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Wednesday 29th Mar 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.

 terrance gore full

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Terrance Gore, KC Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 USAT Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Whit Merrifield, KC Winning Fantasy Baseball 2

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As if last week was slow, this week the only move was Larry Schechter's acquisition of Terrence Gore.

Looks like the NFL is calling everyone else.

Todd's Take

Well, at least I didn't have to decide what player to use in the image header.

We all know what Gore does - how many steals can we reasonably expect?

First, it's interesting to note that so far this season he's appeared in nine games, eight as a pinch-runner and has, get this, eight steals. When he punch-runs, he runs. Every time.

Last September, Gore swiped three bags. The year before he pilfered four. So that makes the reasonable expectation three or four. Can he still more? Certainly, but when doing the category math, expect just a handful.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Alec Asher, PHI USA TODAY Sports 1
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Mastersball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Adam Morgan, PHI USA TODAY Sports 1
Jose Urena, MIA USA TODAY Sports 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

In the quietest week of the season to date in National League LABR, just two players were acquired.

Actually in the case of Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart, it was a re-acquisition. I added him for $1 after having dropped him due to a finger injury that I incorrectly thought would keep the backstop sidelined longer.

Phillies pitcher Alec Asher has come back from a PED suspension in the minors and made one solid run-free six-inning start on two hits, albeit with no strikeouts. Steve Gardner of USA TODAY secured the services of the 24-year-old right-hander for a buck.

Todd's Take

So the LABR commander-in-chief ranked the available pitchers Asher, Morgan, Urena and I agree with him. Asher actually has a nice double-dip, facing the Pirates and Marlins in a couple of home affairs. The Bucs have been on an extended skid, especially against righty pitching while the Marlins are also fading, mostly because of an injury-depleted pitching staff but they also obviously miss Giancarlo Stanton.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jose De Leon, LAD Razzball 3
Albert Suarez, SF MLB.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Drew Hutchison, PIT Razzball 2
Dillon Gee, KC MLB.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Love it - another reinforcement of how we all see players differently. Two guys wanted a starting pitcher for the week. Both listed just two with no duplicates. Razzball had no interest in Suarez or Gee while Fred Zinkie wanted nothing to do with De Leon or Suarez.

Hutchison isn't scheduled for a start this week but the Bucs have a double-header on Saturday so he may sneak in. The other three all have a pair of outing on the ledger.

I side with Fred's ranking. Suarez has a pair at home (I like him a little more than Asher above) as does Gee but I'll take the pair in the NL, especially AT&T. De Leon is on the road for his double-dup, first in Yankee Stadium, the in the desert - both hitter's venues.

Todd's Take

The Mastersball entry in Mixed LABR is again enjoying a 20+ point lead, sitting at 121.5 with Fred (mlb.com) and Ray Murphy (Baseball HQ) tied at 101. These are two of the most accomplished fantasy players out there so there's no letting up now.

I didn't make any pickups this week but the reserve got a little stronger as Aledmys Diaz and David Phelps were activated from the disabled list.

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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.

New to Tout Wars this year is a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) and no Vickrey. Teams are still allowed $0 bids.

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

michael bourn orioles

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MBourn, Bal Steve Moyer 153 Ron Shandler 50  
ECarrera, Tor Patrick Davitt 99    
JJones, Det Ron Shandler 50    
AMeyer, LAA Mike Podhorzer 47 Chris Liss 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
BGamel, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 26    
LSeverino, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6 Chris Liss 0  
ARomine, Det Patrick Davitt 0    
DMengden, Oak Chris Liss 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

JWendle, Oak Ron Shandler 50
GHeredia, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11
LSchafer, Min Ron Shandler 5
KUehara, Bos Patrick Davitt 5
DGuerra, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CPennington, LAA Patrick Davitt 0
DAlvarez, Tex Patrick Davitt 0
GPetit, LAA Patrick Davitt 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Prescient would be the word for Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius, as well as Chris Liss. In AL LABR, team Childs/Ambrosius selected Yoan Moncada on draft day, as did Liss in AL Tout. The difference is that Greg and Shawn are languishing near the bottom of the standings, while Liss is among six teams all within ten points of the top spot as we head into the final month of play. That means Mocanda could indeed become an impact player, but it also means the FAAB world lost out Moncada bidding wars, and that means Tout owners had to scrounge elsewhere for prospective innings and at-bats.

Among the leaders, Liss acquired Daniel Mangden for $0, but following his last start, that might be what the Oakland hurler is worth. Patrick Davitt made a pair of purchases, grabbing Andrew Romine for nada, but then dropping $99 on Ezequiel Carrera while newcomers to the pennant race Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton went $26 for flychaser Ben Gamel and then went back to their Manhattan roots, snatching Luis Severino for $6.

