Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.
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.
There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.
Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.
|WCalhoun, Tex||Mike Podhorzer 89||Larry Schechter 8||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6|
|BFarmer, Det||Mike Podhorzer 58||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6|
|DMengden, Oak||Mike Podhorzer 16||Mike Podhorzer 58|
|TCollins, Det||Larry Schechter 8|
|RUrena, Tor||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6||Larry Schechter 8|
|CBell, Det||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6|
|RLiriano, CWS||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6|
|ASanchez, Det||Mike Podhorzer 58|
|JShields, CWS||Mike Podhorzer 58|
|RRua, Tex||Larry Schechter 8|
|GAllen, Cle||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6|
|WMiddlebrooks, Tex||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Leaving no potential stone unturned, Mike Podhorzer made a troika of moves designed to put the final nails into the coffin of the league that has largely been chasing his team all summer.
Podhorzer dumped Craig Kimbrel in lieu of Buck Farmer for $58, then Oakland hurler Daniel Mendgen for $16, and finally went big on Willie Calhoun for $89.
Struggling at the other end of the standings, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton similarly made three moves, grabbing Chad Bell ($5), Toronto infielder Richard Urena, and Pale Hoser Rymer Liriano while Larry Schechter went $8 for Tyler Collins as we move to the final two seeks of the season.
Podz has a 21-point lead, but either isn't taking anything for granted, wants the overall points record or is just doing what he's supposed to do, squeeze out every point. Mike has a comfortable lead in ERA, WHIP and saves, with some attainable points in wins and whiffs. I've talked about this before, but managing categories to eek out the most points when it doesn't matter provides valuable experience for when it counts.
|LGohara, Atl||Todd Zola 87||Steve Gardner 55||Brian Walton 3||Craig Mish 0||Mike Gianella 0|
|Phil Hertz 0|
|JTaillon, Pit||Steve Gardner 77||Phil Hertz 0|
|SBrault, Pit||Todd Zola 57||Grey Albright 1||Mike Gianella 0|
|RRuiz, Atl||Brian Walton 4|
|GCecchini, NYM||Brian Walton 4|
|JStephens, Cin||Brian Walton 4|
|PBaez, LAD||Grey Albright 1|
|ACole, Was||Craig Mish 0|
|JLyles, SD||Mike Gianella 0|
|JBrebbia, StL||Grey Albright 1||Mike Gianella 0|
|TCingrani, LAD||Grey Albright 1|
|ASanchez, Was||Brian Walton 1|
|GGarcia, StL||Brian Walton 1|
|MReynolds, NYM||Brian Walton 1|
|ASwarzak, Mil||Mike Gianella 0|
|CRusin, Col||Mike Gianella 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
With the season winding down, 10 players were still purchased by six different owners. The headliners were three starting pitchers, with the arms remaining clearly offering more leverage than free agent hitters.
Our own Todd Zola purchased Atlanta’s Luiz Gohara. The 21-year old left-hander is not to be confused with Gojira, though Zola is likely hoping to get Godzilla-like results for his $87. The fast-rising hurler fanned 144 over 123 2/3 innings across three minor league levels earlier this season before two MLB starts – one bad (six earned runs in four innings) and one good (one earned over six frames).
A very familiar name, Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon, was snared by USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner for $77. After two good starts, the still-just-25-year old was spanked for six runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Cubs on the seventh. After being skipped last time through the rotation, Taillon may get a start or two before the season is out.
Zola also snagged another Bucs starter, Steven Brault, for $57. With the club out of the post-season race, the lefty has been given two starts and done well, with just three earned runs yielded over 11 innings.
Whereas Podz was safely in the lead in WHIP and ERA, I'm buried in the basement. With nothing to play for but less of a FAAB penalty, I'm chasing wins and whiffs. Don't read into the amount of the bid, I had 166 units heading into the FAAB run, and you can't take it with you.
|BMoss, KC||Zach Steinhorn 52||Fred Zinkie 10|
|SBrault, Pit||Fred Zinkie 27|
|TChatwood, Col||Fred Zinkie 27|
|DMengden, Oak||Fred Zinkie 27|
|DomSmith, NYM||Fred Zinkie 10||Ray Flowers 7|
|CFulmer, CWS||Ray Flowers 4||Al Melchior 0|
|JCandelario, Det||Ray Flowers 4|
|ABeltre, Tex||Scott Swanay 0||Al Melchior 0|
|NHundley, SF||Al Melchior 0|
|LGohara, Atl||Al Melchior 0|
|NAoki, NYM||Zach Steinhorn 52|
|RGrossman, Min||Zach Steinhorn 52|
|JJay, ChC||Zach Steinhorn 36|
|CStratton, SF||Ray Flowers 4|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
The penultimate FAAB run was just about as uneventful as expected. One thing to keep in mind is that winning bid amounts are pretty much meaningless at this stage of the season. If you have excess FAAB dollars and want a player, you're going to overpay to get him. That's exactly what I did with Brandon Moss, who fills a need for me as I've been getting little production out of my fifth outfielder spot in recent weeks, and Moss does indeed hit homers. He's already launched five longballs this month.
It does seem strange to see Adrian Beltre's name on a FAAB report, but he was released while on the DL with a strained hamstring in exchange for a significant FAAB redemption. The future Hall of Fame inductee returned early last week, however, and is receiving regular playing time despite not being 100 percent healthy. Still, Beltre is a more than worthy "free" addition.
Jeff Zimmerman has a huge 34 points lead with several battling for second and third, including Zach. Fred Zinkie and Al Melchior are also in this mix. All three were active this period. Don't let anyone tell you those privileged enough to play in industry leagues don't take it seriously.
|YMoncada, CWS||Adam Ronis 57||D.J. Short 35||Corey Parson 35||0||0|
|YDiaz, Cle||Corey Parson 31|
|JCandelario, Det||D.J. Short 20||Corey Parson 8|
|MMinor, KC||Scott White 8|
|SAlexander, KC||Corey Parson 2|
|NAoki, NYM||D.J. Short 8|
|RGrossman, Min||D.J. Short 8|
|CHeadley, NYY||D.J. Short 7|
|WCalhoun, Tex||D.J. Short 5|
|SBrault, Pit||Corey Parson 2|
|LGohara, Atl||Corey Parson 1|
Perry is away but asked me to relay he opted to sit out this period in hope there's something more intriguing during the final FAAB run.
Like the auction league, the leader, Rudy Gamble is comfortably in front with several owners angling for place and show. Corey, Adam, Scott and D.J. are all in the mix, fighting for every point. I guess not everyone is in full-football mode.
|MClevinger, Cle||Vlad Sedler 15|
|JBradley, Bos||Peter Kreutzer 7|
|BMorrow, LAD||Vlad Sedler 2|
|SBrault, Pit||Vlad Sedler 3|
|SAlexander, KC||Vlad Sedler 2|
|BShaw, Cle||Vlad Sedler 1|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
We're down to the final six games. Vlad Sedler has a commanding lead. I'm in a tie for third, and would like to be there alone. So the two of us made some small changes.
Vlad has a three-game lead over Andrea Lamont. Each week, six points are up for grabs. Two to the winner of the most hitting categories, two to winning most pitching and two to the most total categories. Ties get one point each. The most likely outcomes are 6-0 and 4-2, with the corresponding 0-6 and 2-4. It's possible to lose 5-1, but it's rare. As such, for Vlad to lose, he'll need to be swept in both hitting and pitching with Andrea winning at least four points. Vlad faces fellow GuruEliter Jeff Mans. Andrea draws Kyle Elfrink while Peter takes on Stephania Bell in his quest to break the third-place tine with Kyle.