Wednesday, April 22 - 10:36 PM
As I've mentioned a few times, I made a conscious effort in drafts this spring to break out of my usual risk-adverse mode and incorporate the "better to draft a guy a year too early than a year too late" philosophy into my strategy. And perhaps no other player exemplifies this more than Kolten Wong, who I own in multiple leagues this year, Mixed Auction Tout Wars being one of them. Maybe I was too quick to buy into the Dustin Pedroia comparisons and too confident that Wong would play well enough to earn a spot near the top of the Cardinals lineup, which would enhance his run-scoring and stolen base potential. Through the first two-plus weeks of the season, most of his at-bats have come from the #8 spot, and heading into yesterday's game, the 24-year-old second sacker sported a mediocre .308 OBP to go along with six runs scored and one stolen base. But today's 3-for-4 performance marked his second straight three-hit game. His OBP is now up to .396. See how quickly that happened? And he even stole a base yesterday. To be honest, I'm still concerned about the whole lineup order thing, but at least for now, I can rest easy and trust my instincts that this is a player well worth owning in 2015, even if the true breakout season doesn't come until 2016. Or 2017.
Wednesday, April 22 - 11:02 PM
I drafted Elvis Andrus for $15 in Tout, and I was neither overly excited nor overly depressed about the purchase. I needed Andrus for his speed at a thin position, and I was convinced that he would improve upon last year's underwhelming stat line. No, I wasn't counting on a repeat of the 42 steals and 91 runs he posted just two seasons ago, but I figured that Elvis could give me around 80 runs and 30-plus swipes. All Elvis has given me so far is grief, and after back-to-back multi-hit games, tonight's 0-for-4 output, which dropped his season batting average to .188, serves as a reminder that I probably could have put those 15 bucks to better use. With only two steals on the year, the Rangers shortstop is barely on pace to reach the 20-stolen base plateau. There's no way he continues to struggle like this, if for no other reason than the law of averages, right? Still, at 26 years of age, Andrus looks like he's already in the decline phase of his career.
Thursday, April 23 - 5:15 PM
At 41 years of age, Bartolo Colon should be well into the decline phase of his career. In fact, his career should be over. Instead, after today's triumph over the Braves that improved his record to 4-0, Colon leads the Majors in victories while boasting a 2.77 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 23 whiffs in 26 innings. I did discuss Colon last week, so I don't want to go on and on about my final reserve round selection in Tout this year. But I do enjoy watching this guy pitch, and even better, take his hacks at the plate! Logic says that Bartolo is due for a disaster outing or two, but since when did logic apply to Bartolo Colon?
Friday, April 24 - 10:12 PM
I wanted him in as many leagues as possible, and as it turned out, I was able to draft him in three of my five mixed leagues. Up until tonight, he was batting .162 with one homer and two RBI through his first 12 games, but it sure looks like Brandon Moss has finally figured things out. How about 3-for-5 with two homers, a double and seven RBI? My rationale in pursuing Moss was that a player who racked up 76 homers over a three-year span while playing half of his games in a pitcher-friendly park would welcome a move out of Oakland and surpass the 30-home run mark. Best of all, Brandon would not cost nearly as much as most 30-home run bats. He's a streaky hitter, so I need to be prepared for this kind of uneven production. In the end, however, the numbers should be there.
Even if my patience is severely tested.