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Vegas Play of the Day: Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs

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Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton bats against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Kissimmee, Fla.

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.

Miami Marlins (-105) vs. Chicago Cubs: $525 to win $500 : The Marlins are one of baseball’s best teams at home, owning a 23-13 record at Marlins Stadium to put them in strong contention in the National League East. Every game at home is a must-win, especially when it comes against a beatable opponent such as the Cubs.

The Cubs are one of baseball’s worst teams and have just a 13-25 record on the road. Although Cubs starter Jason Hammel has been solid this season with a 2.89 earned run average, he’s by no means a sure thing. That’s especially true considering Chicago struggles offensively — it ranks 28th in baseball in runs and 29th in batting average.

Bottom line: I'll take Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton any day of the week against the Cubs, regardless of who is pitching.

Standings: Bern (32-23-1, $12,079), Keefer (25-31, $8,074), Brewer (18-27-3, $4,450)

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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