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Jarrod Parker: Example or Anomaly PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Friday, 26 April 2013 12:35

In the last few days I have seen several questions about Jarrod Parker and the poor start he is off to this season.

First let’s look back a year – 2012 was Parker’s first full season in the major leagues and he pitched 181.1 innings for Oakland notching thirteen wins with a 3.48 ERA and 1.26 WHIP and striking out 140 batters while walking 63.

Parker was thus a very valuable starting pitcher especially in AL only leagues. This year fantasy players drafted him based on that – in 15 team mixed NFBC live drafts Parker ranked #200 with an pick average of 201.51 or 14th round. For comparison with other pitchers that was just after Homer Bailey and Ryan Vogelsong, but ahead of Alexi Ogando and Alex Cobb.

But there were two warning flags largely ignored by most fantasy players:

A very poor spring training – an 8.10 ERA and 2.140 WHIP in five starts totaling 23.1 innings. Parker had 14 strikeouts and 13 walks in those innings. While I don’t always think spring training stats are predictive or more important than MLB stats, remember 2012 was Parker’s first major league season and,

A very large increase of innings pitched from 2011 to 2012 – 78 innings according to Tom Verducci whose research on the increase of innings for young pitchers – now known as the Verducci Effect was noted in his January column at SI online.

You can read Verducci’s history on this but the previous year he identified fourteen young pitchers coming off workload increases of 30 innings or more. Nine of them suffered injuries or significant regression (Derek Holland, Dylan Axelrod, Jaime Garcia, Liam Hendricks, Eric Surkamp, Chris Schwinden, Daniel Hudson, Zach Stewart, and Michael Pineda).

Of course you have to realize not everyone on the list has problems – Jose Quintana was third on the list behind Chris Sale and Parker and he is off to a fine start. And Matt Harvey, seventh on the list with only an increase of 32+ innings is one of the early seasons leading pitchers.

Still we have to wonder whether the large increase by Parker is affecting him this year.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 12:42
 
ShadowFAABing in TOUT NL - 4/22 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Monday, 22 April 2013 14:18

Continuing on my Mastersblog from last week, I looked at the player pool in TOUT’s twelve team NL only league to pick a few more obscure targets that I thought would be good pickups. How far under the radar they actually were hard to tell – last week was about 50/50.

On my hitters list this week were

Freddy Galvis, 2B, PHL – Galvis obviously wasn’t going to get much playing time behind Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins but as of Saturday had started in six of the last eight games for the Phillies including three in left field filling in for the injured Domonic Brown. Likely a short term play but at a decent shot at an empty MI slot.

Julio Borbon, OF, CHC – The Cubs made a good move to grab Borbon a former first round pick of the Texas Rangers when they were forced to put him on waivers after not being able to work out any kind of trade after the Rangers put him on the DFA list when they called up pitcher Nick Tepesch last week.

Finally what in horse racing terms would be an “entry”. In this case two infielders from the Miami Marlins, Chris Valaika, 3B and Nick Green, 3B would be cheap CI targets. The problem would be figuring out which one would get the most at bats while they were filling in for Marlin’s shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. But still for a short term $0 bid either might work (filling the slot with the entry would be much better if legal).

Borbon in fact got bids from five of the TOUTs going for $3 to Rotowire’s Chris Liss (his original four dollar bid reduced to three by the Vickrey method) the second highest final bid this week.

Galvis got two dollar bids from both Mike Gianella and Steve Gardner and was awarded to Gianella who was lower in the standings.

Green did in fact get a zero bid from Derek Carty but he was awarded a higher player on his list – Jack Hannahan, 3B, Cincinnati.

On the pitching side, I again thought that Colorado Rockie starter Jon Garland, now sporting a 3.316 ERA and 1.000 WHIP with two wins among his three starts is a viable pick-up.  Despite his two start week (vs. ATL, and @ ARI) or maybe because of it, he was deemed too risky by the TOUTS. Thoiugh, he did get a backup zero bid from Tristan H. Cockroft who got a player he bid more for.

