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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo. 

Tout Wars uses a modified Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

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 is a bid 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.

alex_cobb

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
ACobb, TB 34 (31) Liss 30 Berry 23 Erickson 13 Siano 12 Schechter 11 Wolf/Colton
8 Leibowitz 7 Behrens
YGomes, Tor 23 (12) Siano 11 Wolf/Colton 5 Erickson 3 Shandler 3 Schechter 2 Behrens
WMyers, KC 5 Berry 4 Liss
NAdcock, KC 3 Erickson
RThompson, TB 2 Erickson 2 Collette 0 Berry
BHall, Bal 1 Collette 0 Erickson
JOdorizzi, KC 1 Siano
AGonzalez, Tex 1 Michaels
ACrow, KC 1 Behrens 0 Leibowitz
DODay, Bal 0 Leibowitz 0 Siano
BWilson, LAA 0 Shandler

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

ARosales, Oak 0 Erickson
BLogan, NYY 0 Siano
CStewart, NYY 0 Shandler
JFrasor, Tor 0 Leibowitz
KCalhoun, LAA 1 Erickson
LMarson, Cle 0 Shandler
MLowe, Tex 0 Leibowitz
NJones, CWS 0 Siano
OHudson, FA 5 Siano

Rob Leibowitz Commentary

Alex Cobb took the most action this week including bids sizeable enough that some believe that righty may stick in the rotation for more than just Jeff Niemann's month to month and a half or so DL-stay. Cobb had a nice 9-start audition last year with the Rays showing some bat missing and control skills. Cobb is no ace,  but has a deep enough repertoire where in another organization he might already be a mainstay of the rotation. I think he has enough stuff, though no one true great pitch to make him more than a 4th or 5th starter. I made an $8 bid on him with the idea that he was a short term stay option and a possible Danny Duffy replacement.

Yan Gomes attracted several bids too. The former catcher has never really put up big numbers prior to this season at Las Vegas. A very aggressive hitter, Gomes has never demonstrated more than mid-teens top per season homerun potential. I guess the attracting here was a possible improvement over most $1 catchers, which I can agree with, but I am not a believe he will last long with the Jays and that other players in their organization are better options.

matt_adams

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

MAdams, StL 68 (57) Ravitz 56 Gianella 53 Carty 53 Walton 31 Melnick 27 Kreutzer
16 Peterson 16 Hertz 6 Gardner
AAmarista, SD 29 (17) Melnick 16 Gianella 15 Cockcroft 9 Kreutzer 7 Pianowski 3 Hertz
3 Ravitz 2 Walton 2 Carty
AKennedy, LAD 12 Zola 12 Pianowski 4 Kreutzer 3 Gianella 3 Ravitz 2 Carty
2 Hertz
CCoghlan, Fla 29 (10) Melnick 7 Zola 4 Kreutzer 4 Hertz 1 Gianella
MStutes, Phi 11 (10) Zola
EStults, SD 8 Pianowski 3 Carty 1 Peterson 1 Walton
JArredondo, Cin 8 Kreutzer 4 Gardner 4 Melnick 1 Walton 1 Hertz
TWood, ChC 6 Walton 5 Hertz
JHefner, NYM 4 Hertz 1 Peterson 1 Carty
BPetersen, Fla 4 Kreutzer 3 Walton 0 Hertz
SRobinson, StL 2 Carty 1 Gianella
JSellers, LAD 2 Kreutzer 0 Carty 0 Zola
FMartinez, Hou 1 Ravitz
BHayes, Fla 1 Kreutzer
KHill, ChC 0 Peterson 0 Kreutzer
YNavarro, Pit 0 Carty 15 Melnick 2 Kreutzer
JGrilli, Pit 0 Carty 0 Gardner
RJohnson, ChC 0 Ravitz 0 Kreutzer 0 Pianowski
AParrino, SD 0 Gianella

