Phillies vs Rangers Prediction - MLB Picks 3/30/23

Texas Rangers (0-0) vs Philadelphia Phillies (0-0)

Game Info: Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 4:05 pm (Globe Life Field)

Jacob deGrom (0-0) (0.00) vs Aaron Nola (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Texas Rangers -125 / Philadelphia Phillies -111 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers face off on Thursday in the first MLB game of the season at Globe Life Field. The Rangers have won the last nine games over the Phillies this season. 

Phillies Betting Preview

The Phillies have high expectations for this season after finding so much success last season, but they suffered a huge blow during spring training. Star slugger Rhys Rhys Hoskins suffered a knee injury and he’s out for the season. Bryce Harper is also going to be out until July as he recovers from a UCL Tear. Until Harper is back, the Phillies just need to try and keep their head above water. On the mound for the Phillies will be Aaron Nola who last season with an 11-13 record and an ERA of 3.25. 

Rangers Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is the Rangers who made a lot of changes this offseason and they are trying to spend money to get back into the playoffs. It’s a new front office and new manager in Bruce Bochy. Corey Seager and Marcus Semien both are stars on the offense, and they are going to need to get the bats going early in this game. Leody Taveras is dealing with an oblique injury and will be out the next few weeks. Getting the start for the Rangers will be Jacob deGrom, and he’s the best pitcher in baseball when he’s healthy. Last season he finished with a 5-4 record and an ERA of 3.08. 

Phillies vs Rangers Trends

The Phillies are 6-1 in Nola’s last seven games on Thursday. The over is 5-0 in the Rangers last five games on Thursday. The under is 4-0-1 in the Phillies last five games overall. The under is 5-0 in the Rangers last five games following an off day. 

Shane’s Free Pick

This is going to be an old-fashioned pitcher's duel. Nola was a very strong pitcher last season, but a lot of the times he didn’t get run support, and that is going to be a problem again here. deGrom is going to have a strong first start for the Rangers. This game is going to finish 2-1 or 3-1 and the under is going to cash here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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