27 Results for month: 07/2017

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 7/31/17

The Chicago Cubs have overtaken the Milwaukee Brewers for the top spot in the NL Central Division. There's still plenty of baseball to be played, but make no mistake, the Cubs are making trade deadline deals that are clearly more for what's coming up in October than for the remainder of the regular season. As I'm writing this piece, the trade bringing ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 7/30/17

It was only a practice session. So we're not supposed to read too much into what took place. But Blake Bortles threw five interceptions in the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday night drills. That might not mean much for most NFL QB's, as it was just practice and it's very early. But when there are five picks by a quarterback with 63 turnovers during the last ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 7/29/17

Now that all 30 MLB teams have 100+ games under their belts, it seems like a good time to check in on the progress of the seven Over/Under win props I played prior to the season. The last time I ran though these, I was winning the projections on all seven teams. But I noted there were a couple that I thought were very shaky. Sure enough, at least one of ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 7/28/17

I hate the prevent defense. That's a strong word to be sure, but to suggest that I simply don't like the prevent defense would be a considerable understatement. I lost count long ago of the number of times I've seen a team flat out blow a game they should clearly win by utilizing this philosophy. First off, it makes no sense. If your team has played ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 7/27/17

Short schedule in baseball on Thursday, and that makes it a perfect day for one of my brief blogs. Just a quick recap, a bit of promotion and my daily free play in this edition. Not much to recap from Wednesday. Following two very strong days, I split out on Wednesday. The Royals were runaway winners, the Rangers were blowout losers. I went the -1 route ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 7/26/17

Okay, here's the situation. Bottom of the 13th inning, tie game. Two outs, runners on first and third. The #2 batting average in the American League is at the plate. On deck is arguably the single worst hitter in all of major league baseball this season. This is an absolute no-brainer from where I sit. Second base is open. I'm walking the good hitter ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 7/26/17

I just finished reading a piece on why the Cleveland Cavaliers should not trade Kyrie Irving unless they absolute have to. The view from here is that they might absolutely have to, at least if they want to maintain the harmony necessary to make one more run at the Golden State Warriors. Obviously, I have no inside information as far as what's transp... More

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 7/24/17

Today's blog will be one of those occasional pieces where I include a link to a column I think everyone will find pretty interesting. This one is by Boston Globe journalist Dan Shaughnessy and goes into great detail about the rift between Red Sox pitcher David Price and NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley. Here's the link: https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/... More

Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 7/22/17

Just when you think you've seen it all, you realize you haven't. In case you missed it, check out this bizarre sequence of events in Saturday evening's clash between the Astros and Orioles. Top of the sixth, Houston has already scored twice to shave the Baltimore lead to 4-3. The Astros have two on and two out with Colin Moran at the plate against Darren ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 7/22/17

I've always wondered why people seem to love "reality TV", which is some of the phoniest crap imaginable. Try sports instead. That's the real "reality TV" minus the silly scripting and there's rarely a day where something crazy doesn't happen. Consider Friday's Braves-Dodgers game. Alex Wood has been ridiculously tough all season. The Dodgers are almost ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 7/21/17

I'm watching the British Open as I write this edition of the blog. So I'll keep things short and sweet. There is nothing to recap from Thursday, as I ended up on the sidelines with no plays. The free play on the Yankees was good, but when that price shot up 30 cents I could not recommend it as a personal service call. I do have a couple of CFL plays ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 7/20/17

JD Martinez is now a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Martinez was one of the few legitimate big name rentals on the market this summer. While his first game with the Snakes provided a major scare when he was hit on the hand by a pitch, it looks like JD will be okay. Therefore, so will the Diamondbacks, or at least they should be. Props to Arizona ... More