Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 6/24/17
Asdrubal Cabrera is unhappy. The veteran Mets shortstop is evidently displeased about a variety of things. But Cabrera decided to go public on Friday by letting the media know he wants to be traded.
Cabrera has had a solid big league career and while his best days are behind him, he’s clearly still good enough to play in the majors. Just not at shortstop. Cabrera just doesn’t have any range left and that’s kind of a big deal at shortstop. Plus, the Mets have a very hot prospect on the way as Amed Rosario’s apprenticeship on the farm is pretty much complete. Rosario has five-tool potential and he is going to be the starting shortstop for the 2018 Mets.
As for Cabrera, he committed what for me is a cardinal sin. He took his beef outside the locker room. Maybe it’s just my style, but if I’m a GM, I have no interest in a fading player who can’t keep his mouth shut and act like a professional. Make no mistake, potential trade partners for the Mets are going to take note of Cabrera’s public demand here and that will lower whatever trade value he still might possesses.
By the way, the promotion taking place on July 1 when the Mets host the Phillies is, you guessed it. Asdrubal Carrera Bobblehead Day. That figures.
A very enjoyable Friday here. The Twins and Pirates came through as did the Padres. I only gained a bit more than a half unit on the Bucs as the F5 portion of that play pushed. But a big night overall, and more on the way on Saturday.
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Another free play winner on Friday was the Padres eked out a 1-0 win against the Tigers. If you’re a regular reader, you already know what I’m doing for the Saturday comp.
TIGERS at PADRES (Sanchez vs. Lamet)
Take: PADRES -102
No reason to get off the fade Detroit train. I’m now playing against them with a slew of house money and it’s not like I’m about to get scared off with Anibal Sanchez pitching. The veteran righty was pretty good in his return to the majors but was done after five innings.
Rookie Dinelson Lamet has been up and down for San Diego, but three of his five starts were pretty solid, and his stuff is dominating when his command is sharp. In any event, it’s another play against the Tigers, and that means I’m on the Padres again tonight.