Bubbling under the top six, Ron Shandler spent $50 on JaCoby Jones, but the big spender of the week was Steve Moyer who went $153 on Michael Bourn. Rounding out the bids for the week, Mike Podhorzer rostered Alex Meyer for $47.

Todd's Take

Lawr may call it prescient, I call it lucky as it took a perfect confluence of events for Moncada to be called up by Boston. But that's why we play the game, we each have different philosophies with respect to stashing minor league prospects on reserve. For those curious, Moncada is playoff-eligible as the Red Sox can invoke the oft-abused rule of naming someone on the 60-day DL to the playoff roster then immediately subbing in a player in their organization.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DHood, Mia Brian Walton 112    
RStephenson, Cin Steve Gardner 55 Tristan H. Cockcroft 6  
SBrault, Pit Mike Gianella 55 Scott Wilderman 0  
AMorgan, Phi Todd Zola 13 Phil Hertz 0  
RTapia, Col Scott Wilderman 7    
GBeckham, Atl Todd Zola 7    
SCardullo, Col Grey Albright 7 Brian Walton 67 Todd Zola 7
KSiegrist, StL Scott Wilderman 0    
DHudson, Ari Phil Hertz 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

DRuf, Phi Todd Zola 7
GDayton, LAD Todd Zola 3
JARamirez, Atl Todd Zola 3
ASuarez, SF Scott Wilderman 0
FSalas, NYM Phil Hertz 0
JParker, SF Scott Wilderman 0
JSmoker, NYM Todd Zola 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

New Miami outfielder Destin Hood looks to have only Ichiro in his way for regular playing time the remainder of the way. I wanted Hood enough to bid $112, more than 10 of the National League Tout owners could pay. That turned out to be $112 too much as no one else bid.

$55 was the price paid by two different owners for two pitchers who debuted earlier this season and are back into action in September. Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus picked up Pittsburgh’s Steven Brault and USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner added Cincinnati’s Robert Stephenson.

Todd's Take

It's official, Zola's officially gone mad. Why else would be pick up Adam Morgan?

To chase wins, that's why. Yes, I know Morgan is 1-9 this season.

I'm pretty much locked into 2nd in both ratio categories but am looking at a point in whiffs and two in wins. Morgan has a double dip, the first against Jose Urena and the Miami Marlins with the second facing Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals. Obviously the chances are better in the first game, we'll see what happens. I'm holding a slim lead over Derek Carty who has Clayton Kershaw due back this week. Kershaw alone isn't enough to close the gap but Derek can safely use other pitchers now which could make up some ground.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RStephenson, Cin David Gonos 120 Tim Heaney 0 Bret Sayre 0  
YMoncada, Bos Fred Zinkie 105 Cory Schwartz 94 Scott Swanay 39 Al Melchior 0
GParra, Col Derek Van Riper 47 Fred Zinkie 20    
JoseDeLeon, LAD Scott Swanay 39 Cory Schwartz 6    
RDetwiler, Oak David Gonos 24 Tim Heaney 0 Bret Sayre 0 Al Melchior 0
SMiller, Ari Derek Van Riper 23 Fred Zinkie 0    
TChatwood, Col Cory Schwartz 6      
TMurphy, Col Scott Swanay 4      
EJackson, SD Tim Heaney 0      
MCabrera, Atl Tim Heaney 0      
LCessa, NYY Bret Sayre 0 Fred Zinkie 0    
JMarte, LAA Fred Zinkie 0      
ACole, Was Fred Zinkie 0 Tim Heaney 0    
TGore, KC Fred Zinkie 0      
CBuchholz, Bos Fred Zinkie 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JUrena, Mia Cory Schwartz 6 Fred Zinkie 0
JCotton, Oak Fred Zinkie 1  
CDevenski, Hou Cory Schwartz 1  
FGalvis, Phi Fred Zinkie 0  
RGsellman, NYM Fred Zinkie 0  
TSaladino, CWS Fred Zinkie 0  
XScruggs, Mia Fred Zinkie 0  
CBettis, Col Tim Heaney 0  
JBlanton, LAD Tim Heaney 0  
JEsch, Mia Tim Heaney 0  
MBush, Tex Tim Heaney 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

We've been hearing about Robert Stephenson for awhile now, and the 23-year-old top prospect fared rather well in two spot starts for the Reds back in April, going 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. But in 24 starts for Triple-A Louisville this season, Stephenson has pitched to a mediocre 4.41 ERA and 1.36 WHIP, so he hasn't exactly forced his way onto the big league roster. Nevertheless, the young righty will make the start for Cincinnati today and could presumably be a two-start pitcher this week if he sticks in the rotation. Although Stephenson is far from a lock to provide consistent mixed league level production from here on out, he was well worth the investment for David Gonos, who entered this week's FAAB bidding with a league-high 403 FAAB bucks at his disposal.

