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LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 29 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 April 2013 15:35

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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

joba

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Tanner Scheppers TEX 1 Baseball HQ
Chris Stewart NYY 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Ryan Flaherty BAL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Pedro Hernandez MIN 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ
Joba Chamberlain NYY 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Matt Tuiasosopo DET 1 KFFL.com 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Jerry Blevins OAK 1 KFFL.com 1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Jerome Williams LAA 1 Mastersball 1 KFFL.com
Ronny Cedeno HOU 1 RotoWire

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Brandon Gomes TB 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Brayan Pena DET 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Carlos Corporan HOU 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Cody Allen CLE 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Dane De La Rosa LAA 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Darin Downs DET 1 Baseball HQ
George Kottaras KC 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Hank Conger LAA 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Jeff Baker TEX 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Tommy Hunter BAL 1 Colton & The Wolfman

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The free agent list for the LABR AL league is pretty barren – borne out by only one dollar bids on any player this week. I bet my dollar that the Angels may soon need to get Jerome Williams into the rotation since he has been pitching much better than those currently in the rotation and they can’t continue to lose ground in the AL West.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

magill

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Kevin Gregg CHC 16 Colton & The Wolfman 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 12 Steve Moyer 8 Baseball HQ
8 ESPN - Ravitz 7 Sandlot Shrink 5 RotoWire
Jeff Locke PIT 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Sandlot Shrink 5 USA TODAY Sports 2 Steve Moyer
Brandon Inge PIT 5 RotoWire 1 ESPN - Ravitz 1 Baseball HQ
Jonathan Pettibone PHI 5 RotoWire
Derrick Robinson CIN 3 ESPN - Ravitz
Matt Magill LAD 2 USA TODAY Sports
Jonathan Herrera COL 1 ESPN - Ravitz 2 Colton & The Wolfman
Juan Lagares NYM 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN - Karabell




 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS
Matt Reynolds ARI 2 Colton & The Wolfman
Jeremy Hefner NYM 2 Colton & The Wolfman
Josh Wilson ARI 1 ESPN - Ravitz
Freddy Galvis PHI 1 ESPN - Karabell
Shane Robinson STL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Dave Sappelt CHC 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Freddy Galvis PHI 1 Colton & The Wolfman

 Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I have to say I was in a good/bad place in NL LABR this week, for I really wanted to pick up LA's Matt Magill as a FAAB pick, but my pitching is not only pretty good, but I had just activated Tony Cingrani while reserving Josh Collmenter, meaning I really did not have a space for the new Dodger arm.

As it is my bud Steve Gardner of USA Today snatched the hurler up for a mere $2 bid.

Steve, I am envious, though I shouldn't be. All else, get on the Magill bandwagon.

The other bids that seemed interesting were Kevin Gregg going to team Wolf/Colton for $16. As Glenn noted in a thread where we congratulated him on his Fantasy Sports Hall of Fame induction (yay Glenn), last week they passed on the reliever and he copped three saves, so this week they bid $16 and landed him. With no one else bidding, meaning Gregg's stock is that well thought of in the LABR circuit.

Finally, Jeff Erickson grabbed Brandon Inge, now a utility infielder with the Pirates. Inge cost Jeff's Rotowire team $5, but i think the rewards will be 10-plus homers, not bad for a utility guy ex post drafto Of course, there is a question about average, but Inge will get some knocks and will also play the corners and second, giving some position flex.

