The countdown is on.
Baseball’s Opening Day arrives on Thursday. And although college basketball’s March Madness may have stolen your attention this month, you only have a few days left for preseason futures bets before the MLB season begins.
So it’s a perfect time for a crash course in baseball odds. What is your team’s win total? How many homers could your favorite player hit? Will the Phillies or Pirates make the playoffs?
As always, the best Pennsyslvania sportsbooks have a full menu of offerings to get you ready for the season. So in this installment of Penn Sportsbooks‘ Pick Play, we’ll cover some of the futures odds for our home-state teams.
And if you’re lucky, you might just find a winner before the first pitch arrives on Thursday.
Can the Phillies win 82 games? Can the Pirates win 59?
Perhaps the best place to start is with season win totals. Neither the Phillies or the Pirates are among the World Series favorites. That distinction belongs to the Dodgers (+350) and Yankees (+550) – but you can still wager on whether your favorite team will exceed expectations.
According to FOX Bet, the Phillies total is set at 81.5, with the over priced at -138 and the under priced at +100.
The Pirates number is set at 58.5, with the over (+100) bringing a better return than the under (-138).
If you’d like to be a little ambitious with your wagering, the Phillies are +1800 to win the National League. They are seventh in NL futures, far behind the Dodgers (+175), Padres (+400), Braves (+500) and others.
The Pirates are last in the entire National League, with odds of +10000.
And in playoff odds, DraftKings has the Phillies at +285 to make the postseason. Pricing for the Pirates is not available.
The young Pirates have a few Rookie of the Year candidates
Player awards and totals provide another avenue to futures betting. However, you will have a few more options for Philadelphia, given the Pirates’ dearth of star players.
For example, Bryce Harper is seventh in National League MVP odds at +1200. Rhys Hoskins is also on the board at +4000. The Pirates don’t have a single player with pricing in that category at FOX Bet.
Pittsburgh, however, does have the favorite for NL Rookie of the Year. Pirates third baseman KeBryan Hayes has odds of +425 to win the award. Behind him are Marlins pitcher Sixto Sanchez (+550) and Braves pitcher Ian Anderson (+750). Pirates infielder Oneill Cruz (+1500) and Phillies pitcher Spencer Howard (+1600) are also on the board.
Season totals are also available on players in a number of statistical categories. Here’s a quick glimpse of the totals posted for some Philadelphia Phillies, with pricing provided by FOX Bet.
Bryce Harper player props:
- Home Runs: Over/Under – 37.5
- RBI: Over/Under – 109.5
Rhys Hoskins player props:
- RBI: Over/Under – 110.5
Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola is also on the board for most strikeouts at +1800. Nola is also sixth in futures for the NL Cy Young Award at +1200.
The Yankees and Blue Jays will open the MLB season Thursday
It’s almost here.
On Thursday, the 2021 baseball season begins with a game at 1:05 p.m. between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees. The Pirates take on the Cubs at 2:20 p.m. And the Phillies host the Braves at 3:05 p.m.
Baseball will be back. So the window for preseason futures bets is closing fast.
The time is now if you hope to make a wager.
Because the countdown is on.
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