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Thursday 23rd Nov 2017

LABRLOGO

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 Draft 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.

brandon maurer

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Brandon Maurer, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7        
Teoscar Hernandez, TOR Baseball Prospectus 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                           
Andrew Moore, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2        
Scott Alexander, KC USA TODAY Sports 2        
Darwin Barney, TOR NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball Prospectus 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Richard Urena, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1                                                                                                    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With just a few weeks left to the season, moves in AL LABR were scant with just five buys on six bids.

Leading the pack was Clay Link who nabbed Brandon Maurer for $7 hoping for a couple of saves. Mike Gianella picked up Teoscar Hernandez for a couple of bucks, and Steve Gardner paid the same amount for Scott Alexander.

That left the remaining acquisition at the hands of Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius who bagged pitcher Andrew Moore,for $2 and infielder Darwin Barney for a dollar.

Todd's Take

In three appearances since being activated off the disabled for a forearm strain, Kelvin Herrera has been terrible, allowing seven runs (five earned) with six hits, four walks and just one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings. He obviously isn't right. For the rest of this season, Herrera won't be closing as that will fall to Brandon Maurer, Scott Alexander and Mike Minor with Maurer already snagging two helpers. The conundrum will be where to rank Herrera for early drafts. I'll be drafting my first NFBC team with my Rotowire Podcast partner Derek Van Riper starting the last weekend of the season. It would be nice to see Herrera have a couple of clean innings with good velocity before the 2017 campaign comes to a close, but if he doesn't, he needs to be downgraded until we get more reports or even see him in the spring.

juan nicasio

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Juan Nicasio, STL Yakkertech 21 ESPN - Karabell 2      
Phillip Ervin, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 11 USA TODAY Sports 6                                                                           
Dillon Peters, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 0      
Amir Garrett, CIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 0      
Luiz Gohara, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Steven Brault, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                                                    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Just as in AL LABR, there were only five acquisitions this week, with only a pair generating more than the minimum bid.

The St. Louis Cardinals made a September-only move this past week, acquiring reliever Juan Nicasio from Philadelphia. Though the former Pirates hurler will not be eligible for the post-season, the Cardinals have a late-innings need right now. With a wild card still possible, St. Louis are giving Nicasio meaningful work, as he recorded two saves over the weekend. Steve Moyer of Yakkertech made the winning $21 bid.

Outfield prospect Phillip Ervin of Cincinnati joined the roster of Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf for $11. Leading off with Billy Hamilton out, the 25-year old swiped three bags this past week. With the Reds assured of last place in the NL Central, they should not be rushing Hamilton back.

Todd's Take

It's been a whirlwind September for Nicasio as he's is on his third team in the last two weeks. He was placed on waivers by Pittsburgh late August, then claimed by Philadelphia who agreed to pick up the remaining $600,000 on his 2017 contract. Late last week, the Phillies dealt Nicasio to St. Louis for infielder Eliezer Alvarez. The hefty contract was no doubt the reason for picking up extra frequent flyer miles as he boasts an impressive 2.69 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 63 whiffs in 63 2/3 innings.

phillip ervin

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Phillip Ervin, CIN Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 6 MLB.com 1                                                    
Ben Lively, PHI Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4        
Brandon Maurer, KC Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2        
Dillon Peters, MIA Baseball Prospectus 2 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3 MLB.com 1    
Brent Suter, MIL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3                             
Joe Biagini, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1        
Jose Reyes, NYM MLB.com 1        
Jose Martinez, STL Baseball Prospectus 1 MLB.com 1      
Jorge Alfaro, PHI Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1        
Juan Lagares, NYM MLB.com 1        
Tyler Glasnow, PIT MLB.com 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Teoscar Hernandez, TOR Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3        
Brett Anderson, TOR Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1                          
David Robertson, NYY Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1 MLB.com 1      
Kurt Suzuki, ATL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1        
Rene Rivera, CHC Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1        
Scott Alexander, KC Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1                                              
Alex Presley, DET MLB.com 1        
Archie Bradley, ARI MLB.com 1        
Harrison Bader, STL MLB.com 1        
Jordan Luplow, PIT MLB.com 1        
Matt Albers, WSH MLB.com 1        

Todd Zola's Commentary

This period was all about Rudy Gamble and Fred Zinkie, with Mike Gianella crashing the party. Mike Podhorzer has a comfortable 12-point lead, though being in his position this time last year, nothing feels comfortable. There a heated battle for second, which does mean a lot, between Fred, Jake Ciely and Rudy. That said, trust me, all three are doing the category math in an effort to make Podz sweat a bit.

Ervin and Maurer were addressed earlier. The next several highest bids went to a starting pitchers. Lively has tossed four quality starts in his last six outing. He has a tasty matchup with Oakland at home lined up this week. Dillon Peters is looking at a two-start week, beginning in Philly before entertaining the Brewers, hopefully in Miami, next weekend. Brent Suter was removed from the Brewers rotation, but with the unfortunate season-ending injury to Jimmy Nelson, he's been reinserted for Milwaukee's wild-card push.

