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MLB betting line favors Phillies over Nationals

Washington NationalsPhiladelphia Phillies
Sep 20, 7:05 PM | GrassCitizens Bank Park

Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds

72-79TEAM RECORD98-54

The visiting Nationals hope for a solid performance on Tuesday as they look to steal a win at Citizens Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tom Milone gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Nationals on this day; he's 1-0 on the season. The Phillies, meanwhile, will counter with Cliff Lee, who will be looking to improve on his 16-7 mark.

View Washington vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Nationals were listed as +-275 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 7 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Phillies, most recently No. 1 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Nationals, who rate a National League No. 15 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Philadelphia has the National League's No. 4-rated offensive output, at 8.7 hits per game. The Nationals average 8.2 hits per game, good for No. 13 on the National League list.

Comparing defensive stats, Washington owns the National League's No. 11-rated road mark, allowing 4.4 runs per game on the highway. Philadelphia, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in scoring at home.

Washington won its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Marlins on September 18. Bettors who backed the Nationals at -146 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Washington got the job done in their last match in a 4-3 victory over Florida on Sunday at Nationals Park behind starter Chien-Ming Wang.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Cardinals at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at +190 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Philadelphia didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-3 to St. Louis on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

A few Nationals at Phillies trends to consider:
Washington4-0-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Washington6-2-1 SU in its last 9 games
Washington is 7-14-1 SU in its last 22 games ,when playing Philadelphia
Washington is 1-8-1 SU in its last 10 games ,when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Philadelphia17-3-1 SU in its last 21 games when playing at home against Washington
Philadelphia is 2-5-1 SU in its last 8 games ,when playing Washington
Philadelphia is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games ,
Philadelphia is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games ,at home

Next up:
Washington at Philadelphia, Wednesday, September 21