Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 6/3/17

  • June 2, 2017

Tied up tonight, so I’m simply posting the Saturday free play and will catch up on everything else in the Sunday blog.

The Saturday comp is actually a money line parlay on a couple of substantial chalk pieces.

ASTROS (McCullers) at RANGERS (Cashner)
INDIANS (Carrasco) at ROYALS (Hammel)

Take: ASTROS/ INDIANS +147

The Astros are a monster right now, and McCullers is pitching at an extremely high level. Nice go by Cashner in his last start, and his 2.92 ERA suggests he’s pitching well. But dig deeper and there’s that one big red flag on the Cashner ledger, which is a negative BB/K ratio. I don’t see how he gets away with all that contact against a Houston team that is scoring a ridiculous number of runs right now.

KC righty Jason Hammel decided to make a pretty substantial delivery change two starts back. He is now pitching exclusively out of the stretch. It worked pretty well in the first start, a good showing against the Yankees. But the results were not good at all in the subsequent game against Detroit. The Indians own a huge edge on the mound with Carlos Carrasco, and after taking themselves out of several innings on Friday night by hitting into double plays, I’ll look for the Tribe offense to get back on track today. Like the Astros, this is a big chalk piece, so I’m going with a parlay on the two big money line favorites.