The trade deadline has come and gone and there are some real shake ups on both sides of the league. The Padres we’re the ultimate buyer – winning the Juan Soto sweepstakes and sneaking a deal in for Josh Hader as well. They’ll be making a full stand for what might be the toughest (definitely the most top heavy) division in baseball. But they’re not the only ones making moves, our bet tonight is on the Phillies who made their own big acquisition who will start tonight – Noah Syndergaard. Thor is no stranger to pitching against the Nationals either, with over ten appearances against them in his 6 years with the Mets.
Speaking of the Nationals, it’s hard to find a club that’s quite so dejected. A failed extension for Soto was only the beginning, losing him and Josh Bell and Hosmer rejecting Washington as a destination in the trade. The inspiration to win games is very low at the moment. Still, Paolo Espino is a solid starter with above average statistics in most categories. That said, he’s struggled mightily against the Phillies this year, giving up 6 runs in only 8 innings pitched. It’s a recipe for disaster for the Nats and I’m happy to bet the other side.
Juice Spread Pick: Phillies -1.5 | -118 at FanDuel