Cokin’s Corner, Monday 6/24/19

  • June 24, 2019

Bullpens throughout baseball continue to blow up. I’ve gone through my reasoning for the epidemic of bullpenitis, so won’t cover those tracks again.

One such blowup led to what was close to a post-game blowout yesterday at Wrigley Field. Mets manager Mickey Callaway flat out whiffed with his pen strategy during the game. He was harshly criticized on the air by the Mets broadcast team. But when a reporter had the audacity to question Callaway on his strategy after the game, the beleaguered skipper lost it and blew up at the reporter.

There’s no guarantee the result would have been any different, but there is virtually no question that Callaway completely botched it yesterday with his decision to bring Seth Lugo back out for the eighth inning. There were other options, and the best one available would have been Edwin Diaz for the three toughest outs based on who was up for the Mets. Whether or not Callaway would ask for six Diaz outs is debatable. But this was a classic example of a traditional old school manager locked into archaic thinking that gave his team its best chance to lose the game, which they did.

The Mets result stung me as that was a play that ended up being costly. I had a nice week in baseball to be sure but feel as though I should have had one more winner and one less loser. Regardless, onward and upward.

My Monday card is very thin as of now with only one play. That has actually been the case the last few days and I’ve been posting that play here as the daily comp. Today, that one selection is on line at the various sites that sell me, so this free play is NOT one I’m currently using as a selection.

BLUE JAYS (Sanchez) at YANKEES (Sabathia)

Take: OVER 11

Opinion only, not a selection. But certainly lean Over with hapless Aaron Sanchez facing the potent Yankees lineup and CC Sabathia not exactly lights out for the New Yorkers.