TCR's Free Agent Frenzy Contest 2008

Time for another shot at wonderful prizes with the TCR Free Agent Frenzy Contest. MLB.com actually runs it and we just piggyback off of them, but it's been great fun. The prize this year for first place is a brand new copy of Cait Murphy's Crazy '08, which I know Dr. Hecht strongly endorses.

We've upscaled it this year and you can enter your choices by filling in this survey. A few things to note, it's limited to 100 responses although we've never had more than that. Second, it won't double check your work so if you put the same confidence level on two players, your ballot will be thrown out. If you wish, feel free to put your choices in the comments as well for a backup and so we can all mock you.

Best of luck...

Comments

I don't think I've ever done particuarly well at this contest, but this year seems very hard - maybe that bodes well for my guesses.

Abreu - Atlanta 2
Bradley - Mess 3
Burnett Yankees 5
Burrell Toronto 4
Dempster Cubs! 8
Dunn Giants 1
Furcal Dodgers 13
Lowe Dodgers 9
Perez Boston 6
Ramirez Angels 10
Rodriguez Mess 14
Sabathia Yankees 15
Sheets Baltimorians 7
Teixeira Yankees 11
Wood Cubs! 12

Abreu - Dodgers 3
Bradley - Yankees 2
Burnett - Blue Jays 9
Burrell - Braves 1
Dempster - Cubs 10
Dunn - Nationals 7
Furcal - Dodgers 14
Lowe - Braves 6
Perez - Cardinals 4
Ramirez - Dodgers 15
Rodriguez - Mets 11
Sabathia - Yankees 12
Sheets - Mets 5
Texeira - Angels 8
Wood - Cubs 13

Abreu Yankees 13
Bradley Mets 1
Burnett Yankees 14
Burrell Mets 4
Dempster Cubs 15
Dunn Indians 2
Furcal Dodgers 9
Lowe Yankees 6
Perez Cardinals 3
Ramirez Dodgers 7
Rodriguez Mets 11
Sabathia Dodgers 8
Sheets Brewers 5
Teixiera Angels 10
Wood Cubs 12

Got to love this stat---tonight in Ven. Rich Hill has 6 walks in 2 innings

ugg...that would be 2 bad outtings in a row for him.

Final line for Hill tonight---4ip-1h-1r-6bb-1k

Rich is going down his last name in a hurry.

Abreu Braves 3
Bradley BJays 1
Burnett Yankees 8
Burrell Giants 4
Dempster Cubs 15
Dunn Nationals 10
Furcal Dodgers 11
Lowe Red Sox 5
Perez Brew Crew 2
Ramirez Dodgers 12
Rodriguez Mets 9
Sabathia Angels 7
Sheets Mets 6
Teixiera Yankees 13
Wood Cubs 14

I read somewhere that the Nationals wanted defensive minded players, and would think that they wouldn't want Dunn because of that - but I guess there is a Bowden connection there? I really had trouble thinking of a team that would want Dunn - the Mets may have been a better guess than what I had. I think the Mets, the Giants, the Jays, the Braves and the Angels are all going to look to come out of this post-season with a big corner outfield bat.

According to Rotoworld, Rosenthal thinks the Cubs are now the most likely team to acquire Peavy--leaping ahead of the Braves. God I hope this either gets done or dies. I'm not up for another offseason of the same rumor over and over.

Agreed.

I'd love to see Peavy in Chicago, don't get me wrong. But I did hear on ESPN or somewhere that he's allegedly only gotten about 15 outs after the 6th inning over the last 2 years. Am I making this up or does anyone else sit with Sportscenter on in the background perpetually and hear this too?

Just means we'd need to make sure the bullpen is well rested when he pitches, I guess.

don't sound right...

BR.com says he made the 7th inning 13 times last year with 54 PA's against and 15 H and 2 BB's.

Made the 8th inning, 4 times, the 9th once (his only CG)

the CG would be 9 outs right there...

in 2007, he made the 7th inning 24 times with  99 PA's against, 19 H, 12 BB's, 2 HBP, made the 8th inning just once.

 

That makes more sense, like I said I was half-listening and then heard that.

Plus it's ESPN. I'm still not convinced they didn't *say* it. Thanks.

I'll have the Fish Frenzy.

Abreu Braves 4
Bradley Reds 1
Burnett Braves 5
Burrell Phils 15
Dempster Nats 2
Dunn Tribe 3
Furcal Cubs 6
Lowe Yanks 12
Perez Cards 8
Ramirez Dodgers 13
K-rod Mets 14
CC Brewers 7
Sheets Astros 9
Tex Yanks 11
Wood Rangers 10

* for some reason I cant remember 6-12 so its my best guess what I put down

Abreu Yankees 8

Bradley Toronto 9

Burnett Baltimore 13

Burrell Philadelphia 14

Dempster Cubs 7

Dunn Cubs 2

Furcal Atlanta 6

Lowe Yankees 4

Perez Dodgers 1

Ramirez Dodgers 3

Rodriguez Mets 10

Sabathia Yankees 15

Sheets Milwaukee 5

Teixeira Washington 12

Wood Cubs 11

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 1 hour 22 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 1 hour 50 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 2 hours 55 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 4 hours 8 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 4 hours 25 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 4 hours 29 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 5 hours 13 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 10 hours 4 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 18 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 22 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 12 hours 40 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 19 hours 53 min ago view