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September 26, 2017

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Vegas Play of the Day: Nationals at Pirates

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.

Pittsburgh Pirates (-120) vs. Washington Nationals, $600 to win $500 I’ll break one of handicapping’s golden rules by betting with my heart. I’m a diehard Pittsburgh Pirates fans — insert joke here — and have learned the hard way that it is impossible to objectively analyze their games. Even in the days of Jack Wilson and Kevin Young, I felt they could make a run at winning the division.

I’ll make an exception today because the Washington Nationals have dropped their past four games and have been battling injuries to key players all season. The Pirates, after a slow and painful start, are one of baseball’s hottest teams and in the middle of a four-game winning streak.

Like most of Pittsburgh’s starters, Francisco Liriano has been awful this season and is still searching for his first win. My thought is Liriano will pitch like he did last season, when he was baseball’s comeback player of the year, and not like this year, in which his ERA is 4.86.

Standings: Bern (27-18-1, $11,900), Keefer (22-26, $8,288), Brewer (18-24-3, $5,990)

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

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