The MLB playoffs might not have ended in the fashion that Phillies fans dreamed of following their fairytale postseason run just one year before, but with the new season on the horizon, all eyes are on Spring Training and beyond. How has a quiet offseason impacted the odds of seeing another Red October?
It might not be the worst decision in the world to back the Phillies early. Take a look at Jalen Hurts for example. The young quarterback was 35/1 at the beginning of the year to win the 2022 MVP Award. Prior to picking up a shoulder sprain, he was around 1/2 to win the coveted award. A cash out on a bet placed months ago would’ve yielded huge returns and there’s every chance that being early on the Phillies would net a similar result.
MLB World Series odds: Where do the Phillies stack up?
MLB World Series Odds: Phillies 6th favorite at +1400
The Los Angeles Dodgers being so heavily favored is hardly a surprise. Having spent around $1 BILLION on new signings that included the likes of Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the Dodgers have become the MLB’s most dangerous team. It’s still hard to believe how much talent this team has, and those odds might only drop as the season progresses.
Interestingly, the Phillies go into Spring Training with a shorter price than they were given in 2023 (+1700). It’s clear the roster is highly talented and the aim of this offseason was to further stabilize it. Aaron Nola was retained and the team made a flurry of minor roster moves to even things out on what is a very strong roster. If the Phils can avoid some of the early growing pains they went through last year, there is every chance they could be looking to make a run at the NL East.
Right now it’s probably better to just have a flutter and place $5-$10 on this outcome rather than any kind of substantial wager. But if you just can’t get enough of ‘Dancing on my own’, then I guess your mind may have already been made up.
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