Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 1/31/16
If the Arizona Diamondbacks don’t make the playoffs in 2016, it sure won’t be for a lack of effort. The all-in philosophy for the Diamondbacks continued on Saturday as they swung a deal with the rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers that netted the Snakes a starting shortstop.
Jean Segura was the centerpiece of this five-player swap. The main pieces heading to Milwaukee are Chase Anderson and Aaron Hill. Anderson did reasonably well as a back of the rotation innings eater type for Arizona and the Brewers are hoping he can build on that moving forward. Hill’s career appears to be winding down, and he won’t be costing Milwaukee much as the Diamondbacks will be picking up some of his salary.
From Milwaukee’s perspective, Segura was expendable with the anticipated early season promotion for top prospect Orlando Arcia. He’s the crown jewel of the Brewers organization, and is widely considered as a current top Ten prospect. I don’t think there’s any chance Arcia opens the season with the big club for service time reasons, but the consensus is that he’ll be up by perhaps May, or June at the latest.
Segura’s production has fallen off following a big 2013 campaign. But he’s an everyday SS with plenty of speed and a bit of pop, and he looks like a really nice fit toward the top of the Arizona lineup.
I’m assuming that Milwaukee decided its potential return for Segura was limited off back to back so-so seasons along with everyone knowing he was likely to lose the shortstop gig before much longer. So from their perspective, landing a guy they can plug right into their starting rotation was appealing.
As for the Diamondbacks, this looks like a no-brainer. Anderson was a candidate for the #5 rotation spot, but they have others who can fill that role similarly. Segura is a clear offensive upgrade from Nick Ahmed and if he relocates his 2013 form, this becomes a huge score for Arizona.
I’m not sure yet about where I’m going to project the Diamondbacks this season in the NL West. But I sure have no problem with their very positive mindset, and this sure looks like a team that’s about to seriously contend for a spot in the playoffs.
5-4 Saturday on the college side, but 0-2 in the NBA. The Raptors were a very tough beat, as they were up 20 with six minutes to play and couldn’t cover -7.5. Detroit scored 29 points in those final six minutes, including several threes. In what has been the lengthiest prolonged bad run of my life, this was the type of loss that has become a virtual daily occurrence. It would be a huge understatement to offer that I’m not doing a particularly good job for my clients. Info on my available services at firstname.lastname@example.org. February 2016 needs to be a rerun of February 2015, and that’s putting it mildly.
UAB tried its best to blow a fairly substantial late lead at Marshall, but a favorable whistle with just a couple seconds remaining kept this game from a very possible overtime, which I was thankful for. I’ll go PAC-12 for today’s free play.
869 CALIFORNIA @ 870 COLORADO
Take: 870 COLORADO -3.5
It’s the back end of the dreaded altitude trip for California. The Golden Bears will be trying to earn a split after losing at Utah the other night. But that doesn’t figure to be easy by any means, as Cal has to take on a Colorado entry bent on gaining revenge for the earlier loss at Berkeley.
The Bears aren’t playing their best ball of the season right now. Cal has lost four of its last six and they will still have to do without injured Tyrone Wallace. Minus Wallace, the only senior on the team who plays meaningful minutes, this is a team a bit short on the experience side. California is still fielding a solid lineup, but there’s no doubt the Wallace injury is a negative.
Colorado has won four of its last five, and the Buffaloes are coming off a superb shooting performance in an easy win against Stanford. Motivation should not be any kind of issue for the Buffs today. They got stomped in no uncertain terms in the first meeting with Cal, and payback should be on their minds here.
It looks like a favorable matchup for the home team on the comparatives. I like to match up the key categories, or at least the ones I consider the most important, in a head to head format, rather than just sizing up the numbers individually. In this particular game, Colorado holds the upper hand in six of the eight columns, incorporating both offensive and defensive numbers.
No Wallace, possible fatigue on the back end of the altitude trip and a serious revenge factor all point me in the direction of the Buffs today. I’ll spot the reasonable number with the Colorado side.