Philadelphia Phillies: mlb FUTURES & BETTING ODDS
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 2021 OUTLOOK
The last two Phillies seasons have been classified as disappointments, as Philadelphia failed to return to the playoffs despite spending big on Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, and Zack Wheeler. Joe Girardi is back as the manager for his second season, and Dave Dombrowski was brought in to serve as president of baseball operations, a title he held previously with Detroit and Boston, leading each team to the World Series during his tenure. The team should be better than it has been on offense, especially in hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park, and the pitching hasn't been consistent to think that things will turn around in 2021, but the pieces are in place for more success. Alec Bohm may have a breakout season at third, potentially hitting 30 home runs, but his defense is a liability.
2021 Featured Players
Bryce Harper has hit for power, but his average has gone down since arriving in Philadelphia from where it was in Washington. Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura, J.T. Realmuto, and Andrew McCutchen all his .266 or below last year too. Realmuto did hit a career-high 25 home runs in 2019, however, and he may break that mark this season.
Aaron Nola has emerged as the Phillies' ace, who should eclipse 200 strikeouts if he can pitch 200 innings this year. Zack Wheeler has remained healthy over the past few seasons, so that will be good news for the Phillies as well. Getting production from the bottom of the rotation—Zach Eflin, Vince Velasquez, and Spencer Howard—has been a struggle the past couple of years, and Hector Neris, who was shaky at best in the closer role a year ago, returns as the likely candidate for saves this season.
Bet on the Philadelphia Phillies! Philadelphia Phillies Odds for 2021
If you think the Phillies will return to form on offense and live up to their potential on the mound, then you might be able to take a flyer on Philly, as the Philadelphia Phillies odds to win the World Series are a hefty 35/1. That would be a pretty nice payday! A bet on the Philadelphia Phillies to win the National League pennant would come in at 20/1, and the Philadelphia Phillies odds of winning the NL East division sit at 17/2 (+850) going into the 2021 campaign.
Philadelphia Phillies Logo, Uniform & Stadium History
The Phillies enter the 2021 season having officially gone a decade without reaching the playoffs, which is the longest playoff drought in the National League. They have a long history dating back to 1883 but didn't see consistent success until the late 1970s. Prior to that, legendary names like Richie Ashburn, Jim Bunning, Dick Allen, and Robin Roberts played for the Phillies. Under pitcher Steve Carlton and slugger Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia made the playoffs six times from 1976-83, reaching the World Series twice and winning it in 1980. The team returned to the World Series in 1993, led by Curt Schilling, John Kruk, Darren Daulton, and Len Dykstra.
The Phillies restocked just over a decade later, winning the NL East in five-straight seasons from 2007-11. A core of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, and Shane Victorino led the offense while a combination of Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Joe Blanton, Jamie Moyer, and closer Brad Lidge held up the pitching side of things. Philly peaked with a World Series win in 2008 and another appearance the following year.
The Phillies have had five home fields, with Veterans Stadium serving as their home from 1971-2003 and Citizens Bank Park taking over in 2004. Philadelphia's current stadium is known as a hitter-friendly park.
Philadelphia employed a maroon logo for the 1970s through the early 1990s, but they changed it to their traditional red in 1993, which they still use today. The home jerseys are white with red pinstripes and "Phillies" written across the front in red. The road grays have the same "Phillies" script in red across the front and both uniforms include a red cap with a white P on the top. Alternate home jerseys include a red top and a version with solid white uniforms to go with a blue cap with a red P in the front. There are also alternate light blue road jerseys with the maroon P on the left side of the chest and uniform number on the right side, which was the Phillies' away jersey look in the 1980s.
2020 Record: 28-32, Third Place in National League East