Vegas Play of the Day: Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs

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Bryce Harper reacts after he hit a three-run home run during the eighth inning Saturday in Washington. The Nationals won 3-0.

Tue, Oct 10, 2017 (11:15 a.m.)

We’ve entered the fourth season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1.

Starting bankrolls have reset to $10,000, with the maximum bet being to win $1,000 and the minimum wager $300. Ray Brewer won back-to-back titles in the 2015-2016 and 2016-17 seasons, after Taylor Bern prevailed in 2014-2015.

Washington Nationals plus-150 at Chicago Cubs: $3oo to win $450

From the moment the playoff series were set, this one looked like the best matchup. It’s certainly lived up to that through three games, with the total runs 8-7 in favor of the Cubs.

These teams are so even that, like with any great series, it should go the distance. That would require the Nationals winning tonight, which they should have a better chance of doing than the betting line indicates.

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta is still being priced like he’s in prime Ace form, and that’s just not the case. He battled a hamstring injury down the stretch of the regular season and hasn’t pitched in two weeks.

To make matters worse, the Nationals are the one team he’s always struggled against regardless of his health. Nationals starter Tanner Roark should be just as good, if not better, than Arrieta tonight.

The Nationals have a reputation for choking in the playoffs, which is mostly unfounded given the randomness of a few baseball games. But that’s making them available at a better price tonight, a price to jump on.

Current Standings: Granger (7-6, $12,095), Keefer (11-6-1, $11,381), Grimala (5-5, $9,595), Brewer (9-11, $7,730)

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

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