The Yankees currently have 13-1 odds to win the World Series -- the same odds as the Mets -- according to information provided by The Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The Cubs have the best odds at 3-1, followed by the Red Sox at 5-1, the Dodgers at 10-1, the Indians at 11-1, and the Nationals at 12-1.
The Yankees finished 84-78 last season after having a firesale over the summer -- including trades of Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Beltran -- missing the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons.
The Mets, who dealt with season-ending injuries to Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, and David Wright, finished 87-75 and lost in the Wild Card game to the Giants.
Seeing the Yankees with the same odds to win the World Series as the crosstown Mets was a bit surprising. I'm not knowledgeable concerning the basis for creating a betting line, but let me see if I can gauge - based on baseball reasons - why the odds bestowed upon the Yanks seem better than presumed.
The Yankees performed beyond expectations last season despite poor production from several key players. The club shipped some of their best players (and more) to contending teams at the trade deadline and instead of falling further back in the postseason race, they became a part of it with several new faces contributing to the cause. Perhaps the casino sees a positive trend here.
In 2017, the Yankees have a bonafide ace in the rotation and some upside hurlers to balance it. And they should be a better offensive team than they were in 2016. The backend of the bullpen is among the best in the game, and there are a significant number of prospects in the Yankees organization that can step in throughout the year.
Finally, the Yankees have the financial wherewithal and prospect assets required to improve the roster at the trade deadline if they feel they are realistic contenders.
It is true that everything would have to come together perfectly, but if it does, the Yankees might be tough to beat in a playoff series.