|Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of May 13|
|Written by Administrator|
|Monday, 13 May 2013 00:34|
Rob Leibowitz' Commentary
Scott Kazmir drew some attention this week and it was actually surprising there weren't more or higher bids. The lefty has missing bats at a rate higher than his prime and throwing strikes more often then ever. While he does not throw as hard as in the past, Kazmir’s approach is unchanged with a fastball/slider/change combination. The lefty’s first start of the season continues to make his numbers ugly, but Kazmir’s allowed just 5 ER in 3 starts since then and walked just three. This is the healthiest Kazmir’s been in several seasons and it shows. The skills and stuff, over the teeny tiny sample are all encouraging, so expect more for now as long as his shoulder and elbow hold out.
Jimmy Paredes has been thrust into the Astros starting outfield and is worth a flier in AL only formats. A switch-hitter, Paredes main asset is speed. Throughout his career Paredes has been an aggressive hitter who has not been able to translate his contact-making skills to the Majors. If he plays well, he could stay with the team even after Justin Maxwell returns later this month.
Brian Walton's CommentaryThe big bidding this week in NL Tout Wars indicate the warriors may believe Derek Dietrich can offer more than the injured second baseman he is replacing with the Miami Marlins, Donovan Solano. Dietrich, who raised his average to .364 with two hits Sunday, drew four double-digit bids and went to Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN for $14.
My $4 offer for Cincinnati's Donald Lutz was trumped by Steve Gardner of USA TODAY, who was willing to spend up to $15 (Vickrey), but only paid $5. Even if the outfielder, who launched a three-run homer on Sunday, is sent back down when Chris Heisey returns this week, he will be back later.
With opportunity to earn playing time on a struggling Cubs team, outfielder Ryan Sweeney is getting another MLB life. Peter Kreutzer bid $4 and won. Speaking of Rotoman, Peter also took a $1 flyer on the potential return to the majors of Roy Oswalt later this season.
And speaking of Rockies starters, my general worry about playing them along with the undependable early performance of Juan Nicasio led me to release the right-hander last week. Following a five-inning, two-run outing against the Mets, the right-hander went to Lenny Melnick for $4 this time around.
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Just in case I would somehow forget to bid on Heath Bell come Sunday, I made sure to enter in my bid earlier in the week. And it was $43. I figured that since Bell carried a considerable amount of closing experience and, despite last season’s disaster, had pitched fairly well so far this year, a generous bid was warranted. Plus, the saves category was so bunched up that by adding a third closer, I could gain a lot of points very quickly. Oh yeah, and then there was the fact that as a David Hernandez owner, I would be able to corner the market on Diamondbacks’ saves. But after seeing Bell blow up on Sunday, I began to think that Hernandez will be closing games sooner rather than later, so why waste nearly half of my remaining FAAB on Bell? So I lowered the bid slightly, to $37. Turns out that Derek Van Riper bid $41, so that last second decision of mine cost me Bell. So now I’m just hoping that he blows up one more time in the near future. Or maybe two more times. And I think it’s very possible.
Considering my recent starting pitching woes, I was scared off by Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez. I know that both have been on a roll of late, but what if the inevitable stat correction comes while they are on my roster. Well, both went for a decent amount of dough, so I’m perfectly content with my $2 purchase of Mike Leake, who has a tasty road matchup vs. the Marlins this week. I like Ray Flowers’ Ricky Nolasco pickup and I feel that he’s a better long-term investment than Leake. And Nolasco is a two-start pitcher this week, which seems like an added bonus. But the Tout Wars rule that you must leave your FAAB pickups active for at least one week was the deciding factor here. Nolasco’s matchups (vs. CIN, vs. ARI) concern me, particularly the Reds, who are very lefty heavy. I guess it’s safe to say that my recent starting pitching woes scared me off.
Perry Van Hook's CommentaryAnother new closer - another high bid - probably the same story in your league. Actually almost half the league (7 of 15) bid on Heath Bell, but Paul Greco's high bid of $39 was Vickrey reduced to $25.
I had bid $15 on Bell, knowing it wasn't likely enough but worth the try. But my $2 underbid got me John Gast the minor league pitcher the St. Louis Cardinals will call up to replace Jake Westbrook in a start at home versus the New York Mets - thus my interest. Gast was off to a very good start at Triple-A Memphis with a 1.13 ERA and 35/13 K/BB ratio in his 38+ innings pitched.
I also wanted to have another middle infielder and thought there was some possibility that the Pirates would shift Jody Mercer to shortstop when Neil Walker returns this week. Alas it doesn't look like that will happen as the last note I saw from KFFL said Mercer was going to be sent down - well at least that will prohibit me from getting zeroes for the entire week from Mercer.
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