Major League Baseball is officially around the corner. Now that Bryce Harper has signed his new, massive 13-year contract, spring training can truly begin.
Harper, who played his first seven years in the big leagues with the Washington Nationals, just signed a highly anticipated deal worth $330 million last week with the Philadelphia Phillies.
This is now the largest contract in North American sports history.
Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook dropped its odds on Philadelphia to win the World Series from +1800 to +1200. These are currently the same odds FanDuel is offering on their NJ gambling websites.
To celebrate the excitement, FanDuel Sportsbook has posted two special Bryce Harper prop bets for fans to wager on.
Bryce Harper prop bets at FanDuel
It’s no surprise that both Harper props on FanDuel are based around the long ball. Today’s baseball is so focused around home runs; bettors might as well get some added joy from them.
The first is Harper’s over/under for the total amount of home runs he’ll hit for the entire season.
- FanDuel initially set the line at over 32.5 (-130), under 32.5 (+110).
Apparently, the fairly high home-run number didn’t deter the local bettors in NJ.
- The line is now sitting at over 33.5 (-120), under 33.5 (+100).
Betting on Harper’s home run numbers
Despite Harper being one of the best home-run hitters in MLB, he’s only surpassed 32 homers twice in his career. He did hit 34 last year for the Nationals.
The other prop bet is, “Will Harper hit a dinger on opening day?”
The Phillies play the Atlanta Braves on March 28, and Harper’s line is set at “Yes” (+320). There is not a “No” option to bet.
Now even though +320 might seem like a long shot, Harper actually hits homers on opening day quite often. In fact, he’s MLB’s active leader in home runs on opening day with five.
Harper enjoyed a stretch from 2015 to 2017 where he hit one at each season opener. Even though he didn’t extend his streak last year, he did bat 2 for 3 and got on base a third time.
It’s clear that Harper comes out of spring training with a little more pep in his step than other major league sluggers.
With all eyes on him making his debut with Philadelphia, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him launch another home run this year.