Cokin’s Corner, Friday 3/29/19
The brand new baseball season is underway and it sure didn’t very long for a statement to get made. The Dodgers can rake. Eight home runs in the very first game of the season is amazing. If this team’s staff stays healthy, the Dodgers are looking like a team that could post triple digit wins. This lineup has lethal potential.
On the flip side, and this isn’t just a one-game overreaction, the Orioles are one of the worst teams I’ve ever seen. The lineup is ghastly and the pitching is terrible to boot. Making matters worse, the farm system is loaded with marginal to okay prospects, but there might not be a single blue chipper in the entire organization.
My Opening Day resulted in a small loss on three plays. The underdog Tigers were a winner, but the Cardinals and Rangers could not hold early leads. St. Louis appeared to have tied things at Milwaukee but Lorenzo Cain preserved the Brewers win with a great catch to end the game.
I had another good day with the NCAA Tournament, going 2-1. The NHL play was a huge disappointment as Winnipeg blew a 4-2 third period lead and lost to the gritty Islanders. The Jets were 39-5-4 when tied or ahead after two periods, so that was a pretty disturbing melt. Bottom line is a manageable -0.75 net on a day where the breaks didn’t really go my way.
On to Friday and what looks like a thin card for me. I’m only playing one of the Big Dance games and I won’t know about the NHL till the morning. As for the bases, nothing chiseled in stone yet, but here’s one I’m at least considering.
CARDINALS at BREWERS (Flaherty/Peralta)
Take: CARDINALS -102
Good matchup between two exciting young pitchers. Flaherty was outstanding for the Redbirds and he’s got the best stuff on the staff. Peralta is all about command. When he’s got it, that fastball is going to get a load of swings and misses. But Peralta can also get quite wild, so this will remain something to monitor.
The Milwaukee bullpen will be interesting here. If the Brewers maintain their Josh Hader usage pattern, he will not pitch today. Minus Hader, I believe this years Brewers pen will be a big regression candidate. This is a game where going in, I give the Redbirds a late inning advantage. Add in my rating Flaherty higher than Peralta and the Cardinals are the side I would prefer.