Stephen Nover MLB Free Wednesday Play
(MLB) Washington vs. LA Dodgers, 05/31/2023 4:10 PM, Score: 10 - 6
Point Spread: 1.50 | 106.00 Washington (Away)
Result: Win
I need plus 1 1/2 runs, but I'll back Patrick Corbin and the Nationals against the Dodgers today. Corbin actually has been underrated this season. But the big reason is to fade Noah Syndergaard.

I feel bad for ''Thor.'' Injuries have robbed him of his dominant fastball. Even though the Dodgers are down multiple starting pitchers, I can't see LA sticking with Syndergaard too much longer in their rotation. He's just not any good. The numbers prove this. Syndergaard is 1-4 with a 6.27 ERA in 10 starts. Opponents are batting .294 against him. Washington, believe it or not, leads the National League in batting average and also has the fifth-highest on-base percentage in the league.

This is what Syndergaard said after losing, 9-3, to the Rays during his last start this past Friday after giving up six runs on eight hits in six innings: "There's not a lot of positive emotion right now when I think about pitching in particular. Just hard going out there with the weapons you used to have kind of being taken away from you. Just continue to work in between starts to snap out of this.''

Corbin faders have feasted for three years going against Corbin, who entered this season 17-42 from 2020-2222. However, Corbin has turned things around. He did get hit hard by the Royals in his last start - allowing six runs in 6 1/3 innings - but Corbin hadn't given up more than two earned during four starts previous to that while working six, six, six and seven innings.

(Editor's note: Stephen Nover's Wednesday ticket is headed by his MLB Interleague Total of the Month.)