My other mound target was purely save speculation as if desperate I thought new Chicago Cub Kevin Gregg would get added for $0. Gregg could certainly be in the mix for Cub saves although he would have to pitch better than he did last week. In fairness he might be rusty having not appeared at all for the Dodgers since opening day after having an excellent spring training and making the club not allowing a run in any games in March.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 20:01
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 22 April 2013 13:57

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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 a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-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.

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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Luis Jimenez, LAA 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6 USA TODAY Sports
Aaron Harang, SEA 7 SiriusXM
Corey Kluber, CLE 5 Colton & Wolf 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Baseball HQ
Oswaldo Arcia, MIN 4 RotoWire
Brandon Laird, HOU 4 Mastersball 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 USA TODAY Sports
Shelley Duncan, TB 3 USA TODAY Sports 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 RotoWire 1 Fangraphs
Allen Webster, BOS 3 Baseball HQ
Eduardo Escobar, MIN 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 ESPN.com
Jason Giambi, CLE 1 Fangraphs 2 USA TODAY Sports
Steve Pearce, BAL 1 ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire
Ben Francisco, NYY 1 Colton & Wolf

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Will Smith, KC 3 Baseball HQ
Jeff Baker, TEX 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire 1 USA TODAY Sports
Jerry Blevins, OAK 1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & Wolf 1 SiriusXM
T.J. McFarland, BAL 1 Baseball HQ 1 SiriusXM
Brendan Harris, LAA 1 USA TODAY Sports
Matt Tuiasosopo, DET 1 USA TODAY Sports
Brayan Villarreal, DET 1 SiriusXM
Bryan Shaw, CLE 1 SiriusXM
Chris Resop, OAK 1 SiriusXM
Darin Downs, DET 1 SiriusXM
Derek Lowe, TEX 1 SiriusXM
Joba Chamberlain, NYY 1 SiriusXM
Joe Smith, CLE 1 SiriusXM
Oliver Perez, SEA 1 SiriusXM
Rhiner Cruz, HOU 1 SiriusXM
Michael Taylor, OAK 1 RotoWire
Ronny Cedeno, HOU 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Tommy Hunter, BAL 1 Colton & Wolf
Tanner Scheppers, TEX 1 Baseball HQ

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Amongst all the $1-5 bids for fillers and fliers there was on double digit bid on a player not on an AL roster in March and one most people hadn't even heard of. But opportunity knocked for Angels infielder Luis Jimenez in what was supposed to be filling in a few days for Alberto Callaspo but hitting over .400 and Callaspo hitting only the DL made Jimenez an attractive target for a team that had a dead spot and Greg Ambrosius of NFBC/Stats landed Jimenez for $13.

I also bid on a CI to fill my UT spot as the combination of Houston's Brandon Laird getting some regular playing time and his ability to hit the long ball (I think he had four or five home runs in the minors before the call) and that spot in my lineup being filled by one of my original reserve players (which importantly means they can be moved up or down in any week unlike players bought at the auction who can't be moved off the roster save for a DL trip or just cutting them. So Laird gets a tryout and Conor Gillaspie will wait on the bench. I also get to see if my $1 play for then Ranger outfielder Julio Borbon who I knew would be traded or subject to waivers when Texas needed to activate Nick Tepesch in Week 2 was claimed by the Chicago Cubs. So I moved Doumit back to catcher to play Borbon and said goodbye to Hank Conger.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Didi Gregorius, ARI 31 Yahoo! Sports 25 RotoWire 13 Colton & Wolf 11 DerekCarty.com
8 ESPN - Karabell 6 Mastersball 1 Steve Moyer
Hiram Burgos, MIL 5 RotoWire 3 DerekCarty.com 2 Sandlot Shrink 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
1 Colton & Wolf
Heath Bell, ARI 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & Wolf 1 Sandlot Shrink 1 Steve Moyer
Julio Borbon, CHC 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 ESPN - Karabell 1 Steve Moyer
Alex Sanabia, MIA 3 Sandlot Shrink 1 DerekCarty.com
Joe Mahoney, MIA 3 ESPN - Karabell
Jonathan Pettibone, PHI 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Chris Valaika, MIA 1 Steve Moyer
Dale Thayer, SD 1 Steve Moyer 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 DerekCarty.com 1 RotoWire
Brad Ziegler, ARI 1 DerekCarty.com

