MLB is enjoying an exciting postseason so far, filled with signature moments, shocking upsets, and talented stars performing at the highest level.
The Championship Series are underway: things are tied in the American League between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros, with two wins apiece.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies are ahead in the National League two games to one as we head into Friday’s action.
FanGraphs, one of the most respected baseball sites in the industry, has calculated World Series odds for each of the four teams.
The Phillies are favored to win it all, according to them.
“Chances of winning the 2023 World Series (FanGraphs): Philadelphia Phillies, 40.3%, Houston Astros, 29.2%, Texas Rangers, 19.9%, Arizona Diamondbacks, 10.6%,” Codify Baseball tweeted.
Chances of winning the 2023 World Series (FanGraphs):
1⃣ Philadelphia Phillies, 40.3%
2⃣ Houston Astros, 29.2%
3⃣ Texas Rangers, 19.9%
4⃣ Arizona Diamondbacks, 10.6%
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) October 20, 2023
Not only are the Phillies are up 2-1 in their series, but they have home-field advantage, they are playing at a high level, and they have looked competitive in each and every game of the Championship Series so far.
The same can’t be said about the other three teams, although they evidently have chances as well.
Philadelphia, however, has an elite lineup filled with productive hitters, a decent defense, an excellent rotation, and a solid bullpen.
They have also been here before, and very recently.
The Diamondbacks are very good, but it’s very hard to top a lineup that boasts Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Nick Castellanos, Trea Turner, Bryson Stott, Alec Bohm, J.T. Realmuto, and several other notable sluggers.
Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola are also as good of a pitching duo as any team can have in the 2023 postseason.
They have a long road to cover, but these Phillies look better than last year’s team, and that’s considerable praise since the 2022 iteration was very good in its own right.NEXT: Analyst Highlights Bryce Harper's Legendary Run With The Phillies