Cokin’s Corner, Friday 7/27/18
Get set for some great of the field action in big league baseball. This is the ultimate weekend for fans of wheeling and dealing. The non-waiver trade deadline is just about here, and there is little question we’re going to see loads of maneuvers taking place over the next few days.
Most of the deals won’t make headlines. A good example is the Thursday deal between the White Sox and Brewers, with veteran reliever Joakim Soria the key piece as Milwaukee added to its already potent bullpen arsenal. That’s not exactly Manny Machado level in terms of grading the headlines, but it’s still a meaningful trade that is designed to help a team contending for a playoff spot.
There were a couple of bigger deals on Thursday involving JA Happ and Cole Hamels and you can bet your bottom dollar more are on the way. It should be fun to watch and even more enjoyable to try and analyze.
Just one play here on Thursday and it worked out nicely as the Phillies defeated the Reds. I’m currently on a pair of games for Friday and might be adding in the morning. One of the considerations is the free play I’ll post here.
Meanwhile, football is just about here. That makes right now the best time to join me for the upcoming campaign. The packages are available now by checking the menu to the right of the page at Cokin’s Picks. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more detailed info.
Here’s the Friday free play.
MARINERS (LeBlanc) at ANGELS (Heaney)
Take: ANGELS -125
The Seattle Mariners are hanging on for dear life as the second wild card in the American League. The once substantial Seattle lead has been whittle down to almost nothing by the hard charging Oakland A’s. As for the Mariners, the predicted regression to the norm might be taking place.
The Mariners have been nothing short of amazing in one-run decisions this season. They’re a gaudy 27-13 in those games. That’s why Seattle is just shy of .600 for the season despite outscoring the opposition by just one net run through 102 games.
I can see where the Mariners might now be feeling some pressure courtesy of the A’s. I’m not sure they’re good enough to withstand the heat, although getting Robinson Cano back from his suspension is certainly likely to help. But what looked like an easy ride to the post-season has clearly been interrupted.
Tonight’s game features some hime-road dichotomy stuff. Wade LeBlanc has been far tougher at Safeco than he has on the road. Conversely, Andrew Heaney has been vastly superior at home the where he throws away from Anaheim.
I can see those tendencies being keys tonight. I also don’t mind that the Halos offense really came to life in the last couple of days. Watch out for Upton tonight. He’s a really streaky guy who can go off for a handful of games when he gets warm and Upton has a big game on Thursday for the hosts. The early action on this game has been on the Angels and that’s the way I would play this one as well.