In Which We Get to Mock My Other Fantasy Draft
I have no delusions that any of you care about my fantasy baseball teams, but the amount of time I put on this site allows me these occasional self-indulgent posts.
So TCR founder and all-around good guy Christian Ruzich invited me to join his auction league and I accepted because...what the hell? I played a few roto leagues before and always hated them, but the auction style was new to me, might as well try it. Here are the pertinent league rules:
* 24-man roster (C C 1B 2B 3B SS CR MI OF OF OF OF OF UT + 10 pitchers) * 5x5: OBP, HR, RBI, R, SB-CS // W, ERA, K, SV, WHIP * Auction with keepers - $270 auction budget * Drafted players get a two-year contract, with option for a 3rd year at salary +10
This was the team I was inheriting and the keeper rule is between 5-10 players and at least $40 of salary, otherwise it comes out of your auction day draft.
Players are listed with name, team, contract, salary, and position eligibility. Contract statuses: 2 = 2nd year, eligible for an option in 2012 at salary + $10 2N = 2nd year, not eligible for an option O = option year J Castro HOU 2 5 C J LuCroy MIL 2N 1 C B Allen ARI 2 1 1/O R Weeks MIL 2 20 2 P Sandoval SFG 2 27 3 E Cabrera SDP 2 21 S C Johnson HOU 2N 1 3 J Bruce CIN O 36 O L Morrison FLA 2 6 O C Young ARI 2 15 O R Gload PHI 2N 1 1 M DeRosa SF 2 16 2/O S Pearce PIT 2 1 1 J Bay NYM 2 28 O T Gwynn LAD 2N 5 O E Velez LAD 2 2 O J Hanrahan WAS 2N 2 P J Happ HOU O 17 P J Johnson FLA O 27 P J Karstens PIT 2N 0 P R Lopez ATL 2N 5 P E Mujica FLA 2N 0 P S Olsen PIT 2N 1 P B Zito SFG O 11 P J Ely LAD 2N 8 P B Lincoln PIT 2N 11 P
I used the Baseball Prospectus fantasy rankings and recommended dollar values as a guide through the process. Bruce and Sandoval were two I wanted to keep but they seemed too expensive. I was right about Bruce (went for $24), not so much on Sandoval(went for $26).
- Rickie Weeks (2B) $20 - BP had him at $18
- Chris Johnson(CI) $11 - could care less abot him, but BP had him at $14, so seemed like value. I'm already regretting it.
- Logan Morrison (OF) $6 - seems to be somewhat of a forgotten prospect this year, well until he started lighting it up in April. $6 was too much of a bargain for an OF with a regular job.
- Chris Young(OF) $15 - power and speed and a $23 suggested value
- J. Johnson(P) $27 - one of my favorite pitchers
- Hanrahan(P) $12 - seemed like what closers were worth
That's $91, leaving me $179 to fill 18 spots. I decided I'd like to go about $180 on hitters and $90 on pitchers. I'd like to say I had a strategy beyond that, but as you'll see, I did not.
To the draft in the order I got them:
- Hanley Ramirez (SS) $42 - I made some runs at Votto, Halladay Cliff Lee , Soto and McCann before this and BP had him at $37. He ended up being the 2nd most expensive player to go in the draft behind Pujols at $43 (Votto was third at $41). I figure it's harder to find a shortstop.
- Chipper Jones(3B) $22 - Meh, BP had him at $13 and by this point their one league value for players was generally being outbid by $8-$10. I was hoping to keep it under $18, but alas let the auction get the best of me. Ian Stewart just went for $16 and I wasn't sure any other good third basemen were left. I should have kept bidding up Stewart, but for some reason I thought Stewart's injury was more serious. Then of course Stewart seems to be fighting for playing time under Tracy, so maybe this will work out still.
- Starlin Castro(MI) $22 - BP had him at $19, so I was willing to go up to $25 here. I get him for two years with a third year option at $10 more, so seemed like good value.
- Alfonso Soriano(OF) $15 - If he can steal a few bases this year, he still has 20 home run pop. Marlon Byrd went for $17 the pick after, so I felt much better after that.
- Stephen Strasburg(P) $7 - That means $7 next year and $17 the
following year. I also made a run at Johan Santana but my budget was dwindling by that point and more worried about Santana's shoulder surgery then Strasburg's TJ surgery.
- Javier Vazquez(P) $13 - Well I know he'll be pitching in a friendly park at least, so far he's been pretty terrible.
- Matt Garza(P) $8 - That seemed like a steal to me with most #2/#3 starters going over $10. It was around this point that I had calculated how much I could afford on each pitcher and hitter and was looking to not spend too abundantly over that average.
- Todd Helton(1B) $5 - one of the last first basemen left and they were
all going for over $10. At the very least he'll help my OBP.
- Kerry Wood(P) $3 - high K's and next in line for saves as most of the closers were gone by then.
- Aaron Harang(P) $6 - like my other league, looking for the Petco bounce back.
- Domonic Brown(OF) $7 - I'm not sure when he'll be back and if he'll play much this year with the Phillies, but seemed like a good shot beyond this season.
- Jonathan LucRoy (C) $4 - broken finger shouldn't linger and in a good lineup with a little home run pwer
- Bill Hall(2B, 3B, OF) $7 - Plays a bunch of spots and hopefully some home runs with the Crawford boxes.
- Humberto Quintero (C) $3 - Having to carry 2 catcher spots is 'effin brutal.
- Sergio Romo (P) $1 - siphon off some saves until Brian Wilson is back, which happened sooner than I hoped and he didn't get any.
- Russell Branyan (UT) $5 - a few garbage home runs and I don't think Juan Miranda is all that secure with the first base job.
