Bryce Harper mania is taking over the baseball world, especially in the Philadelphia area. As soon as his signing was made official on March 1, the sales of his No. 3 Phillies jersey went through the roof literally.
But in the NJ sports betting world, there are plenty of chances to get a cut of the Harper action. Keep in mind, with prop bets, it could take the full 182-game regular season to find out if your bet slip is a winner. And the chances of the Phillies winning this season have gotten better, according to a number of sportsbooks.
Here is a look at some of the Harper sports betting action.
Harper at the plate for the Phillies
The big question is will Harper live up to the hype that comes with a 13-year, $330 million contract. There is no doubt there will be plenty of up-and-down moments, but overall, he should certainly succeed in the hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.
His career numbers in Philly are impressive.
In 50 career games, his slugging percentage is .564 is No. 1 all-time in the stadium’s history. It’s even better than first baseman Rhys Hoskins (.562), who has only played for the Phillies. The All-Star outfielder comes to the City of Brotherly Love with a .268 career batting average at the home of the Phillies with 14 home runs.
In terms of overall numbers, Harper has a career batting average of .279 with 184 home runs and 922 hits.
Harper homer runs
With a new season, comes over-under numbers related to Harper’s projected performance at the plate. This includes home run totals for the season.
FanDuel Sportsbook NJ has the over/under line set at 33.5 (+100 for under/-120 for over).
FanDuel is taking things a step further with a prop bet on whether or not Harper will hit an opening day home run against the Atlanta Braves. Yes has odds of +320.
But will Harper be the Major League Baseball home run champion in 2019?
DraftKings Sportsbook NJ does not have the lefty as the early favorite (that belongs to New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton), he is certainly one of the top contenders.
Here are the odds from DraftKings:
- Stanton: +700
- Aaron Judge: +1000
- Joey Gallo: +1200
- Khris Davis: +1400
- Harper: +1400
- J.D. Martinez: +1600
- Mike Trout: +1600
What about Phillies and the World Series?
Could the Phillies win the World Series in 2019? It’s not out of the question. The oddsmakers seem to like the Phillies chances, too. Adding an All-Star like Harper to an already much-improved lineup will do that.
DraftKings has Philadelphia listed at +1000 to win it all. Only four teams have better odds, with one of them being the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
Here is a closer look at the odds:
- Boston Red Sox: +650
- Houston Astros: +650
- NY Yankees: +650
- LA Dodgers: +800
- Phillies: +1000
- Chicago Cubs: +1400
- Cleveland Indians: +1400
FanDuel also has the Phillies as one of the top teams, but with odds of +1200. The Cubs have the same odds.
The Phillies really haven’t been in the World Series conversation since 2009, when they lost to the Yankees in six games. A year earlier, Philadelphia defeated Tampa Bay for the franchise’s first world championship in 18 years.
The Phillies last winning season came in 2011 when they won a Major League-best 102 games.
National League East odds
The National League East could come down to Harper’s former team, the Washington Nationals, and his current team. The BetStars NJ sportsbook currently has the Phillies listed at 9/5 to win the division while the Nationals are 3/1. Overall, this could end up being a very tight race, minus the Miami Marlins (80/1).
The Atlanta Braves, who won the NL East last year, are 5/2 to repeat. They open the regular season on March 28 at Citizens Bank Park.