Vegas doesn't believe in us, guys.
Yeah, with the World Series not even cold and buried in the ground yet, Las Vegas odds-makers are already putting out numbers on the favorites to win next year's Fall Classic.
You'll never guess where they have the Phillies.
Then there's a bunch of other teams... actually ALL the other teams... until you get down to the veeeeeeeeeeery bottom of the list. And that's where you find your hometown nine.
The Philadelphia Phillies. Dead last, at 200-1.
What's got you spooked, Vegas? Is it that the player with the second-most fWAR on the team played in just 39 games last year (Aaron Altherr)? Is it that the Phils' starter with the most fWAR at the end of the season who was still on the team was a guy who had made just eight starts for the Phils (Jerad Eickhoff)?
Is it the 99 losses? Is it the new general manager? JUST TELL US HOW TO FIX THIS LAS VEGAS YOU ARE SO INFURIATING WHEN YOU GET LIKE THIS.
Of course, this is before free agency has even started and the wheeling and dealing of the winter has begun. Surely once the Phils sign Jordan Zimmermann and Zack Greinke to long-term deals, ink Jason Heyward to a 15-year contract and promote J.P. Crawford, Nick Williams and Andrew Knapp to the big club in May, you Vegas losers are going to eat some serious crow.
And any rankings that list the Cubs as the favorites to win the World Series should be immediately discredited anyway. But if you've got $50,000 burning a hole in your pocket with nothing good to spend it on, I say head on over to Bovada and throw your hard-earned cash on the Phils.
With odds like this, you can't lose.