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

George Kontos, SF 1 RotoWire 1 Steve Moyer
Chad Gaudin, SF 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Steve Moyer
Sam LeCure, CIN 1 DerekCarty.com 1 RotoWire
Freddy Galvis, PHI 1 Steve Moyer
Jordan Walden, ATL 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Fernando Salas, STL 1 DerekCarty.com
Marc Rzepczynski, STL 1 DerekCarty.com

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

One of the things I have found interesting this year so far in NL LABR is the number of FAAB moves and claims have really been at a minimum.

One explanation for this could be my league mates generally did two things: one they filled their active rosters with as many everyday players as they could; and, two, the leftovers who were snatched up in six reserve pick rounds went to supporting the active rosters immediately rather than in the future.

Speaking for my own squad, I did grab Steve Lombardozzi and Justin Turner who have indeed helped fill the gaps with injuries to Ryan Zimmerman and Logan Morrison. Although, I was also able to mitigate a Tony Cingrani bidding war by snatching the Cincy starter up on my reserve pick, a move I am now obviously happy I made.

Still, the bidding on Arizona shortstop Didi Gregorius was indeed gregarious this week as seven bids were logged, with Yahoo's! Brad Evans getting the infielder with a $31 financial plunge, acing out seven other would be owners lead by Rotowire's Jeff Erickson and a $25 attempt (I actually placed a failed $6 bid, so I was among the losers).

MIXED LEAGUE

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Anthony Cingrani, CIN 33 DFSEdge 16 Baseball HQ 6 KFFL.com 6 MLB.com
Anthony Rendon, WSH 24 DFSEdge 2 KFFL.com
Daniel Nava, BOS 12 Yahoo! Sports 2 KFFL.com 2 MLB.com
Kyle Kendrick, PHI 4 KFFL.com
A.J. Pollock, ARI 3 USA TODAY Sports 2 KFFL.com
Eric Stults, SD 2 USA TODAY Sports
Didi Gregorius, ARI 1 MLB.com 1 KFFL.com
Nick Hundley, SD 1 Baseball HQ
Mike Leake, CIN 1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 1 USA TODAY Sports

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Brad Peacock, HOU 1 KFFL.com 1 USA TODAY Sports
Kelly Shoppach, SEA 1 Baseball HQ
A.J. Ramos, MIA 1 KFFL.com
Craig Gentry, TEX 1 KFFL.com
Eric Sogard, OAK 1 KFFL.com
Jake Arrieta, BAL 1 KFFL.com
Jarrod Dyson, KC 1 KFFL.com
Jordany Valdespin, NYM 1 KFFL.com
Mark Ellis, LAD 1 KFFL.com
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU 1 KFFL.com
Mike Dunn, MIA 1 KFFL.com
Placido Polanco, MIA 1 KFFL.com
Darin Downs, DET 1 USA TODAY Sports
Joe Ortiz, TEX 1 USA TODAY Sports
Junichi Tazawa, BOS 1 USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Blanks, SD 1 USA TODAY Sports
Heath Bell, ARI 2 USA TODAY Sports
Andres Torres, SF 2 Yahoo! Sports
Chris Denorfia, SD 2 Yahoo! Sports
Marlon Byrd, NYM 2 Yahoo! Sports

Todd Zola's Commentary

Yeah, I've been on a soapbox lately saying I need to take some chances with FAAB, if only to give myself the chance to hit it big, but neither Cingrani or Rendon offered me the upgrade in an area of need, so I passed. Cingrani has put up video game numbers on the farm, but I'm not sure how they'll translate in the bigs since he relies more on deception than pure stuff. Factor in I prefer to stream home starters and the Great American Ballpark is a rough venue, and I wasn't interested. As for Rendon, I'm stacked at corner and had no room, even at UT.

