32 Results for month: 03/2016

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 4/1/16

It's official, at least for the time being. The Boston Red Sox are now employing baseball's most expensive benchwarmer. Pablo Sandoval, who was a massive bust throughout 2015, will be opening 2016 as a reserve, having lost his starting 3B job to Travis Shaw. Props to Dave Dombrowski, the new man in charge of the Red Sox operations. He told manager ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 3/31/16

Yeah, I know, it's pre-season, the opposition hitters might not have been the cream of the big league crop, it's small sample, etc. But still... 15 IP, 10 hits, zero runs, 5 BB, 24 K. Would you believe that line belongs to Juan Nicasio? It's true, the former Rockies righty who never put it together as a starter and ended up as a short reliever last ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 3/30/16

As has always been the case since MLB Network arrived on the scene, I've been watching as much exhibition baseball as I can. I guess from a business standpoint, this is where I'm supposed to say how scouting the players and the games is going to help me win lots of games once the real actin begins. The truth is, not really. I might pick up something ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 3/29/16

I'm thrilled to have baseball back again. It's one of my two strongest sports, along with college football, from a betting standpoint. As far as the fan quotient goes, baseball is by far my favorite sport. I'm the guy who actually gets aggravated if I forget to DVR an exhibition game. Not because I'm going to learn anything, but because I like watching the ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 3/28/16

UNLV's loss is turning out to be UNLV's gain. Chris Beard has agreed in principal to become the next head basketball coach of the Runnin' Rebels, and apparently there's a signature in place. I guess there were some among the UNLV faithful who were a bit down in the dumps after the Mick Cronin hire fell through. If you've been reading this space or ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 3/27/16

I have no idea whether most of you reading this space heard about an incident that took place during Saturday's exhibition baseball game in Bradenton, Florida between the Rays and Pirates. An elderly male fan was arrested during the seventh inning after going onto the field and hurling a couple of items into the Rays dugout. One was an aluminum beer ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 3/26/16

Mick Cronin is staying at Cincinnati, UNLV is still without a head basketball coach as this is being written, and let's just say the natives are getting more than a little bit restless. I said from the start Cronin, while a fine coach, was not an especially good fit for UNLV, and besides that, I maintained all along that he would ultimately not take the ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 3/25/16

Today's baseball preview is on a team that has a chance to take a step forward this season. The Miami Marlins were turmoil city for a good portion of last season. While there are still issues that will likely prevent this team from contending for a playoff spot, the Marlins could have a decent chance to climb to the .500 plateau, and with a bit of good ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 3/24/16

The focus in our sports world today is obviously the Sweet 16, and my free play is on what should be a great game between Texas A&M and Oklahoma. But in the meantime, there's still lots of baseball previews to run through, and I'll take a look at the game's no longer lovable losers with some commentary on the Chicago Cubs. Is this the year the Cubs ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 3/23/16

Today's MLB team preview is on the Pittsburgh Pirates. I'm seeing more than a few articles predicting a decline for the Bucs this season. I'm going to have to disagree with those assessments. I think there's still much to like about this team. The main questions seem to surround the starting rotation beyond Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano. Jon Niese, ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 3/22/16

Back to the MLB previews today. I've determined that there's no way I'll be able to get these done before the start of the season without doubling or even tripling up at some point. But I'll just roll with one team today, and that will be the St. Louis Cardinals. "The Cardinals Way" was on display in 2015. This team had all kinds of adversity but somehow ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 3/21/16

I'll depart from the norm for one day in order to elaborate on some of the changes taking place at my website. In addition to hopefully looking a little better thanks to Mike Funaro, there have been some additions. Current scores and odds are now available, and you'll notice that I'm also adding some guest analysts whose selection packages will be available ... More