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Vegas Play of the Day: Brewers vs. Cubs

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In this Feb. 24, 2018, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon visits the mound during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Texas Rangers, in Mesa, Ariz. In the aftermath of Chicago’s collapse last season, Cubs manager Joe Maddon went looking for a deeper understanding of the players who dominate the major leagues these days. Maddon’s search took him to “Managing Millennials for Dummies,” and the book reinforced what he already felt about the people he worked with every day.

Fri, Apr 5, 2019 (11:52 a.m.)

The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun’s sports staff is now underway, 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.

Milwaukee Brewers minus-122 vs. Chicago Cubs, $732 to win $600:

The Brewers have gotten off to a hot start this season, winning six of their first seven games. The Cubs, on the other hand, have been a mess, winning just once so far (1-5). The Chicago bullpen has been especially disastrous, blowing three saves already, while posting an 8.86 ERA, which is the second-worst in all of baseball.

Until Chicago gets its relief situation figured out, I'll take Milwaukee every time. Led by brilliant closer Josh Hader (5 IP, 10 Ks, 0 ER), the Brewers' pen has an ERA of 2.73.

When this game gets down to the final innings, I know which side I want my money on. Give me the Brewers and the relievers who can actually get outs.

Current Standings: Keefer (30-28-2, $10,396), Brewer (18-20-2, $8,360) Emerson (6-6, $6,202), Grimala (18-19-1, $3,930)

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