The New York Mets, unfortunately, have been the goats of the National League for the past two seasons. Always running well after about 140 games, the Metropolitan men seem to give out and break down during the home stretch. How many times can you be in prime position for the playoffs and then choke like Kevin Costner’s daughter in Field of Dreams? It’s inconceivable.

Perhaps it’s the curse of Pedro Martinez, who, while in Boston, single handedly created the Curse of the Bambino. Yeah, it was Pedro! He’s never been not hurt, so he makes a good target. Maybe it’s Delgado, Wright and Reyes. Maybe it’s everyone else but the Mets! Regardless, they couldn’t let it happen three times in a row, right?

Whether you’re putting your money up on blackjack or baseball, online gambling is a huge deal. Billions of dollars pass through the wires every year. If only you could find a free download hack for that, huh! Since we can’t, we’re stuck with betting on our teams. And this begs the question: Would you bet on the Mets to win the NL East this year?

There’s only so many times that someone(s) can let you down before you lose hope. Post-rape Tyson earned our forgiveness. But then he had to go bite Holyfield’s ear off! (At least it wasn’t some random guy, though.) We let Rocky off the hook in III for getting judo-chopped by Mr. T, but then he let Apollo fight the Russian in IV! Unforgiveable!

After back-to-back years of New York letdowns (thank goodness the Yankees sucked), is it a smart bet? Well, even though the Mets are only a half game up on defending World Series Champion Philadelphia, it does look good for the boys at 26-20.

As a rule, one should always wait until after the All-Star break to start making bold prediction. But if you were giving the Mets with a five game under, they’d be the bet of the century.

Believe it or not, Randolph was most of the problem, even though they collapsed again under Manuel. But now that Jerry’s getting a complete season with the boys, they’ll never let another one like that slip away. If the Mets can stay within striking range of the Phillies for most of the year-or better yet, in front of them-get ready to bet against a threepeat.

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