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Sometimes juice is worth drinking, this is one of those times. Josh Gayle loves this play between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies.

Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction: Can Noah Syndergaard Shine In His Debut?

Noah Syndergaard is going to make his Phillies debut on Thursday against the Nationals. Check out what Josh Gayle thinks he and the Phillies will do during his first outing. Find the odds for the Nationals vs Phillies.

Nationals vs Phillies Start Time, Where To Watch, And Odds

Date: Thursday, August 4

Game Time: 7:05 pm ET

Where to Watch: MLB.TV

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The juice is steep, but hear me out. Syndergaard should dazzle in his debut. Fading the Nationals without Soto feels like a new tradition. Haters will tell you that they have scored 10 runs without him in their two games. What they won’t mention is how they’ve only scored 1 run in the first 5 innings of those two games combined.

In one game, Mychal Givens completely forgot what sport he was playing and allowed 5 runs and in the other, they beat up on a guy named Stephen Nogosek, luckily for us, I don’t think that’s a real person.

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In all seriousness, starting pitching has been dominating the Sotoless Nats. Syndergaard should be motivated to show his new team what he’s all about and his pitching outs reflect that at 17.5. He should be out there for the entirety of our first 5-bet and we have the pitching advantage against Paolo Espino.

At first glance, Espino has good numbers, but they are inflated because he’s a much better bullpen arm than a starter. As a starter, Espino has allowed 4+ earned runs in 4 of his last 6 games.

The Phillies have the better bats and should have a more motivated and talented pitcher. We just need to lead by 1 after 5 innings. Espino allowed 4 runs in just 3.2 innings pitched against this same Phillies team a month ago. If he replicates that performance I’m confident that Syndergaard can allow 3 or less.

The Nationals without Soto are a sad team all in all and I think box scores will reflect that sooner rather than later. Whenever we bet the Phillies they usually fight hard for us, let’s revisit an old friend and see if they’re still the gift that keeps on giving!

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Josh has a knack for picking winning bets, and he specializes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. As a lifelong Detroit sports fan, he has plenty of time on his hands during playoff season. You can follow him on Twitter at @ThatGuyBets.


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