Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 | 4:24 p.m.
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.
Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners under 8.5 runs: $330 to win $300
The Astros are planning on a bullpen game tonight in the second contest of a series in Seattle. Good thing their bullpen is more than capable of holding its own throughout an entire game.
Given the quality of the Astros’ relief arms, it seems unnecessary that this ties the highest total of the season in a game between these two common foes.
Seattle shouldn’t have any problems on the mound, either. Mike Leake is in good form and looks to improve the Mariners to six straight wins against the Astros.
He’ll face Brad Peacock, at least for an inning or two to start. Houston manager A.J. Hinch won’t leave Peacock out there for too long and should know the right times to dig deeper into his bullpen.
There’s no reason to believe the Astros are destined to give up more runs than normal. Gamblers should use the inflated line to their benefit.
Current Standings: Keefer (7-3, $11,308), Grimala 6-2, $10,800), Granger (4-0, $10,455), Brewer (3-4, $8,440)