Spring is the season of hope.
Major League Baseball‘s regular season and reality are still a few weeks away. Hope seems more abundant and easier to hold on to.
Almost anything seems possible.
Naturally, spring is also the season of futures. The time of the year when fans can easily envision the rosiest scenarios for their favorite players and teams.
Could Bryce Harper hit 40 home runs? Sure.
Could he win the National League’s MVP? Of course.
Could Aaron Nola capture the NL Cy Young Award? Why not?
In spring, futures bets are still full of possibility.
So with baseball’s spring training underway, it makes sense to look forward to the season and all the hopes that are still very much alive. In this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks Pick Play, we’ll examine future bets related to the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates, along with their corresponding odds at the region’s sportsbooks.
The time for futures is now. Opening Day is less than a month away.
The Phillies open the season with the Atlanta Braves on April 1. And many of the team’s futures bets focus on slugger Bryce Harper, the current face of the franchise.
Harper is +1500 to win the National League MVP at DraftKings Sportsbook. Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto is +3000 and first baseman Rhys Hoskins is +4000. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts and Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals are the favorites for the award at +750.
Much further down the list, the Pirates have a player on the futures board too. Third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes is +7500 for NL MVP, perhaps pushing the limits of preseason optimism.
Could Aaron Nola become one of baseball’s best pitchers?
In other bets, Phillies starter Aaron Nola is +1200 to win the National League’s Cy Young Award. Nola also has pricing posted for most strikeouts, with +2000 odds in that category. And for most wins, Nola checks in at +1800.
Harper and Hoskins are also on the board for baseball’s home run leader this season. Harper is priced at +2000 and Hoskins has odds of +4000. In addition, Harper also has pricing available for the major league leader in RBIs. He is +1400 in that category, while Realmuto is +4000. And for most runs, Harper is the only Phillies player listed at +1800.
DraftKings also has some player totals available for the upcoming season. Harper’s home run total is posted at 37.5, with the over priced at -106 and the under paying out -118.
Can the Phillies win 81 games? Can the Pirates win 60?
And just in case those aren’t enough betting options, DraftKings also has season win totals posted for both Pennsylvania teams. The Phillies have an over/under listed at 80.5. Pittsburgh’s number is listed at 58.5.
And with regards to playoff betting, Philadelphia has odds of +285 to make the postseason. The Pirates’ odds are currently off the board.
But it won’t take you long to find another compelling wager. Thanks to DraftKings, futures betting on the upcoming MLB season has an almost endless supply of options.
Take a close look at them all.
Because hope is easy to find. And optimism is aplenty.
The season of futures is upon us.