they are even able to reach them.

It’s obviously an incredibly difficult path for either team to win the World Series, but I’ve been tasked with seeing who I’d rather bet on.

Odds of winning the World Series

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook.

  • Dodgers +350
  • Astros +400
  • Yankees +450
  • Mets +475
  • Braves +1100

I listed the top five teams just for a point of reference, but the task here is to see if the Mets or Yankees would be a better choice at this point.

The case for the Yankees

The Bronx Bombers are living up to that nickname this season, leading the league in home runs and runs scored. Giancarlo Stanton is on his way back from injury and, when healthy, the Yankees can flash a seriously scary lineup with Andrew Benintendi and DJ LeMahieu serving as table-makers (probably with one in the nine-hole and the other leading off) for Aaron. Judge, Anthony Rizzo, Stanton, Gleyber Torres and Josh Donaldson. It’s the kind of lineup that could put up some lopsided numbers per game in the playoffs and we’ve seen three-run homers turn series around plenty of times.

Assuming the Yankees get Luis Severino back and find a way to get Frankie Montas in along the way, the playoff rotation with Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Montas and Severino has great potential. Or maybe the Yankees use Jameson Taillon in a rotation spot and let Severino do his thing in relief.

The bullpen has been a problem for weeks, but you can squint your way to a dominant lineup in the playoffs. Let’s just say that Clay Holmes, Aroldis Chapman, Wandy Peralta, Scott Effross, Lou Trivino, Ron Marinaccio and Severino are all at their best. That would give Aaron Boone an arsenal with a wide variety of different types of arms.

Simply put, the best version of the Yankees is a team that can do some serious playoff damage and bring home the title.

Of course, they haven’t been their best version for about six weeks now.

The case for the Mets

Chris Bassitt is an All-Star caliber pitcher who has finished in the top-10 of Cy Young voting twice. He is 7-3 with a 2.11 ERA in his last 11 starts and he is 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA in four August starts.

He would be the No. 3 starter of the Mets in a playoff series, after super-elite aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer. Maybe Carlos Carrasco returns from his injury in time to be the #4 or maybe it’s Taijuan Walker. Regardless, the Mets will likely have the best playoff rotation.

Oh, and at the back end of the bullpen awaits the best closer in baseball, Edwin Díaz. He is now 28 for 31 in save opportunities with a 1.46 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 97 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings.

The Mets also boast a strong lineup with superstars Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor serving as the backbone. Starling Marte, Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo are all having very good seasons. Mark Canha is as good as lower third hitters get. Daniel Vogelbach was also a revelation at DH.

It’s always about who plays well when it matters most, but looking at the Mets, they have all the ingredients to win it all. They have two aces and the playoff rotation will likely be full of All-Stars. They have an almost automatic shutter. They have a deep offense that doesn’t rely on the long ball while also being able to come through with clutch, game-changing bombs.

I’m bullish on the Mets.

The choice

I go with the Mets and it was not a difficult choice. The Dodgers are the only team I’d take ahead of the Mets right now and I’m not averse to taking the Mets over the Dodgers. This is the most complete Mets team in a long time.

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