Can the Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series in a 60-game season?

Can the Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series in a 60-game season?

A little less than one month from now, the Philadelphia Phillies will open the 2020 regular season.

Unfortunately, it will not include letting fans inside of Citizens Bank Park. More importantly, the traditional 162-game  format  is reduced to 60.

Hey, it could be much worse.

Major League Baseball made the official announcement earlier this week.

But the pandemic version of MLB is going to be much different.

While the Phillies schedule remains a work in progress (at the time of this writing),forget about the trips to Dodgers Stadium and Wrigley Field.

MLB is keeping things super localized to reduce travel. For the Phillies it means National League East and American League East teams only.

And how does Bryce Harper playing an occasional designated hitter role sound?

It’s possible as there will be a universal DH.

Here is a look at what we know so far, and what the early MLB betting pictures looks like at NJ sportsbooks.

The Phillies schedule remains a mystery

So as of Thursday, there was still no word as to what dates the Phillies will play the Washington Nationals, the defending World Series champions.

Same with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

All three teams will be on the schedule.

The general framework, however, seems to be set. The team will play a total of 40 games against the Atlanta BravesNew York MetsFlorida Marlins, and Nationals.

The other 20 games will be against the Yankees, Red Sox, Baltimore OriolesToronto Blue Jays, and Tampa Bay Rays.

The exact home and away breakdown is still being finalized.

And until the schedule is set, the NJ sports betting market will not include any run lines.

PointsBet NJ is among the operators playing the waiting game.

Phillies + COVID-19 cases

There are several what-if scenarios that could impact scheduling.

For one, with the hot and humid summer conditions, there are going to be rainy days. But scheduling 60 games in a 66-day period leaves very little room for error.

And even with the reduced travel, there are going to be days where the weather will be an issue.

Of course the current pandemic is the much bigger concern.

What if one the Phillies, or any other Major League player gets the coronavirus?

It’s no secret the pandemic is currently an issue with the franchise.

The Phillies have not released the names of which players or staff members tested positive.  Should it happen once the regular season resumes, the story will be much different.

How many games will players be required to sit out?

What will the system be for temporary filling the roster spot?

This will be addressed in MLB’s healthy and safety protocols.  The  league did share some details earlier today via Twitter:

Looking at MLB betting action

So what are the Phillies chances of winning the World Series?

Going from 162 games to 60 means any team that gets off to a fast start and stays healthy could be a contender. Think about it. The entire regular season will be play out over a two-month span.

The last day of the regular season is Sept. 27.

Odds wise, DraftKings Sportsbook has the Phillies are +2000 to win it all. Same for the Mets and St. Louis Cardinals.

Here is the complete list for all 30 teams:

But as far as the MLB betting action goes, the Phillies are not receiving much love from bettors, yet. As of Wednesday, DraftKings said the Phillies were getting just 3% of the World Series handle and 4% of the total bets.

The Yankees, on the other hand, are the hot team on the board. The handle is a whopping 49% with the Mets (10%) being a distant second.

FanDuel Sportsbook offering odds boosts

The MLB betting action will pick up as opening day draws closer.

FanDuel Sportsbook is making wagering on the Phillies, Yankees and Mets a little more enticing by offering odds boosts.

Speaking of the National League, the Phillies will have some stiff competition. It comes as no surprise that the Dodgers are the heavy favorite at +160.

Here are some other teams in the mix:

  • Braves +700
  • Nationals +800
  • Mets +1100
  • Cardinals +1200
  • Phillies +1300
  • Cubs +1400
  • Reds +1400

Now it’s just a matter of waiting for the home plate umpire to say those famous words: “Play Ball!”

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