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BLyon, Hou 0 Zola 0 Hertz
BSchneider, Phi 0 Peterson
BTekotte, SD 1 Kreutzer
CBreslow, Ari 0 Zola
CColeman, ChC 3 Zola
CMaldonado, Was 0 Peterson
ESanchez, StL 0 Hertz
GHernandez, Pit 2 Kreutzer 1 Hertz
FSalas, StL 0 Carty
HLuna, Phi 0 Carty
IDeJesus, LAD 0 Kreutzer
JaWilson, Atl 0 Kreutzer
KLoe, Mil 0 Carty
MCairo, Cin 1 Zola
MParra, Mil 0 Carty
MRzepczynski, StL 0 Zola
MTreanor, LAD 0 Peterson
WValdez, Cin 0 Zola

Brian Walton's Commentary

With the MRI on Lance Berkman's injured right knee not scheduled until Monday, the duration of prospect Matt Adams' hold on the Cardinals' first base job remains a question mark. I think the left-handed power hitter may remain for good and bid accordingly. My $53 offer aligned with the former Slippery Rock catcher's uniform number, which oddly tied me with Derek Carty. Neither of us won, however, as Nate Ravitz' $68 was reduced to $57 (Vickrey) by Mike Gianella's $56 offer.

The release of O-Dog, Orlando Hudson, by the Padres (who has since landed with the White Sox) and the knee injury to Jason Bartlett opened up the middle infield in San Diego. While new/old shortstop Everth Cabrera was already taken in our league, second baseman Alexi Amarista drew spirited bidding from the NL Touts this week. Lenny Melnick's $29 was reduced to $17, one dollar higher than Gianella again.

If Adam Kennedy is a cat with nine lives, he has to be close to exhausting them all. Seeing playing time once again in Los Angeles after Mark Ellis went down on a play at second base this weekend meant the veteran infielder drew two $12 bids. Todd Zola edged Scott Pianowski on the standings tiebreaker.

ben-revere

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
MAdams, StL 23 Minnix 22 Zinkie 16 Heaney 6 Steinhorn 2 Singman
BRevere, Min 11 (10) Trachtman 4 Heaney 3 Van Riper 1 Minnix
TFrazier, Cin 7 Flowers 7 Van Riper 3 Zinkie 1 Zinkie 0 Heaney
RDavis, Tor 6 Schwartz 2 Zinkie
PBourjos, LAA 5 Zinkie 4 Van Riper 0 Minnix 0 Singman
FGalvis, Phi 4 Heaney
CHeisey, Cin 4 Van Riper 1 Minnix 1 Schwartz 0 Zinkie
RBarajas, Pit 3 Heaney
MSaunders, Sea 3 Van Riper 2 Zinkie 0 Minnix
YGomes, Tor 2 Singman 2 Heaney 1 Schwartz
GBlanco, SF 2 Singman 1 Heaney 0 Zinkie
DNava, Bos 1 Heaney
WBloomquist, Ari 2 Zinkie 0 Minnix
DGee, NYM 1 Van Riper
PHumber, CWS 1 Schwartz
CStammen, Was 0 Davitt
XAvery, Bal 0 Minnix 2 Van Riper 1 Heaney 0 Zinkie
WMiley, Ari 1 Schwartz 0 Zinkie

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

MBaxter, NYM 0 Zinkie
AKennedy, LAD 0 Zinkie
CMorton, Pit 1 Schwartz
CPennington, Oak 0 Zinkie
ECabrera, SD 5 Flowers 0 Zinkie
GKottaras, Mil 0 Heaney
HSanchez, SF 1 Heaney
JArrieta, Bal 1 Schwartz
JBenoit, Det 3 Flowers 1 Schwartz
JPacheco, Col 2 Van Riper
JSands, LAD 1 Van Riper
RAnkiel, Was 1 Schwartz
SVanSlyke, LAD 0 Zinkie
TCollins, KC 0 Davitt
TGreen, Mil 1 Van Riper
TPlouffe, Min 2 Van Riper 1 Schwartz

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Cardinals’ top prospect Matt Adams was the big prize in this week’s Mixed Tout FAAB bidding, and Nick Minnix’s $23 bid was just enough to get the first baseman, as he edged out Fred Zinkie by a single dollar. Whether or not Lance Berkman’s knee injury is a season-ending ACL tear will be known soon, but even if Berkman returns this year, chances are he’ll be out for awhile, and Adams will have plenty of time to make an impact. The 23-year-old, the 2011 Texas League Player of the Year, was batting .340 with nine homers and 27 RBIs in 37 games for Triple-A Memphis this season, so there’s little doubt he deserves this opportunity. In a 15-team mixed league, you won’t find hitters of Adams’ caliber on the waiver wire.

