It should be the goal of every team to improve their squad from the previous year, when it comes to the New York baseball teams I believe that one has done so, albeit only slightly, and the other has certainly spent in such a way that would lead you to believe they have improved dramatically, although I’m not so sure that is the case. A pretty simple way to determine whether or not the general public, not the very biased local media (and fake outlets for that matter) think about the teams is to check the betting lines.
The Mets, who were the team I thought improved slightly from last year are projected to win just 71.5 games this year according to the Atlantis Casino Reno (via wagerminds.com). To me this figure is low, not dramatically low, but low nonetheless. That total would be the Mets lowest win total since their 70-92 campaign in 2009, I am forced to believe that this team will be better than that incarnation of the Mets. A team that only had Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey break ten wins (13 and 10 respectively) and whose leading home run hitter was Daniel Murphy, with 12. Last years Mets won 74 games, with the additions of Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon I’d expect a slight improvement from the Orange and Blue.
Then there’s the Yankees. The Yanks spent over a half a billion dollars this offseason to improve their team, but I find it hard to beleive that a team that loses its best player, Robinson Cano, and the greatest closer in the history of baseball in Mariano Rivera can improve all that much. They did upgrade behind the plate with Brian McCann, bring in pricy outfield help in Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran and land the most coveted pitcher on the market in Masahiro Tanaka but every one of those moves have questions marks attached, whether Yankee fans want to hear it or not. The Atlantis Casino was obviously not too impressed by the spending spree because they project the Yanks to win 83.5 games this year, a year after they won 85 without the services of Mark Texiera, Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter for the bulk of the season. If the Yankees can avoid the injury bug this year they’ll easily go over the 83.5, but that’s a huge if.