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November 22, 2014

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Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros

Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.

Los Angeles Angels minus-127 at Houston Astros: $381 to win $300

The Angels are coming off a rough three-game sweep at Oakland, dropping them further behind the Athletics for the AL West lead. Now, they’re looking to get right against the division’s last-place team.

Houston scares me a bit. George Springer can easily change a game with one swing, and recent call-up Jon Singleton will be looking to make a big splash after getting $10 million guaranteed before his first major league at-bat.

Those are concerns, but when I step back and look at the situation, I like the Angels to come out motivated and I like C.J. Wilson, and not just because he’s a member of the fourth-place Hamsterdam Bunnies.

Wilson has allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts. On the other side, Astros starter Collin McHugh was solid in a 2-1 loss to the Angels back on May 21 and has had his bright spots this year. Still, I expect Wilson to turn in a solid but not spectacular start that will be good enough to get LA back in the win column.

Standings: Bern (29-19-1, $12,250), Keefer (24-27, $8,788), Brewer (18-27-3, $4,450)

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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