The Philadelphia Phillies have two World Series titles in franchise history (1980 and 2008). They have 11 N.L. East titles, including five straight from 2007-2011, which was their most recent one. The Phillies followed up 2011 with an 81-81 season. Then came six straight losing seasons, most of which they finished last in their division. Now one year after finishing 80-82 in 2018, the Phillies are currently one of the favorites in baseball to win not only the National League pennant but the World Series as well.
Philadelphia Phillies 2019 Odds
World Series +1000 (4th in MLB)
NL Winner +420 (2nd in N.L.)
NL East Winner -135 (1st in N.L. East)
Odds from FanDuel Sportsbook
Philadelphia Phillies Biggest Off-Season Transactions
On December 3, 2018, the Phillies traded for SS Jean Segura. The Phillies acquired Segura from the Seattle Mariners, along with RHP Juan Nicasio and LHP James Pazos. In return, the Phillies sent the Mariners 1B Carlos Santana and SS J.P. Crawford.
Segura currently leads the team in batting average (.318) among players with at least 100 plate appearances, as well as stolen bases (3).
Nine days later on December 12, the Phillies made another big roster move. Philadelphia signed free-agent RF Andrew McCutchen to a 3-year $50,000,000 deal. McCutchen is a former MVP who has taken a step back since those days but provides a quality bat at the top of the Phillies lineup. McCutchen currently leads the team in walks (36) and runs (31).
On February 7, 2019, the Phillies made one of the biggest trades of the offseason. They acquired C J.T. Realmuto, who was being pursued by numerous teams, from the Miami Marlins. The Phillies sent the Marlins C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Sixto Sanchez, LHP Will Stewart as well as Future Considerations in exchange for Realmuto.
Arguably one of the best catchers in the league, Realmuto was a big addition for the Phillies after the departure of Wilson Ramos. Realmuto is third on the team in hits (44) and second in runs (30).
On March 2, 2019, just a few weeks before Opening Day, the Phillies made the biggest acquisition of the off-season. The Phillies signed high-priced free-agent Bryce Harper to a 13-year mega-deal worth $330,000,000. The former MVP hasn’t been as advertised so far this season, only batting .224 while leading the team in strikeouts (64).
Even a struggling Harper in the middle of the Phillies starting lineup can do wonders for them. Rhys Hoskins, who typically bats behind Harper, benefits greatly from Harper’s presence. Hoskins currently leads the team in RBIs (36).
Philadelphia Phillies Team Rankings
As of May 22, the Phillies are currently 28-20 and lead the N.L. East by 2.5 games.
Runs Per Game: 4.9 (12th)
Hits Per Game: 8.3 (18th)
Batting Average: .242 (21st)
OBP: .329 (11th)
Runs Allowed Per Game: 4.3 (10th)
Hits Allowed Per Game: 9.0 (24th)
ERA: 3.90 (9th)
WHIP: 1.36 (20th)
FLD%: .983 (19th)
Run Differential: +30 (7th)
Philadelphia Phillies Outlook
At this point in the season, anything can still happen. The Phillies have one of the most potent offenses in baseball when they’re clicking. Their offense started the season on fire but has since cooled off a bit. If Harper can come close to his MVP form, this team will be scoring runs at an incredible rate once again.
The Phillies starting pitching staff features Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta, Zach Eflin, and Jerad Eickhoff. Nola is coming off of a third-place finish in the N.L. Cy Young vote last season. He is currently struggling right now with a 4.47 ERA. Regardless of his current struggles, Nola along with the rest of the Phillies starting staff will make for a great rotation come playoff time.
This Phillies team has the making of a legit World Series contender. They have a former Cy Young Winner in Arrieta in the top part of their rotation. Their lineup features a number of big bats in Realmuto, Harper, and Hoskins. The team was hitting on all cylinders early when they started the season 7-2 while scoring more than six runs per game. Things haven’t been as smooth in Philadelphia since then, but if/when Harper and Nola start playing to their potential, this Phillies will be rolling.
Are the Philadelphia Phillies A Good Bet?
-135 to win the N.L. East is a great bet at decent odds at this point in the season. The Atlanta Braves, New York Mets and Washington Nationals all have one big issue that will keep them from winning this division. Their bullpens all rank in the bottom ten of the league in ERA. The Phillies bullpen has had some issues as well, but they are the eighth best in ERA. With free-agent Craig Kimbrel still available, it will be interesting to see if the Phillies will look to him to bolster their bullpen for a World Series run.
+420 to win the N.L. provides great value for the second-best team in the National League. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites in the N.L. right now. The Phillies can certainly match up well with the Dodgers come playoff time, assuming these two teams do meet.
+1000 to win the World Series is a bet that is certainly worth the odds at this point in the season. As the Phillies begin to widen their lead on the N.L. East we can expect to see the odds to drop below the +1000 mark. This may be the only time all season that the Phillies are as high as a 10/1 favorite.