With four hits, a double, three runs scored and one RBI through his first ten big league at-bats, it's safe to say that Yoan Moncada is pretty good. The 21-year-old has yet to swipe a bag for the Red Sox but the steals are surely coming, as he recorded 94 stolen bases across 187 minor league games. Being that I'm in a tight race with Fred Zinkie in both the stolen base standings and atop the overall standings, I'm not too happy about this. I didn't have enough FAAB to block Fred from acquiring Moncada, but David Gonos did. Oh well.

Todd's Take

Zach cited Stephenson's issues in Triple-A, the number that caught my attention is 71 walks in 136 2/3 innings. That's terrible, especially for a pitcher at the appropriate level for his age. Maybe if he were more dominant but Stephenson is right around 8.0 K/9. He has good pedigree and there's still obviously plenty of time, but for now I'm not optimistic Stephenson will be an asset down the stretch.

But what do I know - I picked up Adam Morgan.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

YMoncada, Bos Charlie Wiegert 58 Anthony Perri 25 Adam Ronis 12 Rudy Gamble 11
JoseDeLeon, LAD Rudy Gamble 16 Adam Ronis 12    
NFranklin, TB Charlie Wiegert 8      
WFlores, NYM Charlie Wiegert 8      
SCardullo, Col Perry Van Hook 6      
DGuerra, LAA Eno Sarris 6      
CCuthbert, KC Rudy Gamble 6      
RDetwiler, Oak Anthony Perri 4      
RGsellman, NYM Eno Sarris 3 Perry Van Hook 1    
DDescalso, Col Perry Van Hook 2      
JUrena, Mia Perry Van Hook 1      
MWisler, Atl Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

RAMondesi, KC Charlie Wiegert 22  
TSaladino, CWS Charlie Wiegert 12 Rudy Gamble 1
JCRamirez, LAA Eno Sarris 6  
MCabrera, Atl Eno Sarris 6  
RStephenson, Cin Anthony Perri 4  
BGuyer, Cle Charlie Wiegert 2  
DLee, Sea Perry Van Hook 2  
JMarte, LAA Perry Van Hook 2  
MConforto, NYM Perry Van Hook 2  
MSaunders, Tor Perry Van Hook 2  
BShipley, Ari Eno Sarris 1  
DMengden, Oak Eno Sarris 1  
JGant, Atl Eno Sarris 1  
KBarraclough, Mia Eno Sarris 1  
RHoward, Phi Rudy Gamble 1  
RStripling, LAD Eno Sarris 1  
SBrault, Pit Perry Van Hook 1  
CBettis, Col Perry Van Hook 0  
CRichard, SD Perry Van Hook 0  
CSabathia, NYY Perry Van Hook 0  
JWeaver, LAA Perry Van Hook 0  
LCessa, NYY Perry Van Hook 0  
RNolasco, LAA Perry Van Hook 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As in many redraft leagues, the high bid for the week was for Yoan Moncada, recently promoted by the Boston Red Sox. The initial plan is for Moncada to platoon with Aaron Hill at the hot corner. His speed and hitting tools are attractive enough for Charlie Wiegert to rostered the 21-year older for $58.

The only other wining bid in double digits was Rudy Gamble's $16 bid for new Dodger starting pitcher Jose De Leon.

I put in four different bid groups trying to improve my hitting by adding two Colorado Rockies who have three games at Coors then four games in San Diego against the Padres and their below average pitching.

As a result there was success with the Rockies as I won Steven Cardullo for $6 and Daniel Descalso for $2. But, as I needed to help my pitching with the injury to David Phelps, so I tried to upgrade with Ryan Vogelsong. That failed, but I got another Marlin to replace Phelps in Jose Urena and added Matt Wisler who has been very good for the Braves over his last two starts but unfortunately will not have the two start week I was looking for.

Todd's Take

Jose De Leon came as advertised, whiffing nine with no walks, albeit against the San Diego Padres. With the impending return of Clayton Kershaw and the non-return of Rich Hill's blister, De Leon's next start is in flux. He'll likely grab another turn or two, but Rudy is likely looking at a zero for the week.

 luke weaver full

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

LWeaver, StL Peter Kreutzer 26
AReyes, StL Peter Kreutzer 15
AWainwright, StL Jeff Zimmerman 2
SLeon, Bos Peter Kreutzer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ACole, Was Peter Kreutzer 7
JGrilli, Tor Peter Kreutzer 1

Todd's Take

As an aside, that shot of Weaver is my favorite photo of the season so far. The 23-year old righty has certainly earned a longer look, increasing the number he fanned each game while keeping walks under control. Last year, Weaver tossed 105 1/3 innings, he's sitting at 104 this season so he should be good for a regular turn down the stretch.

