Bang for the Buck: Phillies Rolling, But Odds Stay Long at PA Online Sportsbooks

Written By Katie Kohler on September 3, 2020 - Last Updated on November 23, 2020

On Aug. 22, the Philadelphia Phillies were 9-14 and five games out of first place in the NL East. Their shortened season appeared to be quickly falling apart. Their World Series odds at most PA online sportsbooks were about +3800, and their National League Pennant odds were +1400.

The Phillies bullpen was largely the culprit for their subpar record. On Aug. 27, the bullpen had a league-worst 8.77 ERA.

Things have changed for the Phillies, who have won eight of their last nine games. However, their odds have not improved yet.

September National League favorites

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in baseball and are subsequently World Series (+360) and National League (+150) favorites. The Phillies have the sixth-best odds to win the National League pennant.

In terms of winning the NL East crown, the Atlanta Braves (-410) are favored over the Phillies (+500). The Braves are 22-14, and the Phils are 17-15. The Phillies had nine games postponed in late July and early August as a result of an opening series coronavirus outbreak within the Marlins organization.

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)

MLB Player Futures

At FanDuel online sportsbook, Fernando Tatis Jr. has the best odds (+180) to win National League MVP.

National League player futures for Phillies at FanDuel as of Sept. 3:

  • Bryce Harper: +1400
  • J.T. Realmuto: +3000
  • Rhys Hoskins: +7000
  • Didi Gregorius: +8000
  • Andrew McCuthchen: +10000

MLB betting in PA

At BetRivers online sportsbook over the weekend of Aug. 29-30, MLB got the most bets of any sport and the second-largest total betting handle.

The NL East division showdown between the Phillies and the Atlanta Braves proved to be the most popular with MLB bettors. Nine percent of all weekend baseball wagers were placed on the series. The Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles series was also popular, garnering 8% of all MLB wagers.

If they can keep rolling as they have been, now may be the time to get the most bang for the buck when it comes to betting the Phillies.

Lead image credit: AP Photo/Derik Hamilton

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist. She is the Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania and covers the Pennsylvania gambling industry with an emphasis on sports betting, online casino/poker and the lottery.

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