 

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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

brandon phillips

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
BPhillips, LAA Rob Leibowitz 379 Patrick Davitt 205 Mike Podhorzer 158 Seth Trachtman 42 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 19
    Nando DiFino 16 Larry Schechter 9    
MLeake, Sea Steve Moyer 296 Mike Podhorzer 63 Larry Schechter 9 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
ALewicki, Det Lawr Michaels 75        
BreAnderson, Tor Mike Podhorzer 42        
JCandelario, Det Seth Trachtman 35 Larry Schechter 9      
JBiagini, Tor Mike Podhorzer 28 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3      
FMejia, Cle Rob Leibowitz 21        
JJones, Det Nando DiFino 11        
BMaurer, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3        
ChSmith, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
GUrshela, Cle Nando DiFino 8                                                                                          
RRefsnyder, Tor Nando DiFino 8        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Despite the season winding down, several owners dropped big bucks for players new to the American League this cycle with Rob Leibowitz leading the way, spending $379 on Brandon Phillips, augmenting that purchase with $21 more spent on Francisco Mejia. Following Rob's heels was Steve Moyer who went $296 for new Mariner Mike Leake hoping to boost his pitching over the final month.

Seth Trachtman took a $35 chance on Jeimer Candelario while I placed what little hope for a push in the standings behind Tigers hurler Artie Lewicki for $75.

League leader Mike Podhorzer punctuated his nearly perfect season with the acquisitions of Brett Anderson ($42) and Joe Biagini ($28), Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton took chances on Brandon Maurer ($3) and Chad Smith ($0) while Nando DiFino placed some hope in the potential of JaCoby Jones for $11.

Todd's Take

With Kelvin Herrera out for the early part of the week, Colton and the Wolfman could have bought a save or two -- maybe more -- from Maurer. The Royals are downplaying Herrera's forearm strain, but with four weeks left there's no reason to take chances.

It appears the Tigers are following through with their plan on converting Nicholas Castellanos to right field, clearing a spot for Candelario, similar to what the Indians did to Lonnie Chisenhall to pave the way for a kid named jose Ramirez to play regularly. I'm not comparing Ramirez and Candelario, just the drawing the comparison to the path to playing time. 


jack flaherty

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JFlaherty, StL Brian Walton 176 Phil Hertz 44 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Grey Albright 1

 

DPeters, Mia Brian Walton 102 Brian Walton 176 Phil Hertz 51 Derek Carty 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
    Grey Albright 1      
BAnderson, Mia Phil Hertz 68        
NAoki, NYM Phil Hertz 49 Phil Hertz 55 Grey Albright 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
HBailey, Cin Phil Hertz 45 Derek Carty 0      
JLuplow, Pit Grey Albright 1 Craig Mish 0      
EDiaz, Pit Brian Walton 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
RRuiz, Atl Phil Hertz 65                                                                                                    
MMoroff, Pit Phil Hertz 2        
WFont, LAD Grey Albright 1        
GCecchini, NYM Phil Hertz 1        
MFried, Atl Phil Hertz 1        
AEllis, Mia Brian Walton 0        
STurner, Cin Brian Walton 0        
AGarcia, Atl Phil Hertz 0        

Brian Walton's Commentary

Rarely if ever am I the focus of the transactions news here in National League Tout Wars. The result is not necessarily good - my second largest FAAB total of $302. With September call ups occurring and time running out to make an impact with purchases, I set my targets on two pitchers – Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals and Dillon Peters from Miami. With the third-place team at $175, I decided to make my top bid at $176, which won Flaherty. I wanted to keep a bit of money for the final weeks, so bid $102 for Peters. Rather, I could have made my purchases for $53 in total.

Flaherty could continue to start – at least until/if Adam Wainwright is ready and able to come off the disabled list. While Peters does not have a clear starting spot, his success through two starts should be enough to speak for themselves.

While I went after pitching, the acquisitions of Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ were focused on offense. (By the way, I am in third and Phil is very close behind in fourth.) Third baseman Brian Anderson of Miami ($68) and new Mets outfielder Nori Aoki ($49) were his additions. Both can see September playing time due to injuries – Martin Prado for Anderson and Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto for Aoki.

Hertz also made a third acquisition, a player I kept all season until dropping last week – Homer Bailey of Cincinnati at $45. I decided I could not trust Bailey, though he has improved recently. We will see if Flaherty and Peters will be any better.

Todd's Take

The Cardinals are listing Flaherty as Wednesday's starter so it appears Brian will get at least one start from the rookie, and it's a great matchup with the Padres in Petco Park. Peters and the Marlins will entertain the Nationals, also on Wednesday. It may be a better setup than perceived as the Nats are essentially trying to be in maximum health for the playoffs and aren't always running the best lineup out there.

robert stephenson

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JPolanco, Min Fred Zinkie 100 Ray Flowers 17      
RStephenson, Cin Fred Zinkie 60 Ray Flowers 2 Al Melchior 0                           
TMahle, Cin Ron Shandler 37 Gene McCaffrey 0 Fred Zinkie 20    
CEdwards, ChC Zach Steinhorn 32        
AJackson, Cle Fred Zinkie 30        
RMontero, NYM Fred Zinkie 25 Fred Zinkie 50 Ray Flowers 6 Tim Heaney 0  
SVogt, Mil Bret Sayre 12 Scott Engel 3      
DPeters, Mia Derek Van Riper 11 Ron Shandler 27 Gene McCaffrey 0 Al Melchior 0  
MGonzalez, Tex Fred Zinkie 10 Ray Flowers 2      
YPetit, LAA Zach Steinhorn 8        
JLuplow, Pit Derek Van Riper 5        
YSanchez, CWS Ray Flowers 4        
KGibson, Min Ray Flowers 2        
KSmith, CWS Scott Engel 1        
SRomano, Cin Gene McCaffrey 0 Fred Zinkie 10      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
JFlaherty, StL Fred Zinkie 20                                                                                                    
BreAnderson, Tor Ron Shandler 18        
LValbuena, LAA Ray Flowers 4        
ChSmith, Oak Derek Van Riper 2        
JMcGee, Col Ray Flowers 2        

