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Longball Derby: Prado more Valuable than Trout?!?!? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Meltzer   
Monday, 24 March 2014 13:02

Editor's note - this is the first of a series of blogs discussing our staff entries into Rotoderby.com's Longball Derby, a new kind of fantasy game.

In laying out my two rosters for the RotoDerby Longball Challenge, I put the first rule of fantasy sports to the test – know the scoring system. Home Runs, RBI, and strikeouts is all there is.

The first team is the “Gut Feel” team. Pick the players that look like they have the highest room to raise their value based on their 2013 home run total.  The ten-player team has no single player that cost more than 26. The infield ended up with five corners and one middle. I suspect that Albert Pujols will find his way onto most rosters as his price is artificially low based on last season’s injury. The rest of the infielders are Matt Adams, Justin Morneau, Jedd Gyorko, Freddie Freeman and Prince Fielder. Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton seemed like obvious choices for outfielders with their perceived 40 home run ability. The often-injured Carlos Gonzalez and Home Run Derby stud Yoenis Cespedes rounding out the team.

Then we crunched the numbers to see how players really scored in 2013 when you factor in RBI and strikeouts. We will call this team the “Value-Based Team.” Miguel Cabrera is such a runaway high-scorer in this system that he is a must-own. Based on the 2013 numbers, Cabrera (263 points) outscored runner up Edwin Encarnacion (also on my roster) by 41 points and the fourth highest scorer Adrian Beltre (another member of my roster) by over 100 points.  Pujols is the only common player on the two teams, as his value is just too good to pass up. We could not put Martin Prado in the title without having him on the roster at a cost of 14 for the 25th highest scorer. Matt Holliday and Pablo Sandoval also score well at a low price. We take some cheap risks with the final three outfield spots, rostering Jason Heyward, Michael Morse and Wil Myers.

The staff at Mastersball is joining our colleagues at Fantasy Alarm in a private Rotoderby league. Over the next several days, those of us participating will write a blog discussing our strategy. A few of us are so enthralled that we're also playing for real. So if you've always wanted to be in a league with one of us, now's your chance. Just click on the logo below and sign up!

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 21:20
 
Rotoderby: Fantasy Baseball with a Twist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 07:35

Do you want to join another fantasy baseball league but are short on time? Are there a couple of players you really like but just aren't going to have the chance to own this season? Do you dig the long ball?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then check this out.

There's a new game in town run by our friends at Rotoderby. It's a take-off on a salary cap game but instead of choosing players whose collective salaries are beneath a set amount, the total of the 2013 homers needs to be below the threshold. Your team then totals fantasy points with the team scoring  the most points winning!

But here's the catch. The scoring resets every month! You don't redraft your team, you stay with the same ten guys. It's just that the slate is wiped clean each month and everyone is back to square one. So not only are you looking for players to out-produce last season's numbers but health and durability are also a major concern.

Hooked yet? Did I mention that the champion wins money, perhaps a lot of it?

The staff at Mastersball is joining our colleagues at Fantasy Alarm in a private Rotoderby league. Over the next several days, those of us participating will write a blog discussing our strategy. A few of us are so enthralled that we're also playing for real. So if you've always wanted to be in a league with one of us, now's your chance. Just click on the logo below and sign up!

 

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Cashner a Good Investment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 22:59

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San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner continued right where he left off last year, throwing the first two innings of a combined Padres shutout of the Chicago White Sox.

Cashner gave up two singles in two innings of work while striking out three and walking none and getting the W. He was followed by Joe Wieland, who threw two hitless innings and also struck out three batters while Keyvius Sampson allowed one hit in his two scoreless frames while striking out two. Those three major league pitchers were followed by two Padre minor leaguers – Leonel Campos gave up two hits in the eighth while striking out one while Kevin Quackenbush pitched a hitless ninth and struck out one.

The flip side to Cashner’s start was a very rough outing for Chris Sale. Sale looked fine but gave up three singles in the first inning followed by a three-run no doubt home run to Padres catcher Nick Hundley. All told, Sale gave up six runs on six hits and one walk while striking out just one in 2 2/3 innings.

The lone bright spot for the White Sox pitching staff was Dylan Axelrod, who gave up two hits and a walk while striking out three in three scoreless innings.

Minor league catcher Cody Decker also hit a home run – a two-run shot that concluded the Padres scoring in the eighth inning.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 02:44
 
Cactus League Notes: Tight One From Dodgers and White Sox PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lawr Michaels   
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00

Friday found us at Camelback Ranch where the Dodgers hosted the White Sox, and the two teams pretty much looked season ready. The game was locked at 0-0 until the seventh inning when Joc Pederson (who registered at #12 on the Mastersball Top 250 Prospect List)  hooked a liner just inside the foul pole for a two-run homer. That was all the Dodgers would need.

There's one big problem for Pederson, however. Like Scott Van Slyke and Clint Robinson, who also belted a dinger, he has Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier (who did start the game) in front of him.

Pale Hose hurler Chris Sale really set a lot of the tone with a couple of innings allowing a double to Adrian Gonzalez, and nothing more, while striking out four.

Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu matched Sale, as did the following littany of hurlers including Brian Wilson, Kenley Jansen, Donnie Veal and the guy I really wonder how he managed this long in the Majors, Jamie Wright (who wound up the winner of the game).

I did see Jose Abreu hit, but for naught, and Chone Figgins, still trying to recapture his dead skills, managed a walk but nothing else.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 March 2014 08:38
 
Cactus League Notes: Tribe Manhandles Reds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lawr Michaels   
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00

Billy Hamilton was on display, as was Carlos Santana, playing a very shallow third for two innings when no balls came his way.

Johnny Cueto did a couple of innings, acing one, and getting aced the other, while Justin Masterson started and pitched well, followed by Corey Kluber, who had trouble getting outs.

In the end, Cleveland triumphed 12-3, punctuated by a Jake Lowry slam and a pair of two-run blasts by Tyler Naquin and Elliot Johnson (yes, that Elliot Johnson).

Hamilton never really got to show his wheels in a traditional sense, but his speed was a factor for after lining a single in the first, Indians shortstop Mike Aviles tried to throw behind the speedster and threw the ball away, allowing the centerfielder to advance all the way to third. Where he was stranded.

Zack Cozart picked up a couple of hits for the Reds, including a gap double in the second that scored a couple of runs, but found the shortstop out at third trying to extend his hit without the benefit of afterburners (the putout was made by Santana).

One other note: Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor played the final seven innings, got a hit, and stole a base.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 13:02
 
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