Where I could use a boost is in the middle, but I don't see Gregorius as an upgrade over Chris Getz or even Alex Gonzalez, so I stood pat this week.

Something I find fascinating and has some salient draft theory repercussions going beyond "this is cool" is how there were 20 contingency bids and only one had multiple bidders. This serves to really hammer home how we all value players differently.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 20:01
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 April 2013 11:06

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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 four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. 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 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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
LJimenez, LAA 24 (35) Andy Behrens 23 Jeff Erickson 5 Wolf/Colton
BLaird, Hou 6 (8) Ron Shandler 5 Wolf/Colton 5 Jeff Erickson 1 Jason Collette
BBarnes, Hou 6 (13) Jeff Erickson 5 Ron Shandler 5 Joe Sheehan 0 Wolf/Colton
JorDanks, CWS 1 (2) Ron Shandler 0 Wolf/Colton
CKluber, Cle 1 (6) Wolf/Colton
MKawasaki, Tor 1 (4) Matthew Berry 3 Jeff Erickson 0 Wolf/Colton
JGrimm, Tex 1 (7) Lawr Michaels 3 Wolf/Colton 2 Matthew Berry
CDickerson, Bal 1 (3) Joe Sheehan 0 Jason Collette
TScheppers, Tex 1 Joe Sheehan
JGiambi, Cle 1 (13) Jeff Erickson 0 Wolf/Colton
MCarp, Bos 1 Jason Collette 3 Jeff Erickson 2 Joe Sheehan 0 Wolf/Colton
BFrancisco, NYY 0 Wolf/Colton
WRamirez, Min 0 Wolf/Colton
SBurnett, LAA 0 Andy Behrens

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BHarris, LAA 5 Jeff Erickson
HConger, LAA 3 Jeff Erickson
MLindstrom, CWS 1 Joe Sheehan 0 Andy Behrens

 Rob Leibowitz Commentary

Journeyman third basemen Luis Jimenez is doing everything he can to rest the Angel’s starting third base job away from Alberto Callaspo. The bids this week reflect that. Quite frankly, a switch might benefit the Angels. While Jimenez is considered to be adequate defensively, the righty will never be an on-base machine. Still, Jimenez provides doubles and mid-to-high-teens homerun per season potential and that would indeed be an upgrade to Callaspo.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
HBurgos, Mil 11 Scott Wilderman 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 4 Derek Carty 4 Peter Kreutzer
3 Brian Walton
JBorbon, ChC 3 (4) Chris Liss 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Lenny Melnick 2 Brian Walton
1 Mike Gianella
FGalvis, Phi 2 Mike Gianella 2 Steve Gardner
XPaul, Cin 2 (6) Chris Liss 1 Mike Gianella
JPettibone, Phi 1 (8) Tristan H. Cockcroft
AVizcaino, ChC 1 (2) Phil Hertz
ARamos, Mia 1 (5) Mike Gianella 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer
0 Phil Hertz 0 Brian Walton 0 Steve Gardner
APresley, Pit 1 Mike Gianella
KNieuwenhuis, NYM 1 Mike Gianella
SFeldman, ChC 1 Mike Gianella
CRansom, ChC 1 (2) Lenny Melnick 0 Derek Carty
JHannahan, Cin 1 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer
LAyala, Atl 0 Steve Gardner 0 Peter Kreutzer
KFrandsen, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty
TSipp, Ari 0 Peter Kreutzer
ASimon, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer
HQuintero, Phi 0 Derek Carty
ASanabia, Mia 0 Derek Carty
BZiegler, Ari 0 Derek Carty

