Rick Scuteri / AP
Sunday, July 8, 2018 | 9:48 a.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.
Washington Nationals minus-1.5 at plus-105, $500 to win $520: The Nationals at the beginning of the season were projected to again run away with the National League East. But, one week before the all-star break, they have just a 45-43 record and trail the Braves and the Phillies in the standings.
But there is hope.
They have won two straight games since having a players-only meeting to discuss the horrible play, including on Friday erasing a nine-run deficit against Miami and on Saturday posting a double-digit win. They finish the series with Miami today and should again post a lopsided victory.
The Nats are getting hot. There’s no reason to think it won’t continue, especially against a Marlins team which has one of the league’s worst pitching staff with a 4.87 team earned run average.
Keefer (3-0, $11,290), Brewer (0-0, $10,000), Grimala (1-1, $9,800), Granger (0-0, $9,600)