We are one week into the final cycle of Tout Wars Challenge, as the Touts duke it out for the final three golden tickets to the August 26 Championship.
You can follow along with the Touts here, and in addition you can match up with me at RealTime's Friday "Beat the Experts" contest (note that both contests are held at Real Time Sports) where you can play for free and should you beat me--which these days is not a big deal it seems--you can net a tidy $2 profit.
Going into Week 2, I am in decent shape with 44.5 points, in 15th place, roughly 20 points off the pace of the leaders. So, for this week I did try to trust my Zen, but there are a lot of pitching match-ups as well that appear to favor certain teams of hitters.
Note that thundershowers are expected in Washington, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Denver.
As for pitching, I am gambling the Felix Hernandez ($8500) tossing at home against the Angels is a good bet even if the King's skill have dropped from stellar to good. I am pairing Felix with Ervin Santana ($6500) going against the Rays. Ervin has reeled off eight consecutive starts allowing three runs or less (just one of three, the rest two or less) averaging 6.6 innings, and a little better than five whiffs.
I like a couple of Fish batters going against Jorge de la Rosa at Coors, starting with Martin Prado ($3600) and continuing with Adeiny Hechavarria ($3000), both of whom have been steady producers.
And, don't forget, you can hit me up @lawrmichaels and also feel free to comment, flatter, cajole, ridicule, bewitch, bother, and bewilder in the comments section below.