Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 7/20/12

By SBRForum.com

The Mets have been quite profitable in the MLB odds through the first half of the season.  Should we expect more of the same in the second half?

As of now New York sits in third place in the NL East, behind the upstart Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves. They’re 26-20 at home and 21-25 on the road for a total record of 47-45 as of July 20.

And, while the Mets have started off the second half on a bit of a slide, we think they’re going to rebound and really challenge for a postseason spot when everything’s said and done.

The offensive production is all revolving around David Wright, who continues to tear it up. He has 14 homers, 65 RBI and is batting a staggering .353 so far this season. Others, like Ruben Tejada, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and Scott Hairston are doing well too and need to keep doing so throughout the second half.

Pitching, for the most part, has been a great success for New York.

The Mets are currently ranked first in the MLB in quality starts thanks in large part to R.A. Dickey, Johan Santana and Jonathon Niese.

Dickey is an amazing 13-1 with a 2.72 ERA, and while it’s going to be difficult to match those elite numbers for the rest of the season he should continue to be effective.

Santana’s already pitched a no-hitter this year and has given the Mets two complete games. He owns a 3.59 ERA, while compatriot Niese is a shade below in the earned runs department at 3.58.

All in all, the Mets are going through a rough patch right now, but we expect them to bounce back. There’s still plenty of baseball to be played, meaning plenty of time available for New York to catch up with the Nationals and Braves.

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