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With Spring Training in full swing, World Series futures bets have been flooding in and the teams that have been getting the most bets doesn't match the odds to win it all, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
The New York Yankees are leading in both categories, with the best odds to win the World Series (+600) and the most bets on FanDuel Sportsbook. But it's the team with the second-most bets at FanDuel Sportsbook that has made a very recent push. The Philadelphia Phillies, whose odds to win the World Series, NL pennant and NL East all shot up after the signing of Bryce Harper, have received nearly 80 percent of World Series bets since they agreed to terms with Harper.
There's definitely a sense of East Coast bias when looking at the list, considering contenders like the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers are nowhere to be found, but that's to be expected from a sportsbook based in New Jersey.
However, you can easily make an argument for why these teams are popular picks to win the 2019 World Series. The Phillies have arguably won the offseason and now have one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball, thanks to several key acquisitions including J.T. Realmuto, Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen and, now, Harper.
Suspect pitching could end up being Philadelphia's downfall, but if the lineup performs as many expect it to, the Phillies just might end up surpassing the Yankees in World Series bets as the season rolls along.
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