What Happened Last Week With The Philadelphia Phillies Plus Two Early Picks For AL And NL MVPs

What Happened Last Week With The Philadelphia Phillies Plus Two Early Picks For AL And NL MVPs

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Welcome to our weekly Philadelphia Phillies report. I first want to start out by saying, we didn’t jinx the Phillies after calling them the hottest team in baseball. This is still baseball. It’s a long road to the postseason, so we should just relax and take things in stride.

The Phillies got off to a really nice start this season. The 5-1 start was very promising for a team most of us didn’t expect to take back the division this soon. However, reality hits hard. The Phillies’ schedule over the last was rough, featuring road games in Atlanta and New York (with a fast, three-game series against St Louis to close the weekend).

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Over the last ten games, a lot changed for the Phillies. Some of the hot starts on offense have fizzled, as the Phillies have only managed an average of two runs (per game) over their last three games. The Phillies have gone 3-7 since that blistering start. Bryce Harper is off to a tremendous start, batting .327 with a .459 OBP. He has 12 strikeouts but a whopping 11 walks.

Overall, the Phillies are 15th in the MLB in batting average, 16th in OBP, 23rd in runs scored, 26th in home runs, and 12th in team ERA. Temper your expectations for the Phillies in 2021.

Over the next week, the Phillies will wrap up their series against the Giants at home before traveling to Coors Field for a three-game series against the Rockies. Hopefully, the Phillies bats can heat up in time to take advantage of the extra carry the balls will get in Colorado.

Futures Awards Picks

Another look at two high-value future picks, with lines from the PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers online sportsbooks.

Ronald Acuna to win NL MVP +350

Ronald Acuna has been one of the frontrunners for this award since before the season began. If you didn’t get him around +600 before the season, now may be your last chance. Acuna has started the season in scorching fashion, hitting .419 (2nd in MLB) with 7 home runs (1st in MLB), and 16 RBI (T-2nd in MLB).

Even though he was removed from the last game with an abdominal strain, Acuna’s odds only took a slight hit, indicating it is minor. Right now, Acuna is on a pennant contender and is being marketed as the best player on the team.

Juan Soto is the next-best guy in the MVP argument, but his team currently has the 4th best odds just to win their division. Soto has also not gotten off to a great start in the power department, so Acuna looks like he has the major leg-up.

JD Martinez to win AL MVP +2000

JD Martinez is off to the best start among all American League players. He has a .383 average (8th in MLB), 6 home runs (T-2nd in MLB), 20 RBI (1st in MLB), and a 1.239 OPS (3rd in MLB). Sure, Martinez can be streaky and he’s 33 this season.

However, he’s got a big lead in the AL MVP race. Even when he levels off as the season goes on, he should still be among the leaders for consideration for the award. Getting-in while the season is young will mean value in the long-run, especially if Martinez can keep it up.