Doug Fister (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.75 ERA) start in the first of a four-game series between the Washington Nationals (3-6) and the Philadelphia Phillies (3-6) at Nationals Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 16 and can be seen on CSN-PHI and MASN.

Fister is 2-2 with a 2.12 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts against the Phillies. Michael Taylor (.270 ) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Against the Nationals, Hamels is 15-8 with a 2.59 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 218 strikeouts. Cody Asche (.500 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Phillies, going 3 for 3 yesterday.

Washington is a -134 favorite against Philadelphia and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at six runs. The Nationals have an overall money line of -435 and a record as the favorite of 2-4. Opposing offenses that come to Nationals Park have been stifled by the Nationals, who have a team ERA of only 1.33 at home. The Nationals are the second-best team in the NL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.0 hits per game to their opponents this season.

In games where it is the underdog, Philadelphia has a 3-5 record and an overall money line of -232. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 2-4 record against NL East opponents, and a 3-6 record SU. The Phillies average 4.1 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the NL East is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 3.5 against division foes.

The Phillies lead the season series, 2-1. Fister (RHP) will be on the hill against the Phillies, who have a 2-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Under

Notes

Philadelphia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games.

Philadelphia is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Washington.

Philadelphia is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Washington.

Philadelphia is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games when playing on the road against Washington.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia.

Both the Nationals and the Phillies are 2-4 against divisional foes.

The Nationals and the Phillies are both 1-1 in games that go into extra innings.

The Philadelphia batters brought in a solid nine hits last game. Washington has a record of 1-4 when their opponents get that many hits or more.

When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 3-1. The Nationals have a 2-0 record when outhitting opponents.

Ranking 29th, Philadelphia sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 22 this season. Washington ranks in the top half at 15th with 34.

Ranking 20th, Philadelphia is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 24 this season. Washington ranks in the top half at 13th with 27.

When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 3-4. When the Phillies hit at least one homer, they have a 1-2 record.