Despite winning 14 of their last 17 games under interim manager Rob Thomson, the Philadelphia Phillies opened as road underdogs for their series opener with the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers are -120 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. The big storyline of this Phillies-Rangers series opener is former Rangers starter Kyle Gibson's return to Texas after being dealt to the Phillies last year. Before joining the Rangers, Gibson (4-2, 4.04) was 2-1 with a 3.08 in seven starts against them. Texas seems to have the pitching edge with Martin Perez (4-2, 2.10) on the mound, as he has the fourth-best ERA in the American League and sixth-best in baseball. However, against the one opponent he faced recently who mashes lefties, the Chicago White Sox, Perez allowed a season-high seven runs, six of which were earned. Philadelphia ranks fifth in the majors in wOBA (.342) against left-handed pitchers, and its 118 wRC+ is tied for fifth.