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MLB BASEBALL

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals

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

The Phillies will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Jonathan Pettibone in this game. Pettibone has a 3-0 record and a 3.00 ERA this season.

The Nationals will counter Pettibone with Dan Haren. Righthander Haren has a 5.54 ERA to go along with a 4-5 record this season.

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.

Current streak:
Washington has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Philadelphia: 23-25 SU
Washington: 25-23 SU

Philadelphia most recently:
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 most recently:
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 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:
Washington home to Philadelphia, Sunday, May 26