Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 5/25/17

  • May 24, 2017

The usual quick Thursday blog, with just the Wednesday recap and the Thursday free play.

I ended up on just two games on Wednesday and split them, resulting in a minuscule net gain, as the loser was even money and the winner was +103. So for all intents and purposes, a break even day, and no complaints. The Thursday card presently features two plays as well, and I’ll post one of them here as the daily comp. Don’t forget to get in touch if you’re interested in my current offer that includes a tremendous guarantee. Email me at for complete details.

Here’s the Thursday free play and I’ve decided to go ahead and play the runs line with this one.

ROYALS at YANKEES (Almonte/Tanaka)

Take: YANKEES -1.5 +115

This would appear to be a big start for Masahiro Tanaka. The Yankees projected ace sure hasn’t been pitching like one, particularly in his last couple starts. I think the problem is mechanics, as his velocity seems to be right where its supposed to be. The general consensus is that Tanaka isn’t finishing his pitches and the offering being lost impacted by this the most is his splitter Maybe facing the Royals less than daunting lineup is the tonic for Tanaka’s ailments.

KC will be sending out Miguel Almonte for his first major league start. Almonte threw some relief back in 2015 with medicare results in a short sample. He’s tearing it up at AA this season, but I think it’s worth noting this is his third season at that level. He actually got demoted this spring after pitching poorly last season at AAA. Almonte has a big fastball but his secondary pitches are so-so, and I would imagine his future in the majors is most likely as a relief pitcher where his limited arsenal is enough to get by with.

My thoughts here are that the Yankees are the likely right side. But I don’t want to spot a big price with a shaky Tanaka. I’d rather take my chances with the runs line, especially since I happened to win that way with this team on Wednesday night. Yankees -1.5 at plus money is therefore the choice.