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July 18, 2019

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Vegas Play of the Day: Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals

Harper hit by pitch

Alex Brandon / Assocaited Press

Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper pauses on first base after being hit by a pitch, between Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto left, and Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar, during the sixth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Washington.

The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun’s sports staff is now under way, effective July 1.

Bankrolls start at $10,000 for each of the four participants, with the objective to increase it as much as possible over the next year. The minimum daily wager is $300, with a $200 penalty assessed for failing to place a bet on an assigned day.

Past winners are Case Keefer in 2017-2018, Ray Brewer in 2016-2017 and 2015-2016, and Taylor Bern in 2014-2015.

Washington Nationals Even money at St. Louis Cardinals: $300 to win $300

So, the Cardinals are hot, huh? St. Louis is making a surge with seven straight wins and now sits only one game out of the wild-card lead.

Streaks are more arbitrary than most admit, though, and never something that should dissuade a bettor from taking the other side if the price is right. And the price is right tonight.

Washington has actually been the more efficient team on the year and has the more experienced and trustworthy pitcher on the mound in Jeremy Hellickson. He should be able to outduel Austin Gomber to get the Nationals back on track and avoid a potential sweep in St. Louis.

Don’t be concerned with what the Cardinals have done over the last week; there’s value on the Nationals tonight.


Current Standings: Keefer (6-2, $11,208), Grimala 6-2, $11,000), Granger (4-0, $10,855), Brewer (3-4, $8,640)

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at

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