Mets now betting favorites to win NL East
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) celebrate victory with teammates over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Kam Nedd-USA TODAY Sports

Mets now betting favorites to win NL East

The New York Mets needed a fortunate landing and bounce to escape Sunday night with a game and series win over the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies. 

That victory has the Mets sharing the division lead with the Washington Nationals via winning percentage at the start of the first full week of May, but only one of those clubs is the betting favorite to win the National League East crown when all is said and done. 

BetOnline.ag lists the Mets as the favorites to win the division at +120. The Atlanta Braves, two games back of New York and Washington in the standings, are second on the list at +250. Philadelphia is one game back and at +400. The Nationals are the best value among the five clubs at +575, while the Miami Marlins are 2.5 games back but are +5000. 

These lines were announced less than 24 hours after Philadelphia's Rhys Hoskins thought he hit a game-tying three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Mets. That decision was overturned, however, after it was determined the ball struck an in-play outfield railing before it bounced back onto the field.

New York's Jeurys Familia struck out Bryce Harper to earn the save and win for the visitors.

Per MLB stats, the Mets remain dead last in the NL with only 71 runs scored this season. Four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor is hitting an abysmal .171 after signing a 10-year extension worth $341 million in late March. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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