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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during Saturday’s game.

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-110 vs. Cincinnati Reds, $990 to win $900: Max Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in baseball. It’s time the Nationals start winning the games he starts.

Scherzer has just a 2-5 record this season, which isn’t a great indication of his quality. The Nationals have the worst bullpen in baseball, often losing games for him in the late innings. Also, he’s forced to pitch late into some games, because there isn’t a better option in relief.

Scherzer already has 102 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched — one of the best ratios in baseball. In a Sunday getaway game, there should be plenty of swings and misses by the Reds.

Most important, there is great value in Scherzer. It’s rare to get a friendly minus-110 price on such a quality pitcher.

Current Standings: Keefer (35-38-2, $8,646), Brewer (24-24-2, $7,060), Emerson (11-10, $5,657), Grimala (23-25-1, $2,525)

Ray Brewer can be reached at 702-990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at

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