Speedy Ben Revere was the second highest priced player, going to Seth Trachtman for $10, and Todd Frazier, who went to Ray Flowers for $7, came in third. While Revere is a stolen base difference maker, there’s no guarantee that he will receive everyday at-bats for the Twins, but 10 bucks is a solid investment nonetheless. Frazier has put up strong numbers since being recalled from the Minors back in April, and with Scott Rolen possibly out for the season, he was no doubt a worthy pickup.

With more than half of my season FAAB budget gone, I entered in only one bid this week, $6 for Matt Adams. I knew it wouldn’t be enough to land him, but hey, what’s the harm in trying?

Last Updated on Monday, 21 May 2012 15:11
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of May 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 May 2012 14:20

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning this week, all contingency bid for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is a contingency bid tied to a player that 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.

casey_kotchman

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

 

PETTITTE, ANDY 34 Nate Ravi 19 BHQ 17 Shrink 7 NFBC 7 KFFL
KOTCHMAN, CASEY 23 Shrink 8 BHQ 6 NFBC 2 USAT 1 Full Moon
PLOUFFE, TREVOR 13 KFFL 5 BHQ 3 Shrink 1 USAT 1 Full Moon
MCALLISTER, ZACH 8 NFBC 7 Nate Ravi 2 Full Moon
NAVA, DANIEL 6 Jason Col 15 Shrink 2 KFFL 2 USAT 1 NFBC 1 Full Moon
DUENSING, BRIAN 5 Shrink 3 NFBC
FLAHERTY, RYAN 4 BHQ 2 NFBC 1 Full Moon
HALL, BILL 3 NFBC 3 USAT 2 Jason Col 1 Full Moon
WILSON, BOBBY 3 BHQ 1 Full Moon
AVERY, XAVIER 2 Full Moon 6 Shrink
LOWE, MARK 2 USAT
ATCHISON, SCOTT 1 KFFL
FALU, IRVING 1 NFBC
ROSS, TYSON 1 Full Moon 1 USAT

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

MASTROIANNI, DARIN 7 Shrink 2 KFFL
WALTERS, P.J. 3 NFBC 2 Nate Ravi
BURTON, JARED 2 USAT
DELABAR, STEVE 1 USAT
GIMENEZ, CHRIS 1 BHQ
HESTER, JOHN 1 BHQ
HOWELL, J.P. 1 Nate Ravi
JONES, NATE 1 USAT
LAIRD, GERALD 1 BHQ
MCGEE, JAKE 1 Nate Ravi
O'DAY, DARREN 1 USAT
TOLLESON, STEVEN 1 BHQ

Perry Van Hook's Commentary:

Well color me mildly surprised by this weeks’ free agent bidding in LABR AL. I had thought that Andy Pettitte and some of the recently promoted outfielders would get the largest bids.

Right on Pettitte as he did draw several double digit bids – the winner $34 from Nate Ravitz (ESPN). But wrong on Daniel Nava who went for only $6 to Jason Collette; and on Xavier Avery as the Baltimore outfielder went for just $2 to Colton & Wolf (Full Moon Sports); but that was two dollars more than Darin Mastroianni of Minnesota who wasn’t added by any team despite being on a few lists. No what generated the surprise bids this week were two of my former players who weren’t hitting .300 combined when I released them last week – 1B Casey Kotchman who got $23 from Larry Schechter (Sandlot Shrink), and Trevor Plouffe who went for $13 to Nick Minnix (KFFL). Let’s see how long they last on those two rosters.

I decided to watch this week and thus move up the FAAB list by lack of subtraction as I didn’t feel strongly about Pettitte and didn’t have a place for the outfielders. Besides the best dollars spent last week were my $4 on Minnesota’s Scott Diamond who recorded two wins without giving up any earned runs as my team bounced up several places in the standings.

