Philadelphia Phillies Projected 2020 Win Total is Disrespectful

Max Staley
Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies are being disrespected by their win total.
Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies are being disrespected by their win total. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Phillies had an underwhelming 2019 campaign. That's no secret. After inking superstar Bryce Harper to a massive contract, the team went just 81-81, good for a fourth-place finish in the NL East.

Even with that down year, though, this team still has plenty of talent. But projected win total on FanDuel Sportsbook doesn't exactly reflect just how talented this team really is.

The Phillies' win total is currently listed at over/under 31.5, though the over has -106 odds while the under has odds at -116. That suggests the under is the more likely option of the two. This also suggests the Phillies are headed for another fourth-place finish in the NL East, as they trail the Atlanta Braves (33.5), the Washington Nationals (33.5) and New York Mets (32.5) in terms of their projected totals.

However, all three of those teams are flawed, and it's tough to argue that they're all definitively that much better than the Phillies. With stars like Harper, J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins anchoring the offense, and Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler leading the staff, this team has enough talent to turn it around in 2020.

But their odds put them definitively below franchises like the Braves, Nationals and Mets. In a season this unpredictable, counting out a team with this much talent seems like a mistake.

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