Cespedes Healthy and Back in Lineup for Mets

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The New York Mets are back in camp and preparing for the start of the 2020 regular season. The Mets were expected to contend for the playoffs in 2020, but their chances just got a huge boost this weekend.

Yoenis Cespedes announced to the media that he is expected to be at 100 percent when the Mets begin their season, and the team plans to use Cespedes as their designated hitter. Cespedes has battled injuries throughout his entire career with the Mets, but his presence can transform the lineup for New York and give them a huge edge in the playoff race.

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Cespedes is unlikely to appear in the outfield for the Mets this season, but there are other ways to get him in the lineup. Major League Baseball will be implementing a league-wide designated hitter this season, and that should allow Cespedes to be in the Mets’ everyday lineup.

new york mets logoCespedes missed the entire 2019 season with foot injuries, and he was extremely limited during the 2018 season. The Mets were unsure if he was going to be able to take the field this season, but the new rules should give him a chance to contribute.

Even though Cespedes has suffered some severe foot injuries since joining the Mets, he is confident that he will be able to play the outfield if needed. It’s unlikely that the Mets will ask him to play the field, but being able to have him in the lineup as a DH should give the Mets a big edge in 2020.

NL East Odds

The National League East is going to be a wild race this season, and the Mets are expected to factor into the mix. The Washington Nationals are the defending World Series champions, but they aren’t even the favorites to win the division.

atlanta braves logoThe Atlanta Braves are listed as the favorites to win the division by FanDuel, and they were also a playoff team in 2019. FanDuel has the Braves at +200 to win the NL East, and they are a popular bet with sports bettors.

Washington isn’t too far behind the New York Mets, and are currently being listed at +240. The Mets are the next team in line, and the odds for them to win the division is at +290. The NL East should be a wild race this season.

New York Mets Win Totals

If sports bettors are unwilling to place a bet on the Mets to win the NL East, there are other options as well. FanDuel sportsbook is also offering bets on win totals for each team in Major League Baseball, and this can be a great way for Mets fans to get in on some action.

FanDuel has the over/under for Mets wins set at 32.5 games, and that number could put the team in the playoffs in 2020. Betting the over is currently listed at -106 while betting the under is being offered at -116.