Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 6/1/17

Just in case you missed it, Mr. Met has been terminated. Not the actual mascot itself, but the individual inside the costume. Evidently, some fans were giving Mr. Met a bad time and the unknown individual wearing the costume responded by exiting the field with a middle finger salute. Maybe it's just me, but I found this to be hilarious. You have to understand, I am decidedly not a mascot fan. But when I saw what took place in this instance, I cracked up. The Mets issued an apology for the actions of Mr. Met and announced that the person responsible won't be wearing the costume again. I guess that's all well and good, but I do have one question. How is anyone going to know if it's someone new inside the outfit or not? ------------------------------ I endured a highly frustrating 1-2 Wednesday result on three underdog selections. The Tigers had on to beat the Royals, and the Dodgers lost a narrow decision at St. Louis. The swing game was Texas. The Rangers were up ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 5/31/17

So here's my take on the basebrawl between the Nationals and Giants featuring Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland. I don't care who was right or wrong. I'm also sans opinion on the suspensions handed out. I absolutely do NOT think this is the worst thing ever and that something must be done immediately. The faux outrage over the incident cracks me up. It reminds me of the bit in "Blazing Saddles" where one of the politicians gets admonished for not saying "harrumph". Anytime baseball gets the front page, as long as it's not for a positive PED test, I'm pretty happy. As for Harper and Strickland, I like the emotion. Yeah, I know, the throwing at hitters isn't cool, but the fact this became the hot water cooler topic for at least one day is actually okay with me. ----------------- 0-1-1 on Tuesday, which could have easily been 0-2. Thanks to Asdrubal Cabrera for somehow misplaying a routine pop up and gifting me two needed runs in the Brewers-Mets game. Heading to the finish ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 5/30/17

Back to the regular blogs tomorrow. Meanwhile, today's edition consists of my Monday result rundown, the daily plug, and the Tuesday free play. I managed a 2-1 Monday. The loss was clean as a whistle, as my Over Phillies-Marlins was toast pretty early. I ran into Edinson Volquez on one of his good control nights. Fortunately, the Mets got to the winner's circle as did the underdog Braves, so a nice little profit for the evening and we move on to Tuesday. Just two more days remaining to get in on the one-month special with the money back guarantee. I'll maintain it's the best guarantee anyone in this industry is offering. Full month of plays, with a +5 net unit profit in baseball the minimum, or it's money back plus another month free. The package also includes any other plays I have in other sports. Sign up via the menu on this page, or email me at cokin@cox.net for more elaborate details. ------------------- The Mets came through as the Monday free play winner. I'm right back ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 5/29/17

Happy holiday to all. Note there will be no The Las Vegas Sportsline on Monday, but we'll return on Tuesday at 2PM PDT with a full rundown on what took place and what's coming up from a Las Vegas perspective. My Sunday was a wash, 1-1-1 with the Blue Jays losing, the Tigers/White Sox Over winning, and the Mets/Pirates Over landing on the number. I'm looking to close out what has been a very solid month of May with a few more profitable days. Just three more days to get in on the money back guaranteed special. The package runs for a full 30 days, but time is running out if you want in. Email me at cokin@cox.net for complete info. I feel like I'm pretty well locked into the bases right now, so this deal is worth at least looking into. Monday's free play will be on a home favorite on the diamond. BREWERS at METS (Garza/Gsellman) Take: METS -135 I've been waiting for a sell signal on Matt Garza, and it might have arrived in his last start. Garza had been quite ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 5/28/17

It's a holiday weekend, so I'll reward myself with a couple of days off as far as the commentary is concerned. But no vacation from the daily handicapping. Here's the quick Saturday recap, the obligatory promo, and my Sunday free play. I ended up going 0-1 on Saturday as the Braves were my only actual play. That missed, but I wisely got off two other games, one on a pitching change I didn't like, and another when the O/U came higher than acceptable to me for an Over play. As it turned out, those were wise decisions. 0-1 is a whole lot more palatable than 0-3. I'm really enjoying the results of late, and expect to return to black ink today. The May special is on the table for just a few more days. This offer includes a very rare money back guarantee, which is practically unheard of in this industry. Get the details by emailing me directly at cokin@cox.net. Here's the Sunday free play on one of today's baseball games. RANGERS (Cashner) at BLUE JAYS (Biagini) Take: ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 5/27/17