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

NPunto, LAD 1 Mike Gianella 0 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer
CValaika, Mia 0 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer
JGarland, Col 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
GKontos, SF 0 Steve Gardner
BInge, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer
JWilson, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer
CIzturis, Cin 0 Mike Gianella
JHerrera, Col 0 Mike Gianella
JoMcDonald, Pit 0 Mike Gianella
JoWilson, Ari 0 Mike Gianella
ARecker, NYM 0 Derek Carty
MRzepczynski, StL 0 Derek Carty
NGreen, Mia 0 Derek Carty
TCruz, StL 0 Derek Carty

Brian Walton's Commentary

The big prospect call-ups in the National League during the last week were Arizona shortstop Didi Gregorius and third baseman Anthony Rendon of Washington. Too bad for the other owners that both players were taken back on draft day in the reserve rounds by Lenny Melnick of Fantasy Pros 911 and Steve Gardner of USA TODAY, respectively.

I threw $3 at Brewers starter Hiram Burgos based on his one run over five innings MLB debut against the Cubs on Sunday. The right-hander isn't exactly Tony Cingrani, but may be serviceable. Scott Wilderman of OnRoto and Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN agreed, both bidding $11, with the former taking Burgos on the inverse standings tie-breaker.

Cockcroft wasn't shut out, through. He added Phillies call up Jonathan Pettibone for a buck. In place of injured John Lannan, Pettibone should have two starts this week, beginning with his MLB debut against Pittsburgh on Monday. Just don't squint hard at Pettibone's 9.64 ERA in two Triple-A starts this month.

In a curious move, Texas did not trade outfielder Julio Borbon after designating him for assignment. The Cubs snapped up the 27-year-old, who immediately became their fourth outfielder. I bid a modest $2, losing out to Rotowire's Chris Liss, who paid $3 ($4 reduced by Vickrey Rules). Liss dropped Dave Sappelt, the Cubs outfielder most directly impacted by Borbon's arrival.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
EMujica, StL 19 (25) Paul Singman 18 David Gonos 17 Nando DiFino 17 Zach Steinhorn
12 Derek Van Riper 11 Ray Flowers 9 Eric Mack
8 Tim Heaney 5 Scott Swanay
WDavis, KC 7 (6) Tim Heaney 6 Ray Flowers 2 Derek Van Riper 0 Patrick Davitt
1 Cory Schwartz 0 Eric Mack
TSnider, Pit 6 (8) Nando DiFino 5 Patrick Davitt 2 Ray Flowers
JDeLaRosa, Col 5 Scott Swanay 4 Tim Heaney 2 Ray Flowers 0 Eric Mack
ARendon, Was 3 (5) Derek Van Riper 2 Tim Heaney 0 Fred Zinkie
RNolasco, Mia 3 (6) Cory Schwartz 2 Ray Flowers 0 Tim Heaney 0 Eric Mack
DGregorius, Ari 2 Tim Heaney 2 Ray Flowers 1 Nicholas Minnix
JGuthrie, KC 2 (4) Ray Flowers 4 Cory Schwartz 1 Tim Heaney
EYoung, Col 2 (4) Ray Flowers 1 Nicholas Minnix 1 Paul Singman
DNava, Bos 1 (3) Zach Steinhorn 3 Ray Flowers
KSlowey, Mia 1 Tim Heaney 2 Ray Flowers
CGentry, Tex 1 (4) Seth Trachtman 0 Tim Heaney
MZunino, Sea 1 (7) Scott Swanay
MPineda, NYY 1(5) Scott Swanay 2 Ray Flowers
MBuehrle, Tor 1 (3) Scott Swanay
ESogard, Oak 1 (4) Ray Flowers 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Tim Heaney
MLeake, Cin 1 (2) Ray Flowers
JDonaldson, Oak 1 (5) Patrick Davitt 2 Ray Flowers 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Tim Heaney
CCapps, Sea 1 (5) Patrick Davitt
FCervelli, NYY 1 (3) Eric Mack 2 Scott Swanay 2 Ray Flowers
DBarney, ChC 0 Nicholas Minnix
CDenorfia, SD 0 Fred Zinkie 2 Ray Flowers 0 Patrick Davitt

