Harper leading hot Phillies, who are favorites to win NL East

After blasting four home runs in a six-game stretch, Caesars moved Bryce Harper from 100/1 odds to win NL MVP honors down to 4/1.

Bryce Harper and Philadelphia are coming off quite a week.

The Phillies erased their National League East deficit and now lead the division by two games. They have won eight straight games and are +110 favorites to win the NL East. New York has dropped to +195, while second-place Atlanta is +240, according to DraftKings.

Harper has crushed four home runs in his last six games, which has caused a major shift in the NL MVP market. Caesars Sportsbook listed him at 100/1 to win the award last Monday, but he has moved all the way to 4/1.

San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr. is still the +100 ‘chalk’ to win the MVP, but he is currently on the 10-day injured list with a shoulder issue. Max Muncy is +450, Trea Turner is +800 and reigning NL MVP Freddie Freeman is 12/1.

Philadelphia ace Zack Wheeler has picked up steam since the All-Star break as well. He was 20/1 to win the NL Cy Young after the first half of the season, but he is now the +240 ‘chalk.’ Wheeler will be trying to hold off Walker Buehler (+275), Brandon Woodruff (+525) and Corbin Burnes (+650) down the stretch.

Buehler improved to 12-2 on the season with a win against the Angels on Sunday afternoon. He pitched six innings of one-run ball in the Dodgers 8-2 win to close out the series.

One PointsBet customer was on the wrong end of that game, betting $105,100 on the Angels at +260. The Dodgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the end of the second inning and never looked back.

Los Angeles remains the favorite to win the World Series, entering this week at +290. Several teams made moves at the trade deadline, but the Dodgers countered those acquisitions when they traded for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner.

Houston is expected to be a contender in the American League, priced at +550 to win the World Series. Chicago (White Sox) is +700, while San Diego and Milwaukee are both 11/1. The Rays (12/1), Yankees (13/1) and Giants (14/1) are all capable of making a run as well.

Offshore sportsbook BetOnlline currently has liability on four teams to win it all. Boston, which is currently listed at 14/1, would be the biggest loss. The Giants, Dodgers and Astros are the other three teams that Dave Mason and co. are rooting against.

Lance Lynn is a -180 favorite to win the AL Cy Young and Shohei Ohtani is a heavy -650 favorite to win the AL MVP. Toronto’s Vlad Guerrero Jr. (+550) is the only other player currently within striking distance.

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