 

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.

New to Tout Wars this year is a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) and no Vickrey. Teams are still allowed $0 bids.

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

kaleb cowart full

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KCowart, LAA Jeff Erickson 58 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 26  
UJimenez, Bal Lawr Michaels 20 Seth Trachtman 0  
ERomero, TB Steve Moyer 18    
CPinder, Oak Jason Collette 9 Jeff Erickson 7  
WHarris, Hou Larry Schechter 7 Patrick Davitt 0  
ERamirez, TB Jason Collette 5 Steve Moyer 0 Larry Schechter 0
BShaw, Cle Larry Schechter 0    
MBush, Tex Patrick Davitt 0    
DOtero, Cle Patrick Davitt 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

BEibner, Oak Jeff Erickson 58
PNeshek, Hou Patrick Davitt 0
TClippard, NYY Larry Schechter 0
ARomine, Det Jason Collette 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The scramble atop the leaderboard in AL Tout continues this week. With my FAAB expenditure, I gambled $20 on one of the most erratic starting pitchers of the last decade, Ubaldo Jimenez. Coming off a solid start last week, with Sonny Gray and Nathan Eovaldi both out for the year I need some help to keep my strikeouts up (if nothing else), and being just 10 points off the lead (but in fifth), I need to stay on top of the numbers, hence the gamble that Jimenez and the Orioles stay hot and deliver some solid numbers over the final month of the season.

Top team holder Larry Schechter made a pair of moves, grabbing Will Harris for $7 along with Brian Shaw for a dollar, while Patrick Davitt went with a couple of relievers in Matt Bush ($0) and Dan Otero (also $0). The remaining leading teams, Seth Trachtman's second place team and Chris Liss' third place squad lay low this week.

However, the big spender was Jeff Erickson who dropped $58 on Kaleb Cowart, with Steve Moyer gambling $18 on Enny Romero, but my favorite pickup was that of Jason Collette, who went $9 on promising Athletics infielder Chad Pinder and then $5 on Erasmo Ramirez.

Todd's Take

Pinder is interesting though at least for now, he's relegated to the lesser side of a second base platoon with Max Muncy. However, it wouldn't be shocking to see the Athletics eschew the lefty-righty matchups and play Pinder against all pitchers. His long-term role with the club appears to be at second or utility with Franklin Barreto the future shortstop.

If Jimenez can make it through his start versus the Blue Jays relatively unscathed this week, he has a double-dip in store the following week, facing a couple of punch out prone lineups, the Rays and Tigers.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

LSardinas, SD Brian Walton 35 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Steve Gardner 1  
ACole, Was Mike Gianella 26 Derek Carty 4 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Phil Hertz 0
MWisler, Atl Mike Gianella 26 Derek Carty 12 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3 Ray Guilfoyle 2
    Phil Hertz 2    
RGsellman, NYM Mike Gianella 26 Derek Carty 22 Phil Hertz 1  
RTapia, Col Ray Guilfoyle 5      
SLugo, NYM Phil Hertz 2 Steve Gardner 0    
RMontero, NYM Phil Hertz 1      
OArcia, SD Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Andy Behrens 0    
RRivera, NYM Andy Behrens 0      
TCahill, ChC Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0    
THolt, Cin Andy Behrens 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JDeLaCruz, Atl Mike Gianella 26
RQuinn, Phi Ray Guilfoyle 5
JBradley, Atl Phil Hertz 1
RDelgado, Ari Phil Hertz 0
PCorbin, Ari Phil Hertz 0
JChavez, LAD Phil Hertz 0
GDayton, LAD Phil Hertz 0
CHeisey, Was Andy Behrens 0
AWood, LAD Ray Guilfoyle 0
ARecker, Atl Andy Behrens 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

$26 was the magic number for Mike Gianella, as the Baseball Prospectus writer had the same winning amount for three free agents this week in National League Tout Wars. Currently in sixth place, Gianella came into the weekend with the most FAAB in the league at $298, so had the financial leverage to get who he wanted. His new players are all starting pitchers – Robert Gsellman of the Mets, Matt Wisler of Atlanta and A.J. Cole from Washington. All have an opportunity to remain in their respective rotations for the final month.

The owner with the second-most cash is me. I used $35 to acquire former Mariners infielder Luis Sardinas, who has been playing out of his mind since joining San Diego six games ago, going 6-for-17 including two doubles, a home run, five walks, four RBI and a stolen base. Here is hoping it can last a while longer, since I get none of those impressive stats logged to date.

