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Looking at the 2020 Phillies odds once virus threat ends

Though it seems very bad right now, and of course it is, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Someday we’re going to be passed this point in time, it has been one of the most trying times in many people’s lives trying to stay clear of the Covid-19 disease.

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Looking ahead to such a time, people are wondering what kind of season that MLB baseball might be able to put together. An 82-game season? Maybe a 100-game season? Right now that’s all up in the air.

The MLB and Players Association have agreed to several key components of what will signal a time when something can start back up:

  1. There are no bans on mass gatherings that would limit the ability to play in front of fans. However, the commissioner could still consider the ‘use of appropriate substitute neutral sites.’
  2. There are no travel restrictions throughout the United States and Canada.
  3. Medical experts determine that there would be no health risks for players, staff or fans, with the commissioners and union still able to revisit the idea of playing in empty stadiums

All three qualifications look like tall tasks right now, as we as a nation have been told there would be a ‘stay at home’ order running through the end of April – and various cities are starting to enact their own bans on public gatherings, Toronto just extended such a ban till June 30.

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Looking at the Phillies’ odds of doing well in this type of situation if you take into effect what happened in Spring Training, you would think they would have a great chance to do well.

Andrew McCutchen has had some more time to heal but doctors have also said they are not so sure that this will be an injury that Cutch will be able to recover from well enough to play baseball professionally again. This is something that I didn’t catch a couple month’s ago, in regards to Cutch, a story about Howard Eskin completely spelling Cutch’s name wrong, the story appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The uncertainty with what has been going on with the virus and the way it is impacting people’s lives on a daily basis is still very much real. Looking at the way certain teams may play once and if an MLB season is still very much a mystery. I think the Phillies have a decent shot at a very good season. The books though see things from a different light, they take a lot of historical content into consideration.

With the start of the MLB season in limbo, you can still track the World Series odds for all 30 teams in the lead up and throughout the season. Where the Phillies NL East world series odds listed here (+2200) give them an underdog shot at the division. With 11 NL East titles under their belt and 2008 being the Phillies last Championship win.

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