Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 5/3/18
The task just got a little tougher. The Vegas Golden Knights were soundly beaten in Game Four of their series with the San Jose Sharks. It’s the first time in these playoffs, and obviously in Golden Knights playoffs history, that they’ve taken one squarely on the chin.
The good news for the Knights is that they will be returning home where the incredibly energetic support of their great fan base should help get them back on track.
But make no mistake, this will be a brand new scenario for VGK, as they’re now the team that is under the burden of having the pressure to respond. In effect, while this is now a tied series, I think it’s season on the line for the Knights in Game Five.
I ended up with a breakeven baseball split on Wednesday. Good call on the Twins, and a bad one on the dead from the next up Orioles. I know Baltimore made it a little interesting with a big ninth inning rally. But this team is just not showing much energy on a daily basis. It really looks as though a lame duck mentality has set in. Long story short, I suspect I’ll be passing on backing the Orioles unless it’s a value play I can’t pass up.
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Here’s a getaway baseball game for Thursday that I’ve already played.
BRAVES (Teheran) at METS (Vargas)
Take: BRAVES -102
Julio Teheran was clearly distressed in his last start. I actually tweeted in the first inning that I thought there might be something wrong with him physically as he looked uncomfortable and his velocity was down. Turned out he had a bad back and he did get lifted pretty quickly.
I assume Teheran is okay as if he wasn’t they would be pitching Foltynewicz on his regular four days rest. Teheran has enjoyed a great deal of success at this ballpark and he’s facing a Mets lineup that is not doing much with the sticks right now
Jason Vargas gets his second start off the DL for the Mets, and I would expect better results than he suffered in the first start back at San Diego. But Vargas will also be facing an Atlanta lineup that has done some nasty things to lefties this season. The Braves have all kinds of momentum right now.
I like the F5 better than the full game as I don’t exactly trust the Atlanta bullpen. But I think there’s a decent chance this line moves between now and game time, and that might mean having to lay -120 or so with the Braves on the F5. I don’t like the penalty likely to be incurred so I will go ahead and take this Braves full game play now.