Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 9/27/16
Sometimes things happen that just are out of the realm of logical explanation. That’s the only way I can describe what took place on Monday night in Miami as the Marlins played host to the Mets.
This was obviously a very tough last couple of days for all of baseball, but particularly the Marlins in the aftermath of the Jose Fernandez tragedy. I’m still in utter shock over his death in a horrific boating accident. Fernandez was more than just a phenomenal talent. His personality was amazing, and he was a potential Hall of Fame pitcher. Considering all he went through to escape Cuba and become an American citizen with an incredible future ahead of him… there just aren’t any words I can come up with to properly express how sad I am about Jose’s life getting snuffed out so suddenly.
That brings us to last night’s game. Bottom of the first, and Dee Gordon leading off for Miami. He started his at bat by taking his place in the righty batter’s box a la Fernandez. Following that, Gordon moved to his usual side of the plate, and promptly delivered a Bartolo Colon fastball into the stands. Dee Gordon had not homered in any of his previous plate appearances this season, and it was just his ninth career homer in 549 major league games. Unbelievable stuff, to put it mildly.
One does not have to be a fan of the Marlins or Jose Fernandez to be shaken by his stunning death. One also does not need to have any particular rooting interest to be emotionally touched by the Gordon home run. I can’t explain it because it was so surreal, but it was truly an incredible moment to be cherished.
I just wish Jose Fernandez could have been on his usual top step of the dugout perch to witness it.
The Monday free play worked out rather nicely as the Falcons and Saints ended up in a high scoring shootout, making the Over an easy winner. My Tuesday comp is a game I’ve already played, so it’s on my personal service ticket.
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Here’s the first of this week’s college comps, and this daily free play is already on the weekend personal selection card.
211 SAN JOSE STATE at 212 NEW MEXICO
Take: NEW MEXICO -8
Kenny Potter’s status for this game is uncertain. The San Jose State QB was unable to go against Iowa State and he’s very iffy as of now for this week’s game. He has a leg injury that won’t require surgery but if the swelling doesn’t subside, he won’t be able to play. If that’s the case, then it’s freshman Josh Love, and the rookie really struggled at Iowa State.
Beyond that, the Spartans have absolutely horrific on defense. They’ve been outgained by a whopping 547 yards in the losses to Tulsa, Utah and San Jose State. The defensive rushing stats in those games were abysmal, 5.5 yards per carry and all three opponents went run-heavy on San Jose. That will definitely be the case Saturday as New Mexico prefers to run out of their option as much as possible.
I think we’re catching a good spot here, as New Mexico has had an extra week to prep and should be extremely motivated after losing two games they really should have won. The bye week should be a real plus coming out of those two tough losses, and New Mexico also has a revenge motive from a poor showing against the Spartans last season.
It looks like a good matchup for the Lobos in terms of strength vs. weakness, and if Porter is unable to play, this is a bargain price in my opinion even with the bump from where it opened on Sunday night. I’ll therefore go ahead and lay it right now with New Mexico.