Perhaps the biggest reaction to the news that Bryce Harper is coming to Philadelphia happened in Las Vegas and New Jersey. The Phillies' odds to win the World Series have been absolutely slashed this offseason and they’re on the board now at 10/1 to win the title.
The #Phillies got their man!— William Hill US (@WilliamHillUS) February 28, 2019
Does the Harper signing have you taking a look at Philly futures? Check out the updated odds.
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The Phillies opened at 18/1 when the odds were first published in October and moved to 14/1 after adding Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson. Harper was able to move the odds from 14 to 10 by himself, which is extraordinary.
The Phillies opened with an expected win total, per Fan Duel, in the low 80s prior to the news that Bryce Harper would be joining the Phillies. The total is currently listed at 87.5, and rising.
Fan Duel has also listed a few other Harper-specific wagers that Phillies fans may find interesting.
Fan Duel has set the over/under for Bryce Harper home runs this season at 32.5.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) February 28, 2019
How many do you think he will hit this season? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/79kssGWZRS
… and finally.
Fan Duel and William Hill are obviously looking to cash in on all the hype and are likely taking a tremendous amount of bets, and probably a tremendous amount of over bets, on the Phillies' win total and on Harper’s home run total. It’s tough to gauge this type of thing so soon, but it’s fun to see just how much Harper is worth in the betting odds and what the oddsmakers expect from Harper in the first of his 13 years in Philadelphia.
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