 

scott_van_slyke

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

VAN SLYKE, SCOTT 17 Greg Ambr 5 Yahoo 4 Full Moon 1 BIS
ARIAS, JOAQUIN 11 Ray Flowe 7 Greg Ambr 5 BHQ 3 Shrink 2 Full Moon
FRIEDRICH, CHRISTI 8 Greg Ambr 8 BHQ 3 Full Moon 2 BP Carty
MAYSONET, EDWIN 6 Greg Ambr
POLLOCK, A.J. 3 RotoWire 1 BIS
DARNELL, JAMES 3 Full Moon 1 BIS
RUSSELL, JAMES 2 Full Moon 1 BIS
COSTANZO, MIKE 2 Full Moon
CAIRO, MIGUEL 1 ESPN - EK 1 Full Moon 1 Full Moon
CULBERSON, CHARLIE 1 BIS
HAYES, BRETT 1 Yahoo
LINCOLN, BRAD 1 BHQ
ONDRUSEK, LOGAN 1 BHQ

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CEDENO, RONNY 3 Full Moon
KENNEDY, ADAM 2 Full Moon
WATSON, TONY 1 Greg Ambr
KENNEDY, ADAM 1 Greg Ambr
MARTE, VICTOR 1 BHQ
MCCLELLAN, KYLE 1 BHQ
SIMON, ALFREDO 1 BHQ

Lawr Michaels' Commentary:

The big--well, let's say most interesting to me--name in the free agent pool was the Dodger's Scott Van Slyke. The progeny of former outfielder Andy, Scott is a big guy with the power the Dodgers essentially seek out of their first base slot. So, Team Ambrosious, anticipating this, knocked out $17 of their FAAB for the rights to the young slugger to spell dead end Travis Buck. In fact, Greg and his mate Shawn Childs really opened their wallets, also bagging Rockies hurler Christian Friedrich ($8) to fill out their rotation, and Brewers middle infielder Edwin Maysonet ($6) meaning the NFBC team spent $31--nearly one-third of their purse--this week to give their team a boost.
Other moves of interest were Full Moon dropping Conor Gillaspie and grabbing Michael Constanzo for $2, and also grabbed James Darnell ($5) to replace Juan Rivera.
Yahoo! pickied up Brett Hayes ($1) to fill the injured shoes of Wilton Ramos, while Rotowire plucked A.J. Pollack (what is it with ballyplayers who are A.J.? Pierzynski, Ellis, Burnett) with Jayson Werth down.
On the mound, the tough news was for owners with those tempting prospects. BBHQ had to farm demoted Drew Pomeranz for Brad Lincoln ($1), taking a double hit in also reserving Joe Wieland for Logan Ondrusek (also $1).

will_middlebrooks

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

FUENTES, BRIAN 21 Rotowire 13 Fred Zink 4 Mike Pod 1 USA TODAY
THAYER, DALE 15 James Qui 14 Rotowire 4 Mike Pod 2 Fred Zink 1 USA TODAY
DANKS, JOHN 8 Rotowire 2 Fred Zink 1 Tom Trude
MIDDLEBROOKS, WILL 7 Clay Dave 3 Fred Zink
BERNADINA, ROGER 5 Fred Zink
JANSSEN, CASEY 5 Razzball 15 James Qui 11 Rotowire 5 Fred Zink 3 Mike Pod 2 USA TODAY
2 KFFL
GUERRERO, VLADIMIR 4 James Qui
ELLIS, MARK 3 Rotowire 2 Clay Dave 1 BBHQ
FLORES, JESUS 3 James Qui 1 Clay Dave
FRIEDRICH, CHRISTI 3 Jonah Ker 2 Razzball
HARANG, AARON 3 Rotowire
DOZIER, BRIAN 2 Jonah Ker 2 Rotowire
CHEN, WEI-YIN 1 Tom Trude
DELGADO, RANDALL 1 Tom Trude
MCALLISTER, ZACH 1 Razzball
PENA, BRAYAN 1 Clay Dave

