Phillies vs. Nationals Tuesday Prediction
Bryce Harper will make his return to Washington on Tuesday night when his new team the Phillies visit his former squad the Nationals at 7:07 p.m. ET. Will Harper and the Phillies stay unbeaten on the new season?
Game Snapshot & Odds
953 Philadelphia Phillies (+170) at 954 Washington Nationals (-185); 7 runs
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Nationals are a -185 favorite. As of this writing, 55% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Nationals to beat the Phillies on the moneyline.
This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Philadelphia Phillies Fantasy Spin
Bryce Harper crushed his second home run of the 2019 season on Sunday, helping to power the Phillies to a 5-1 victory and a season-opening sweep over the Braves. Harper tagged Braves' reliever Shane Carle for the solo shot leading off the seventh inning. He also doubled and drew a pair of walks in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-3. He's off to a terrific start with his new club, slashing .333/.538/1.111 with a pair of homers and two RBI through his first three games.
Washington Nationals Fantasy Spin
Trea Turner hit a walk-off home run, his second homer of the day, to lead the Nationals past the Mets 6-5 on Sunday. Turner got the Nats on the board with a three-run bomb in the third inning, a 440-foot tape measure shot and his first of the year, and he sent everyone home with a solo jack in the bottom of the ninth. Oh, and he also stole his fourth base of the season and scored another run in between. There's a reason the 25-year-old was a first-round pick in drafts this spring, and we're seeing it early. Few guys with his speed have the kind of power Turner possesses. Have a day, Trea.
MLB Betting Trends
The Phillies are 8-18 in their last 26 meetings with the Nationals in D.C. and are 1-5 in their last six games versus Washington overall.
The Nationals have won 13 of Scherzer’s last 15 starts versus the Phillies and are 4-1 in his last five home outings against Philadelphia.
Scherzer is elite in virtually every pitching category but he received zero run support on Opening Day and the Mets wound up beating the Nationals. Washington could find it difficult to score a bunch of runs off Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin, who limited hitters to under a 32% hard contract rate since the start of last season. I see this being a pitcher’s duel, much like Scherzer’s first start of the year and thus, I like the Phillies on the runline.
The Pick: Philadelphia Phillies +1.5 (-140)