The odds say it will be LA and Detroit to make it to the World Series, so far before the season starts. That shouldn't be a surprise to most, especially with all of the improvements that the Dodgers have done in the off season.
That's the what the odds makers see as who will make the grade this season, but as we all know, the games actually have to be played on the field and there is a long season of 162 games in baseball before the playoffs start. Sure, some teams are in much better positions to win.
So where does that leave the Phillies? Well if you've been reading the preseason rankings from top networks like ESPN, and The Sporting News, it doesn't seem like the Phillies have much of a chance according to them.
Bwin currently has the Phillies at 10/1 at making a trip to and going on to win the 2014 World Series. That doesn't sound like they has given up on the Phillies just yet, they have about the same odds as the Toronto Blue Jays and other teams are a lot worse according to the real odds makers. Thanks for Jimmy at propspr.com for the updates on the Vegas line!
We'll have to see how that changes the closer we get to the start of the season. Yes, the Phillies have been losing a little more than we'd like to see early in Spring Training, but there is a lot of players moving around to different positions and getting used to playing. Certain players are playing that won't even make this team so we can't dwell too much on the early losing.
Spring Training wraps up in a week for the Phillies, and then the team opens up the season in Texas on March 31st. Cole Hamels is progressing well, and is currently projected to be able to pitch in early May. We'll be able to see the Phillies in their last two training games next weekend at CBP, Friday night at 7:05 PM and Saturday at 1:05 PM vs the Pittsburgh Pirates.