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The two priciest purchases this week were made by Fred Zinkie, who found himself with some extra FAAB bucks after recently cashing in Bryce Harper for $210. And Fred decided to use a good chunk of that dough to add the duo of Jorge Polanco and Robert Stephenson.

After getting off to a rough start this season, the 24-year-old Polanco has been swinging a red-hot bat since the beginning of August, tallying seven homers, 28 RBI and 19 runs scored. Let's see if Polanco can close out his first full big league season on a high note and further establish himself as a quality mixed league option heading into 2018.

Long billed as a top pitching prospect, Stephenson has mostly struggled in the big leagues, though the sample size is limited. But perhaps the Reds righty has finally figured things out, as he's fresh off an impressive August in which he posted a 2.22 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP with better than a strikeout per inning. Control continues to be a problem, however, as Stephenson did issue 13 free passes over his 24 1/3 innings pitched last month.

With a pair of my starting pitchers facing tough matchups this week, I took a look at the category standings and concluded that trying to protect my ERA and WHIP at this stage of the season was a better idea than chasing wins and strikeouts. So, I added a pair of high-end relievers in Carl Edwards Jr. and Yusmeiro Petit and will at least temporarily go with a 6 SP/3 RP lineup instead of playing eight starters (I punted saves a long time ago). Maybe I'll sacrifice a win, but I feel a lot better about my ratios now, and the strikeout loss probably won't be significant. Or it might not even be a loss at all.

Todd's Take

Roster expansion is the closest thing mixed leagues have to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, though only using a player for one month tempers any advantage of hoarding FAAB. Having said that, Fred Zinkie has the FAAB hammer, but didn't go prospect. As usual, Fred was more conservative, adding players with a little more data than a decent 2017 minor league campaign. 

One of Fred's acquisitions, and someone I've seen a picked up a lot this weekend is Rafael Montero. Last time out, Montero tossed 8 1/3 scoreless innings against the Reds one of the better lineups versus righties. He fanned eight but walked four. This week's allure is a double dip, first against the Phillies and then a rematch with the Reds.

 dillon peters

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
DPeters, Mia Greg Ambrosius 78 Tim McLeod 39 Corey Parson 2  

 

DDeShields, Tex Adam Ronis 54 D.J. Short 25 Corey Parson 18                           
GRichards, LAA Ray Murphy 33 Perry Van Hook 10      
TGlasnow, Pit D.J. Short 25        
JVillar, Mil Corey Parson 19 Adam Ronis 12      
TMahle, Cin Tim McLeod 18 Greg Ambrosius 21 Corey Parson 1    
JAlbMartinez, StL Perry Van Hook 15        
RMontero, NYM Rudy Gamble 12 Perry Van Hook 11 D.J. Short 6 Corey Parson 1  
MFried, Atl Tim McLeod 9        
EJackson, Was D.J. Short 5 Tim McLeod 3      
DFister, Bos D.J. Short 5 Corey Parson 3 Perry Van Hook 2    
CVazquez, Bos Corey Parson 3        
BMaurer, KC Scott White 3 Adam Ronis 7      
MLeake, Sea Corey Parson 3 Tim McLeod 11      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
BLively, Phi Greg Ambrosius 17                                                                                                    
LValbuena, LAA Adam Ronis 7        
JBiagini, Tor Tim McLeod 4        
ODespaigne, Mia Greg Ambrosius 4        
MMontero, Tor Corey Parson 1        
RMerritt, Cle Corey Parson 1        
RoPerez, Cle Corey Parson 0        

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

High bid for the evening was $78 for Marlins SP Dillon Peters who went to Greg Ambrosius for $78.

The second highest winning bid was $54 for Delino DeShields who is getting a chance to play every day for the Rangers and making the most of it as Adam Ronis rostered him for the final weeks of play.

Once again I added Jose Martinez (1B/OF) of the Cardinals, this time to replace the DLed Yankee flychaser Aaron Hicks.

I also tried to add one pitcher but was well short with my $11 bid for Rafael Montero's upcoming two start week and the return of Angels ace Garrett Richards whom I bid $10 for. Montero went for $12 to Rudy Gamble while Richards went for $33 Ray Murphy.

When you have the numbers wrong (or don't have enough funds) you can't even get your third choice as my $2 bid for the resurgent Doug Fister also fell short.

