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Thursday 20th Jul 2017

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

hstreet

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Huston Street, LAA $57 Baseball HQ 57 Baseball HQ 24 USA TODAY Sports 19
Mastersball 7 ESPN.com 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3
Christian Vazquez, BOS $3 SiriusXM 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Mike Carp, BOS $1 Fangraphs 1
Scott Carroll, CWS $1 Mastersball 1
Eric Surkamp, CWS $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Aaron Loup, TOR $1 SiriusXM 1
Leury Garcia, CWS $1 RotoWire 1

 UNAWARDED BIDS

Carlos Corporan, HOU SiriusXM 3
Shawn Kelley, NYY SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Well with just fourteen dollars left I wasn’t likely to get a ride on Huston Street but I wagered seven just in case. But the BIG purse – Colton & the Wolfman swept in to take Street to their neighborhood for $57 beating the five other bids but by more than double.

In fact the next highest winning bid on a light night was $3 for Boston catcher Christian Vazquez by Ray Flowers of Sirius/XM. For my dollar I got White Sox starter Scott Carroll who while pitching better lately comes most recommended by his two starts this week against Kansas City and Minnesota.

Todd's Take.

Vickrey versus non-Vickrey. Street cost Glenn and Rick the full $57 in LABR but a $74 bid was cut down to $36 in Tout Wars from Vickrey. Context is everything but it's an interesting contrast.

Yeah, I know, that makes no sense. But by writing some vague comment that sounds intelligent, it makes you try to figure out what I'm trying to say as a means to distract you from realizing I have nothing to say.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

kottaras

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Cody Ross, ARI $1 Inside Edge 1
George Kottaras, STL $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Yawn.

Two moves in NL LABR, and when one of them is George Kottaras (to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for a buck) is one, well that defines it all.

Mind you, I like Kottaras for his power potential, in fact I bet Greg that the then Milwaukee backstop had 20-homer potential if he ever got 400-plus at-bats (the bet was Corona for Mexican Cole, make with real sugar, in a bottle). Don't think that will happen this year.

The other move was Cody Ross to Steve Moyer and Inside Edge for a buck.

Like I said: Yawn.

Todd's Take.

Or, I can just come right out and say -- I got nuthin'. 

MIXED LEAGUE

amarista

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Alexi Amarista, SD $4 Mastersball 4 RotoExperts 2
Hector Santiago, LAA $4 Mastersball 4
Brayan Pena, CIN $2 Baseball HQ 2
David Phelps, NYY $2 Baseball HQ 2 KFFL.com 1 Razzball 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1 Mastersball 1
J.P. Arencibia, TEX $2 Fangraphs 2
Aaron Loup, TOR $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Kevin Quackenbush, SD $1 Mastersball 1
Shane Greene, NYY $1 KFFL.com 1 Mastersball 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Dan Johnson, TOR $1 Fangraphs 1
Brandon Crawford, SF $1 RotoExperts 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Logan Forsythe, TB $1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Travis Wood, CHC $1 Mastersball 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Josh Fields, HOU $1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Jordany Valdespin, MIA $1 Fangraphs 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Enrique Hernandez, HOU Mastersball 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Neftali Feliz, TEX USA TODAY Sports 2
Ramon Santiago, CIN Mastersball 2
Didi Gregorius, ARI Mastersball 1
Joe Panik, SF Mastersball 1
Nick Hundley, BAL Baseball HQ 1
Jonathan Schoop, BAL Mastersball 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU Mastersball 1
Munenori Kawasaki, TOR Mastersball 1
Roberto Hernandez, PHI KFFL.com 1
Tyler Flowers, CWS Baseball HQ 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

It was time to fill a hole (Brandon Phillips) alomg with adding a couple more starting pitchers that can get wins and whiffs at the expense of ratios. I really like Santiago to have a nice post-break run so I was willing to invest a little more. Quackenbush is a popular choice to close in San Diego in the event Joaquin Benoit follows Huston Street out of town.

Todd's Take.

Returning readers know I set a goal not to finish in last place -- not exactly the most noble objective but you play the hand your dealt. While I am not saying I can't fall back into the cellar, I have managed to climb from fewer than 40 roto-points into the low 60's and out of the basement. So it's time for a new goal -- a total in the 70's. The experience gaimed managing to get these extra points makes doing it next season when the 10 points gets me my first LABR title is invaluable.

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