Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 6/4/17

  • June 3, 2017

Albert Pujols is now a member of a very exclusive club. He became only the ninth player in baseball history to hit 600 home runs. Pujols did it in style to boot, as his #600 was a grand slam.

The question now is how many more legends Pujols will pass and whether he can hang around long enough to make a serious run at the Bonds-Aaron-Ruth trio at the top. It’s possible though I’d make him an underdog to reach the top two.. Pujols is 37 and I can see him having three more seasons of production thanks to being able to serve virtually exclusively as a designated hitter. He figures to end up in the 620 neighborhood this season. Three more years with an average of 30 would edge him past Alex Rodriguez for the fourth spot. That would give him a real shot at Babe Ruth’s 714.

Wherever he ends up on the home run list, Pujols is obviously heading to Cooperstown as a first ballot Hall of Fame member. Count me as one of his fans. I’ve enjoyed watching him play all these years and absolutely hope his body holds up well enough to get him to the 700 homer plateau.
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I earned a very small profit on Saturday. The gamble that went bad was laying the half goal in the first period with Nashville. The Predators lost that first stanza 1-0, and then went on to win the next two frames 5-0. Better day in baseball. I lost the big chalk parlay, but got home with the White Sox-Tigers Over and also cashed both the Phillies and Under as they topped the Giants.

As of now, two Sunday baseball games and awaiting morning lines to add at least one more. The “Summer Special” will be in effect throughout June. Buy one month and get a second free, with every play I make included. No extra fees for special games or any of that nonsense. For complete details on how everything works, shoot me an email at cokin@cox.net.
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My Saturday free plays didn’t work out, but I’ll look for a better result on the Sunday comp. You’ll have to hold off for the morning to get this one in, but I think it will be worth the wait.

ROCKIES at PADRES (Hoffman/Cosart)

Take: ROCKIES

The San Diego hot streak ended with a thud on Saturday as the Padres got destroyed at Petco by the Rockies. I like the Colorado side to pick up another win today.

Jeff Hoffman is back up from AAA to make this start for the Rockies. I think another good showing here might enable him to stick around as he appears to be ready for full time big league action. Hoffman has the arsenal to be a very good major league starter. Big heater, plus breaking ball and an improving change. Command has been an issue previously, but it sure looks like Hoffman is putting that problem in the rear view mirror. If the big righty shows up with his good stuff today, he’ll have a chance to dominate the Padres.

Jarred Cosart will throw for the Friars, and if he’s his usual self, finding the plate on a regular basis could be a problem. I just don’t see Cosart as a starting pitcher at this level. That doesn’t rule out a productive career as there are countless failed starters who’ve gone on to be outstanding relievers. But as long as Cosart is drawing starting assignments, I’ll probably be looking to try and beat him when the price is right.

Colorado will be the favorite in this game, but I’m willing to spot a price as long as it’s reasonable. Rockies -130 or better will be playable for me.