Todd's Take

As Perry mentioned, Delino DeShields is a thing again. For the past month, Jr. has registered a .911 OPS, scoring 18 runs with nine pilfers. There's no reason for him to stop running. He's the top choice for help in steals down the stretch and is still amazingly available in some mixed leagues.

jorge polanco

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JPolanco, Min Paul Sporer 180        
KKiermaier, TB Dr. Roto 10 Paul Sporer 11                                                                           
MZunino, Sea Dr. Roto 5        
LGiolito, CWS Dr. Roto 5        
JHader, Mil Paul Sporer 4        
RMontero, NYM Vlad Sedler 4        
RDickey, Atl Vlad Sedler 4        
CVazquez, Bos Kyle Elfrink 3 Paul Sporer 1      
AGarcia, CWS Vlad Sedler 3        
CGreen, NYY Paul Sporer 2        
JFamilia, NYM Vlad Sedler 2        
OAlbies, Atl Vlad Sedler 2        
MMinor, KC Paul Sporer 2        
JHicks, Det Paul Sporer 1        
MMahtook, Det Peter Kreutzer 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
NCastellanos, Det Paul Sporer 5                                                                                                    
KBarraclough, Mia Paul Sporer 2        
MGivens, Bal Paul Sporer 2        
KSuzuki, Atl Paul Sporer 1        


Todd's Take

It's getting tight with Vlad Sedler holding a slim three-game lead over Andrea Lamont at the top. Kyle Elfrink is third, within shouting distance of the leaders. The interesting part if Kyle's final two matchups are with Vlad and Andrea. He'll need to beat them both handily and get some help, but he's still in the mix.

 

toutwarslogo new

Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

yandy diaz

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
YDiaz, Cle Lawr Michaels 125 Larry Schechter 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1

 

 
ZReininger, Det Lawr Michaels 35                               
KVargas, Min Chris Liss 33 Larry Schechter 13 Jason Collette 12 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1  
TScribner, LAA Mike Podhorzer 23 Jason Collette 16 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
DGee, Min Mike Podhorzer 23 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
DEspinosa, TB Jason Collette 12        
BNorris, LAA Larry Schechter 9        
MCanha, Oak Larry Schechter 6 Jason Collette 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
DHolland, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        
DRobinson, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
JCurtiss, Min Lawr Michaels 12                                                                             
RBrantly, CWS Jason Collette 6        
GUrshela, Cle Larry Schechter 3        
CCuthbert, KC Larry Schechter 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
ChSmith, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        
DMachado, Det Larry Schechter 0        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Six owners tussled for the rights to players this past week, although it was a quiet with respect to bidding wars.

For example, I collected the Indians Yandy Diaz hoping for some semblance of offense, bidding $125 for the corner man, but just two $1 challenged my big bid. Similarly, I grabbed Zac Reininger for $35 unopposed.

Larry Schechter took a $9 chance on Bud Norris and a $6 gamble on Mark Canha, while league leader Mike Podhorzer tried to hold off any challenges by grabbing Dillon Gee and Troy Scribner, both for $23. Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton acquired Derek Holland and Drew Robinson, both for $0 investments.

Second placer Jason Collette took a $12 chance on Danny Espinosa while Chris Liss threw $33 on Kennys Vargas hoping, like me, for a sign of some offense.

Todd's Take

It's not my favorite aspect of this game but sometimes you have to hang your hat on opportunity. Ask the beneficiaries of Scooter Gennett, Eric Sogard, Paul Dejong and Whit Merrifield. Last season there was Eduardo Nunez ad Hernan Perez. Why not Yandy Diaz?

Diaz appears to have leapfrogged Giovanny Urshela at the hot corner while Jason Kipnis and his sore hamstring convalesce on the disabled list. Versatile Jose Pamirez slides over to second. Diaz was old for the level, but he was an on base machine for Double-A Akron last season then carried that over to Triple-A Columbus. He's maintained a good eye, and reasonable solid contact rate with the Tribe. It's not surprising his near .400 BABIP has fallen precipitously in the majors, where it lands will ultimately decide whether Diaz gets listed with the above names or is included with all the failed opportunities like... like... like... see, we don't remember the ones that didn't make it.

ben lively

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
BLively, Phi Scott Wilderman 212 Steve Gardner 9                         
RStripling, LAD Scott Wilderman 102                                                   
TLaStella, ChC Steve Gardner 67 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
MAviles, Mia Andy Behrens 44 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
YCespedes, NYM Brian Walton 25 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
RStephenson, Cin Steve Gardner 12        
TMahle, Cin Grey Albright 5        
SRomano, Cin Phil Hertz 2 Phil Hertz 0      
RRivera, ChC Grey Albright 1        
MReynolds, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
AEllis, Mia Grey Albright 1                                                                             
CKelly, StL Grey Albright 1        
TKelly, Phi Tristan H. Cockcroft 0        
AWojciechowski, Cin Steve Gardner 0                           
BMorrow, LAD Steve Gardner 0        
KCrick, SF Steve Gardner 0        

Brian Walton's Commentary

With $765 remaining and the trade season apparently over, Scott Wilderman of onRoto spent close to half of his remaining cash on a pair of hurlers. He forked out $212 for starter Ben Lively of Philadelphia and $102 for reliever Ross Stripling of the Dodgers. Lively is coming off a rough start in which the Cubs plated six earned runs in five innings. Most notable was that eight of his 15 outs secured came via the strikeout. After 35 relief appearances, Stripling made a spot start this week and tossed three scoreless frames at the Brewers, fanning five.

