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Vegas Play of the Day: Cubs at Giants

2017 Big League Weekend2

Steve Marcus

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo rounds the bases after hitting a home run during a Big League Weekend exhibition game between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds at Cashman Field in Las Vegas Sunday, March 26, 2017.

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.

Chicago Cubs money line at San Francisco Giants, plus-108, $300 to win $324: The Cubs are finally playing like contenders, having won eight of their last nine games to move to a season-best 15 games over .500 (51-36). The Giants, meanwhile, are 47-45 on the season but are clearly doing it with smoke and mirrors (and the managing of Bruce Bochy), as they've been cumulatively outscored 407-380 on the year.

The Cubs are just clearly the better team, and though the pitching matchup today slightly favors San Francisco starter Andrew Suarez (3-5, 3.92 ERA) over struggling Chicago hurler Kyle Hendricks (5-8, 4.27 ERA), I'm backing the better squad over a full nine innings. The Cubs will win this one.

Keefer (3-0, $11,290), Grimala (1-1, $9,800), Brewer (0-1, $9,500), Granger (0-0, $9,600)

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