Todd's Take

Welcome back A.J. Pollock! My $31 draft day investment made his 2016 debut over the weekend - but not on my squad because I tried to get too cute. Recall the Tout Wars rule allowing mid-week activation so long as you release an active player. The release wasn't a big issue with Matt Joyce and Jeremy Hazelbaker currently active - if I had to cut one I'd be OK. The original plan was for Pollock to play two out of three games so I assumed he'd sit either Saturday or Sunday, especially since he was facing a decent RHP both times. On Saturday morning, I decided to wait to see if there was any early word if he was playing since I had to decide by 1 PM ET and the Snakes didn't play until the evening. I couldn't find anything but since Joyce and Hazelbaker were facing weak RHP, I opted to keep Pollock out until Sunday. The two platoon lefties went a combined 0-for-4 while Pollock played and went 0-for-3.

So it's Sunday and I incorrectly assumed Pollock would sit versus Homer Bailey. Oops. He went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs. I need RBI more than runs so that part doesn't sting but I'm .0004 away from another point in OBP and could have used those stats. The saving grace is now I don't have to release a hitter, I was able to release Dario Alvarez, with the decision being who to sit, not release between Joyce and Hazelbaker. 

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SLugo, NYM Cory Schwartz 24    
NMarkakis, Atl Ray Flowers 14 Fred Zinkie 4 Tim Heaney 0
NFranklin, TB Cory Schwartz 13 Tim Heaney 0  
MStrahm, KC Fred Zinkie 12 Scott Swanay 0  
EEscobar, Min Ray Flowers 11    
ATriggs, Oak Ray Flowers 9 Al Melchior 0  
CGreen, NYY Gene McCaffrey 4 Ray Flowers 7  
AGriffin, Tex Al Melchior 0 Gene McCaffrey 3  
AWood, LAD Ray Guilfoyle 0    
MWisler, Atl Al Melchior 0    
WHarris, Hou Scott Swanay 0    
RWeeks, Ari Tim Heaney 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

AEscobar, KC Ray Flowers 8
TBeckham, TB Ray Flowers 8
LCessa, NYY Gene McCaffrey 3
ADeAza, NYM Tim Heaney 0
BGuyer, Cle Tim Heaney 0
JHazelbaker, StL Tim Heaney 0
KelJohnson, NYM Tim Heaney 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Although this week was a fairly quiet one on the FAAB front, it did feature a couple of noteworthy uncontested bids. The first happens to be the highest-priced player of the week, Seth Lugo. Since moving into the Mets starting rotation, Lugo has registered a stellar 2.32 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, and he's in line to make two starts this week. As a deep-league two-start pitcher option, there's a lot to like about the 26-year-old righty.

Matt Wisler is coming off a dominant performance against the Diamondbacks in which he limited Arizona to one run on two hits over eight innings. But after pitching to a 3.16 ERA through the season's first two months, the 23-year-old has recorded just five quality starts in 11 tries, and his pedestrian strikeout rate (6.6 K/9 this year) limits his fantasy appeal. That said, Wisler does have a favorable matchup against the Padres on tap for Tuesday, so if there ever was a time to take a chance on him, that time would be this week.

Todd's Take

Why the sudden interest in Nick Markakis? Sorting by AB for the week shows 6 hits, 5 RBI three runs - so he's hot, right? Maybe, but if that's the criteria, that production came early in the week against the Dbacks. Markakis closed out an empty 1-for-12 versus the Giants. On the other hand, you KNOW he's going to play so if you don't need upside, just regular playing time in the hopes he runs into more run production, that counts for something this time of the season.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AGarcia, Atl Anthony Perri 25      
MBoyd, Det Charlie Wiegert 23 Eno Sarris 6 Perry Van Hook 3 Tim McLeod 2
ACole, Was Anthony Perri 22 Eno Sarris 1    
JPeterson, Atl Charlie Wiegert 8      
FSalas, LAA Rudy Gamble 6 Perry Van Hook 3    
KGraveman, Oak Eno Sarris 5 Perry Van Hook 0    
CGreen, NYY Eno Sarris 3      
JBell, Pit Perry Van Hook 3 Anthony Perri 21    
RVogelsong, Pit Perry Van Hook 0      
TPlouffe, Min Tim McLeod 0 Charlie Wiegert 6 Perry Van Hook 2  
DNorris, Det Tim McLeod 0 Perry Van Hook 0    
SLugo, NYM Perry Van Hook 0 Eno Sarris 3 Rudy Gamble 3 Eno Sarris 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

AMiranda, Sea Eno Sarris 3  
JoseDeLeon, LAD Rudy Gamble 2  
CKnebel, Mil Eno Sarris 1  
BTreinen, Was Eno Sarris 1  
ACaminero, Sea Eno Sarris 1  
LCessa, NYY Perry Van Hook 0 Tim McLeod 0
RGsellman, NYM Perry Van Hook 0  
MWisler, Atl Perry Van Hook 0  
JGrilli, Tor Perry Van Hook 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Not a lot of bidding occurred for the last week in August: Some teams, sadly appear to be disinterested, but several teams are low on FAAB units and may want to save the precious ducats to bid on potentially productive September call-ups.

