Philadelphia Phillies Futures Odds at PA Sports Betting Sites
1. Harper +2500 (SugarHouse)
2. Hoskins +3300 (SugarHouse)
1. Jake Arrieta +5000 (SugarHouse)
Phillies Odds to win National League Title
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Can The Phillies Hold Off The Braves?
The biggest battle for the Phillies will be fending off the Braves. PA Sports Betting sites currently favor the Phillies to win the N.L. East They currently hold a slim one-game lead in the NL East. The Mets are still in the mix with a six-game deficit but their shaky bullpen will realistically keep them out of the conversation. What I really like about the Phillies is the recent addition of Jay Bruce. Sure, the loss of Andrew McCutchen was devastating but Bruce brings some power that McCutchen lacked. Citizens Bank Park is one of the best ballparks for power bats from the left side of the plate, which is a perfect fit for Bruce.
Before being traded from the Mariners, Bruce was posting a massive .349 ISO and 16 home runs. For reference, Bruce’s highest ISO in his career was 2016 when he ended with a .256 ISO. Playing in a favorable park in Philly has a realistic chance of posting a new career high. This could end up being one of the low key moves that don’t generate any real buzz until late in the season.
When it comes down to it, I think what the teams do (or don’t do) at the trade deadline is what’s going to make the biggest difference. Both of these teams have a nearly equal bullpen and both teams have been around league average when playing on the road. These teams will meet up nine more times before the season ends. However, they’ll see each other for the last time on July 28th, meaning they’ll have over two months to duke it out in the standings without facing one another.
Phillies World Series Odds Hinge On Pitching
The Phillies could use another starter in their rotation as well. Once we get past Aaron Nola, this rotation has been nothing more than a mixed bag. With Zach Eflin currently on the IL, this Phillies rotation carries a 4.46 ERA (20th) with a 4.42 xFIP (19th). Depending on how the trade market shapes out, the Phillies should very much be in the market to fill this void. In the playoffs, the Phillies would easily have one of the worst rotations among all the teams and would struggle to make it through a seven-game series. Acquiring someone like Madison Bumgarner would be huge but he does list them on his no-trade list.
With the odds set as they are, I think you have a legitimate shot of making a good ROI on the Phillies here. I imagine they’ll be active at the deadline and could be looking to bulk up their bullpen a bit, as they’ve been ravaged by injuries. We also haven’t seen the full potential of this lineup, as J.T. Realmuto has been slow out of the gate. If he starts hitting and Bryce Harper can consistently hit in front of him, this lineup can be matched up with any other team in the National League.