MIXED LEAGUE

arenado

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Nolan Arenado COL 36 RotoWire 25 Sports Grumblings 24 Baseball HQ 22 ESPN.com
7 Fangraphs 6 KFFL.com
Kevin Gregg CHC 10 ESPN.com 9 RotoWire 5 Baseball HQ 3 KFFL.com
3 Razzball
Ted Lilly LAD 9 ESPN.com 7 Baseball Prospectus 6 Fangraphs 6 KFFL.com
4 MLB.com 2 Razzball 2 RotoWire
2 Sports Grumblings 1 MLB.com
Chris Denorfia SD 6 Baseball Prospectus 2 KFFL.com
David Phelps NYY 4 Fangraphs 3 MLB.com 2 RotoWire 1 KFFL.com
1 USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Locke PIT 3 USA TODAY Sports
Jordan Pacheco COL 3 Razzball 1 RotoWire
Will Venable SD 3 MLB.com 1 Baseball HQ
Marwin Gonzalez HOU 3 Baseball Prospectus 1 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings
Oswaldo Arcia MIN 3 Baseball HQ
Matt Magill LAD 2 RotoWire
Yuniesky Betancourt MIL 2 KFFL.com 1 Razzball 1 RotoWire 1 Sports Grumblings
Justin Grimm TEX 2 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings 1 USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Correia MIN 1 Sports Grumblings 1 RotoWire 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 KFFL.com
Brian Dozier MIN 1 RotoWire 1 Sports Grumblings
Mike Carp BOS 1 KFFL.com

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

Nicholas Tepesch TEX 2 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings 1 USA TODAY Sports
Mark Ellis LAD 2 Baseball Prospectus 1 RotoWire 1 KFFL.com
Scott Diamond MIN 2 KFFL.com
Sean Rodriguez TB 1 Baseball Prospectus 1 RotoWire
Kyle Blanks SD 1 KFFL.com 1 RotoWire
Placido Polanco MIA 1 RotoWire 1 Razzball
Chris Stewart NYY 1 ESPN.com
Bruce Rondon DET 1 KFFL.com
Carter Capps SEA 1 KFFL.com
Dylan Axelrod CWS 1 KFFL.com
Jared Burton MIN 1 KFFL.com
Jarrod Dyson KC 1 KFFL.com
Jonathan Pettibone PHI 1 KFFL.com
Jordan Schafer ATL 1 KFFL.com
Jordan Walden ATL 1 KFFL.com
Robbie Grossman HOU 1 KFFL.com
Luis Valbuena CHC 1 Razzball
Brandon Laird HOU 1 RotoWire
Conor Gillaspie CWS 1 RotoWire
Donovan Solano MIA 1 RotoWire
Steve Lombardozzi WSH 1 RotoWire

Todd Zola's Commentary

It's quite frustrating to be struggling and not see any help on the wire. Truth be told my hitting, while not staunch, is holding its own and will be fine - but my pitching is off to a horrible start <Joe Blanton the stink-eye>>. I'm stacked at corner with Prince Fielder, Billy Butler and Kyle Seager so Nolan Arenado wasn't as attractive to me - I still like Seager.

I could have bid on Kevin Gregg but I already was bit by Mitchell Boggs and am not sure Gregg will continue on as the Cubbies' stopper so I passed.

I considered Ted Lilly and Kevin Correia but neither are dominant enough for me to give up what I have. I am still OK with Clayton Kershaw, Yovani Gallardo and Kris Medlen fronting the rotation and having Alex Cobb and Dillon Gee as the next level. My streamers are Julio Teheran, Ross Detwiler Clayton Richard and Blanton so I feel good there too. 

So I sat on my FAAB this week and will wait for a week where I feel as though I can get a better bang for my buck.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 20:34
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 29 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 April 2013 01:07

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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

phelps

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DPhelps, NYY 21 (31) Wolf/Colton 20 Mike Siano 8 Ron Shandler 8 Matthew Berry
7 Jeff Erickson 4 Lawr Michaels
RGrossman, Hou 6 Jason Collette 5 Matthew Berry 2 Jeff Erickson 0 Wolf/Colton
ZBritton, Bal 2 Wolf/Colton 1 Mike Siano
JLobaton, TB 1 (2) Wolf/Colton
VNuno, NYY 1 Ron Shandler 0 Matthew Berry
BHarris, LAA 1 (2) Jeff Erickson
KGausman, Bal 1 (3) Andy Behrens
CPeguero, Sea 0 Wolf/Colton 0 Steve Moyer
JBlevins, Oak 0 Ron Shandler
HNoesi, Sea 0 Mike Siano
NJones, CWS 0 Matthew Berry