Adonis Garcia drew the top bid, garnering $25 from Anthony Perri. The Braves third-baseman smacked a pair of homers this week and is in line for steady playing time down the stretch.

The high pitching bid for the night was $23 for the Tigers' Matt Boyd who has a nice two-start week ahead, convincing Charlie Wiegert to take a chance. That bid was just a dollar higher than the $22 Perri gambled on A.J. Cole who is taking his disabled Steve Strasburg's spot for the Nationals.

Boyd was certainly on my list as I tried to correct the "un-Godley" moves I made destroying my ERA and WHIP last week but of as I only had $29 left total, I was easily outbid. I did roster Ryan Vogelsong and Seth Lugo for $0 bids to conserve FAAB and try and get some new starting arms who will hopefully be more stat-friendly.

I was also concerned about David Freese's at-bats going forward with the Pirates giving top prospect Josh Bell a long look so I tried to roster Bell and was unexpectedly successful with a $3 bid.

Todd's Take

Periodically in this space I like to point out instances where playing DFS has aided seasonal game-play. With the attention Markakis, Garcia and Wisler garnered this week, it segues nicely into the following. For the season, the Braves are the lowest scoring team in the league, averaging a scant 3.7 runs a game. This hurts hitters in terms of runs and RBI along with pitchers with respect to run support. However, before the All-Star break, the club was scoring just 3.45 runs a contest. Since the hiatus, they're mid-pack at 4.2 tallies. This means Braves bats are better for run production while the hurlers have a slightly better chance at a win.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

GSanchez, NYY Stephania Bell 80 Andrea LaMont 31 Jake Ciely 0  
RPorcello, Bos Stephania Bell 12 Andrea LaMont 3 Jake Ciely 0 Jeff Zimmerman 0
JimJohnson, Atl Andrea LaMont 4      
RRay, Ari Peter Kreutzer 4 Jake Ciely 0    
CGreen, NYY Peter Kreutzer 4      
DStraily, Cin Andrea LaMont 2 Jeff Zimmerman 0    
HPerez, Mil Andrea LaMont 2      
JGyorko, StL Andrea LaMont 2      
BFinnegan, Cin Andrea LaMont 1      
ZDavies, Mil Jeff Zimmerman 0      
TBauer, Cle Jake Ciely 0 Peter Kreutzer 4    

UNAWARDED BIDS

LWeaver, StL Peter Kreutzer 4
ASanchez, Det Andrea LaMont 2
MUpton, Tor Andrea LaMont 2
MStrahm, KC Peter Kreutzer 1
RWeeks, Ari Andrea LaMont 1
HSantiago, Min Jeff Zimmerman 0

Todd's Take

Can Gary Sanchez really win the Rookie-of-the-Year? And if he does, can he win it again next year? Due to a quirk in the rules, the answer to the latter is yes. Come September 1 (when rosters expand), Sanchez will fall short of the 130 PA/45 game threshold necessary to maintain rookie of the year status. Keep in mind the clock stops ticking after rosters expand.

Let's use the benchmark of 20 homers for Sanchez for be considered with the likes of Michael Fulmer, Nomar Mazara and maybe Edwin Diaz if he has a huge stretch run. My latest rest-of-season projections suggest the top power hitters will smack around nine more dingers so the mark is certainly within reach. Some are saying the fact he's "been lucky" with HR/FB rate detracts from possibly getting the award.

Hogwash.

Let me worry about the bloated mark when I do 2017 projections. The award should be based on performance, though I do believe the Cy Young should take fortune into consideration, but that's a story for another day.

 

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.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Wade Miley, BAL USAT Sports 1
Joey Wendle, OAK USAT Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Andrew Romine, DET USAT Sports 1
JaCoby Jones, DET USAT Sports 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Yawn Holiday weekend. Football drafts. Not quite time for a rash or prospects. Steve Gardner spent a buck on Wade Miley, and another on Joey Wendle.

That is all.

