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Baseball odds preview - Washington vs. Philadelphia

Washington NationalsPhiladelphia Phillies
May 23, 7:05 PM | GrassCitizens Bank Park

Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds

26-17TEAM RECORD21-23

The Phillies get a visit from the Washington Nationals in baseball action on Wednesday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

It's a pitching duel between Cole Hamels for the Phillies (6-1 on the year) and Edwin Jackson for Washington (1-1 so far).

View Washington vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Philadelphia sat as -165 favorites. The total was set at 6.5.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Phillies, most recently No. 6 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Nationals, who rate a National League No. 3 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Philadelphia's No. 9 ranked National League offense (4 runs per game) against a Nationals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 1 in the National League at 3.3 runs allowed per game. The Phillies have been averaging 9.1 hits per game, more than the Nationals have managed so far this season (8.3 hits on average).

Philadelphia owns the National League's No. 9 defense, allowing 4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Washington's National League No. 1-rated defense.

In their last action, Washington was a 5-2 winner on the road against the Phillies. Bettors on Washington at +132 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Nationals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Roy Halladay and the Phillies 5-2 on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Atlanta are 7-3
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing Washington are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6

A few Nationals at Phillies trends to consider:
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Washington is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Philadelphia
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Washington's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
Philadelphia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Washington at Atlanta, Friday, May 25
Philadelphia at St. Louis, Thursday, May 24