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December 18, 2014

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Vegas Play of the Day: Mets at Marlins

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 (-120) vs. New York Mets, $600 to win $500: Miami starter Henderson Alvarez pitched a two-hitter in his last outing to beat the Seattle Mariners and should continue the domination against the Mets. The Marlins have a 15-5 record at home, where one of baseball’s youngest teams plays with a confidence that they are also one of baseball’s better teams.

The Mets are 28th overall in batting average at .229. They’ll struggle with Alvarez’s sinker, which forced Seattle into 17 groundball outs and helped Alvarez pitch a no-hitter last season while with Toronto.

New York starter Bartolo Colon doesn’t overwhelm opponents, only striking out 29 batters in 36 innings this year. And in his last outing, Colon surrendered 10 hits and seven runs, failing to make it out of the fifth inning.

This is the eighth game of a nine-game road trip for the Mets, including games at Colorado. It’s about the time teams on extended trips, especially those venturing into multiple time zones, start to get exhausted. Take advantage of a good betting number with the Marlins.

Standings: Bern (21-16-1, $10,600), Keefer (19-24, $8,098), Brewer (15-20-3, $6,595)

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

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