Arguably the biggest move this MLB offseason was the Texas Rangers acquiring star pitcher, Jacob deGrom, in free agency.
Now, Rangers fans will get to see the ace in action for the first time on MLB Opening Day when they take on Aaron Nola and the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies are hot off a World Series run, falling just short against the Houston Astros.
Let's break down the odds for this Opening Day matchup and then I'll give you my best bet.
Phillies vs. Rangers odds, spread, and total
The odds listed below are via BetMGM Sportsbook.
- Phillies +1.5 (-225)
- Rangers -1.5 (+180)
- Phillies +110
- Rangers -130
- 6.5 (Over -110/Under -110)
Phillies vs. Rangers prediction and pick
Let's all trust Jacob deGrom in his first start with the Rangers, and take their moneyline to beat the Phillies.
If last year's NL pennant makes you afraid to go against the Phillies, let me remind you that the Phillies got hot at the right time at the end of last year. Similar results shouldn't be expected, especially when you consider they're third on the odds list to win their own division.
The Phillies averaged 4.59 runs per game last season, just 0.23 more than the Rangers.
deGrom also has plenty of experience pitching against the Phillies. He sports a 2.18 ERA against them in 20 starts throughout his career, and in his only start against them last year, he pitched six scoreless innings while recording 10 strikeouts.
Backing the Rangers at -130 is the move to make on Opening Day.
Pick: Rangers -130
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.