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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 May 2013 11:08

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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

rosales

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
CNelson, NYY 7 Lawr Michaels 7 Jeff Erickson 6 Wolf/Colton
ARosales, Oak 7 Jeff Erickson 6 Matthew Berry 3 Jason Collette 2 Wolf/Colton
JWilliams, LAA 1 (6) Wolf/Colton 3 Andy Behrens
HConger, LAA 1 Ron Shandler 1 Jeff Erickson
JLyles, Hou 1 (3) Ron Shandler 0 Wolf/Colton
FGarcia, Bal 1 (2) Mike Siano 7 Larry Schechter 1 Jeff Erickson 0 Ron Shandler
PFlorimon, Min 1 (3) Matthew Berry
KGibson, Min 1 Matthew Berry
CStewart, NYY 1 (3) Lawr Michaels 0 Ron Shandler
RRomero, Tor 1 (8) Larry Schechter 0 Ron Shandler
DDeLaRosa, LAA 1 Jason Collette
JOdorizzi, TB 1 Andy Behrens
JShuck, LAA 0 Wolf/Colton 7 Jeff Erickson 0 Matthew Berry
SPearce, Bal 0 Wolf/Colton
BChen, KC 0 Matthew Berry
ACasilla, Bal 0 Matthew Berry 0 Wolf/Colton

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

MTaylor, Oak 0 Matthew Berry 0 Wolf/Colton
BCecil, Tor 0 Matthew Berry
GGreen, Oak 1 Matthew Berry

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Flyers are the theme of the week and it is a fair bet most of these pitchers are available in your local deep AL only league too.

The FAAB action saw speculative bids on pitchers like Bruce Chen, Jordan Lyles, Jake Odorizzi, Jerome Wililams, Kyle Gibson, and Ricky Romero. Chen, 36, has pitched well in relief with 11 K’s and 1 walked allowed in 9.7 innings. There is always a chance he could slide back into the rotation or at least pick up a few spot starts, particularly if Luis Mendoza continues to struggle.

Lyles pitched well in his season debut over the weekend. The 22-year old had been struggling in Triple-A, but has at least still been showing pretty good control, four fairly solid pitches, and while he does not have a tremendously high ceiling, Lyles could emerge as a middle of the rotation type and has the potential to stick in the rotation for the remainder of the season.

Jerome Williams is a get shot to fill in for Jered Weaver who is expected back just before Memorial Day weekend. Williams had been pitching fairly well until yesterday including his previous start and could receive 4 or 5 additional starts while Weaver is out. Williams has pretty good control, keeps the ball on the ground, and has some strikeout skills, but also has a history with poor command in the zone and allowing the longball, so expect some ups and downs like his first two starts.

Romero was mediocre in his return to the rotation with the Blue Jays and ended up requiring x-rays on his left forearm after the start. While the results were negative, Romero could still miss his next start and given that mechanical/control issues were at the crux of Romero’s struggles last season, a forearm/elbow problem could only exacerbate the situation. I would keep him on reserve at best for the time being.

Odorizzi and Gibson are minor leaguers pushing for rotation spots.  Like Lyles neither pitcher projects as an ace, but do profile well as competent middle of the rotation types given a good combination of skills, deep repertoires, and command. Odorizzi has an avenue through the struggling Roberto Hernandez in Tampa Bay. Gibson, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, has multiple avenues given the Twins’ rotation-full of stop-gap types. Both are very good speculative plays for later in the season, with an edge to Gibson given the greater number of potential opportunities.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

feldman

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MOzuna, Mia 35 (59) Phil Hertz 34 Brian Walton 21 Steve Gardner 21 Tristan H. Cockcroft
15 Mike Gianella 12 Chris Liss 8 Derek Carty
CMartinez, StL 9 (26) Phil Hertz 8 Peter Kreutzer 4 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3 Brian Walton
SFeldman, ChC 4 (11) Scott Pianowski 3 Brian Walton
FRodriguez, Mil 2 (12) Chris Liss 1 Peter Kreutzer
NNoonan, SF 1 Todd Zola
CGaudin, SF 1 (3) Scott Pianowski 1 Phil Hertz 0 Brian Walton 0 Mike Gianella
AMBrown, NYM 1 (2) Peter Kreutzer
CValaika, Mia 1 Mike Gianella 0 Todd Zola
AMorgan, Phi 1 Lenny Melnick
DSappelt, ChC 1 (4) Derek Carty
CCarpenter, StL 1 Brian Walton
MDunn, Mia 0 Peter Kreutzer
JWilson, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Mike Gianella
AOttavino, Col 0 Brian Walton 0 Mike Gianella 1 Phil Hertz
PRodriguez, LAD 0 Brian Walton

