Cokin’s Corner, Monday 5/7/18

  • May 6, 2018

Only six teams remain standing, and two more will be getting eliminated shortly. That means one of the all-time amazing stories is still being written as the Vegas Golden Knights will be one of the four survivors as the grueling Stanley Cup playoff chase continues.

There’s nothing more that can be said about this team. The Knights are making believers out of almost all the skeptics. Those still clinging to the belief that this simply isn’t supposed to happen are just shrugging their collective shoulders at this point.

Next up, wither Nashville or Winnipeg. The Jets have a chance to knock out the defending Western Conference champs on Monday night. If you’re a ¬†Golden Knights fan, it probably doesn’t matter that much which teams wins the Jets-Predators series, but I don’t think anyone would mind the two teams having to play a seventh game at Nashville while VGK enjoys a little extra time off.

The Knights will be series underdogs in the Conference Finals regardless of which team they get lined up against. On paper, it will be easy to make a case for either the Jets or the Preds. In reality, maybe not so much as Vegas continues to obliterate common sense. I can tell you this, while I might not be willing to take the price with the Knights, there’s very little chance I’ll even consider laying the lumber against them. I’ve learned my lesson!

Pretty good Sunday here. The two baseball plays split for a juice loss with the Marlins winning, while the Rays pretty much let a win get away in the effort to sweep the Blue Jays. The profits came courtesy of the Golden Knight, as I cashed a straight series ticket as well as a -1.5 series play that paid off handsomely.

As of right now, I have just one Monday play, and that’s in baseball. I might add something once i see the posted lineups for the Monday evening games. But just the one for now, and I’ll go ahead and use it as the daily free play.

For info on what’s available in terms of my personal service, shoot me an email at and I’ll elaborate on the options. It’s been a very nice ride in baseball so far and I’m confident the best is yet to come.

Here’s the Monday free play.

NATIONALS (Strasburg) at PADRES (Ross)

Take: NATIONALS -1 (Split -155 ML, +100 RL)

Homecoming for Stephen Strasburg, who is from this area and figures to have lots of support in the stands. He’s done pretty well in prior returns to San Diego and should have a good chance to dominate the SD offense. Tyson Ross has looked good for the most part for the Padres. But Strasburg owns a big power ratings advantage and the Nationals are heading west under a full head of steam. Even if I upgrade Ross from where I have him on my numbers, which is probably justified based on performance to date, it’s still a chance to back an ace. The offensive differential is fairly substantial as well. With the money line above my normal straight play threshold, and at least not having to lay anything with the runs line, I like the idea of splitting the unit and creating the -1 for less liability. Nats -1 is the play.