Monday, June 3 – 8:15 PM
Nine bucks. That’s all I’ve spent in FAAB in Mixed Tout Wars this year. And I’m not too happy about it. I know, I know, conserving money in the early stages of the season means that you’ll have more to spend in the latter months, when a key free agent pickup or two could mean the difference between winning the league and finishing second. But I tend to prefer the more aggressive approach, as the later it gets, the less of an impact your pickups will have on the final standings. So why haven’t I been able to follow my own advice? Well, the new vickrey system, a straight vickrey setup, has a lot to do with it, as instead of throwing six or seven dollars at a free agent who no one else chose to bid on, I’ve been getting those guys for a mere one dollar. And those extra dollars add up. As for the more popular targets, particularly closers Heath Bell, Jim Henderson, Kevin Gregg and Jose Valverde, I was either outbid or for some reason decided to pass entirely. The bottom line though is that I have to go on a spending spree. And I have to do it soon. Let someone else assume the title of stingiest owner. I’m not comfortable with it at all.
Wednesday, June 5 – 10:40 PM
If only Jim Leyland had decided to pull Doug Fister after eight shutout innings, I’d be celebrating an absolute gem of a performance by an integral member of my Tout Wars pitching staff. Instead, we’re looking at a very strong performance (8 1/3 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 K), just not a dominant one. Oh well, I’ll gladly take it. In fact, I’ve been gladly taking pretty much everything that Fister has given my squad this year. Outside of Adam Wainwright, who I reluctantly traded a couple weeks ago, Fister has been by far my best pitcher. Three earned runs or less in 10 of his 12 starts and a 1.18 WHIP to boot.
Heading into draft day, Fister wasn’t one of “my guys.” I usually gravitate towards the high-strikeout pitchers, especially those with high K/BB ratios. Although Doug has the ability to rack up some strikeouts, he’s more of a pitch-to-contact hurler, and I’m not a big fan of those types, as a few defensive misplays could lead to a disaster outing. But when I had the chance to draft Fister for what I considered to be a bargain price of $9, I couldn’t pass it up. Solid ERA, great WHIP, excellent supporting lineup, what’s not to like? Two-plus months into the season, I’m liking everything about him, and as it turns out, Fister has managed to post an impressive 7.71 K/9 rate. Why was I so obsessed with the strikeout? It’s often tough to step out of your comfort zone, but sometimes it can be fun. Try it.
Friday, June 7 – 11:12 AM
There are a handful of players who I drafted in three of my five leagues this year. There is only one player who I drafted in four of my five leagues. His name is Ian Kennedy, and he’s been flat-out awful. Last night, his wildly inconsistent 2013 campaign hit a new low as he got absolutely destroyed by the Cardinals to the tune of 10 earned runs on 13 hits over four innings. I have no clue what’s wrong with this guy. I was so confident that he would improve on what was a decent but not great 2012 season. Maybe his Cy Young caliber 2011 campaign was a fluke, but he was a better pitcher than what he showed last year, when he posted a 4.02 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. And after all, his K/BB ratio remained top-notch. There I go again with the K/BB ratio! Fortunately, I opted to bench Kennedy in two of the four leagues, as the matchup was scary. Unfortunately, Tout and NFBC were the two leagues where I left him in my lineup, if for no other reason than that I didn’t have any other clearly better alternatives.
That’s it. I’m benching Kennedy in all four leagues next week. Only a fool would continue pitching him, at least until he gets his act together
But come on! He will be facing the Dodgers, a team that ranks near the bottom of the NL in both runs scored and home runs, which also happens to be Ian’s chief nemesis. Kennedy is still one of “my guys”, no?
He is. But there’s no way I feel comfortable pitching him right now.
And I won’t. I probably won’t.