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

NReimold, Bal 4 Ray Flowers 0 Fred Zinkie
DMesoraco, Cin 3 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay 0 Tim Heaney
MIzturis, Tor 3 Ray Flowers
DNorris, Oak 2 Scott Swanay 0 Eric Mack
MMcKenry, Pit 2 Scott Swanay
CGillaspie, CWS 2 Ray Flowers
FLiriano, Pit 2 Ray Flowers 0 Tim Heaney
GDobbs, Mia 2 Ray Flowers
PPolanco, Mia 2 Ray Flowers 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Tim Heaney
SCasilla, SF 2 Ray Flowers
TClippard, Was 2 Ray Flowers
LJimenez, LAA 2 Derek Van Riper
ErChavez, Ari 1 Derek Van Riper
JPacheco, Col 1 Derek Van Riper
AAlburquerque, Det 0 Tim Heaney
ARamos, Mia 0 Tim Heaney
FPaulino, KC 0 Tim Heaney
GBlanco, SF 0 Tim Heaney
JDanks, CWS 0 Tim Heaney
JMayberry, Phi 0 Tim Heaney
KBlanks, SD 0 Tim Heaney
MDunn, Mia 0 Tim Heaney
SDiamond, Min 0 Tim Heaney
THelton, Col 0 Tim Heaney
TCollins, KC 0 Patrick Davitt
CGetz, KC 0 Nicholas Minnix

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

To nobody’s surprise, newly anointed (kind of) Cardinals’ closer Edward Mujica was this week’s hot ticket item in Mixed Tout. Mujica nailed down the save for St. Louis on Thursday, albeit in shaky fashion, as two disaster outings by Mitchell Boggs was enough of a reason to force the club to go in a different direction in the ninth inning. While it remains to be seen how long Mujica will hold onto the job, he does sport a solid big league track record and his low walk rate bodes well. That said, 22-year-old fireballer Trevor Rosenthal still seems like the most logical long-term option, provided that he can show a bit more consistency.

Scott Swanay’s $1 purchase of Mike Zunino and Derek Van Riper’s addition of Anthony Rendon for $3 are two moves that carry considerable profit potential. Zunino is tearing up Triple-A and Jesus Montero’s early-season struggles could lead to a Zunino promotion sooner rather than later. By pouncing on Zunino now, Scott saves a ton of FAAB dollars in anticipation of the inevitable call-up. Rendon, the Nats’ top prospect, will man third base while Ryan Zimmerman is on the DL, and with the extent of Zimmerman’s hamstring injury still unknown, Rendon has a good chance to stick around beyond the 15 days as long as he produces.

I know Daniel Nava’s hot streak could end at any moment, but I’m hoping it lasts for a couple more weeks. With Franklin Gutierrez banged up and possibly needing a DL stint, I figured that for a buck, Nava was worth a gamble. I’ll slide him into my OF5 slot. It beats getting nothing from a “day-to-day” Gutierrez.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DGregorius, Ari 15 (18) Anthony Perri 14 Tom Kessenich 13 Eno Sarris 4 Tim McLeod
BCrawford, SF 10 (11) Tom Kessenich 9 Mike Podhorzer 5 Tim McLeod
ACashner, SD 6 Gene McCaffrey 5 Anthony Perri 2 Mike Podhorzer
BArroyo, Cin 4 (17) Tom Kessenich 3 Scott Engel 2 Ray Guilfoyle
GRichards, LAA 4 (7) Tim McLeod 4 Gene McCaffrey 3 Mike Podhorzer
TSnider, Pit 3 (19)Tom Kessenich 2 Tim McLeod 1 Perry Van Hook
DDeJesus, ChC 1 Tim McLeod 6 Tom Kessenich 1 Perry Van Hook
YBetancourt, Mil 1 (11) Scott Engel 3 Tom Kessenich
RHernandez, TB 1 (3) Scott Engel
JMayberry, Phi 1 Perry Van Hook
RNolasco, Mia 1 (3) Greg Ambrosius
ARendon, Was 1 (8)Gene McCaffrey 6 Anthony Perri
NTepesch, Tex 1 Eno Sarris 9 Tom Kessenich
TLilly, LAD 1 (8) Anthony Perri

