Phillies Drop in Latest ESPN MLB Power Rankings
After starting the 2021 MLB season with a 5-1 record, the Philadelphia Phillies have gone 1-5 since then. Despite their 6-6 record, the Phillies remain just one game back of the New York Mets for first in the NL East.
Nevertheless, experts have been taking notice of the Phillies' recent play. Last week, they were No. 11 in ESPN's MLB power rankings. However, they find themselves at No. 14 in the latest edition.
The Phillies are the third-highest NL East team in the latest power rankings. ESPN has listed the Mets (5-3) at No. 9 and the Atlanta Braves (5-8) at No. 6. Part of the reason why the Phillies rank below them is that they lost a series to each team over their last six games.
Some of the Phillies' struggle are related to their record away from home. They're 1-5 in away games, allowing 5.33 runs per game (24th). To put that into comparison, the Phillies are 5-1 at Citizens Bank Park while limiting opponents to an average of 2.67 runs (7th). If they want to turn their season around, the Phillies are going to have to figure out how to win when they're on the road.
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Phillies have +3500 odds to win the World Series while also being +450 to win the NL East. Phillies fans shouldn't expect these odds to improve unless the team addresses their above issues.
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