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Philadelphia PhilliesWashington Nationals
Aug 19, 7:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals Odds

80-42TEAM RECORD59-63

Washington will try to be nasty hosts on Friday when the Philadelphia Phillies pay a visit to Nationals Park.

The Nationals will rely on Livan Hernandez to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Roy Oswalt will be his counterpart for the Phillies. Livan Hernandez is 7-11 this season, and Roy Oswalt is 5-7.

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Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Washington sat as +140 underdogs. The total was set at 8.5.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 16-ranked Nationals and the National League No. 1-rated Phillies in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Washington's National League No. 11-ranked scoring average of 3.9 runs per game, against a Phillies offense rated No. 6 and scoring 4.5 runs per game in the league. The Nationals have averaged 8 hits per game to date this season, less than the Phillies hitters have managed (8.6 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Washington has the National League's No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Phillies own the National League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

The Phillies were a 4-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Diamondbacks. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at -133 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Phillies enjoyed a 4-1 victory at the expense of the Diamondbacks on Thursday, with Vance Worley throwing 3 innings of 1-hit ball at Citizens Bank Park.

Washington was a 3-1 winner in its last match at home against the Reds. They won as -130 favorites, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors. Washington looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Reds, a 3-1 final on Thursday in support of Jordan Zimmermann at Nationals Park.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Arizona are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Phillies at Nationals trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Philadelphia is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Philadelphia's last 22 games when playing on the road against Washington
Philadelphia is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 9 games
Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Washington's last 22 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia at Washington, Saturday, August 20

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