Steve Gardner had $200 remaining and dropped $67 of it on Tommy LaStella. The USA TODAY fantasy head must be hoping the part-time Cubs third baseman can replicate his two-homer, four RBI game on Saturday.

For $44, Mike Aviles of the Marlins joined the roster of Andy Behrens of Yahoo. The outfielder/infielder has come back nicely from having been outrighted to the minors by the Fish and going unclaimed back in May.

Mind you, I am not criticizing Wilderman or Gardner for their FAAB management. I cannot talk as I had about one-third of my full-year cash remaining coming into this week. Sitting in third place in the standings, I can only wonder “What if?” about players I missed early on.

With no one on the waiver wire I was interested in buying and over $300 burning a hole in my pocket, I took a long-shot $25 flyer on Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. First of all, the Cuban native would need to have a healed hamstring and secondly, the going-nowhere Mets would have to be willing to play him as a lost season winds down. Smart money says Cespedes is not coming back in 2017, but I am fine with taking a week of zero stats to stash him – just in case he has a speedy recovery.

Todd's Take

Hey, guess who finished in first for the week? Sigh, I wish I could blame injuries on having my goal be not finishing in last, but the truth is I drafted a poor team. It's hard to explain, but I think I spent more time trying to be the defending champion that I did defending my title. Instead of being cute and nominating Ketel Marte first for the humor, I should spent more time filtering the player pool. On paper, the club wasn't bad, but it took on far too much risk. It was a poorly constructed team, more my old style of buying a dollar value and not a player.

Sigh.

derek dietrich

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
DDietrich, Mia Scott Swanay 34        
ZDavies, Mil Scott Engel 22 Derek Van Riper 17 Scott Swanay 13 Fred Zinkie 0                         
LSims, Atl Ron Shandler 21 Ray Flowers 2      
JMinaya, CWS Scott Engel 11 Scott Engel 12      
BPowell, Oak Ray Flowers 11 Ron Shandler 8      
JMercer, Pit Ron Shandler 11 Scott Swanay 34      
JHicks, Det Ray Flowers 4        
JShields, CWS Ray Flowers 3        
MPerez, Tex Al Melchior 0        
DGossett, Oak Al Melchior 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
BNimmo, NYM Ron Shandler 10                                                                             
JPolanco, Min Scott Engel 8        
KSmith, CWS Ray Flowers 3        
TTelis, Mia Ray Flowers 3        
RStephenson, Cin Ray Flowers 2 Al Melchior 0      
DomSmith, NYM Scott Engel 2        
YPetit, LAA Ron Shandler 2        
MGonzalez, CWS Ray Flowers 2        
RoPerez, Cle Ray Flowers 2        
TScribner, LAA Ray Flowers 2        
ALind, Was Ron Shandler 1        
DSteckenrider, Mia Ron Shandler 1        
RStripling, LAD Ron Shandler 1        
LValbuena, LAA Ron Shandler 0        
DGee, Min Al Melchior 0        

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

A quiet week on the FAAB front with only 10 purchases, seven of which were accompanied by a DL move, suggesting that most of these acquisitions were made more out of necessity than enthusiasm over the purchased player.

This week's highest priced player honor goes to Derek Dietrich, who is manning third base on a regular basis for the Marlins these days. Aside from a solid .333 OBP for the season and useful positional flexibility (Dietrich is eligible at 1B, 2B and 3B), there isn't much to get excited about here from a fantasy perspective.

Zach Davies is the one player I strongly considered bidding on before coming to the conclusion that he wasn't really a clear upgrade over any of my current starting pitchers. Plus, I wasn't comfortable starting him this week versus the Nationals. Davies definitely deserves to be on a roster in a deep mixed league, and he did stand out as the best available SP. Note that the Brewers righty is 5-3 with a 2.28 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in nine starts since the All-Star break.

Todd's Take

The Athletics haven't been as active in their OBP focus in recent seasons, in part because there's not as much of a market inefficiency anymore. Still, OBP is important so it's no surprise they're giving Boog Powell a long look, as well as sluggers Matt Olson and Matt Chapman. Powell, who recently met his namesake, is about half the size of Baltimore favorite BBQ proprietor. The younger Powell has minimal power, but can swipe a base. His calling card, is suggested, is a discerning eye and solid contact skills. He's been playing center and leading off against righties, scoring an impressive 15 runs in 87 plate appearances.

jorge polanco

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JPolanco, Min Perry Van Hook 63 Charlie Wiegert 43 Adam Ronis 27 Corey Parson 11  
LGiolito, CWS Tim McLeod 49        
TWilliams, Pit Perry Van Hook 47        
JJunis, KC Charlie Wiegert 43 D.J. Short 9      
CStratton, SF Perry Van Hook 41 Corey Parson 10 Tim McLeod 4 D.J. Short 4  
JHeyward, ChC Ray Murphy 32        
BNimmo, NYM Ray Murphy 32        
MLeiter, Phi Adam Ronis 29 Tim McLeod 23 Corey Parson 10 D.J. Short 2  
AAlbers, Sea Rudy Gamble 27 D.J. Short 1      
JMcGee, Col Corey Parson 19 Adam Ronis 17 Scott White 6    
KGibson, Min Ray Murphy 13 Perry Van Hook 13      
JMinaya, CWS Corey Parson 13 Adam Ronis 28                             
BMoss, KC Charlie Wiegert 12        
TLyons, StL Scott White 4 Charlie Wiegert 3 Scott White 0    
CBettis, Col D.J. Short 4        
SRomano, Cin D.J. Short 1 Charlie Wiegert 40      
TBarnhart, Cin Adam Ronis 1        
JBrebbia, StL Scott White 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
DFister, Bos Charlie Wiegert 12 Ray Murphy 3                                                                           
JLagares, NYM Ray Murphy 12        
PValaika, Col Charlie Wiegert 12        
EJackson, Was Corey Parson 8        
PNeshek, Col Adam Ronis 1        
MMontero, Tor Adam Ronis 0        
ONarvaez, CWS Adam Ronis 0        

