Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 7/24/18

  • July 23, 2018

Fourteen months ago, Daniel Poncedeleon was hospitalized in intensive care after getting hit in the head by a line drive while pitching in a minor league baseball game. Playing ball wasn’t really a consideration. Just getting healthy and being able to lead a normal life was all that really mattered.

Fourteen months later, Daniel Poncedeleon took the mound as the starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in game at Cincinnati. That alone was huge win. What Poncedeleon did in his big league debut was straight out of Hollywood.

Poncedeleon was nothing short of sensational against the Reds. He finished his night with seven innings of no-hit, no-run baseball. Well past 100 pitches following the seventh frame, the decision was made to call it a night.

Unfortunately, Poncedeleon did not end up getting a richly deserved win. Closer Bud Norris served up a two-out bottom of the ninth homer to lose the 1-0 lead, and then proceeded to give up three more hits as the Cardinals lost a heartbreaker to the Reds.

But regardless of the result, this was a wonderful night for Daniel Poncedeleon and hopefully there will be lots more to come.

I’m having an absolutely nightmarish run with bullpens, and sure enough, I was on the wrong side of the aforementioned end game disaster for the Cardinals. The only thing that can be done is to shake it off and look to rebound the next night. I’ve got one play in the books as of now for Tuesday, which at least on paper looks like a really good wager.

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Not much more I can say about the Cardinals free play loser on Monday night. Here’s the Tuesday comp.

ATHLETICS (Montas) at RANGERS (Minor)

Take: ATHLETICS -115

This Oakland team continues to outperform expectations. The A’s are now serious contenders to win that second wild card spot in the American League.