It’s a tale of two teams.
One of them has a 5-1 record at Citizens Bank Park, a mark that ranks among the best home records in the entire league.
But the other team seemingly falls apart outside of Philadelphia, with a 1-5 record that is the polar opposite.
So what kind of team do the Philadelphia Phillies really have this season? Is it the team that started 6-3? Or the other one that has lost three straight?
The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. And we might discover some of it during this weekend’s series with the St. Louis Cardinals, who are also 6-6 overall.
In this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks’ Pick Play, we’ll take a deeper look at the Phillies, some of their futures odds, and their weekend ahead, so you have a better idea about the team you may be betting on this season.
Ace Aaron Nola scheduled to start Sunday for the Phillies
The Phillies are -150 on the moneyline at FOX Bet in Friday’s matchup with the Cardinals at 7:05 p.m. That game has a decent pitching matchup with Carlos Martinez facing Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin.
MLB.com has the probable starters posted for the rest of the series too, but Saturday’s starter for the Phillies has yet to be determined. That game will start at 4:05 p.m.
On Sunday, Aaron Nola (0-1, 3.45 ERA) will start for Philadelphia and John Gant (0-1, 3.00 ERA) will take the mound for St. Louis. Nola has not displayed great control yet this season, but he does have 18 strikeouts already in just three starts.
Sunday’s game will start at 1:05 p.m. Game lines for Saturday and Sunday should be posted soon after Friday night’s game is completed.
The Phillies are still third in NL East Division futures
Right now, Philadelphia is only a game behind the first-place Mets in the NL East Division, but oddsmakers still expect the Phillies to finish near the middle of the division standings at season’s end. FOX Bet has Philadelphia third in NL East futures, behind the Mets and Braves (both are +160).
And in World Series futures, BetMGM has the Phillies at No. 12 with a price of +3500. According to BetMGM’s sportsbook data, Philadelphia has 2.8% of the World Series futures tickets and 1.2% of the handle.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have the highest ticket percentage at 12% and the highest handle as well at 27.9%. The Los Angeles Angels, who have started the season 7-5, are the biggest liability for the sportsbook with 7.6% of the World Series futures handle.
Odds are still available for many Phillies in NL MVP Futures
Although the Phillies have had a mediocre start to the season, Bryce Harper remains in the upper echelon of odds for the National League MVP. Harper, who is batting just .231 with two homers and four RBI, is sixth at +1600.
Catcher J.T. Realmuto is listed at +3500 after a hot start that has led to a .324 average. First baseman Rhys Hoskins is much farther down the board at +5500. Hoskins is hitting .261 with two home runs. And Nola is near the bottom at +10000.
Much like the team itself, the Phillies’ biggest names have had a mixed performance so far this season. Maybe some things will change during this weekend’s series with the Cardinals.
But for now, it’s been a tale of two teams.
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