Mets Division Odds a Concern with Injuries to Max Scherzer, Jacob DeGrom

Max Scherzer will miss 6-8 weeks and leaves the Mets' rotation perilously thin
Max Scherzer will miss 6-8 weeks and leaves the Mets' rotation perilously thin / Jim McIsaac/GettyImages

The New York Mets sit atop the NL East with a sparkling 26-14 record. They have a seven-game lead over the Phillies and looked to be in great position to coast through the regular season en route to a division title.

Not so fast, New Yorkers.

Star offseason acquisition Max Scherzer is out for 6-8 weeks, and the Mets' stout rotation is getting thinner by the day. Jacob deGrom is already on the injured list, and Tyler Megill will be out for at least another week battling injury.

Consensus odds have the Mets at -202 to win the NL East, but their house of cards risks falling apart if they suffer any more injuries. The problem with committing so much salary to just a few superstars is that those stars have to play well, or else you're putting yourself behind the back.

Well, you can't play well if you can't play period. Luckily for the Mets, they've built up a large lead in the NL East already, but all it takes is a couple of weeks of poor play and they're right back where they started.

The Atlanta Braves sit at +315 and recently welcomed Ronald Acuna, Jr. back to the lineup, so the defending World Series champions are certainly a threat. Philadelphia is listed at +674, and while they're dealing with injury woes of their own, they're still a capable roster.

I'd be concerned with the Marlins (+2000) as well. They've got one of the best rotations in the league and their offense is putting it together. All-in-all, the Mets' medical team should be working round-the-clock to ensure they're able to keep their roster together. Otherwise, one of these teams chasing them can make a run with so much season left.

Check out the latest odds from WynnBET to evaluate the futures market for yourself, but be weary of the Mets until they're able to stay healthy.

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