Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 8/1/19

  • July 31, 2019

MLB trade deadline has passed, and not much question the big prize was Zack Greinke going to the Astros. Might be a long term gamble based on Greinke’s contract and advancing age. But that matters little if Houston captures another World Series title this season, and they’re now the favorite to do exactly that. Obviously, anything can happen in a short series. But on paper, the Astros are the best team in baseball, no question in my mind about that.

I think the NL is more wide open. The Dodgers remain the favorite, but I don’t see them as anything close to a cinch. The Cubs helped themselves with the Castellanos trade. The Braves and Nationals certainly made key moves to shore up their bullpens. Washington looms as a real threat if they make the playoffs with that powerhouse rotation, and I’m not surprised their future book odds are dropping. I understand the asking prices were very high but the Dodgers could well regret not adding a needed bullpen piece.

As for my baseball, I managed to garner a net profit for the third straight month. Nothing amazing to be sure, and the overall season is what I’d call ordinary, but black ink is black ink.

The college football season package is now available to the right of the page at Cokin’s Picks. That includes all my plays, sent out as I bet them myself. Note that while the package is just for the college football, anything else I wager on is included as well. So the remainder of MLB is yours, along with the early season NHL, which was quite good this past year. For what its worth, you’ll get the NFL as well, but that league is not a strong suit for me as a rule. Nevertheless, it’s included. Any questions, shoot me an email.

Here’s the free play for Thursday. It’s a ML/RL split on a big favorite. I like high end pitchers in revenge situations and this one qualifies. But as it’s huge chalk, I’m going the -1 route to reduce the liability.

PADRES (Lucchesi) at DODGERS (Kershaw)

Play: DODGERS -1