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July 18, 2019

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Vegas Play of the Day: Oakland A’s at Los Angeles Angels

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.

Oakland A's plus-135 at Los Angeles Angels: $740 to win $999 

Angels starter Tyler Skaggs has pitched well two starts in a row, and that’s throwing this line all out of whack. He’s still a volatile presence on the mound who got hit hard in his two previous outings and might succumb to the same fate tonight.

The A’s certainly have a tougher lineup than the Cardinals and Blue Jays, the last two teams Skaggs faced.

This is an American League West rivalry where it would be smart to look for spots to bet on the A’s anyway. These teams are battling in the middle of the division, but Oakland will eventually rise and come out on top of Los Angeles.

They’re better by any metric, even if their current records are separated by less than two games. That means getting this high of a price — even on the road — is inexcusable.

It’s largely due to rececncy bias regarding Skaggs’ last couple appearances. Don’t buy into it; take Oakland at a decent price.

Current Standings: Keefer (37-41-2, $8,046), Emerson (12-10, $5,462), Brewer (24-25-2, $5,370), Grimala (24-26-2, $2,745)<

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

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