Note, Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs bagged Yoan Moncada on draft day as a reserve pick

Todd's Take

We've all know Wade Miley; who is Joey Wendle? Wendle is a 26-year old left-handed hitting second baseman expected to platoon witd Chad Pinder at second base for the Athletics. As an organization, Oakland has backed off the focus on drawing walks as neither Wendle nor Pinder excel in that area. Wendle's contact has hovered near 80 percent which is acceptable but combined with a low walk rate, will make him better for batting leagues than OBP formats. Wendle projects to teens power and speed which can play second base, even as a platoon hitter. It's doubtful he's the second baseman of the future but he could stick as a utility guy. or this year, however, he's looking at maybe 75 plate appearances down the stretch which makes him an asset in AL only and borderline in mixers.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Stephen Cardullo, COL ESPN - Karabell 34 Baseball HQ 3 Mastersball 2
Wily Peralta, MIL Baseball HQ 3 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Destin Hood, MIA Mastersball 3    
Luis Perdomo, SD Baseball HQ 1    
Carl Edwards Jr., CHC Derek Carty 1    
David Ross, CHC Mastersball 1    
Robert Gsellman, NYM RotoExperts 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Luis Perdomo, SD Baseball HQ 1
Neftali Feliz, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Trevor Cahill, CHC Baseball HQ 1
Will Smith, SF Baseball HQ 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

29-year-old outfielder Stephen Cardullo burst onto the MLB scene last week for the Colorado Rockies and his arrival drew the attention of Eric Karabell. The ESPN writer paid $34, $1 more than the next-closest owner Derek Carty could spend. Cardullo could also see time at first base and earn regular playing time in September.

Wily Peralta has recently pitched like a new man, with four quality starts in his last five outings. The Brewers right-hander was scooped up by Steve Gardner of USA TODAY for just $3. That is the same price I paid for new Miami outfielder Destin Hood, who could benefit from the continued absence of Giancarlo Stanton.

Todd's Take

For as close as we all follow this game, every once in awhile we run across and name and go, "Who?" I'll cop to that earlier in the week when I saw Destin Hood's name in the lineup for the Marlins. Now 26, Hood has been toiling in the minors since 2008, spending multiple years at each level. A .267 season with 15 homers and 11 steals at Triple-A New Orleans earned the right-handed swinging outfielder a look in South Beach. With Marcel Ozuna out, Christian Yelich is the only fixture in the Fish outfield. Ichiro Suzuki and Jeff Francoeur have been sharing time with Hood and should continue to do so until Ozuna returns. Ozuna isn't expected back until the end of the week at the earliest. Ichiro is the only lefty (other than Yelich) so he'll likely continue to play against all right-handers, leaving Hood to battle Francoeur for playing time. Playing time is currency so in NL only formats, Hood is an asset. Mixed leagues should monitor the situation to see how the playing time scenario fleshes out.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Yoan Moncada, BOS MLB.com 6 Razzball 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Ryan Howard, PHI Razzball 1    
Luis Cessa, NYY MLB.com 1    
Derek Holland, TEX Baseball HQ 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

A.J. Cole, WSH MLB.com 1
Jose Urena, MIA MLB.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Fred Zinkie reeled in the big fish, Yoan Moncada. The number one prospect of the Red Sox and one of the top prospects in all of baseball has been summoned to help fill the void at the hot corner as Travis Shaw has struggled for much of the second half. The early plan is for Moncada to platoon with Aaron Hill but we'll see how long that lasts. If he hits, expect the 21-year old phenom to grab most of the time at third base. Built like a defensive back, Moncada has blazing speed along with decent pop. His defense at third needs a lot of polishing but he was brought up for his stick, not glove. His stolen base potential alone makes him viable for all formats.

Todd's Take

He's back! Barring a setback, Clayton Kershaw returns to the majors, and my roster this week. The Mastersball entry is enjoying a 14 point lead but there were times this week it fell to single digits. This race is far from over but with the return of Kershaw, the other teams will have to close the gap as I should be able to continue to hover around 120 points. Losing Kershaw resulted in the squad totaling more hitting than pitching points though that could flip back.

It's going to be a fun - and long - four weeks.

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.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Yulieski Gurriel, HOU ESPN.com 8    
Dillon Gee, KC Colton & The Wolfman 1 USAT Sports 1  
Andrew Triggs, OAK Fangraphs 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
Matt Andriese, TB SiriusXM 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Wade Miley, BAL SiriusXM 1
Mychal Givens, BAL SiriusXM 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

A massive $11 was spent on free agent selections this cycle, with a grand total of four players hitting new rosters.

The big deal was Yulieski Gurriel went to Tristan Cockcroft for $8, while Ray Flowers nabbed Matt Andriese for a buck, the same amount that Eno Sarris spent on Andrew Triggs, and the same price tag that brought Dillon Gee to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton.