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

INGE, BRANDON 2 James Qui
GOMEZ, JEANMAR 1 Tom Trude
GUTHRIE, JEREMY 1 Tom Trude
SCHUMAKER, SKIP 1 Rotowire
COOK, RYAN 1 Razzball
CASTRO, JASON 1 Clay Dave
SHOPPACH, KELLY 1 Clay Dave

Todd Zola's Commentary:

And the poor get poorer. I am usually quite objective when it comes to self-analysis and in all my years of doing this. I hsve never been so high on a team leaving the draft only to have it all crumble down. On top of everything else, I lost Wilson Ramos, probably for the season. The thing is, I am heavily invested in Ramos and spent much of last evening beating deadlines. I knew I had him in Mixed LABR as well, but with the Monday deadline, I figured I'd do it in the morning -- OOPS!!! I committed the cardinal sin and simply forgot to replace Ramos this week. So not only do have a week of goose-eggs coming up, the available receiver inventory has thinned.

Lost in all the pitching moves this week is Clay's capture of Will Middlebrooks. The Red Sox rookie third baseman is both a performance and playing time risk going forward, but he is the kind of gamble that helps pay off big later, especially if the rumors are true and Youkilis is on the trading block, Middlebrooks will continue to receive fulltime run.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 08:18
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 May 2012 00:59

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are three TOUT leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a modified Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning this week, all contingency bid for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is a contingency bid tied to a player that 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.

casey_janssen

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
CJanssen, Tor 38 (12) Liss 11 Wolf/Colton 8 Behrens 8 Schechter 5 Shandler 5 Berry
VGuerrero, Tor 28 (10) Berry
XAvery, Bal 18 (10) Leibowitz 5 Berry 2 Shandler
DNava, Bos 12 Berry 3 Erickson 1 Siano 0 Michaels
3 Siano
BDuensing, Min 7 Berry 2 Leibowitz 0 Shandler
DMastroianni, Min 7 Michaels 3 Behrens 3 Berry 2 Shandler 2 Erickson 0 Berry
SPodsednik, Bos 5 Berry
PWalters, Min 5 Berry 3 Shandler
JDonaldson, Oak 3 Leibowitz 3 Berry 2 Shandler
CCowgill, Oak 2 Erickson 4 Berry 2 Behrens 1 Siano
MBanuelos, NYY 1 Behrens
DButera, Min 1 Siano
KHerrera, KC 0 Shandler 0 Leibowitz
NPunto, Bos 0 Shandler 0 Siano

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BHall, Bal 3 Michaels 1 Siano 0 Berry
STolleson, Bal 2 Berry
TScheppers, Tex 2 Berry
WMyers, KC 2 Berry
CStewart, NYY 0 Siano
MLowe, Tex 0 Shandler 0 Leibowitz

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This week’s three largest bids demonstrated enthusiasm on the parts of three Touts, yours truly included, for players where most of the other Touts were not so enthused. Why? Well, overall, it was lack of belief in the three players and it may come down to a question of playing time rather than skill that was the cause of skepticism. Casey Janssen, who garnered a $38 bid and was purchased for $12 was recently named the Blue Jay’s closer. Janssen picked up 6 bids and perhaps should have drawn a bit more aggressive bids as we are talking about a pitcher who really has excelled since moving to full time relief in 2010, producing greater than 8.0 K/9’s and sub 3.0 BB/9s while getting groundballs roughly 45% or greater of the time. It all comes down to a case of gopheritis. If Janssen can locate better, he could legitimately hang onto the role until Santos returns and that is the other side of the coin as Santos is poised to return in just a few weeks.

