Phillies continue a set in Washington

Dan Haren is expected to get the ball for the Washington Nationals on Saturday night as they play host to the Philadelphia Phillies to continue their weekend MLB series.

Haren is 0-3 with a 6.14 ERA over his four career starts against the Phillies, and the righthander was knocked around for seven runs on nine hits over five innings of work against the Padres in his most recent trip to the mound on May 19. The Phillies send Jonathan Pettibone (3-0) to the hill.

View Philadelphia vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those going with the Nationals in this one found them listed as moneyline favorites of -145 at TopBet for Monday's contest. The total was hovering near 8 at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
The Nationals sit at No. 12 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Phillies sit at a National League No. 11 on the same chart.

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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. 13-ranked scoring average of 3.4 runs per game, against a Phillies offense rated No. 12 and scoring 3.5 runs per game in the league. The Nationals have averaged 7.4 hits per game to date this season, less than the Phillies hitters have managed (8.2 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Washington has the National League's No. 6-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Phillies own the National League's No. 9 mark in runs allowed.

Philadelphia lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Nationals on May 24. Bettors who backed the Nationals at -177 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Philadelphia looks to rebound from a loss to the Nationals, who beat them 5-2 on Friday behind a start from Jordan Zimmermann at Nationals Park.

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

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

A few Phillies at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 9 games on the road
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 12 games when playing Washington
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games at home
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia at Washington, Sunday, May 26

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