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Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies Betting Preview

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Aug 20, 7:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals Odds

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The Washington Nationals battle the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in MLB betting action at Nationals Park.

Kyle Kendrick gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Phillies on this day; he's 4-3 on the season. The Nationals, meanwhile, will counter with John Lannan, who will be looking to improve on his 8-8 mark.

View Philadelphia vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Nationals as +115 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 16-rated Nationals and the league No. 1-ranked Phillies, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 11 ranked National League offense (3.9 runs per game) against a Phillies defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 1 in the National League at 3.3 runs allowed per game. The Nationals have been averaging 8 hits per game, less than the Phillies have managed so far this season (8.6 hits on average).

Washington owns the National League's No. 7 defense, allowing 4.1 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Philadelphia's National League No. 1-rated defense.

The Phillies were an 8-4 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nationals. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at +126 on the moneyline, while the total score (12) was good news for OVER bettors. Philadelphia looks to rebound from a loss to the Nationals, who beat them 8-4 on Friday behind a start from Livan Hernandez at Nationals Park.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 6-4
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 9-1

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Phillies at Nationals trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Philadelphia is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 8 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Philadelphia's last 23 games when playing on the road against Washington
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Washington is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Washington's last 23 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia at Washington, Sunday, August 21