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BID

ACrow, KC 4 Gene McCaffrey
CDenorfia, SD 1 Perry Van Hook
CGentry, Tex 1 Perry Van Hook
CGetz, KC 3 Tom Kessenich
CGillaspie, CWS 0 Gene McCaffrey
CPennington, Ari 4 Scott Engel
DBarney, ChC 3 Tom Kessenich
DHudson, Ari 1 Eno Sarris
DMesoraco, Cin 3 Anthony Perri
JCarroll, Min 0 Scott Engel
JDeLaRosa, Col 6 Tim McLeod
JGiambi, Cle 0 Gene McCaffrey
JMarquis, SD 3 Tom Kessenich
KCorreia, Min 3 Tom Kessenich
KKendrick, Phi 3 Tom Kessenich
MGonzalez, Hou 1 Tom Kessenich
MLeake, Cin 1 Tom Kessenich
OArcia, Min 4 Anthony Perri
PPolanco, Mia 0 Gene McCaffrey
SCasilla, SF 1 Tim McLeod
THelton, Col 4 Gene McCaffrey
WVenable, SD 6 Tom Kessenich

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Good middle infielders are often in short supply and this week that meant that the high bids from the mixed league draft participants went to Didi Gregorius $15 for Anthony Perri (reduced by Vickrey from his $18 bid), and Brandon Crawford for $10 to Tom Kessenich down a dollar from his $11 bid.

I submitted several one dollar bids for outfielders to replace Raul Ibanez with the threat looming that the Mariners might do the same and was the winner of John Mayberry Jr. There were some attractive pitchers, notably Angels starter Garrett Richards or the Reds Bronson Arroyo but the necessity to play them the week you win the bidding for them and the resistance for me to change a very good staff (at least for the first few weeks) left me out of the bidding for them.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 11:53
 
Together We Stand PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Scarborough   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 00:00
A day that was supposed to shower us with stories of triumph, accomplishment, dedication, determination and hope ended with a story far from it. The attacks that occurred at the Boston Marathon left more than 170 injured, three dead, and countless in a shocked, saddened and confused emotional state of mind. I, along with so many others, had an extremely hard time comprehending the horrific events that happened in Boston on Monday. I watched hours of mortifying footage that left me speechless. Instead of praising profound victories, we question our safety, we question our freedom, we question our faith, we question humanity and are ultimately left with the unanswerable question of "Why?" 

Situations such as what took place on April 15th makes baseball seem so trivial. I was in the process of writing a completely different piece before I heard the heartbreaking news. Instead of continuing on with my story, I took the time to reflect on the greatness of each day I’m given and reached out to the individuals in my life that I could not imagine being without. The love for a bat and a ball is no match for the love of our families, our children, our friends or that of our neighbours. However, it is baseball that filled me with unexplainable emotion over Monday and Tuesday. Each of the games that took place after the tragedy began with a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Even in Miami, where the day was dedicated to the celebration of Jackie Robinson, a minute was silenced. Ben Revere wore a patch on his glove that read “Pray for Boston” and countless tweets from players were sent out offering their condolences to those who were affected by the bombing. The action that the Yankees took during Tuesday night’s game, playing Boston’s infamous "Sweet Caroline", sent shivers over my body. What may seem like insignificant motions brought people of many different races, ethnicities, religions and beliefs together in order to let Boston know that we all stand beside them in this time of sorrow. I tip my hat to Major League Baseball for showing the world that even in a league of intense competition, there is an unbreakable unity, an enduring support and a selfless kindness between the league and their fans.  

This is a game I take great pride in. This is a game I will defend until my face turns blue and this is why it deserves just that. Baseball has shown me that though there is competition there is compassion, though there is rivalry there is respect, and though there are brawls there is brotherhood. As owners, employees, players and fans, we are one organization and together we will stand in both triumph and tribulation.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 09:56
 
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