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

The Phillies will trot Cole Hamels out to the mound in this one. Left hander Hamels has a 6-5 record and a 2.55 ERA this season.

The Nationals will counter Hamels with Stephen Strasburg. Right hander Strasburg has a 3.55 ERA to go along with a 7-9 record this season.

Oddsmakers opened the Nationals as -154-moneyline favorites versus the Phillies, while the game's total opened at 6.5

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 11-0 loser as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -174 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Team record: 49-62
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Philadelphia's last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games on the road
Philadelphia is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Washington

Team record: 59-49
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 9 games
Washington is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Houston Tuesday, August 5
Washington home to Baltimore Monday, August 4