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CStewart, NYY 1 Wolf/Colton
HConger, LAA 1 Wolf/Colton
BCecil, Tor 0 Ron Shandler 0 Matthew Berry
HBlanco, Tor 0 Wolf/Colton
HGimenez, CWS 0 Wolf/Colton
JChamberlain, NYY 0 Wolf/Colton
MTuiasosopo, Det 0 Wolf/Colton
THunter, Bal 0 Wolf/Colton
BGomes, TB 0 Ron Shandler
OPerez, Sea 0 Ron Shandler

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

David Phelps generated a lot of attention this weekend as he officially moved into the Yankee’s rotation with Ivan Nova on the disabled list. Despite not having earth shattering stuff, Phelps has actually been able to miss bats at the MLB level. Earlier in his minor league career he showed above average control, but regressed in that department as he moved to Triple-A and the Majors. Nova is due back in about two weeks, so Phelps could be useful as just a short-term fill-in. If he pitches well, then it’s possible he could knock Nova into a relief role, so the righty’s definitely worth taking a shot on in AL only leagues.

Zach Britton is replacing Jake Arrieta in the Orioles rotation tonight. The lefty has a 1.98 ERA in Triple-A, but that is far from any reason to get excited when you consider he’s walked more batters than struck out.

Kevin Gausman has been absolutely crushing it in Double-A with a 9.1 K/9 and 0.3 BB/9 (not a typo!) over 5 starts. With Dylan Bundy having some health question marks, the 22-year old Gausman could be promoted through the system quite rapidly. So a nice stash moves by Andy Behrens here.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

gregg

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
KGregg, ChC 32 (61) Lenny Melnick 31 Peter Kreutzer 22 Scott Pianowski 21 Phil Hertz
18 Phil Hertz 13 Mike Gianella 12 Chris Liss
11 Brian Walton 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Steve Gardner
RErlin, SD 5 (33) Phil Hertz 4 Mike Gianella 2 Derek Carty
BInge, Pit 4 (9) Peter Kreutzer 3 Todd Zola 3 Brian Walton 1 Mike Gianella
1 Lenny Melnick 0 Mike Gianella
TWatson, Pit 3 Scott Pianowski 3 Peter Kreutzer
JHerrera, Col 3 (11) Phil Hertz 2 Scott Wilderman 0 Peter Kreutzer
MMagill, LAD 1 Steve Gardner
NPunto, LAD 1 Scott Wilderman 1 Mike Gianella 0 Steve Gardner
JHoover, Cin 1 (4) Scott Pianowski 0 Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer
MReynolds, Ari 1 (3) Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz
RWheeler, Col 1 (3) Mike Gianella 2 Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Chris Liss
JLagares, NYM 1 (3) Lenny Melnick 2 Mike Gianella 0 Peter Kreutzer
SRobinson, StL 0 Steve Gardner
GKontos, SF 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz 0 Steve Gardner
JArias, SF 0 (1) Mike Gianella 1 Lenny Melnick
SLeCure, Cin 0 Derek Carty

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CGaudin, SF 2 Scott Pianowski 0 Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz
NGreen, Mia 1 Phil Hertz
TPastornicky, Atl 1 Mike Gianella 0 Steve Gardner
DSappelt, ChC 0 Steve Gardner
LSchafer, Mil 0 Steve Gardner
MGonzalez, Mil 0 Steve Gardner
RJohnson, Atl 0 Steve Gardner
JoWilson, Ari 0 Scott Wilderman
MRzepczynski, StL 0 Scott Pianowski 0 Derek Carty
JCurtis, StL 0 Peter Kreutzer
JWilson, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer
TKoehler, Mia 0 Peter Kreutzer
KDavis, Mil 0 Mike Gianella
BBadenhop, Mil 0 Derek Carty

Brian Walton's Commentary

Once again, the big National League addition this week was already rostered in Tout Wars. The Rockies purchased the contract of third baseman Nolan Arenado from Triple-A and inserted their top prospect into the Sunday lineup, batting seventh. Derek Carty paid $3 for Arenado on draft day. In the corresponding move, a surprise, Chris Nelson was designated for assignment. Interestingly, OnRoto's Scott Wilderman spent the same $3 on Nelson, who is bound to land on his feet elsewhere.