My Friday blog focused on Sonny Gray, the talented A's righty who now appears to be the hottest trade piece on the market. That's contingent upon Oakland making him available, which they actually shouldn't unless he is abe to bring a king's ransom in return. Gray is actually a great keeper for the Athletics. His contract is about as team friendly as it gets as he's still a ways from free agency. But given the history of the A's, it's also hard to envision them passing up a decent offer if it comes, and it most certainly will this summer, if not before. I'm obviously dealing in hypotheticals here, but if Gray is indeed available, which teams are the most likely suitors? The presumed frontrunner would be the Astros, as they have a still loaded farm system laden with solid prospects. But one also has to wonder if the Astros would be willing to ante up something substantial, as the fact is they don't have an overwhelming need for another starting pitcher. Houston has a solid trio ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 5/26/17

There's a new #1. I'm not referring to any power rankings in any sport. I'm speculating on the top target for contenders in baseball when it comes to adding that one potential game changer either prior to or at the trade deadline. Sonny Gray appears to be all the way back. The Oakland A's righty has put together back to back impressive outings against the Red Sox and Marlins, and make no mistake, these were vintage Gray performances. Sonny Gray at his best is a terrific major league pitcher. Strong BB/K ratio, ground balls galore and a low percentage of hard hit baseballs. If you look at the last two Gray efforts, it's as of he turned the clock back to 2015. In other words, Gray sure looks like he's finally back to full health and if that's the case, his market value spikes considerably. I don't think there's much question there will be abundant number of potential trade partners for the A's when it comes to Sonny Gray. He's that coveted pitching piece that can take any ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 5/25/17

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 cokin@cox.net 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 ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 5/24/17

Every now and then, I'll come across a story so compelling it's incumbent upon me to publish the link so others can read it as well. This piece is on the late Aaron Hernandez. Regardless of what you think or care about this individual, his story is incredibly bizarre and fascinating. Dan Wetzel, the outstanding longtime Yahoo columnist has a phenomenal read up now at that website. I strongly recommend reading it all the way through. It's very thorough and totally engrossing. Here's the link. https://sports.yahoo.com/news/prison-records-show-aaron-hernandezs-life-behind-bars-hell-200012314.html Another decent result here on Tuesday, although I'm a little irritated with myself for not pulling the trigger on the Under in the hockey game. But I'l take the 2-1 MLB night with winners on the Rockies and Astros -1.5. The loser was a F5 Over wager on the Pirates and Braves, which somehow didn't get there despite a whopping 21 baserunners in those first five frames. The May ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 5/23/17

This will be one of my quick blogs, with a fast Monday recap and the free play for Tuesday. My Monday worked out nicely, continuing a positive recent flow. The Indians were a miss, but the underdog Braves won and the Twins/Orioles Over was a snap. The Warriors also cooperated, so a nice 3-1 overall. The ongoing monthly special is working out well for everyone who joined, and that offer is still good through the end of the month. It covers a full 30 days, with the +5 net unit guarantee in baseball, or the fee gets refunded and the next month is free. Subscribe today by utilizing the menu on this page, or for more elaborate details, email me at cokin@cox.net. The Indians were my only loser on Monday, as things are going pretty well currently. But I'd still like to nail the comps as well, so let's see if the Tuesday play pays dividends. ROCKIES at PHILLIES Take: ROCKIES -122 This Colorado team is starting to turn me into a believer. The improvement on the pitching ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 5/22/17

Shocking. That's the apt one-word description for what took place on Sunday night in Cleveland as the Cavaliers were stunned by the Celtics. This game appeared to be a foregone conclusion before it ever got started. The Cavs had done pretty much whatever they felt like doing in the first two games at Boston. The Celtics were limping into Cleveland having lost their best player to injury. It wasn't a matter of if the Cavaliers would win, it was more about by how much. Midway through the third quarter, the Cavaliers led by 21 and the only suspense figured to be for those who laid or took the points. So what happened? I'm more than willing to give the Celtics full credit for refusing to wave the white flag and mailing in the rest of the game. But at the same time, the Cavaliers absolutely have to absorb blame for completely losing their focus and concentration and pretty much assuming the game was over. In a sense, this was the classic example of what happens more in basket... More

Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 5/21/17

This Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Championship rematch better be great. It's going to be the only chance to salvage what has to be the most boring playoffs I've ever seen in any sport. I suppose an argument can be mildly accepted as to whether the Spurs could have at least given Golden State a run for their money with a healthy Kawhi Leonard. But when the San Antonio superstar went down in Game One, that was effectively the end of the series. As for Cleveland-Boston, let's call it straight, the series is a mismatch. The shocker at this point would be if the Celtics can somehow avoid the sweep. Putting it mildly, even that is a longshot. If the Warriors and Cavaliers each complete their sweeps, we're looking at eight days off between the Conference Finals and the main event. That's lots of time to build the hype for a series that really needs to deliver. My Saturday was spectacular. 1-0 NHL, 2-1 MLB and the winner at a big price at the Preakness. Overall gain for the day was ... More