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Wednesday 29th Mar 2017

LABRLOGO

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 Draft 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.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Whit Merrifield, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 ESPN.com 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Carlos Sanchez, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2    
Ariel Miranda, SEA USAT Sports 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Alexei Ramirez, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Billy Burns, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Daniel Vogelbach, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Hunter Dozier, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Michael Bourn, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Christian Colon, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jharel Cotton, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Renato Nunez, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Andrew Bailey, LAA USAT Sports 1
Bruce Maxwell, OAK USAT Sports 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As the season winds down, the middle infield took center stage in AL LABR, especially for Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs, who first bagged Carlos Sanchez for $2, and then beat down a couple of $1 shots for Royals infielder Whit Merrifield, also for $2. Greg and Shawn also picked up Jharel Cotton for a buck, and the final move of the week was by LABR avatar Steve Gardner, who acquired Ariel Miranda for a buck.

Todd's Take

With two weeks left, Larry Schechter holds a four-point lead over Tristan Cockcroft who is four points ahead of Steve Gardner in the win, place and show spots. The trio all sit in the 90s while the rest of the pack languish in the 70s and below. There's plenty of points in play for the top-three; this race is far from over. Strikeouts on the pitching side looks to be a key category. Unfortunately for Steve, Miranda worked on Sunday which sets him up for only two more outings, the first this week against the Twins, who offer above average strikeout potential.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Mitch Haniger, ARI Derek Carty 12
T.J. Rivera, NYM Derek Carty 7
Steven Brault, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Christian Friedrich, SD USA TODAY Sports 2
Hector Sanchez, SD Sandlot Shrink 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Roman Quinn, PHI Derek Carty 12 ESPN - Karabell 7
Adam Frazier, PIT Derek Carty 6  
Brock Stewart, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Rene Rivera, NYM Sandlot Shrink 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

Fighting for the rare LABR/Tout Wars sweep, Derek Carty looks to be cruising to a decisive victory in NL LABR. Not sitting back, the league leader from the Worldwide Leader added half the free agents picked up this week, three of six, while spending $31 of $36 spent across NL LABR.

Among Carty’s latest acquisitions are a pair of outfielders, Roman Quinn of Philadelphia and Mitch Haniger of Arizona at $12 each. The other is hot-hitting infielder T.J. Rivera of the Mets, who cost $7. Quinn has considerable upside despite his .219 average to date. Haniger is smoking, with a .409 average, three home runs and eight RBI in the last week. Since his September recall, Rivera is batting .381.

Todd's Take

Derek is eight up over Doug Dennis who in turn leads Brian by ten. Doug waived the white flag on Twitter but don't let that fool you; he's going to do what he can to squeeze out every point.

I always follow Doug's plight in industry leagues. The Baseball HQ bullpen guru favors paying for a crushing offense and only buying pitching because it's dictated by the rules. As an analyst, this makes my skin crawl. As a player, I admire the ingenuity and am envious of the courage and discipline to go down this road. As a fan, I love it.

There's obviously method to Doug's perceived madness. He doesn't trust the volatile pitching pool but does trust his ability to land a couple of gems in his initial nine arms then works diligently through the season to assimilate a competitive staff through trade and free agent pickups. Sometimes it works, others it doesn't. But can't you say that about every strategy?

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ryon Healy, OAK Baseball HQ 3 Razzball 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
A.J. Cole, WSH Baseball HQ 2 MLB.com 1  
Jharel Cotton, OAK Razzball 2    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Clayton Richard, SD Baseball HQ 1
Kennys Vargas, MIN Baseball HQ 1
Whit Merrifield, KC Baseball HQ 1
Joey Wendle, OAK Baseball HQ 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

A .467 week with 2 homers, 9 runs and 7 RBI drew the interest of three owners this week with Ray Murphy winning the rights of the Oakland hot cormerman. It's been more than a hot week for Healy as he's hit 0.373 and slugged 0.568 for the past month. In general, riding streaks isn't usually effective but with two weeks left it's a different story, especially since it's clear Healy will play nearly every game.

The other two pickups were pitchers. Cole's looking at a double dip, both on the road. The first is in Miami then Pittsburgh. The Nats rookie isn't pitching deep into games but he's fanning a hitter an inning and isn't a bad guy to chase wins, especially this week. Cotton has one start scheduled but could pick up another if something happens unexpectedly this week. The A's are using a six-man rotation and have an off day.

Todd's Take

OK, here's where we're at. The Masterball squad has a 24 point lead heading into the final two weeks with Ray and Fred Zinkie tied for second. I talked to the Mastersball owner and he's not taking anything for granted, especially since I...umm...he grew up following the Red Sox.

Wish him luck...

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