Phillies vs. Nationals Wednesday Pick
After getting booed and striking out in his first at bat in his return to D.C., Bryce Harper hit a two-run home run on Tuesday night as his new team knocked off his former club. Will the Phillies and Nationals cash another over ticket on Wednesday afternoon?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
1:05 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 Phillies are a -129 favorite. As of this writing, 75% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Phillies to beat the Nationals 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 had a big night in his return to the nation’s capital Tuesday, going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in the Phillies’ win over Washington. Harper was booed mercilessly in his first trip back to Nationals Park as an opposing player and the crowd was delighted when he went down swinging in his first two plate appearances. The former MVP would have the last laugh, though. Harper doubled in the fifth and singled in a run in the seventh before then launching a mammoth two-run shot off of Jeremy Hellickson in the eighth (and punctuating it with an epic bat flip). The 458-foot blast was the fifth-longest of his career, per Statcast (his second-longest came over the weekend). Harper has homered three games in a row and boasts a 1.214 OPS through four contests. Philly is 4-0 for the first time since 1915.
Washington Nationals Fantasy Spin
Nationals manager Davey Martinez announced late Tuesday that Trea Turner has a broken right index finger. Turner suffered the non-displaced fracture while attempting to bunt in the bottom of the first inning of Tuesday night's loss to the Phillies. Recovery times can vary greatly for this type of thing, but the 25-year-old shortstop is headed for the 10-day injured list and will probably miss at least several weeks of action. Maybe the Nats will speed up the MLB timetable on 21-year-old top shortstop prospect Carter Kieboom. Wilmer Difo took over at short for Washington on Tuesday and will probably handle the bulk of starts there in the meantime.
MLB Betting Trends
Despite their victory last night, the Phillies are just 2-5 in their last seven games versus the Nationals overall.
The Nationals are 8-2 in their last 10 games after allowing five runs or more in their previous contest.
There’s no reason to fade this Philadelphia offense right now. After scoring 10 runs on Opening Day, eight runs in Game 2 of their series versus the Braves, five runs on Sunday night versus Atlanta, the Phillies racked up another eight runs last night. After generating two runs off Max Scherzer and another six off Washington relievers, the Phillies should provide enough offense today to help push the final score over the betting total.
The Pick: Phillies/Nationals over 8