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MLB betting line favors Nationals over Phillies

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May 5, 1:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals Odds

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The Philadelphia Phillies will look to grab a road win when they take on the Nationals in Washington at Nationals Park on Saturday in baseball odds action.

Vance Worley, with a record of 2-1 on the season, gets the ball for the Phillies, while the Nationals trot Gio Gonzalez to the mound in this one. He is 2-1 so far in 2012.

View Philadelphia vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Nationals as -140 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 6.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 9-rated Nationals and the league No. 15-ranked Phillies, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Phillies rank No. 7 in the National League at 8.7 hits per game. That compares with Washington’s No. 12 ranking in that category.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Washington has the National League's No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Phillies own the National League's No. 3 mark in runs allowed.

Philadelphia was a 4-3 loser in its last match on the road against the Nationals. They lost as +168 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors. Philadelphia lost a tight one on Friday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 4-3 score against Washington at Nationals Park.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Washington are 4-6
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Phillies at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 18 of Philadelphia's last 25 games when playing on the road against Washington
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Philadelphia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 18 of Washington's last 25 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia at Washington, Sunday, May 6

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