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Down to the last month of the season, time to give up on some players while giving others a chances to help down the stretch. Both led to my high winning bid of $63 for hot Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco, replacing Jonathan Villar at my MI slot.

I also went looking for starting pitching, adding Pirates Trevor Williams for a risky two start week for $47 and the rejuvenated Giants Chris Stratton who has been good for three week and cost me $41. The other $40+ bid was from Tim McLeod who bought White Sox prospect pitcher Lucas Giolito for $49.

Todd's Take

Wow, nine starting pitchers grabbed this week, Perry wasn't the only one looking to beef up their fantasy staff for the final push. It's been such an odd, and challenging season with the confluence of injuries and homers on the rise. I've talked about this in a few different places, but we could be back to the point where mixed staff pitching isn't just seven starters with two closers. Middle relievers are likely to be back in the picture.

patrick corbin 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
PCorbin, Ari Stephania Bell 65        
NWilliams, Phi Dr. Roto 13                                                                                                    
DBundy, Bal Dr. Roto 6        
JGyorko, StL Peter Kreutzer 6        
WDifo, Was Peter Kreutzer 4        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
LGiolito, CWS Dr. Roto 5                                                                                                    
MMahtook, Det Dr. Roto 3        
JLowrie, Oak Peter Kreutzer 2        
JMauer, Min Peter Kreutzer 0        

Todd's Take

Is Patrick Corbin good again? Admittedly, I wasn't as high on the lefty as some previous to his Tommy John surgery. The jury was still out last season, his first full campaign after the surgery. This year would be the measure. Early on, it seemed last year may not have been just rust, but lately Corbin's been impressive, reeling off five straight quality starts. Over those 36 1/3 innings, Corbin's pitched to a .99 ERA and .88 WHIP with 39 punch outs and seven walks. Admittedly, I need to do a deeper dive to see what's driving this surge, but considering the state of pitching, I don't blame Stephania Bell for hoping he carries the run into September.

LABRLOGO

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 Draft 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.

brandon phillips

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Brandon Phillips, LAA Baseball HQ 27 Baseball Prospectus 10 USA TODAY Sports 4 ESPN.com 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4
Mike Leake, SEA SiriusXM 26 Brandon Funston 20 Rotowire 14 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4 Baseball HQ 4
    ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Kyle Gibson, MIN Brandon Funston 17 Baseball HQ 2 Baseball Prospectus 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2  
Jeimer Candelario, DET Baseball Prospectus 4        
Artie Lewicki, DET Mastersball 4        
Brett Anderson, TOR Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Chris Gimenez, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Matthew Boyd, DET NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        
Dominic Leone, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1 SiriusXM 2      
Francisco Mejia, CLE Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Sergio Romo, TB SiriusXM 2                                                                                                    
Mike Minor, KC SiriusXM 2        
Bryan Shaw, CLE SiriusXM 2        
Roberto Perez, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Raffy Lopez, TOR Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Gregory Infante, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        
Chance Sisco, BAL Baseball HQ 1        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The trade non-waiver deadline might have passed a month ago, but that doesn't mean deals were not made and the AL LABR folks were ready to pounce. Dave Adler spent $27 on Brandon Phillips, besting four would-be owners. Adler also sneaked Brett Anderson ($3) and Francisco Mejia ($1) onto his roster, looking for some September. Ray Flowers went to Mike Leake, grabbing the new Mariner for $26, besting six bids, while Brandon Funston nabbed the third highest priced acquisition of the week, dropping $17 on Kyle Gibson, beating out a troika of $2 tries.

Mike Gianella made a pair of pick-ups with Jeimer Candelario ($4) and Dominic Leone ($1) while I gambled on new Tiger starter Artie Lewicki ($4).

Finishing up the moves of the week were Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton picking up Chris Gimenez for a buck while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs added Matthew Boyd, also for a dollar.

Todd's Take

Hopefully those of you playing in AL West-only leagues had some spare FAAB to bid on Justin Upton and Justin Verlander as well as Leake and Phillips. It was certainly a fun couple of days with the Angels raising the pot followed by an all-in bid from the Astros. 

Leake had the perfect landing spot for his first AL start, facing the free-swinging Athletics. Oakland is vulnerable to finesse pitchers and Leake took advantage with seven stellar frames. Things will get tougher quick as he's lined up to face the Astros this week.

