After winning the NL pennant last year, the Mets (+1200) find themselves tied as the fourth-favorites to win the 2016 World Series. Their team should be even better this season with short stop Asdrubal Cabrera (.744 OPS for Tampa Bay in 2015) and second baseman Neil Walker (.756 OPS for Pittsburgh) shoring up the middle of the infield, supporting arguably the best pitching rotation in the big leagues.
The Cardinals (+1800) are coming off a 100-win season, but their World Series hopes dimmed when outfielder Jason Heyward (.797 OPS) defected to the Chicago Cubs in free agency. Their rotation also lost a key component when Lance Lynn (3.44 FIP) underwent Tommy John surgery during the offseason. For St. Louis to compete again in 2016, right fielder Stephen Piscotty (.853 OPS) and center fielder Randal Grichuk (.877 OPS) will have to deliver on the promise they showed at the plate last year.
MLB : Mets Welcome Cardinals to Port St. Lucie
Baseball fans can see a potential preview of the 2016 National League playoffs when the New York Mets (7-11 preseason) host the St. Louis Cardinals (8-10 preseason) this Friday in Grapefruit League action. Game time at Tradition Field is 1:10 PM ET on ESPN.
The Mets go into the 2016 campaign at +1200 to win the World Series, tied for fourth behind the Chicago Cubs (+500) and the San Francisco Giants (+800) and the Toronto Blue Jays (+1000). The Cardinals have fallen back to the pack at +1800 after losing outfielder Jason Heyward (.797 OPS) to the Cubs in free agency.