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March 23, 2019

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Vegas Play of the Day: Nationals at Phillies

Bryce Harper

Matt Slocum / AP

Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper, left, follows through after hitting a two-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Justin De Fratus as catcher Cameron Rupp, right, looks on during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Philadelphia. Washington won 12-2.

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.

Philadelphia Phillies plus-105 vs. Washington Nationals, $600 to win $630:

Today’s game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia pits the Nationals — who expected to contend for the National League East crown before the season — and the Phillies who actually are.

The Nationals are a minus-115 favorite entering this game despite being five games behind Philadelphia in the standings and less than stellar on the road. With a mediocre record away from Washington D.C. of 33-35, it makes little sense that the Nationals would be favored over the Phillies, who have a spectacular home record of 41-23. Only two teams in the entire MLB (Yankees and Red Sox) have fewer losses at home this season.

The pitching matchup is an interesting one. The Nationals’ three-time Cy Young-winner Max Scherzer takes the mound and he’s having another great season with a 16-6 record and 2.13 earned runs average. But Phillies’ starter Aaron Nola has been equally impressive. The 25-year-old right-hander also has a 2.13 earned runs average but an even better record at 15-3. He’s won four straight starts while allowing a combined three runs.

Current Standings: Keefer (8-4, $11,168), Grimala 6-3, $10,300), Granger (4-0, $10,255), Brewer (3-6, $7,500)