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2020 MLB odds: A look at how sportsbooks think Phillies' stars will fare in shortened season

2020 MLB odds: A look at how sportsbooks think Phillies' stars will fare in shortened season

It’s been quite a sight for sore eyes seeing the Phillies work out at Citizens Bank Park over the last several days. Even if the experts and sportsbooks are not thinking highly of the Phillies, those visuals and the schedule being released are giving fans the hope that soon we will see baseball in a couple of weeks. 

With a 60-game sprint to the finish anything can happen when it comes to season leaders from a betting perspective. For instance, what if Bryce Harper catches lightning in a bottle right out of the gate and carries it through two months? 20-1 odds ($100 wager to win $2000) to win NL MVP at BetMGM might sound pretty good. 

Also take a look at these numbers shown below on Harper from BetMGM. 

At first glance 15.5 home runs seems doable for the right fielder in 60 games. However, if you look back to 2019, Harper only had 11 home runs through the first 60 contests. For those who think Harper will eclipse that 15.5 home run mark, one would have to wager $105 to win $100. Meanwhile, Harper tallied 43 RBI a season ago through 60 games, which makes the over/under of 35.5 interesting. To win $100, a bettor would have to wager $115 on either the over or the under. 

BetMGM also has odds on Harper’s buddy J.T. Realmuto. Harken back to a season ago and Realmuto racked up 39 runs and 36 RBI which makes you think why is his over/under for both categories set at 26.5. Same can also be said for Realmuto’s over/under on hits. In 2019, he smashed 60 hits through 60 games yet his over/under is listed at 50.5. If you go back to 2018, Realmuto was even more productive with 73 hits in the first 60 games. This one should be interesting to watch. 

Lastly, there is first baseman Rhys Hoskins — who hit .278, 13 HR and 42 RBI through 60 games last season. Hoskins’ over/under on RBI of 29.5 seems rather low. However, it’s important not to forget in 2019 that from game 61 to the end of the season (100 games), Hoskins hit just .198 with 16 HR and 43 RBI. So will the real Hoskins (the one from the beginning of 2019) please stand up. 

So, a bettor and a Phillies fan with hopes of seeing a Red October would hope this trio of Phillies hits the over on most of these categories. That leads to this final note: Phillies to make the postseason per DraftKings: Yes +215 / No -275. A wager on yes will pay $215 on a $100 wager. 

Baseball, hopefully, is just over two weeks away and we shall see if the Fightins prove the critics and oddsmakers wrong. 

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Mets Zoom snafu puts the Phillie Phanatic way, way too close to Jacob deGrom

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Mets Zoom snafu puts the Phillie Phanatic way, way too close to Jacob deGrom

Sports in 2020 are a learning experience for everyone, including the person in charge of hanging up temporary backgrounds in online conference calls.

Mets ace pitcher Jacob deGrom was addressing reporters via Zoom on Friday afternoon from inside Citizens Bank Park. Nothing out of the ordinary there for a currrent COVID-19-era sporting event.

And then... things went sideways for the Mets' logistics team:

Why, hello there Phanatic!

I love how it looks like the Phillies' mascot was just lying in wait behind the curtain, spying on deGrom's press call and trying to gather inside info. That's commitment.

It's not quite as dramatic, but the scene - and the Phanatic's unexpected entrance - immediately reminded of one truly classic Vine:

I mean, c'mon now:

Mystifying.

deGrom was scratched from Friday's start because of neck tightness, a big break for a struggling Phillies team in desperate need of a win to turn things around. 

And after that scene, I can't imagine deGrom is in any rush to return to Citizens Bank Park.

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Phillies get a break Friday night with Jacob deGrom scratched

Phillies get a break Friday night with Jacob deGrom scratched

The Phillies have received a break even before playing the New York Mets on Friday night. Jacob deGrom, the Mets' scheduled starter, has been scratched with a stiff neck. The Mets will start right-hander Walker Lockett.

DeGrom, 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts this season, won the last two National League Cy Young awards. He was scheduled to face Phillies rookie Spencer Howard. Howard is still scheduled to make that start, his second in the big leagues. 

The Phillies made a roster move prior to Friday night's game. Lefty reliever Austin Davis was sent to the training complex in Lehigh Valley and lefty JoJo Romero was added to the active roster. Romero, who has never pitched in the majors, gives the Phillies a lefty reliever capable of pitching multiple innings.

Here is the Phillies' lineup for Friday night's game:

1. Andrew McCutchen, DH
2. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
3. Bryce Harper, RF
4. J.T. Realmuto, C
5. Didi Gregorius, SS
6. Jean Segura, 2B
7. Jay Bruce, LF
8. Alec Bohm, 3B
9. Roman Quinn, CF

Spencer Howard, RHP

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