Kevin Gregg's three saves last week went uncredited. The question of how long a man who was jobless two weeks ago can retain the job of closing games for the Cubs is a real one. Kyuji Fujikawa's imminent return did not temper bidding on Gregg by at least half the league. My paltry $11 bid was left in the dust as Lenny Melnick of Fantasy Pros 911 spent $32 ($61 Vickrey) to secure Gregg's services.

Retread Brandon Inge has been seeing time at second base for the Bucs with Neil Walker out. He probably should also play at the hot corner when sub-Mendoza line power threat Pedro Alvarez is in one of his deep slumps, but probably won't. I was willing to pay $3 to add Inge, but Rotoman Peter Kreutzer went $9, reduced to $4 by Vickrey.

Pitching prospect Robbie Erlin was called up by the Padres this past week. Though the left-hander is slated for relief duty initially, the prospect of Erlin joining the rotation later was worth up to $33 to BaseballHQ's Phil Hertz. He paid $5 via Vickrey.

A stray save for Tony Watson of the Pirates last week plus ongoing solid peripherals led to at least three bids being placed. The lefty went to Yahoo's Scott Pianowski on a $3 tiebreaker.

Despite a solid debut outing for the Dodgers on Saturday, right-hander Matt Magill is likely a one-and-done case - at least for now. Chris Capuano's imminent return may push Magill back down. Still, Magill was worth a dollar to Steve Gardner of USA TODAY.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
KGregg, ChC 13 (15) Eric Mack 12 Derek Van Riper 7 Zach Steinhorn 3 Tim Heaney
JLackey, Bos 8 Eric Mack 6 Tim Heaney
JGrimm, Tex 1 (2) Tim Heaney 6 Eric Mack 5 Cory Schwartz 0 Nicholas Minnix
JValdespin, NYM 1 (7) Scott Swanay 4 Cory Schwartz 0 Nicholas Minnix
DNorris, Oak 1 (2) Scott Swanay
NFranklin, Sea 1 Paul Singman
YBetancourt, Mil 1 Nicholas Minnix 1 David Gonos 1 Paul Singman 1 Tim Heaney
FLiriano, Pit 1 (3) Nicholas Minnix 0 Tim Heaney
TBauer, Cle 1 (9) Fred Zinkie 1 Eric Mack 1 Tim Heaney
ZBritton, Bal 1 (8) Eric Mack
ARomine, NYY 1 (3) Eric Mack 0 Scott Swanay
JSmoak, Sea 1 Eric Mack
KCorreia, Min 1 (2) David Gonos 0 Tim Heaney
NHundley, SD 9 Cory Schwartz 0 Eric Mack 0 Scott Swanay
OArcia, Min 1 (22)Al Melchior
MIzturis, Tor 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Scott Swanay
XPaul, Cin 0 Nicholas Minnix

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

RGrossman, Hou 6 Al Melchior
JNicasio, Col 4 Cory Schwartz 0 Tim Heaney
LHarrell, Hou 2 Tim Heaney
JLocke, Pit 2 Cory Schwartz
SDiamond, Min 2 Tim Heaney
JCastro, Hou 1 Eric Mack 0 Scott Swanay
DMesoraco, Cin 1 Scott Swanay 0 Eric Mack
TSkaggs, Ari 1 Eric Mack
NReimold, Bal 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Eric Mack 0 Patrick Davitt
AAlburquerque, Det 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Tim Heaney
CStewart, NYY 0 Eric Mack 0 Scott Swanay
BMaurer, Sea 0 Tim Heaney 0 Nicholas Minnix
JDyson, KC 0 Tim Heaney 0 Eric Mack
JPacheco, Col 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Cory Schwartz
SKazmir, Cle 0 Eric Mack
ACallaspo, LAA 0 Patrick Davitt
ARamos, Mia 0 Tim Heaney
CGetz, KC 0 Scott Swanay
DDuffy, KC 0 Tim Heaney
FMartinez, Hou 0 Nicholas Minnix
FPaulino, KC 0 Tim Heaney
HConger, LAA 0 Scott Swanay
JDanks, CWS 0 Tim Heaney
JLobaton, TB 0 Scott Swanay
KShoppach, Sea 0 Scott Swanay
LCruz, LAD 0 Scott Swanay
LValbuena, ChC 0 Nicholas Minnix
MAviles, Cle 0 Scott Swanay
MMcKenry, Pit 0 Scott Swanay
PKozma, StL 0 Scott Swanay
PPolanco, Mia 0 Nicholas Minnix
RFlaherty, Bal 0 Scott Swanay

