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vegas.jpgWhat a difference a day makes, eh? Or more to the point, what a difference Johan Santana makes.

Following the Mets’ acquisition of the two-time Cy Young winner (pending a contract extension), the Las Vegas oddsmakers have labeled the Mets as 5-1 favorites to win the World Series this season, according to Adam Rubin on his Daily News blog.

Those odds are second in baseball to only the defending Champion Red Sox, who Vegas has named 9-2 favorites.

Sean Van Patten, an oddsmaker for Las Vegas Sports Consultants, on the impact Santana will have in Queens:

“Oh yeah, he’s a huge difference-maker,” Van Patten said. “He’s pretty much about as close to a guaranteed win as you can get. He’ll end up making the other pitchers a little bit better. He’s above and beyond what most other pitchers are in the game, plus you’re getting him in his prime. There’s a little bit, too, when these American League pitchers come over to the National League, especially the first year, they absolutely dominate. You had guys like Ted Lilly and Bronson Arroyo dominate the National League in their first year.”

The Yankees are listed third at 11-2 odds, in large part, according to Van Patten, because their path to the World Series must run through Boston.

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