- Andrew Cashner (P) $5 - not a lot of folks had money left and at the least the upside is high and hopefully the K's. A good keeper option for next year even if the injury lingers.
- Mike Adams (P) $1 - could be next in line for saves if Bell gets hurt and tons of strikeouts.
There's a $100 free agent budget to work with during the season and a $330 in-season salary cap to try and make things interesting. My final roster with a * indicating disabled list and I'll have to find someone on the waiver wire.
LuCroy*, Quintero, Helton, Weeks, H. Ramirez, C. Jones, Castro (MI), C. Johnson (CI), Morrison, C. Young, Soriano, B. Hall, D. Brown*, R. Branyan (UT).
J. Johnson, J. Vazquez, M. Garza, A. Harang, A. Cashner, S. Strasburg*, J. Hanrahan, S. Romo, M. Adams, K. Wood
As you can see, my pitching staff is a hot mess. I don't really have enough closers for saves and not enough good starters for wins. My K's and WHIP should be alright. Remarkably I am in second place right now without Hanley doing anything.
Some players I had proposed or made strong runs at:
- R. Halladay - went for $36
- B. McCann - went for $23
- Geovany Soto - went for $18
- Cliff Lee - went for $33
- Joey Votto (nominated by me) - went for $41
- Chris Iannatta - went for $17
- Pablo Sandoval (nominated by me) - went for $26
- Zack Greinke - went for $29
- Carlos Pena - went for $25
- Tommy Hanson - went for $23
- Lance Berkman (nominated by me) - $16
- Yovani Gallardo (nominated by me) - $23
- Jay Bruce - $24
- Chris Carpenter (nominated by me) - $24
- Ubaldo Jimenez - $21
- Brad Hawpe (nominated by me) - went for $12
- Ryan Franklin went for $13
- Leo Nunez - went for $13
- Francisco Cordero - went for $16
- Adam LaRoche - went for $16
- Kosuke Fukudome (nominated by me) -$7
- Todd Helton ((nominated by me) - and got him for $5
- Sean Burnett (nominated by me) - $4 (I should have kept bidding on him)
- Quintero, Romo, Branyan and Adams were all also nominated by me and I won the bids.
even if he's not starting, abandoning hammel would be a bit of a 'screw you.' i think it might be -monty +hammel, but it's speculation.
either way, someone's gonna be disappointed.
Joe said he is leaning towards 11 pitchers and 14 position players.
- 4 starters, Chapman, Rondon, Strop, CJ, Wood, Grimm, Monty. No dice for Cahill or Smith.
- 3 catchers, Rizz, Zo, Addy, KB, Javy, Heyward, Fowler, Soler, Coghlan, TLS and then Sczcur over Almora?
Cubs 3B Jason Vosler made two really bad throws on consecutive AB in the 8th. Fortunately the game was no longer in doubt at the time
The first one was a one-hop lob that allowed the batter to reach base on an infield single, and the second was air-mailed so far over the first-baseman's head that it went over the fence and landed in Field #4.
E-MAN: Despite the HR, Donnie Dewees is really more of a slash hitter (the HR was an opposite-field line-drive) who can accumulate lots of doubles & triples. He's also a good bunter and can get on base that way, too. Although he was thrown out trying to steal in the game, he's actually a good base-stealer and baserunner.
Defensively he has plus-range and tracks fly balls OK, so he can play CF, but he has a rag arm that requires the middle infielders to go out further into CF to make relays.
I don't know how many of you remember Bobby Knoop, who played 2B for the Angels, White Sox, and Royals back in the day, but he is a coach-emeritus for the Angels, and works with the infielders at Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, and Instructs. He's pretty spry for a 77-year old, and he really knows his shit.
With a big lead, Chapman was throwing sliders and changeups, something he's reluctant to do in a save situation. (Len and Jim covered this.)
Maybe they have a bad owner, I don't know, but they still have players and fans and a franchise, all devastated by this loss of life. Plus, everybody who follows baseball is a fan of a guy like this. It's why I used the word tragedy, which other people throw around but I try to be careful with.
I'm at an age where I remember old incidents better than recent ones, but I have to go back to Herb Score for something as disturbing.
That was Dee Gordon's only HR this year. Wow.
Thank you PHIL.
Glad you avoided temps in the 100s.
I remember you mentioning Dewees needng plenty of work in th IF. How are his OF instincts?
Also, did see much of Satchel McElroy? Only Satchel I have heard about other than the "orignal" and one of Woody Allen's kids.
Hate to give the Mets credit, but they did everything right tonight in what had to be a very tough game for them to play. As Hollandsworth said on the Cubs post-game -- if you watched the game, you saw Mets players consoling Marlins players who were in tears during the game. Between that and the way Molina handled the Ross farewell -- maybe the Mets and Cardinal players aren't pure evil. Just the fans.
New York Mets @Mets
Dee Gordon lead-off home run. #AintEvenMad #BiggerThanBaseball 1-0 Miami.
7:25 PM - 26 Sep 2016
Amazing effort by Gordon -- truly remarkable.
Cubs get 100, KB gets 100, Hendricks gets below 2.00, Cards get absolutely destroyed by the Reds -- all good, other than some Rondon concern. Hopefully, he can get a few outings in this week and find his groove. Also, I guess Soler is still struggling with his right side. Hmmmm. Too bad Joe didn't let Addy bat with the bases loaded in the 7th -- great RBI opportunity.
I assume all the relievers are on a set schedule this week, but it seems strange Chapman pitched back-to-back.
Barry Rozner article interviewing Greg Maddux (with comments on Kyle Hendricks).
"I like watching him pitch," Maddux said of Hendricks. "I like guys that rely on movement and location. I can relate to him. That's what I had to do. "I'd rather watch him pitch than some lefty throwing 95 mph."
cubs win #100. neat.
Chapman in to stop the bleeding.