Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 7/26/18
It’s always fun to have action on a game one is watching. But it’s hardly necessary to enjoy the action. Witness Wednesday’s battle between the Astros and Rockies.
What a game! Colorado walked off with the win on a bottom of the ninth homer by Charlie Blackmon. But there was high drama throughout this game. Among the highlights were a triple by Houston’s Alex Bregman that got taken down due to fan interference that was clearly in evidence when viewing the replay. The twist was that the interference was committed by an Astros fan, who not only possibly cost his favorite team a chance to score but also cost himself front row bleacher seats in the process.
This game also featured what might have been the shortest sacrifice fly I’ve ever seen. Houston 3B JD Davis made a terrific play on a foul pop, but in the process fell over the railing in the Astros dugout. A very alert Raimel Tapia took off from third base when that happened and in spite of a helping hand from Evan Gattis to get Davis back on the field to make a throw, Tapia scored what at the time was the tying run.
I could write a full article on this playoff atmosphere duel at Coors. But I figure you’ve got the idea on just how exciting this game was for any fan that watched it. If anyone wants to know what I like best about baseball, this game would serve as a great example.
2-2 here on Wednesday. Winners with the Mets and Tigers. Clear cut loss on the Dodgers and another one-run beat, this time with the Diamondbacks. I have no idea why Torey Lovullo opted to use a lefty reliever in a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning. But I called the result before TJ McPherson threw a pitch. Unfortunately for my wager on the Snakes, I turned out to be right on that in-game assessment.
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Walker Buehler got touched up in the fifth inning by the Phillies, with Scott Kingery darling the decisive blow on an opposite field homer. Tip of the cap to Kingery as the Phillies rookie hit a well located pitching and that home run seemed to melt Buehler. That also put the L next to the Dodgers as the Wednesday free play.
I’ve got just one Thursday MLB play and doubt I’ll be adding anything. But I did make a few NFL prop wagers on Wednesday and I’ll share on of them here as today’s free play.
LOS ANGELES RAMS OVER 10 WINS (-110)
I like this Rams team quite a bit. Sean McVay looks like a rising superstar in the coaching ranks. The Rams led the league in scoring last season, and I believe they’re going to be even more explosive in 2018.
I also like where the Rams live. San Francisco is the very public sexy “dark horse” pick this season (I’m not sure how a team it seems every pundit is calling a dark horse contender is a dark horse) but I see the 49ers as being a bit overrated. The Seahawks have been good for quite some time, but that window appears to be closing to at least some extent. Arizona is likely improved but I think .500 is the ceiling for the Cardinals.
The Rams were 11-5 last season and they enter the new campaign as defending divisional champs. I like them to have an even better encore and can absolutely see this team going 12-4. Over 10 wins on the Rams is a play for me.