Monday, July 1 – 10:32 PM
I’ve always been a fan of Yovani Gallardo. Spotty control from time-to-time has prevented him from achieving true fantasy ace status, but you could always count on 200-plus strikeouts and an ERA in the mid-threes. And, since I usually don’t like to pay for the elite starting pitchers, drafting Gallardo in addition to a solid top-25 type SP would suit me just fine. So this season, like every season, Gallardo was on my draft day target list. But this season, unlike every other season in recent memory, I wound up not drafting him in any league. It just didn’t work out, and I was a little annoyed. But hey, it just wasn’t meant to be.
Over the past few seasons, I’ve resisted the urge to exceed my fantasy league number maximum of five…under any circumstances. But when I heard about Ron Shandler’s experimental one-month leagues, I had to try this thing out. And a major attraction was the salary cap structure. Alas, I could choose the players who I really wanted, and there was zero chance that I would miss out on them. Even better is that the prices are based on year-to-date performance. So when filling out my starting rotation, I turned to an old friend, Yovani Gallardo, whose price tag was inexplicably a mere three dollars (Then I reminded myself that Gallardo is having a brutal season, so maybe that price tag isn’t so inexplicable after all). Let’s be honest, I’m biased. Anyway, it’s Opening Day in my July league and of course, after allowing a combined three runs over his previous four starts, Yovani gets pounded tonight by the Nats to the tune of eight runs over three innings. And of course, despite drafting him as a bench player, I slotted Gallardo into my lineup for this two-start week.
My team’s “season” ERA now sits at a cool 24.00, and I’m starting to think that not drafting Gallardo in any of my full-season leagues might turn out to be the best mistake I’ve ever made.
Wednesday, July 3 – 11:15 PM
Prince Fielder was Plan A. But, since we all know that it’s not always possible to get your first choice, and the importance of contingency plans, Plan A went out the window once Fielder’s price tag exceeded $35 in this year’s Mixed Tout auction. And, since we all know that fantasy baseball is a microcosm of life in that it’s not always possible to get your second choice (Joey Votto) or your third choice (Albert Pujols), multiple contingency plans are a must.
Adrian Gonzalez was Plan D, but when I settled on him as my starting first baseman, I wasn’t all that disappointed. You see, me and Adrian go way back, as he helped me win a few fantasy titles during his days in San Diego. Who cares that his power production took a massive nosedive in 2012. Gonzalez would surely rediscover his old form now that he’s back on my squad. Tonight, Adrian launched his 12th homer of the season and second in as many games. After getting off to a slow start in the home run department, he’s now slugged four homers in his last 11 games. Oh yeah, then there’s the strong .349 OBP and 51 RBIs. Plan D is working out rather nicely.
Friday, July 5 – 9:53 AM
And he’s at it again! Yet another homer last night now gives him 13 on the year and three in three games. So if you’re wondering, here’s where we stand:
Plan D (Gonzalez for $28): .355 OBP, 13 HR, 53 RBI
Plan A (Fielder for $38): .364 OBP, 14 HR, 65 RBI
Plan B (Votto for $40): .432 OBP, 14 HR, 39 RBI
Plan C (Pujols for $33): .318 OBP, 13 HR, 49 RBI
No, missing out on Fielder, or Votto, or Pujols, wasn’t the best mistake I’ve ever made. But as it turns out, factoring in the prices, it really wasn’t a mistake either.