Phillies near bottom half of Bovada’s 2021 World Series favorites

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Bryce Harper (left) and JT Realmuto are expected to lead the Phillies this season.
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The Philadelphia Phillies are truly going to have to defy the odds if they are going to win their third World Series in franchise history in 2021.

With a week until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, Bovada released its updated World Series odds on Wednesday with the Phillies ranked at No. 17.

Here is the complete list of 2021 World Series odds:

Los Angeles Dodgers: +300 

New York Yankees: +600 

San Diego Padres: +750 

New York Mets: +900 

Chicago White Sox: +1000 

Atlanta Braves: +1100 

Toronto Blue Jays: +1800 

Minnesota Twins: +2000 

Oakland Athletics: +2200 

St. Louis Cardinals: +2500

Tampa Bay Rays: +2500

Houston Astros: +2500 

Cincinnati Reds: +3500 

Los Angeles Angels: +4000 

Cleveland Indians: +4000

Chicago Cubs: +4000 

Philadelphia Phillies: +4500 

Boston Red Sox: +5000

Washington Nationals: +5000 

Milwaukee Brewers: +6600 

Miami Marlins: +7000 

San Francisco Giants: +8000 

Seattle Mariners: +10000 

Arizona Diamondbacks: +12500

Baltimore Orioles: +12500

Kansas City Royals: +12500

Detroit Tigers: +12500 

Colorado Rockies: +15000

Pittsburgh Pirates: +20000

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Defying grim expectations at the start of the offseason to retain a majority of its core — most notably bringing back JT Realmuto and Didi Gregorius — the Phillies are still considerably down on Bovada’s list. A lot of that has to do with the division that they are playing in, though.

The Phillies have the third-best World Series odds amongst teams in the National League East, which many consider being the most competitive division in baseball.

The Mets rode the wave of getting a new owner to have one of the more active offseasons in the majors to nab the fourth-best odds to win it all in 2021.

They bulked up their bullpen in a considerable way by acquiring Trevor May and Aaron Loup, found their franchise catcher in Brian McCann, and made one of the blockbusters of the winter by acquiring Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco.

As for the Braves, the defending NL East champions come in as the sixth-best favorites to win the World Series.

They have one of the best cores in baseball that will be together for the long haul in Ronald Acuna, Freddie Freeman, and Ozzie Albies.

This offseason, they brought in veteran Charlie Morton to bolster the rotation while bringing back slugging outfielder Marcell Ozuna to add a little more pop to the lineup.

Those two teams seem to be in a much better place than the Phillies even if they boast the likes of Realmuto, Bryce Harper, and Rhys Hoskins.

Plenty of question marks surround all assets of their pitching staff — both in the starting rotation and bullpen. There is a lack of proven depth behind ace Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler while the league’s worst bullpen last year made incremental improvements — most notably bringing on Archie Bradley.

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