Xavier Avery has talent and even though he could be sent down when Nolan Reimold returns, I opted for a semi-aggressive $17 bid ($10 Vickery adjusted) on his services with the idea that Baltimore’s DHs have not been producing and that Avery could force his way into a starting job with Reimold moving to DH later in the season.  The 22-year old lefty has mid-teens pop potential, 30+ stolen base potential, and is actually quite a disciplined hitter. So I thought it an acceptable risk on a player with talent and in a league with little offensive talent currently avaiablle.

christian_friedrich

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
CFriedrich, Col 9 Kreutzer 8 Walton 8 Ravitz 5 Hertz 4 Cockcroft 3 Carty
3 Peterson 3 Gianella 3 Pianowski
SVanSlyke, LAD 6 Peterson 3 Ravitz 3 Cockcroft 2 Gianella 0 Walton 0 Kreutzer
DMurphy, Fla 5 Pianowski 0 Kreutzer
BBrach, SD 4 Zola 0 Cockcroft 0 Ravitz
CCulberson, SF 4 Kreutzer
MFontenot, Phi 4 Kreutzer 1 Ravitz
TMoore, Was 4 Gianella 1 Cockcroft 0 Peterson 0 Kreutzer
EHerrera, LAD 4 Carty 2 Walton
FRodriguez, Mil 3 Gianella 3 Hertz
JBell, Ari 3 Zola
JDarnell, SD 2 Gianella 0 Peterson 0 Walton
BLincoln, Pit 2 Cockcroft 2 Hertz
JGyorko, SD 2 Carty
LOndrusek, Cin 3 Kreutzer 1 Pianowski
EMaysonet, Mil 0 Ravitz 0 Kreutzer
JSuppan, SD 0 Peterson
JHarrison, Pit 0 Peterson
MCostanzo, Cin 0 Walton 0 Peterson
MNickeas, NYM 0 Gardner
AKearns, Fla 0 Ravitz 0 Peterson 0 Kreutzer

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

MCairo, Cin 3 Zola 0 Kreutzer
ABastardo, Phi 1 Pianowski
BHayes, Fla 0 Gardner
BSchneider, Phi 0 Gardner
CrMartinez, Atl 0 Kreutzer
FSalas, StL 0 Carty
HBlanco, Ari 0 Gardner
JArredondo, Cin 0 Ravitz
JGiambi, Col 0 Kreutzer
JSellers, LAD 0 Kreutzer
MKotsay, SD 0 Kreutzer
TCruz, StL 0 Gardner
WValdez, Cin 0 Kreutzer

Brian Walton's Commentary:

There are a lot of moving parts in and around the Colorado rotation, including struggling Jamie Moyer and rehabbing Jorge De La Rosa. Last week, Christian Friedrich replaced disappointing and demoted Drew Pomeranz in the Rockies starting five and had a solid MLB debut. That led to over half the league chasing the left-hander for a two-start week ahead. The winning bid of $9 from Peter Kreutzer shaded the $8 offers from me and Nate Ravitz.

I also came in second in a play for Dodgers Triple-A middle infielder Elian Herrera, with Derek Carty doubling up my $2 bid. With uncertainty surrounding scuffling shortstop Dee Gordon, Herrera is an intriguing play -if called up. The 27-year-old switch-hitter has a 17-game hitting streak, a.358 average and is 9-for-12 in stolen base attempts at Albuquerque this season. It will be a lot more difficult in the National League, however.

brian_fuentes

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
BFuentes, Oak 29 (23) DiFino 22 Zinkie 21 VanRiper 12 Steinhorn 9 Flowers 8 Gonos
6 Singman 2 Heaney 1 Schwartz
CJanssen, Tor 27 (10) McCaffrey 11 VanRiper 7 Zinkie 2 Singman 2 Heaney 2 Gonos
0 Minnix
DThayer, SD 14 (10) VanRiper 9 McCaffrey 6 Singman 6 Flowers 6 DiFino 4 Zinkie
4 Gonos 2 Heaney 0 Minnix
JWieland, SD 8 Davitt
RBernadina, Was 6 Flowers 5 Swanay 3 Zinkie
MThornton, CWS 6 Flowers 1 Heaney 0 Minnix
JRauch, NYM 5 Singman 12 VanRiper 5 Flowers 4 Zinkie 2 Steinhorn 2 Heaney
0 Minnix
TColvin, Col 4 Heaney 4 Minnix 1 Swanay 1 DiFino
JHannahan, Cle 4 Gonos 0 Zinkie
RSweeney, Bos 4 DiFino 2 Flowers 1 Heaney 0 Zinkie 0 Davitt
BInge, Oak 3 Heaney 2 Flowers 0 Minnix
BDozier, Min 3 Minnix 0 Zinkie
FDoubront, Bos 3 Gonos 1 Schwartz
WBetemit, Bal 3 Swanay 3 Flowers 0 Zinkie 0 Davitt
RDelgado, Atl 3 Swanay 1 Schwartz
SSmith, Oak 3 Swanay
JJaso, Sea 2 Gonos 0 Steinhorn
AHarang, LAD 2 Steinhorn
CFriedrich, Col 2 Singman 0 Minnix
JWilliams, LAA 1 Schwartz
JFlores, Was 1 Steinhorn 0 Minnix
JMayberry, Phi 0 Minnix 1 Swanay 0 Zinkie 0 Gonos 0 DiFino
MEllis, LAD 0 Zinkie 2 Heaney 2 Flowers
RHanigan, Cin 0 Steinhorn
DDeJesus, ChC 0 Davitt 2 Heaney 2 Flowers 0 Minnix
BChen, KC 0 Davitt
JRussell, ChC 0 Minnix
BLyon, Hou 0 DiFino
MIzturis, LAA 0 Davitt

