By Skip Charles in Vegas
The Phillies are back in the postseason for the first time in 11 years and according to The Action Network, they’ve got a decent chance to beat the Cards and advance to the NLDS.
They are slight underdogs against the Cardinals in their three-game series in St. Louis.
Oddsmakers have Philly sitting at +114 and the Cards at -134.
In other words, if St. Louis wasn’t the home team for all three games, we’d be talking about the Phillies as favorites.
It makes sense that the market views the Phillies and Cardinals as near equals this season. Sure, St. Louis finished with six more wins and had a much stronger run differential (+135 to +62), but the Cards had the luxury of padding their record in a very soft Central Division that featured a pair of 100-loss teams and another one that finished 74-88.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, had to watch from afar as the Mets and Braves each posted 101-win campaigns.