Phillies vs Rangers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for April 1 (Wheeler, Eovaldi Prevent Another Shootout)

Philadelphia Phillies vs Texas Rangers prediction, odds and betting insights for MLB regular season game.
Philadelphia Phillies vs Texas Rangers prediction, odds and betting insights for MLB regular season game. / AP Photos/Julia Nikhinson

Phillies vs Rangers Game Info

  • Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023
  • Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Globe Life Field -- Arlington, Texas
  • Coverage: FOX

Saturday, April 1's MLB schedule includes the second contest of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (0-1) and Texas Rangers (1-0).

The two sides couldn't stop racking up the runs in their first meeting on Opening Day, ending in an 11-7 victory for the Rangers. Nine different Texas players tallied at least one run in the win, leaving time to tell if the Phillies have a response this evening.

Which club will walk out of Globe Life Field with the victory?

Phillies vs Rangers Odds & Spread

  • All MLB betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: PHI: (-122) | TEX: (+104)
  • Spread: PHI: -1.5 (+140) | TEX: +1.5 (-170)
  • Total: 7.5 -- Over: (-112) | Under: (-108)

The Phillies enter this contest as road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 4:05 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 7.5 runs with the over being favored at -112 odds.

Phillies vs Rangers Betting Trends

  • Philadelphia is 0-10 straight up in its last 10 games against Texas.
  • Texas is 7-13 straight up in its last 20 home games.
  • The total has hit the under in four of Philadelphia's last six games against the AL.
  • The total has hit the under in 10 of Texas' last 15 games against Philadelphia.

Phillies vs Rangers Prediction & Pick

After Aaron Nola got destroyed in less than four innings of work, the Phillies hope Zack Wheeler can lead them to victory. The 2021 NL Cy Young finalist pitched well for Philadelphia in 2022, going 12-7 with a 2.82 ERA and 1.039 WHIP in 26 starts. He also has a 1.42 ERA in four career starts against Texas.

Meanwhile, Nathan Eovaldi will make his Rangers debut today. The 33-year-old veteran righty was limited to just 20 starts with the Boston Red Sox last year due to injury but still looked well whenever he could take the mound. He amassed a 6-3 record with a 3.87 ERA and even recorded the first two complete games of his career.

After the Phillies were embarrassed on Opening Day, I expect a bounce-back performance. After all, they were the 2022 World Series runners-up and need a strong start to the campaign if they hope to get back there. Even with Bryce Harper still on the injured list, Philadelphia has enough batting talent to get the better of Eovaldi.

Final Score Prediction: Phillies: 4 | Rangers: 3

Phillies vs Rangers Best Bet

Although Thursday's offensive explosion was fun, don't expect an encore today. After all, 10 of the last 15 Phillies-Rangers matchups finished with the under on the projected total. Considering how Wheeler and Eovaldi were both solid on the mound last season, I just can't see that 7.5-run total being surpassed.

Bet: Under 7.5 Runs (-108)

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