I'm curious to see if the Indians play Francisco Mejia or if he was just brought up as insurance as well as getting their future backstop a taste of the Show. You likely recognize him as the author of a 50-game hitting streak last season in A-ball. This season, Mejia slashed .297/.346/.490 as a 21-year old for Double-A Akron. Current Tribe receiver Yan Gomes sports a weak .583 OPS versus righties. Mejia, a switch-hitter, could pick up some playing time when a right-hander is on the hill.

jack flaherty

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Jack Flaherty, STL Baseball HQ 24 Mastersball 10                                                                           
Norichika Aoki, NYM USA TODAY Sports 17 ESPN - Karabell 1      
Tyler Mahle, CIN Mastersball 10 Baseball HQ 19      
Eric Sogard, MIL Derek Carty 3        
Brian Anderson, MIA ESPN - Karabell 1        
Rio Ruiz, ATL Mastersball 1 ESPN - Karabell 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Alex Verdugo, LAD Baseball HQ 24 ESPN - Karabell 2                                                                           
Dillon Peters, MIA Mastersball 10        
Jordy Mercer, PIT Mastersball 1        
Luke Voit, STL Mastersball 1 Derek Carty 1      
Tomas Telis, MIA Derek Carty 1        
Alejandro De Aza, WSH Baseball HQ 1        
Gorkys Hernandez, SF Baseball HQ 1        
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA Baseball HQ 1        
Mike Aviles, MIA Baseball HQ 1        
Ross Stripling, LAD Baseball HQ 1        

Brian Walton's Commentary

Though only seven players were acquired this week in NL LABR, considerable FAAB was expended. Doug Dennis spent all of his remaining money on two $24 players – pitcher Jack Flaherty of St. Louis and outfielder Alex Verdugo of Los Angeles. Flaherty should be given opportunity to start – at least until Adam Wainwright returns. Verdugo has started in three of four games since his September 1 call-up, with two hits and two walks in 12 plate appearances.

Nori Aoki is a known quantity, though not a world beater. Being able to cover the outfield positions and hit a bit is just what the Mets need. $17 made him the target of USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner.

I decided to bid $10 to get one of three pitchers, Tyler Mahle of Cincinnati, Flaherty or Dillon Peters from Miami. The former was my first priority, with a 2.45 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and eight strikeouts in 11 innings. However, Mahle has no wins yet with his next start on Thursday at Citi Field.

Todd's Take

Brian handled the top half of the board, the bottom consisted of a trio of infielders including a couple of third baseman that should get a good look down the stretch. With the trade of Brandon Phillips to the Angels, Rio Ruiz has received the hot corner starts versus righties. Adonis Garcia may get some action when he comes back, but keep in mind he's 31 years old while Ruiz is eight years his junior. The Marlins advanced Brian Anderson as it looks like Martin Prado's season could be over. Anderson began this season at Double-A Jacksonville where he had moderate success, before exploding after being promoted to Triple-A New Orleans where he crushed it to the tune of .363/.416/.602 decimals. He's definitely worth tracking, especially if you can grab him in keeper formats.

jorge polanco

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Jorge Polanco, MIN USA TODAY Sports 8 @TheFantasyFix 1      
Lucas Giolito, CWS Mastersball 3 @TheFantasyFix 2                                                                           
Rafael Montero, NYM Baseball Prospectus 2 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2                                                                           
Jabari Blash, SD Fangraphs 2                                                                             
Robert Stephenson, CIN Baseball Prospectus 2                                                                             
Jayson Werth, WSH Fangraphs 2                                                                             
Bruce Maxwell, OAK MLB.com 1                                                                             
Andrew Cashner, TEX MLB.com 1                                                                             
Austin Jackson, CLE MLB.com 1                                                                             

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Andrew Heaney, LAA Mastersball 3                                                                                                     
Dillon Peters, MIA Mastersball 3                                                                             
Derek Holland, CWS Baseball Prospectus 1                                                                             
Robert Stephenson, CIN MLB.com 1                                                                             
Robert Stephenson, CIN @TheFantasyFix 1                                                                             
Troy Scribner, LAA Baseball Prospectus 1                                                                             

Todd Zola's Commentary

The Mixed LABR brethren looked to fill some holes this week, mostly riding the hot hand. To wit, Polanco has a 1.143 OPS over the last month. If this were May, the party line would be "he's playing over his head." With four weeks left, who cares. 

I have a little FAAB in the kitty, so I figured I'd buy one of the young starters, as much to see if I picked the right one as it is to help my team. Though, I'm pretty sure most would rank them Giolito, Heaney and Peters. Giolito and Heaney are known commodities. Peters earned a September audition with a 1.97 ERA and .97 WHIP at Double-A Jacksonville. However, at 24, Peters is at an age most prospects are either in Triple-A or the Majors.

LABRLOGO

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 Draft 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.

jacoby jones

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JaCoby Jones, DET Baseball Prospectus 2 ESPN.com 1      
Mitch Garver, MIN Baseball Prospectus 2                                                                             
Tyler Clippard, HOU SiriusXM 2        
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Baseball HQ 1 Baseball Prospectus 1      
Ehire Adrianza, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Dillon Gee, MIN SiriusXM 2                                                                                                    
Steve Cishek, TB SiriusXM 2        
Tyler Duffey, MIN SiriusXM 2        
Cheslor Cuthbert, KC Baseball Prospectus 1        
Dominic Leone, TOR SiriusXM 1        
J.D. Davis, HOU Baseball Prospectus 1        
Kyle Gibson, MIN USA TODAY Sports 1        
Ryan Rua, TEX Baseball Prospectus 1        
Sergio Romo, TB SiriusXM 1        
Simon Castro, OAK SiriusXM 1        
Tommy Hunter, TB SiriusXM 1        
Tony Barnette, TEX SiriusXM 1        
Troy Scribner, LAA SiriusXM 1        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

It was indeed a quiet AL LABR week of transactions with just five names finding homes, all for $2 or under.