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

DLowe, Cle 3 Gonos
PBourjos, LAA 3 Flowers 0 Davitt
CGentry, Tex 2 Flowers 0 Zinkie 0 Davitt
CPennington, Oak 2 Flowers 0 Davitt
JUribe, LAD 2 Flowers 1 Heaney 0 Gonos
RAnkiel, Was 2 Flowers
TGwynn, LAD 2 Flowers
FRodriguez, Mil 1 VanRiper
TGreen, Mil 1 Swanay 0 Heaney
TPlouffe, Min 1 Swanay
JCrain, CWS 1 Singman 0 Davitt
BParnell, NYM 1 Heaney
CHeisey, Cin 0 Zinkie
JKeppinger, TB 0 Heaney
GLaird, Det 0 Gonos
MNickeas, NYM 0 Gonos

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary:

In this season of historic closer turnover, a boatload of FAAB dollars this week were spent on potential saves. Newly anointed A’s stopper Brian Fuentes garnered the most attention, and for good reason. With 201 career saves to his record, Fuentes should handle his new role just fine, and it would not at all be surprising to see him hold onto the closing gig through the end of the season. Fuentes ended up costing Nando DiFino, who entered in a $29 bid, $23. I would’ve loved to add Fuentes to my roster as a third closer, but having already spent more than half of my season FAAB budget I limited myself to a $12 bid. Casey Janssen and Dale Thayer, both fill-in closers, were the next highest priced players, going to Gene McCaffrey and Derek Van Riper respectively for the Vickrey adjusted cost of $10. While Janssen and Thayer are merely temporary closers, they should give their new owners a handful of saves before Sergio Santos and Huston Street come off the DL. Other buys of note included Jon Rauch, who could supplant the erratic Frank Francisco sooner rather than later, and Christian Freidrich, the newest member of the Rockies’ starting rotation. Freidrich has posted elite strikeout numbers in the Minors and is coming off a strong big league debut.

I was faced with the depressing task of replacing both of my starting backstops, Wilson Ramos and Chris Iannetta. Meet my new catcher duo: Jesus Flores and Ryan Hanigan! I’m actually pretty high on Flores, as he has proven to be a decent offensive producer when healthy. My catcher situation is probably something I’ll need to address through trade in the near future. My only other purchase turned out to be Aaron Harang, who has notched three quality starts in his last four outings and is scheduled to pitch against the Padres this week at spacious Petco Park.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 May 2012 13:56
 
Interleague Play Starts Next Weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Sunday, 13 May 2012 21:22

At the end of this week we will have the first weekend of Interleague Play. Fortunately for fantasy players there are not a lot of players who will lose at bats for three days but David Ortiz, BOS and Kendrys Morales, LAA are the two most important.

There are only six NL teams gaining extra at bats and we don’t know how managers will spread those around but Chris Heisey, CIN and the first base partners in Pittsburgh, Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee should see more at bats.

The full weeks of Interleague Play should be on your planning calendar – Weeks 10 and 11 starting June 11. The weekend prior, June 8-10 is also set of three game Interleague series.