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

FPeguero, SF 6 Phil Hertz
BBoxberger, SD 3 Phil Hertz
FPeguero, SF 1 Mike Gianella
JFamilia, NYM 0 Phil Hertz
RPena, Atl 0 Mike Gianella
CCoghlan, Mia 0 Mike Gianella
WLopez, Col 0 Chris Liss
JMachi, SF 0 Brian Walton

Brian Walton's Commentary

Another week, another bidding war for a new call up. Miami outfielder Marcell Ozuna made the jump from Double-A out of necessity. Giancarlo Stanton was just heating up before his hamstring popped. In bidding for Ozuna this week, key considerations are how long Stanton may be out and after he returns, if he will be traded. My $34 bid was second-best as winner Phil Hertz of Baseball HQ was willing to go as much as $59, reduced to $35 by Vickrey.

Through five starts, oft-disappointing Scott Feldman has been quite the opposite for the Cubs this season. I went $3 in hopes the wind is not blowing out in his future starts at Wrigley Field. I again price enforced for the winner, Yahoo's Scott Pianowski, who offered $11 (Vickrey reduced to $4).

I had already planned to bid on hard-throwing Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals before he was a surprise elevation from Double-A to replace disappointing Mitchell Boggs. The club's previous closer is now in Triple-A. Martinez might get a shot at the job later, but even if not, the 21-year-old should be a good source of strikeouts. His promotion blew my chance for a stealth move, as my $3 came in a distant fourth. Hertz was again the winner, with his $26 bid lowered to $9 by Vickrey.

Speaking of the Cardinals, there is guarded optimism out of St. Louis that 38-year-old Chris Carpenter might be able to return in the second half as a reliever. His career was thought to be over due to thoracic outlet syndrome, but if anyone can make it back, it would be the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner. I was willing to bet $1 to find out and actually won this time.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

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PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DGordon, LAD 30 (70) Seth Trachtman 29 Eric Mack 28 Nicholas Minnix 16 Tim Heaney
6 Derek Van Riper 6 Fred Zinkie 3 Al Melchior
3 Paul Singman
HSantiago, CWS 5 Paul Singman 4 Scott Swanay 1 Ray Flowers 1 Tim Heaney
MOzuna, Mia 3 (11) Derek Van Riper 3 Tim Heaney 2 Al Melchior 1 Fred Zinkie
0 Nicholas Minnix
DAxelrod, CWS 2 Scott Swanay 2 David Gonos
APollock, Ari 1 (14) Eric Mack 1 Derek Van Riper
KGausman, Bal 1 (8) Eric Mack
JDanks, CWS 1 (3) Tim Heaney
NReimold, Bal 1 (3) Scott Swanay 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Eric Mack
RRaburn, Cle 1 (3) Ray Flowers 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Eric Mack
RTejada, NYM 1 Ray Flowers 1 Paul Singman 0 Cory Schwartz
ARosales, Oak 1 (3) Paul Singman 0 Nicholas Minnix
PKozma, StL 1 Cory Schwartz 1 Ray Flowers 0 Scott Swanay
TSnider, Pit 1 Derek Van Riper
BCecil, Tor 1 David Gonos
ACallaspo, LAA 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Fred Zinkie
RCook, Oak 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Tim Heaney
JBay, Sea 0 Nicholas Minnix 0 Eric Mack
MMaldonado, Mil 0 Eric Mack
DMesoraco, Cin 0 Eric Mack