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

For me, the question heading into this week’s FAAB period wasn’t whether or not Kevin Gregg would net the highest winning bid but rather how much would someone be willing to pay for a guy who, despite racking up three saves, has yet to be publicly anointed as the Cubs’ new closer. Gregg does have closing experience but his ninth inning track record is mediocre at best and it remains to be seen what will happen once Kyuji Fujikawa comes off the DL. And don’t forget about Carlos Marmol. Yeah, I was willing to spend $7 anyway, but last week’s $19 purchase of Edward Mujica by Paul Singman looks like without question a safer investment.

The last time John Lackey deserved a mixed league roster spot was in 2009, but one strong performance versus the lowly Astros was enough of a reason for Eric Mack to throw $7 his way. I could be proven wrong on this, but I have very little confidence in Lackey and wasn’t about to drop any of my current players to acquire him.

Outside of Gregg and Lackey, all of the other winning bids were for $1 or less, so I guess I wasn’t missing much by putting in only one bid. Well, I’m hoping I wasn’t missing much. On the whole, this week’s FAAB choices were uninspiring to say the least.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

kendrick

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
KGregg, ChC 9 (14) Greg Ambrosius 8 Brent Hershey 6 Scott Engel 3 Matthew Pouliot
3 Perry Van Hook
DPhelps, NYY 6 (8) Mike Podhorzer 5 Scott Engel 1 Perry Van Hook 1 Charlie Wiegert
KKendrick, Phi 5 Charlie Wiegert 4 Scott Engel
OArcia, Min 4 (13) Eno Sarris 3 Anthony Perri 1 Charlie Wiegert
JLocke, Pit 1 (5) Scott Engel 1 Charlie Wiegert
FMartinez, Hou 1 (4) Perry Van Hook
JGrimm, Tex 1 Paul Greco 1 Perry Van Hook 1 Charlie Wiegert
JPacheco, Col 1 Grey Albright
CGillaspie, CWS 1 (4) Gene McCaffrey
JSchafer, Atl 1 (5) Charlie Wiegert
BDozier, Min 1 (3) Brent Hershey

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BID

BBarnes, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook
EnChavez, Sea 1 Perry Van Hook
JLoney, TB 1 Charlie Wiegert
MDominguez, Hou 1 Charlie Wiegert
MGonzalez, Hou 1 Charlie Wiegert
MMagill, LAD 1 Charlie Wiegert
SRodriguez, TB 1 Charlie Wiegert
ZBritton, Bal 1 Charlie Wiegert

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

A save is a save – no matter who gets them – and for fantasy players wherever they can get them thus five of the TOUTS in the Mixed draft league putting in bids for Kevin Gregg, now closing some games for the Chicago Cubs.  Greg Ambrosius (NFBC/Stats Inc) had the high bid of 14 for Gregg which was reduced by Vickrey to the $9 winning bid.

My squad lost Houston outfielder Justin Maxwell while it was making its way to 1st place, so I bid $4 on another Astro to take his place this week and won Fernando Martinez for $1. I too bid for Gregg and two starting pitchers – David Phelps and Justin Grimm – but was outbid for all three pitchers.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013 10:21
 
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

harang

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

didig

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
 
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