Philadelphia Phillies Holding Tight to Playoff Hopes, Long Odds for Pennant

Written By Katie Kohler on September 22, 2020 - Last Updated on October 26, 2020
Phillies hanging on to playoff hopes

The Philadelphia Phillies’ 60-game sprint of a shortened regular season has arrived at the final week. In an expanded format, the Phillies are currently the No. 8 seed and would face the No. 1 Dodgers in the playoffs.

Bullpen sinks Phillies

A horrendous bullpen is the reason the Phillies are clinging to a playoff berth. It’s not only the worst in all of the league with a 7.17 ERA, it is historically awful.

According to, since 1901, only the 1930 Phillies bullpen ERA (8.01) had worse numbers over a full season. In the expansion era since 1961, no team’s bullpen posted an ERA higher than 7.00.

At the start of the 2020 season, most PA online sportsbooks had Phillies World Series odds at about +3800, and their National League Pennant odds were +1400.

Philadelphia Phillies odds tracker

Opening Day Aug. 20 (9-12 record)Aug. 27 (12-14 record)Sept. 3 (17-15; after trade deadline)Sept. 22
World Series+2500+3300+3800+4100+3600
National League +1100+1400+1400+1700+1800

Phillies 2020 win total

The Phillies’ win total at FanDuel Sportsbook on June 29 was set at:

  • Over 31.5 (-106)
  • Under 31.5 (-116)

The Phillies are currently 27-27 and finish the regular season with three games against the Washington Nationals (21-32) and three games against the Tampa Bay Rays (36-19).

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National League favorites

The Los Angeles Dodgers own the best record in baseball and are World Series (+350) and National League (+145) favorites.

Teams with better or similar odds to win the National League than the Phillies (+1800) are:

  • Los Angeles Dodgers: +145
  • San Diego Padres: +500
  • Atlanta Braves: +600
  • Chicago Cubs: +750
  • Cincinnati Reds: +1700
  • Miami Marlins: +1800
  • St. Louis Cardinals: +1800

2020 Phillies betting stats

(Information via DraftKings as of 9/22/20)

  • The Phillies cover the run line 46.3% of the time.
  • As favorites, the Phillies are 19-14, as underdogs 8-13.
  • The Phillies OVER/UNDER record is 27-24-3.
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