For this week AL teams losing their DH spot are Baltimore, Boston, Chicago White Sox, LA Angels, Minnesota, Oakland, Seattle, and Texas.

The NL teams gaining at bats for the three days are Arizona, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Miami, NY Mets, and Pittsburgh.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 May 2012 22:01
 
Draftstreet II: It's Getting Better PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lawr Michaels   
Saturday, 12 May 2012 10:36

So, last night I trudged into my second Draftstreet foray.,

Draftstreet, as you likely know is a Website that offers daily matchup chances that are akin to the stock market. Except, instead of buy Apple stock, you can buy Josh Hamilton, and instead of penny stocks there is Matt Capps.

I know my mate Lord Zola has been hyping it up (hey, we have to try and drive some income somehow, right?) shamelessy, but, the reality is Draftsteet is pretty fun.

For one thing, it is low intensity. You pick a roster of 14 players (with a salary cap) one day, and the next day you find out whether you were among the winners of your respective league. Meaning, no day-to-day perusing of transactions or long-term planning. So, the combination makes the process a bit of though while assembling a lineup, and a little focus while either cursing at, or extolling the production of your team, and then it is tomorrow. And, once tomorrow arrives, if you want to set another lineup, knockest thyself out. If not, well, no problem. Just pick it right back up next time the mood strikes.

Again, as you have likely seen, Todd has been writing about his participation in a special league with Draftstreet every other Friday, and the league is free, so, the opportunity for potential addiction is up to you.

Well, I set my second roster Friday, and I did do a lot better than my first shot (a miserable 36.5 points, two weeks ago) bagging 67.3 points, and finishing a good 100 spots above last time (this week I was #37).

Before I reveal my roster, I have to admit that I am as an experiential learner.

I will read the rules, but they seem somewhat abstract to me until I see/experience them in play, so, my first shot at anything is usually a failure, but also a kind of stick in the sand of what works, or does not at a high level (actually reading Todd's pieces and reasoning might help you a lot with this, too).

I do tend to not pay so much to lefty/right matchups at large, for I do always think good hitters and pitchers will be successful and trying to guess when one will have a good start or not in a straight fantasy context, is too iffy.

But, I now do admit in a microcosm game like Draftstreet, it does make a difference, as do basic pitcher ballpark match-ups.

So, paying attention to these details is a plus.

Otherwise, there are a couple of basic tenets at play: Either pick the hot hand, expecting the trend to continue for more money, or grab the underpriced underachiever (i.e. Albert Pujols these days) hoping the trend will stop.

So, while Todd took John Mayberry, Jr. and Danny Espinosa--both of whom homered last night--I took Josh Hamilton and Brandon Inge--both of whom also homered last night.

BTW, I do think, among those matchup things, that there is wisdom in picking switch hitters.

  • C: Humberto Quintero (bust city)
  • 1B: Kila Ka'aihue (7 points from a couple of hits and a knock. Old Kila might be finally realizing some of that potential)
  • 2B: Ryan Raburn (another bust. I have him in Tout so I guess I was hoping Ryan would do something. Sentimental mistake)
  • 3B: Brandon Inge (woo hoo, four dingers this week, and I have him in Tout as well)
  • SS: Erick Aybar (another Tout bust and one here too. I think I am seeing a pattern?)
  • OF:Josh Hamilton (big night, two dingers, 17.5 points)
  • OF: Ryan Braun (5.5 points)
  • OF: Dayan Viciedo (got a hit, but another Tout bust: if my busts simply got hot I would be close to first place)
  • UT: Giancarlo Stanton  (Josh Reddick would have been better)
  • UT: Erik Komatsu (another guy I thought could just pull a couple of singles cos he was due)
  • SP: Gio Gonzalez (nice pick who had a good game)
  • SP: Madison Bumgarner (nice pick who had a bad game)
  • RP: Matt Capps (closers are dirt cheap, and this one paid off)
  • UP: Jeremy Hellickson (had a good enough game)

So, based upon last time, which was a total stab, and the sentimental mistakes I made this week, let's shoot for another 30 point increase next time and maybe a showing in the Top 10.

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