Mike Gianella added JaCoby Jones and Mitch Garver for two bucks each, along with Ehire Adrianza for a buck. Ray Flowers took a save flier on Tyler Clippard, also for $2 while Dave Adler finished moves with Ezequiel Carrera for a buck.

I do have to wonder why no bids for third sacker Yandy Diaz or reliever Zac Reininger were generated, though in my case the combination of open slots and available bucks made acquisition impossible.

Todd's Take

We're at the point of the season where prospects have either been called up or will be held down until rosters expand later this week. Keep in mind call-ups for prospects on teams in minor league playoffs may be delayed a week or two as some clubs like getting their players playoff experience regardless of the level.

JaCoby Jones was demoted earlier in the week, but was brought back before the mandatory ten-day stay in the minors expired using the injury exception as Victor Martinez was put on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat. At one point, Jones was considered a toolsy outfielder, but he's yet to translate athleticism to baseball skills. The Tigers are playing out the string so Jones may get some playing time down the stretch, but the "auditioning for next season" narrative doesn't apply, at least I don't think so. That ship has sailed.

hyun soo kim

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Hyun Soo Kim, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                                  

Brian Walton's Commentary

Two NL LABR owners have spent their entire annual stipend of FAAB, shutting them out of additional purchases, but nine of the other 10, including me, sat out of this week’s bidding.

What resulted has to be a record. A grand total of one free agent was purchased in the league this week – and he went for the minimum $1 price. Recently, Hyun-Soo Kim has been seeing a bit more playing time in his new home, Philadelphia. The Korean import outfielder moved from Baltimore and changed leagues last month.

I am embarrassed to admit that I spent $10 on Kim just after the trade, hoping for good things. But with Adrian Gonzalez ready to come off the disabled list last week, I tossed Kim overboard. His new owners are Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius of NFBC/STATS.

Todd's Take

No, I didn't mess up the tables, there was only one move in NL LABR. I think we can give Brian the night off here. Keep in mind, as Lawr referenced above, LABR uses the old school rule where you can't reserve an active player originally purchased in the auction. If you want to replace him, you need to release him. This helps explain the dearth of moves, as no one was available better, for the rest of the season, than those already on a roster.

Despite being a lefty swinger, Kim's been unable to find much time in the Phillies outfield, especially with Rhys Hoskins on an absolute tear. Hoskins and Nick Williams are going to play nearly every day, but neither can really play center field. Williams dabbled there, but the Phils have been using Pedro Florimon in center lately, which speaks more towards wanting to keep Williams in a corner spot than anything else. Still, at bats are at bats and Kim is playing enough to contribute in deep formats. A team like Philadelphia can be dangerous down the stretch as they're playing loose, with nothing on the line.

mark leiter

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Mark Leiter, PHI USA TODAY Sports 3 MLB.com 1      
John Hicks, DET Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2                                                                             
Doug Fister, BOS Baseball HQ 1        
Miguel Gonzalez, CWS MLB.com 1        
Dominic Smith, NYM Scout Fantasy 1        
Kelby Tomlinson, SF Scout Fantasy 1        
Blake Parker, LAA Fangraphs 1        
James Shields, CWS MLB.com 1        
Jake McGee, COL Fangraphs 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Dillon Gee, MIN MLB.com 1                                                                                                    
Sal Romano, CIN MLB.com 1        
Yandy Diaz, CLE Scout Fantasy 1        
Yolmer Sanchez, CWS Scout Fantasy 1        
Tommy La Stella, CHC Scout Fantasy 1        

Todd Zola's Commentary

Leiter appears to have a rotation spot down the stretch after his impressive scorless seven-inning outing against the Marlins last time out. Anyone keeping Giancarlo Stanton in the yard lately deserves a tip of the cap.

What's going on with Doug Fister? Early in the week, he allowed a leadoff home to Francisco Lindor, then threw a "no-hitter" the rest of the way in a complete game, 9-1 win over the Indians. Then, on Sunday, Fister gave up a pair of first inning tallies to the Orioles, then shut them out for the next six frames. Unfortunately for him, the Red Sox could only muster one score in a 2-1 loss. Fister fanned 13 to only four walks in those 16 stanzas, so it was more than just some batted ball luck. Still, a two-game sample doesn't erase a career of mediocrity. Fister draws the Yankees in the Bronx later this week.

Todd's Take

Nothing to report om team first-to-last this week. I'm beginning to reflect on what happened this season and while injuries played a huge part in the struggles, I would have struggled to compete with the pitching staff I assembled, even if Madison Bumgarner didn't go on his ill-fated joy ride. Julio Teheran was the biggest fails, with Jerad Eickhoff close behind. I'd include Zach Davies, but he vultured a bunch of wins early and has been nails over the second half.

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