Tuesday, April 14 - 7:05 PM
Maybe the 15 FAAB bucks I shelled out for Cameron Maybin's services in Mixed Auction Tout Wars will turn out to be a complete waste after all. For the second time in the last three games, he's not even in the lineup, with the Braves instead opting to start Eric Young Jr. in centerfield. The reality is that at this point, Maybin doesn't even deserve to be an everyday player. He's recorded just two hits over his first 15 at-bats this season. I had hoped that he would help to fill my speed void, but it's awfully hard to steal bases when you can't get on base. All I can do right now is count down the days until Denard Span returns.
Wednesday, April 15 - 10:43 PM
That's more like it! I know the season is young, but Oswaldo Arcia has so far been a total bust. Through his first six games of 2015, he was batting .176 with zero homers, zero RBI and zero runs scored. So it was nice to see him launch a two-run homer tonight, kind of a reassuring sign that I wasn't completely crazy to purchase him for $7 at the auction table last month. Actually, drafting a player like Arcia was a bit out of character for me, as I followed the "it's better to draft a player a year too early than a year too late" philosophy, prioritizing potential over track record. But then again, this is a guy who smacked 20 homers in only 103 games last year, so maintaining that pace over a full season would net a 30-plus home run campaign. Still, there was risk with Arcia, mainly due to his low OBP and struggles against left-handed pitching. By no means have I given up on him, but I have a feeling that his streakiness is going to frustrate me to no end. Hopefully, this home run will be followed by a hot stretch that will restore his trade stock to a level where I would at least have the option to deal him for some speed.
Thursday, April 16 - 10:32 PM
There were signs during the latter stages of last season that Chris Archer was ready to break out, the most notable one being a walk rate that dropped from 3.6 BB/9 prior to the All-Star break to 3.0 BB/9 following the Midsummer Classic. Not to say that his overall 2014 stat line (3.33 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 173 K in 194 2/3 IP) was unimpressive, but it sure looked like there was even more room to grow. If tonight's performance versus a formidable Blue Jays lineup (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 11 K) is any indication, Archer, who has now posted back-to-back 7 IP, 0 ER performances, might even exceed my own optimistic expectations. Perhaps I can now afford to trade one of my other starting pitchers for some speed?
Friday, April 17 - 10:06 PM
For some reason, I always seem to own Bartolo Colon in at least one league every year. And I think I know why. It's because I always make a special effort to identify and then draft undervalued starting pitchers, and over the past few seasons, Colon continues to be undervalued. The hesitancy to draft him is understandable. He's old, and the general consensus is that he could break down at any moment. But even at 41 years of age, he hasn't broken down yet, and Bartolo deserves a ton of credit for transforming himself from a young power pitcher to a veteran hurler who relies on pinpoint control to get hitters out. Well, after limiting the Marlins to one run over seven innings tonight, Colon has now earned a win in each of his first three starts this season while registering a 2.25 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. My sixth and final Tout Wars reserve round selection, he's already returned a profit. If Colon can manage to record his third consecutive season of at least 30 starts, now that would be something.
It might even allow me to trade one of my other starting pitchers for some speed.