Phillies are better than their World Series ratings suggest

With a flurry of spending and offseason changes, a National League East team dramatically improved their roster and gave themselves a legitimate chance to turn things around.

No, not the Mets. I’m talking about the Philadelphia Phillies.

While the Mets added Max Scherzer to bolster their rotation, the Phillies have spent heavily on the offensive side of their roster. Her two biggest signings were duo Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber, both of whom received multi-year contracts.

Kyle Schwarber
Kyle Schwarber
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There’s no shortage of talent in NL East, including reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves, but this Phillies roster suddenly has the talent to keep up. With the additions of Castellanos and Schwarber, the Phillies added a total of 66 home runs and 171 RBIs from last season, with Schwarber’s production spanning just 113 games.

Last year the big addition was Phillies catcher JT Realmuto. Adding him to the mix, fresh from the NL MVP award, Bryce Harper now has plenty of pop around her at the forefront of the Phillies line-up.

The Phillies are much more than bats, of which they have plenty. They have their own elite duo in Zach Wheeler and Aaron Nola and a strong bullpen made up of Corey Knebel, Brad Hand, Jeurys Familia and Jose Alvarado. Knebel wraps up a 2021 season with the Dodgers in which opposing batters batted just .176 against him with a 29.7 strike-out percentage.

The Mets were last season’s betting favorites to win the division, but injuries are already taking their toll on their starting duo of Jacob deGrom and new signing Max Scherzer. At BetMGM, the Mets have the fourth-best odds in MLB to win the World Series at +1000. The Braves are seventh at +1200 and the Phillies are 14th at +2500.

If this lineup can turn the tide with their newcomers, as I expect, they can compete with their divisional rivals. The Phillies scored five runs through the first three innings of their season opener. Schwarber hit two goals, including a home run, and Realmuto and Harper each had a hit and a run made. This offense can score runs, and those +2500 odds will only go down as the season progresses. Phillies are better than their World Series ratings suggest


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