That leaves an aggregate $23 for all the teams to focus on unaffiliated prospects coming up in September, and that means some potentially fun price wars in the coming weeks.

Todd's Take

It's only been four games or so but early indications are Jason Castro will lose the most playing time how that Gurriel is finally called up. The Astros plan on using the Cuban primarily at DH which has pushed Evan Gattis behind the plate for three of the past four games, albeit two of those against southpaws where you'd expect the lefty-swinging Castro to sit. This appears to be a fluid situation.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Rich Hill, LAD Derek Carty 42 ESPN - Karabell 40 Baseball HQ 23 RotoWire - DVR 1
Seth Lugo, NYM Baseball HQ 9 RotoWire - DVR 1    
Luis Sardinas, SD Mastersball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Randall Delgado, ARI Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Oswaldo Arcia, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Xavier Scruggs, MIA Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Braden Shipley, ARI RotoWire - DVR 1      
Ramon Cabrera, CIN USA TODAY Sports 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Neftali Feliz, PIT Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Jake Elmore, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Jeff Hoffman, COL RotoWire - DVR 1    
Jesse Chavez, LAD Baseball HQ 1    
Kevin Quackenbush, SD Mastersball 1    
Phil Gosselin, ARI Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Rene Rivera, NYM USA TODAY Sports 1    
Rob Zastryzny, CHC Mastersball 1    
Trevor Cahill, CHC Baseball HQ 1    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Derek Carty finally got his man! Four weeks of waiting for Rich Hill to come off the disabled list of his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, finally paid off when the 36-year-old lefty was acquired by the FAAB leader and league leader. The winning amount was $42, $1 more than the owner with the second-most cash had available. Unfortunately for him, Carty missed out on Hill’s six shutout innings over the Giants in his long-awaited Dodgers debut.

The only other free agent to find a new home for more than the $1 minimum is Mets pitcher Seth Lugo, who went to Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ for $9. Up and down to Triple-A this season as a reliever, the 26-year-old was moved into the rotation due to Steven Matz’ sore shoulder and has pitched well in two starts. Against playoff contenders St. Louis and San Francisco, Lugo allowed just three earned runs over 11 2/3 innings.

Todd's Take

In this space last week, the playing time expectation for Mitch Haniger and Patrick Kivlehan was detailed, concluding Haniger had a clearer path and thus was a better pick-up. Of course mid-week, Haniger was sent down to clear a path for A.J. Pollock because of course it's imperative the Diamondbacks continue to give playing time to Michael Bourn. Looks like Kivelhan owners could call scoreboard on me.

Except Kivlehan was also sent down, so the Padres could get a look at Alexei Ramirez in right field. Really?!?! I can see using Luis Sardinas at shortstop and think Brian made a sneaky good pick-up. But why not continue to Kivlehan a look? Jabari Blash is on the disabled list while Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot are likely to stay down as they're in the playoffs. is it really necessary to keep Ramirez's bat in the lineup? Oh well.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Alex Reyes, STL RotoWire 2 MLB.com 1
Sandy Leon, BOS Baseball HQ 2  
Scott Schebler, CIN Baseball HQ 2  
Andrew Triggs, OAK Mastersball 1  
Chad Kuhl, PIT MLB.com 1  
Seth Lugo, NYM Razzball 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Anibal Sanchez, DET Mastersball 1
Daniel Norris, DET Razzball 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

And the 20-something point lead is down to 8.5. Ray Murphy of Baseball HQ has been charging hard, having made some clever deals and strong free agent pickups. Chances are things will get even closer. I have points to gain back, especially in strikeouts. John Lackey is due back which helps a lot. I also added Andrew Triggs and will have to sweat out his start this week at home versus Boston. I like what he's done recently and with the injuries to the Athletics rotation, Triggs should continue to hold a spot.

Todd's Take

This just in: when your commissioner sends a note to the league with a suggestion how to submit your FAAB bids, pay attention. Arghh - my intent was to pick up both Anibal Sanchez and Triggs, with preference to Sanchez. I have an open reserve spot so in order to get both, I only need to drop one. The plan was for the system to look at the Sanchez bid, and if available, give him to me without a drop. Then it was to move to the second block with just Triggs and drop Tony Zych if I have the winning bid. Well, it opted to go to the Triggs solo block and not drop Zych since I had an open spot. Then it went to Sanchez, which was an uncontested bid. But it was refused since there wasn't an associated drop. Having seen this before, LABR Head Poobah Steve Gardner told everyone to always include a drop, regardless and let the system say it's not necessary. But Bozo over here forgot and Sanchez is available.

Bottom line? Play Sanchez anywhere you can this week as he'll no doubt toss a gem.

 

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