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Halladay vs Gonzalez Betting Preview

Philadelphia aims to play spoiler Saturday for the Washington Nationals when Gio Gonzalez and the Nats pay a visit to Citizens Bank Park.

For the Phillies, Roy Halladay gets the ball, charged with keeping the Nationals hitters off the base paths. He'll face Gonzalez, whose 16-6 mark on the year, looks more like Halladay numbers.

View Washington vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Phillies as -125 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup but early betting at TopBet moved it lower. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 7 (Phillies) and the No. 2 (Nationals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Philadelphia's No. 11-rated National League offense, averaging 4.1 runs per game, against a Nationals defense that ranks No. 1 in the National League at 3.5 in runs allowed per game. The Phillies have averaged 8.8 hits per game so far, less than Nationals batters have averaged on the year (8.9 hits per game).

Washington brings the National League's No. 1-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Phillies' league No. 10-ranked defense.

The Nationals were a 4-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Phillies. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at +106 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors. Washington suffered a 4-2 loss against Philadelphia on Friday, as Edwin Jackson wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Citizens Bank Park.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 4-6
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

 

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

Next up:
Washington at Philadelphia, Sunday, August 26

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