24 Results for month: 07/2016

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 7/31/16

It was a surprisingly quiet Sunday in the MLB trade department, with just a few deals consummated. One fell into the major category. The big deal was between the Yankees and Indians, with Andrew Miller heading to Cleveland for four minor league prospects. The Indians were rebuffed by Jonathan Lucroy in a proposed deal with Milwaukee, but they landed one ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 7/31/16

There were a few deals on Saturday as we head toward the non-waiver trading deadline in Major League Baseball. Here's a quick assessment on each of them. The deal likely to generate the most discussion is the one between the Pirates and Nationals. Washington solved its closer issue by snaring Mark Melancon from the Bucs. Melancon has been one of the best ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 7/30/16

Quick takes on the two deals consummated Friday in Major League Baseball. The Giants pried Eduardo Nunez away from the Twins, and it'll be interesting to see how Nunez gets used by San Francisco. Nunez is not a good defender, but that's not why the Giants went after him. They're hoping he can maintain the surprising offense he's generated all season. ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 7/29/16

Quick blog today, with just tonight's free play on the diamond. CARDINALS (Leake)  at  MARLINS (Urena) Take: CARDINALS +108 The Redbirds are starting to heat up. They're in good form now, and have moved to within shouting distance of the Cubs in the NL Central. I don't use pitcher career records as a jumping off point when breaking down a ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 7/28/16

I could be mistaken, but I don't believe I've devoted even one solitary edition of this blog to bad umpiring. At least not this season. That changes today. Let me make it clear there aren't any sour grapes at issue here. I had no involvement in Wednesday evening's game between the Angels and Royals. So this is a totally unbiased observation. The ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 7/27/16

Due to time constraints this evening, I'm going the ultra-brief route with the blog this time. Just a quick recap of Tuesday's plays and my Wednesday comp selection. I split on Tuesday, losing a Red Sox/Blue Jays parlay, but winning in a breeze with Tyler Skaggs and the Angels, The Halos were also the daily free play. Wish they were all that easy! Here's ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 7/26/16

New blood! Two exciting newcomers made their big league debuts on Monday evening. Alex Bregman, who has skyrocketed through the Astros system, narrowly missed a grand slam in his first major league game. David Dahl registered the first hit of his career as the Rockies lost in extras to the Orioles. These two have future star labels firmly in place, and ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 7/25/16

If the reports are on target, a big deal between the Yankees and Cubs is about to take place. Aroldis Chapman, clearly the top closer on the market, appears to be heading to the Cubs with the Yankees obtaining perhaps the top Cubs prospect and more in return. There isn't any question Chapman would be a huge boost to the Cubs bullpen. He is as dominant as ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 7/24/16

The Del Mar vacation has concluded, and it was mission accomplished as far as getting refreshed from the daily grind is concerned. I even managed to garner a net profit at the racetrack, although I think it's safe to say the small plus on the ponies wasn't exactly life changing. Great trip, can't wait to visit that wonderful little slice of heaven on earth ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 7/23/16

I'll be heading to Del Mar for my annual summer sojourn where the surf meets the turf. Regular blogs will return on Saturday, July 23 or Sunday, July 24 at the latest. In the interim, I will still be posting my daily free plays here, but will not be including any analysis. My keyboard rates a vacation as well. Free play for Saturday 7/23/16 METS (d... More

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 7/16/16

And the winners are...the Houston Astros. The Yulieski Gourriel sweepstakes was concluded on Friday as the Astros signed the coveted Cuban star to a five year deal for a whole bunch of money. I really don't know where Gourriel will end up playing for Houston. His best position is third base, currently the domain of Luis Valbuena. Alex Bregman's rapid ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 7/15/16

The Boston Red Sox are one of several teams vying for a spot in the playoffs come October. Whether or not they make it remains to be seen. But if the team falls short, it won't be for lack of effort by the front office. Dave Dombrowski has been dealing, and if nothing else, he has certainly beaten his rivals to the punch in terms of making what were ... More