The Philadelphia Phillies snapped an 11-year playoff drought this week when they defeated the Houston Astros 3-0 on Monday to clinch a wild card playoff berth.
It’s been a long time coming for Phillies fans, who haven’t seen postseason baseball since 2011 when the same Cardinals eliminated the Phillies on their way to a World Series.
The Phillies overcame a 21-29 start, which included the firing of manager Joe Girardi in June. Interim manager Rob Thomson led the Phillies to a 65-45 record since he took over on June 3.
A best-of-three series begins October 7 in St. Louis. There are a number of ways to bet on the Phillies in the playoffs. They include spread, moneyline, series odds, props and futures betting.
Phillies vs. Cardinals Wild Card Game 1 odds
Phillies vs. Cardinals playoff betting betting preview
The Phillies won the season series against the Cardinals, 4-3. Both series took place in July. The Phillies took two of three at home and split a four-game series in St. Louis.
The schedule for the series is as follows:
- Game 1: Friday, 2:07 p.m.
- Game 2: Saturday, 8:37 p.m.
- If necessary, Game 3 would be Sunday at 8:37 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. if NYM/SD is over
The Phillies are expected to start Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola in Games 1 and 2, respectively. Ranger Suarez would get the ball in Game 3 if necessary. The Cardinals are going with left-hander Jose Quintana in Game 1 and righty Miles Mikolas in Game 2. Should there be a Game 3, the Cardinals have a number of options, which include Adam Wainwright, Jordan Montgomery, and Jack Flaherty.
Eric Biggio, Head Baseball Trader at Caesars Sportsbook, shared his thoughts on the Phillies playoff chances on Sept. 16. He gave a possible forecast of a Phillies-Cardinals matchup.
“The Phillies are live if Bryce Harper stays healthy and Zack Wheeler comes back as the 2021 version. They could definitely win 2 out of 3. If they slip to the No. 6 seed that would actually be a more favorable matchup against the Cardinals, in my opinion, as I think a Nola and Wheeler combo is better than what the Cardinals have to offer for starting pitching.”
Here is how sportsbooks are pricing the series winner as of Oct. 6:
- DraftKings PA sportsbook: Cardinals -135 / Phillies +115
- FanDuel PA sportsbook: Cardinals -124 / Phillies +106
- Caesars PA sportsbook: Cardinals -140 / Phillies +120
Phillies vs. Cardinals Wild Card prop bets
In addition to betting on the series and games, bettors can wager on prop bets for the wild card round.
DraftKings offers over/under in series total games, total runs and correct score.
Series total games
- Over 2.5 (-110) /Under 2.5 (-110)
Series total runs
- Cardinals: Over 8.5 (-110) / Under 8.5 (-110)
- Phillies: Over 7.5 (-110) / Under 7.5 (-110)
- Total: Over 16.5 (-105) / Under 16.5 (-115)
Series correct score
- Cardinals win 2-0: +245
- Phillies win 2-0: +290
- Cardinals win 2-1: +215
- Phillies win 2-1: +330
Phillies playoff odds line movement
It certainly hasn’t been a linear season in terms of the Phillies’ odds to make the playoffs.
Phillies odds to make the playoffs at DraftKings
- Start of season: -130
- June 3, Joe Girardi fired: +235
- June 26 (Bryce Harper injury): +135
- August 8: -295
- Sept. 21: -370
- Oct. 3: Clinched playoff spot
Phillies fan reaction to playoff berth
The Phillies going to the playoffs sent the fans into a frenzy. Reactions, stats, videos and memes went full force on Twitter.
Pour one out for the ones we lost along the way
Phillies In Memoriam 2022
— Barstool Philly (@BarstoolPhilly) October 5, 2022
4,014 days. Six managers. 893 losses. The drought is over. The Phillies are going to the playoffs.
— Tim Kelly (@TimKellySports) October 4, 2022
Bryson Stott and Brandon Marsh were 13 years old when the phillies last made the playoffs. Nick Maton, Matt Vierling, and Bailey Falter were 14.
— John Foley (@2008Philz) October 3, 2022
Philadelphia Phillies World Series and NL Pennant odds
In March, the Phillies had odds of +1200 to win the National League and +4000 odds to win the World Series.
Lead image David J. Phillip/AP