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CGillaspie, CWS 2 Scott Swanay 1 Ray Flowers 0 Seth Trachtman
GBlanco, SF 2 Scott Swanay 0 Eric Mack
KBlanks, SD 2 Scott Swanay 1 Derek Van Riper
FMartinez, Hou 2 Scott Swanay
CNelson, NYY 2 Ray Flowers
JPettibone, Phi 2 Paul Singman
BDozier, Min 1 Ray Flowers 0 Cory Schwartz 1 Scott Swanay
JCastro, Hou 1 Ray Flowers 0 Eric Mack
RGrossman, Hou 1 Derek Van Riper 0 Nicholas Minnix
SDoolittle, Oak 1 Paul Singman 0 Patrick Davitt
MIzturis, Tor 1 Ray Flowers
YEscobar, TB 1 Ray Flowers
ARanaudo, Bos 1 Eric Mack
GCole, Pit 1 Eric Mack
JMayberry, Phi 1 Derek Van Riper
DDuffy, KC 1 Tim Heaney
FPaulino, KC 1 Tim Heaney
HBell, Ari 1 Tim Heaney
JLocke, Pit 1 Tim Heaney
MMagill, LAD 1 Tim Heaney
SDiamond, Min 1 Tim Heaney
JPacheco, Col 1 Scott Swanay
JFrancoeur, KC 0 Eric Mack 0 Scott Swanay
ARamos, Mia 0 Tim Heaney
JWalden, Atl 0 Tim Heaney
LValbuena, ChC 0 Seth Trachtman
MDominguez, Hou 0 Scott Swanay
PPolanco, Mia 0 Scott Swanay
RCedeno, Hou 0 Scott Swanay
RFlaherty, Bal 0 Scott Swanay
TGreene, CWS 0 Paul Singman
KShoppach, Sea 0 Eric Mack
JNix, NYY 0 Cory Schwartz

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

After failing to stick around in the Majors through the entire 2012 season due to poor hitting, Dee Gordon will now get another chance thanks to Hanley Ramirez’s return trip to the DL. So far, Gordon is making the most of the opportunity, going 3-for-7 with three steals over two games. While his speed is top-notch, it remains to be seen if Gordon can get on base enough to avoid being sent back down once Ramirez comes back. But for fantasy purposes, since steals is a category, Gordon instantly carries plenty of value. Seth Trachtman valued him at a whopping 70 FAAB dollars but was fortunately able to get him for “only” 30 bucks. Seth ranks in the bottom half of the league in swipes but the distribution is still very bunched up, so he could potentially gain a lot of ground very quickly.

Coming off a disastrous pitching week, probably my worst ever pitching week in over a decade of playing fantasy baseball, I seriously considered putting in a claim for Hector Santiago, who has taken over the injured Gavin Floyd’s spot in the White Sox rotation. But perhaps psychologically drained from the past week, I opted against it. So far, Santiago has had one strong outing and one shaky performance, but I do like the strikeout upside. In the end though, I would not have bid more than a few bucks, so I would not have gotten him anyway. I think he can turn out to be a nice pickup. 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

ozuna

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
DGordon, LAD 39 (50) Ray Guilfoyle 38 Mike Podhorzer 36 Tom Kessenich 23 Tim McLeod
23 Eno Sarris 13 Gene McCaffrey 12 Scott Engel
7 Anthony Perri
MOzuna, Mia 28 (37) Perry Van Hook 27 Tom Kessenich
RRaburn, Cle 4 (7) Scott Engel 4 Charlie Wiegert 3 Anthony Perri 2 Greg Ambrosius
JBay, Sea 3 (6) Tom Kessenich 2 Ray Guilfoyle 2 Greg Ambrosius
BMcCarthy, Ari 3 (6) Mike Podhorzer 2 Brent Hershey
BArroyo, Cin 1 (8) Tom Kessenich
RBrothers, Col 1 (2) Tim McLeod
SCasilla, SF 1 (2) Tim McLeod
JHefner, NYM 1 (2) Scott Engel
EYoung, Col 1 (4) Ray Guilfoyle 3 Tom Kessenich 1 Charlie Wiegert
HBurgos, Mil 1 (11) Perry Van Hook 0 Charlie Wiegert
MIzturis, Tor 1 Mike Podhorzer
SHairston, ChC 1 Greg Ambrosius
DSolano, Mia 1 Eno Sarris
NHundley, SD 1 Charlie Wiegert
JLoney, TB 1 (9) Charlie Wiegert
MReynolds, Ari 1 (2) Charlie Wiegert
CMartinez, StL 1 (5) Brent Hershey
FGarcia, Bal 1 (3) Anthony Perri
LValbuena, ChC 0 Mike Podhorzer

 UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BID

CDenorfia, SD 11 Perry Van Hook 3 Ray Guilfoyle
JLackey, Bos 8 Tom Kessenich 1 Charlie Wiegert
MGonzalez, Hou 5 Scott Engel 1 Mike Podhorzer
FPeguero, SF 4 Perry Van Hook
KCorreia, Min 3 Tom Kessenich 0 Charlie Wiegert
EStults, SD 2 Scott Engel
JPettibone, Phi 2 Scott Engel
JShuck, LAA 2 Perry Van Hook
CPennington, Ari 1 Eno Sarris
ACallaspo, LAA 0 Mike Podhorzer
MDominguez, Hou 0 Mike Podhorzer
PPolanco, Mia 0 Mike Podhorzer
CStewart, NYY 0 Charlie Wiegert
DMesoraco, Cin 0 Charlie Wiegert
LScott, TB 0 Charlie Wiegert
MMagill, LAD 0 Charlie Wiegert

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

There were two very desirable new free agents for the mixed draft league participants to weigh in their FAAB bids yesterday (for my analysis please see the new Captain’s Log on Wednesday at Mastersball).

Dee Gordon, SS, LAD would potentially add many stolen bases and/or fill a weak or disabled MI slot for some players, while Marcell Ozuna, OF, MIA would add some power for those with a weak OF or UT slot. There were eight bids on Gordon, and certainly we can see why Mike Podhorzer would want to bid $38 to replace Alex Gonzalez, but Ray Guilfoyle has Hanley Ramirez with a greater need and bid $50 which was reduced to $39 to top Mike.

Surprisingly there were only two bids on Ozuna, $27 from Tom Kessenich who wanted to release Travis Snider, but not as much as I wanted to release Fernando Martinez so my $37 bid was reduced to $28. I also wanted to add Brewers starter Hiram Burgos despite his start at Great American Smallpark this week and was pleasantly surprised that I was the only bidder and thus had to lose only one dollar of FAAB and not the entire $11 I had bid. Fortunately even if Burgos has a tough outing he will be valuable in later weeks and my league leading ERA and WHIP can cover him.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2013 11:48
 
Let's Play Two at Once PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lawr Michaels   
Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00

If you are old enough, you will know the "Let's Play Two" quote from the great Ernie Banks, who optimistically suggested the idea one beautiful Chicago Summer day.

Well, if you follow the boxes, you saw the Athletics and Angels mixed it up for 19 innings Monday night, and I worked the whole thing, meaning I did not get home until 3 AM, after arriving at the yard shortly before six.

In fact, one reason I did not post these thoughts Tuesday was that I was toast the bulk of the day.

That is because after my day gig, I worked a game that included:

  • 18.6 innings
  • 597 pitches
  • 6 hours and 32 minutes of play
  • 156 batters faced
  • 35 strikeouts
  • A 475-foot home run by Mark Trumbo, who clobbered dingers in all three games of the series
  • Two players who left the game with pulled left hamstrings (Peter Bourjos and Coco Crisp)
  • One player who left with a twisted ankle (Brett Anderson)
  • One player who left with a tight right quad (Chris Young, who was a sub for Josh Reddick in the first place)
  • The longest Oakland Athletics game in the team's history.

It was a crazy night. In fact, when the score was 7-2 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, we all had commented on how ugly the Marlins/Mets game, that ran 16 innings, must have been.

But, those ten-A'-scious Athletics plated four in the eighth, and another in the ninth to push the game to extra frames right around the three hour and 20 minute mark.

And, again, with two out in the bottom of the 15th, after Brett Anderson walked in the go-ahead run in the top of the 15th when Chris Young tied things back up, forcing the beat writers to re-write their pieces for the umpteenth time.

Of course, Anderson was scheduled to start the game, but because his ankle was ailing--placing the lefty on the DL--Dan Straily did the honors. However, Anderson did come in top of the 12th, and delivered 5.1 innings of three-hit, one-run ball in arguably his best performance of the season.

However, it was noted that Jerome Williams started his stint in the tenth inning, and it was noted that had he simply started the game and completed the six inning four-hit, one-run (which was unearned) stint, it would have counted as a quality start.

I finally matched my box score with the OS, Art de lost Santos, around 2:50 AM--with whom I also worked Dallas Braden's perfect game--and started to trudge home, finally falling into bed and asleep around 3:30 in the morning.

And, as tough as that game was to dog out, it is bonding as we all get loopier and loopier in the booth, and wise crack, play obscure trivia, and watch the magic of any game unfurl.

Monday night/Tuesday morning was especially loony. And magical.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 06:58
 
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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Written by Administrator   
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

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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
 
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