Phillies vs Dodgers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for May 2 (Return of Bryce Harper Fuels a Philadelphia Upset)

Philadelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers prediction, odds and betting insights for MLB regular season game.
Philadelphia Phillies vs Los Angeles Dodgers prediction, odds and betting insights for MLB regular season game. / AP Photos/David J. Phillip

The Philadelphia Phillies (15-15) aim to climb back over the .500 mark when they face the Los Angeles Dodgers (17-13) in the second matchup of their three-game series on Tuesday, May 2.

Phillies vs Dodgers Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
  • Time: 10:10 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Dodgers Stadium -- Los Angeles, California
  • Coverage: NBCSP and SNLA

The Dodgers scored early and often in a 13-4 victory over the Phillies on Monday night as they torched starting pitcher Taijuan Walker for 3 home runs (Will Smith, David Peralta & Jason Heyward). Relief pitcher Victor Gonzalez earned his first win of the season with 1.1 scoreless innings of work.

Phillies vs Dodgers Odds & Spread

  • All MLB betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: PHI: (+136) | LAD: (-162)
  • Spread: PHI: +1.5 (-146) | LAD: -1.5 (+122)
  • Total: 8 -- Over: (-105) | Under: (-115)

The Dodgers enter this contest as home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 10:10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 8 runs with the under being favored at -115 odds.

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Phillies vs Dodgers Betting Trends

  • Philadelphia is 6-2 straight up in its last eight games against an NL West opponent.
  • The total has hit the under in five of Philadelphia's last six away games.
  • The Dodgers are 5-1 straight up in their last six home games.
  • The total has hit the over in six of the Dodgers' last eight games against Philadelphia.

Phillies vs Dodgers Prediction & Pick

The Dodgers have rebounded nicely following a disappointing series loss to the Pirates as they swept the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend and jumped all over the Phillies on Monday. They send Julio Urias to the mound on Tuesday night, who is 3-3 on the year with a subpar 4.41 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.

The Phillies will counter with Matt Strahm, who has done nothing but impress in his move from the bullpen to the starting rotation. The 31-year-old has posted a 2.31 ERA to go along with 32 strikeouts in 23.1 innings. That's notable given the Dodgers average 9.60 strikeouts per game (No. 27 in MLB).

The big storyline attached to this game is the return of All-Star slugger Bryce Harper. Harper has made a historically fast recovery from Tommy John surgery and is set to be in Tuesday's starting lineup. His presence along with Strahm's dominance has me leaning toward a Philly upset here.

Final Score Prediction: Phillies: 4 | Dodgers: 3

Phillies vs Dodgers Best Bet

Harper has shown a knack for stepping up in big moments during his career, including when he hit a go-ahead home run in the NLCS last postseason. He is going to want to show the rest of the league he is still a force to be reckoned with tonight and has hit 2 home runs across 12 at-bats against Urias in his career. Harper tallied 3 home runs in just 3 games played at Dodger Stadium in 2022 as well.

Bet: Bryce Harper to Hit a Home Run (+400)

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