32 Results for month: 05/2016

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 5-20-16

A couple of notable occurrences from Thursday's game between the Nationals and Mets that I'll touch on. First was a video I happened to spot featuring Washington star pitcher Max Scherzer playing catch. That doesn't seem worth mentioning, except that this was no ordinary catch. Scherzer enjoyed a back and forth with a kid in the stands who was decked out ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 5-19-16

I beg to differ, sort of. Hal Steinbrenner did what I'll call a passive impression of his late father yesterday. He's not happy with the performance to date of the team he owns. I sure can't argue with Steinbrenner in his tagging a handful of individuals by name as warranting criticism. But for whatever reason, GM Brian Cashman, as is always the case, ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 5-18-16

If you want to stir up a heated argument between baseball traditionalists and statheads, start a conversation regarding closers. It's a guaranteed conflict. I fall somewhere in between as far as this debate goes. There is little question that the traditionalists overvalue the premise that there have to be defined roles in the bullpen, or the entire ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 5-17-16

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a problem. It's the same one they had in 2015, only it might well be even worse this time around. This team's bullpen, aside from star closer Kenley Jansen, is simply not very good. The Dodgers also have a solution to the problem. His name is Julio Urias. Despite being only 19 years old, every pitch Urias throws in any minor ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 5-16-16

I'm pretty sure everyone reading this column already knows what took place on Sunday between the Blue Jays and Rangers. So I won't bother to rehash the incident. I'll just focus on the very start of the proceedings, when rookie Rangers righty Matt Bush plunked Jose Bautista in the ribs. I understand the need for debate on almost every issue these days, ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 5-15-16

It might only be the NBA version of the NIT. But we still have a Game Seven to enjoy today as the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors battle it out for the right to probably get drilled by the Cleveland Cavaliers. This has been a peculiarly interesting series. I think it's fair to offer that the quality of play hasn't exactly been the highest level. But the ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 5-14-16

I have to recap the free play loser from Friday evening before getting to the Saturday free play. Which will actually not get started until Sunday as I am playing the NHL Western Conference Finals between the Sharks and Blues. As for the Friday evening play on the Mariners, if it wasn't my most frustrating loss of the season it's sure in the conversat... More

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 5/13/16

Maybe you're a Roger Clemens fan, maybe you can't stand the guy. Either way, there's no argument that he was a great pitcher and if not for the PED suspicions, he'd already be enshrined at Cooperstown. Regardless of your stance on The Rocket, if you happened to catch the NESN telecast of Thursday night's Astros-Red Sox game at Fenway Park, you got a real ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 5/12/16

It's not often that one can even consider a best-of-seven series that lasts just five games a classic. But I think the just concluded NBA duel between the Trailblazers and Warriors qualifies. Golden State is a tremendous team and they did what they needed to do in dispatching Portland four games to one. But anyone who viewed this quintet of battles knows ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 5/11/16

I'm currently embarking on a new project that could provide a good opportunity for interested parties. I prefer not to explain everything here, but I'll cover the basics. I'm involved with a new handicapping panel show and we're looking to add one, or possibly two sports gaming analysts to the mix. As for requirements, being able to convey your ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 5/10/16

The NBA's Most Valuable Player figured to be a bit rusty in his return to action. And then he wasn't. Steph Curry took awhile to get back to being Steph Curry. But in what turned out to be the most dazzling overtime display of all time, Curry attached his name to another NBA record and the Golden State Warriors are just one win away from a spot in the ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 5/9/16

I'll depart from the usual commentary for a day, because I want to focus on a relatively new approach to handicapping baseball that I feel has loads of merit. I've been handicapping baseball for more than four decades, and I've always been an advocate of changing with the times and looking for ways to improve on what I've got. I think it's fair to say I ... More