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Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Monday when the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies meet at Citizens Bank Park.

The Nationals will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Stephen Strasburg in this game. Strasburg has a 6-9 record and a 2.96 ERA this season.

The Phillies will counter Strasburg with Cole Hamels. Lefthander Hamels has a 3.58 ERA to go along with a 6-13 record this season.

Washington won its last outing, a 6-5 result against the Mets on September 1. Bettors who backed the Nationals at -142 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Philadelphia was a 7-1 loser on the road against the Cubs. Bettors on Chicago at -127 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Current streak:
Philadelphia has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Washington: 69-67 SU
Philadelphia: 62-75 SU

Washington most recently:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After playing NY Mets are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Washington are 6-4
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

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

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Washington, Tuesday, September 3