Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 7/31/18

  • July 31, 2018

The big buzz on Monday evening surrounded reports that the Washington Nationals are shopping Bryce Harper. I’m not totally sold they’re actually doing so, as it would signal to the team that they’re giving up on the season and going into rebuild mode.

The Nationals are clearly in trouble as far as getting to the playoffs are concerned. But there’s still lots of baseball to be played this season and they’re still only 5.5 games out of first place in the NL East as well as the second wild card spot.

It’s a tough decision as the smart money strongly believes Harper will be moving on to greener pastures as a free agent. So in that sense, it might be logical for the Nats to get whatever they can for a player who is going to leave town. But the flip side is this might well be the last chance for the Nationals to make that World Series run before heading into overhaul mode.

If I’m in charge, I’m holding on to Harper unless some team offers a monster package in return. My guess is that won’t happen, so my decision would be to roll the dice the team gets hot down the stretch and gets to play at least game #163.

Small win on Monday with a split on the Astros and Giants and a pretty easy Over winner on the Rangers-Diamondbacks.

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One day game on the Tuesday MLB slate, so I’ll make that the free play.

GIANTS (Rodriguez) at PADRES (Richard)

Take: GIANTS -120

Dereck Rodriguez is exceeding expectations in his rookie campaign. The Giants righty doesn’t have dominant stuff, but he’s sure doing well in his first trip around the league. The Giants are 7-2 in his starts, and aside from one bad start at Washington shortly after he got called up, it’s been one solid start after another.

Clayton Richard is struggling. Six straight average or worse starts, with control problems being the root cause of his troubles. The Padres are really scuffling right now. They’ve lost 13 of their last 15 and the enthusiasm that was in evidence earlier doesn’t seem to be there right now. I’m willing to spot a moderate price with the Giants.