It's amazing how much can change in a few short years.
Placing a preseason bet on the Phillies to win the 2011 World Series would have paid only 3.5 times your money. They were the odds-on favorite that year in a way you don't often see. The Phils won a franchise-record 102 games behind Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and an offense that added Hunter Pence at the trade deadline, but lost in the NLDS to the Cardinals.
In 2012, the Phils were again the odds-on favorite to win it all at 11/2. They went 81-81.
Entering last season, those odds finally changed. The Phils entered the year at 18/1 to win the World Series, and those odds grew to 50/1 by June 1 and 80/1 by Aug. 1.
And now, heading into an offseason filled with questions about the outfield, rotation and bullpen, the Phils are at 40-to-1, according to Pregame.com.
That places them behind teams like the Indians, Royals and White Sox, as odd as it may sound. (Really, the White Sox? Who lost 99 games in 2013 and have a mediocre farm system?)
The free-spending Dodgers lead the pack with 5/1 odds, followed by the star-studded Tigers at 8/1 and the rising Nationals at 9/1.
The Red Sox, who won their third World Series in 10 seasons on Wednesday night by defeating the Cardinals in the sixth game of the Fall Classic, are 12/1, just behind St. Louis (10/1).
Those Houston Astros are dead last at 250/1, and we promise you that crazier things have not happened. The Marlins (125/1) and Mets (115/1) have the longest odds in the National League.