Phillies Are Being Disrespected by Odds to Win NL East

Tristan Jung
Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies are headed for a make-or-break year in 2020.
Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies are headed for a make-or-break year in 2020. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Phillies are doubling down after a disappointing 2019 season. After signing another group of free agents, they are set up to compete for the NL East title in 2020.

Phillies Odds to Win NL East

However, despite a wide-open divisional race, FanDuel Sportsbook only gives the Phillies a +350 shot at winning the NL East. The Atlanta Braves are listed as favorites at +180 with the Washington Nationals behind at +260 and the New York Mets at +280.

The Phillies made significant additions in the offseason, signing starter Zack Wheeler to a huge contract and adding Didi Gregorius at shortstop. With these additions, the team has even better roster to complement Bryce Harper, Aaron Nola, and J.T. Realmuto.

The strengths of this year's Phillies team are the same as last year. Their offense is very good, anchored by Harper, Realmuto, and Jean Segura. They should also get better seasons from Rhys Hoskins and Scott Kingery, who struggled at times. Andrew McCutchen should return from his torn ACL at some point this year. If the season start is delayed through June, he could be ready for the entire season.

Adding Wheeler to the pitching staff should offer much-needed help. The Phillies were 17th in ERA and 23rd in FIP last year, which is not a recipe for success. They will need to see marked improvements from Jake Arrieta and Vince Velasquez, but a mid-season trade for a starter could alleviate that problem. The bullpen projects to be decent with Hector Neris at closer and Adam Morgan setting him up.

Meanwhile, their NL East competition didn't improve much. While the Nationals are coming off their World Series, they lost Anthony Rendon to the Los Angeles Angels. The Braves did not re-sign Josh Donaldson. The Mets lost Zack Wheeler to the Phillies and replaced him with Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha.

In total, the Phillies appear to be set to be much more competitive than the odds suggest. Their other NL East rivals won't take them lightly, and they have the offensive firepower and pitching to make a run in 2020.

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