NL Leader Talks but Doesn’t Brag

Brian Walton is doing just fine in NL Tout. He’s got a comfortable, if not insurmountable, lead, and he’s playing the game very well.

Although he doesn’t write about his fantasy teams much, at midseason he took a breath and gave a peak at what is going on in his head. Not surprisingly, his rooting interests often conflict.

Perry Van Hook’s Mixed League Analysis–Midseason

TOUT Wars (17 team, Mixed)

By Perry Van Hook

Well I finally got Votto back into the lineup, but losing Beltre at the same time was a double blow – he had started hitting better and it means I have to play Melvin Mora and hope for a turnaround, or play the valuable but still part time Willy Aybar whom I added a few weeks ago because he could be a MI or CI substitute if needed.
Currently the lineup is:
C  – Pierzynski and Y. Molina
CI – Votto, Mora, and Atkins
MI – A. Ramirez, Barmes, and J. Lopez
OF – Ellsbury, N. Cruz, Werth, Juan Rivera, and Dye
UT – Spilborghs (this week with Rockies at home for seven)
Reserve – L. Scott and Willy Aybar

The offense has climbed to 65 points now, fourth in the league, with
BA=.2796 for 15 points; HR=137 for 14 points; RUNS=501 for 10 points; RBI=516 for 10 points; and SB=102 for 16 points

On the pitching side I now have 57.5 points (now sixth) with
ERA=3.93 for 13 points; K=578 for 9 points; S=25 for 7 points; W=48 for 13.5 points; and WHIP=1.28 for 15 points
SP – Carpenter, Hanson, Zimmermann, Washburn, Nieve, Mazzaro, and Blackburn
RP – Broxton and MacDougal
Reserve – Lowe and Saunders (wish I had been that smart a week ago)

While the pitching points have only gone up a point (losing two points in WHIP), I think the stats are better positioned to gain more points in most all categories. Hanson has been worth the wait, and hopefully that will continue in Coors this week.

TOUT differs in many ways from other expert leagues and the recent rule changes have put the emphasis on the individual writer/analyst, and not the site where they are currently working. When there is a vacancy, there is a nomination process, followed by a vetting by a committee and finally a vote. I was glad to have been voted in this year to start with a couple of other newbies in the Mixed League. (If you survive and are “promoted” it is to the AL or NL only leagues). Information about all three of the leagues and the participants as well as articles and comments can be found at the league website (

Here are the TOUT standings after Week 13:
Rank        Team            Points
1)     Jason Pliml, MDC        132.0
2)    Chris Liss, Rotowire        130.0
3)    Perry Van Hook,    122.5
4)    J.P. Kastner, CreativeSports    103.0
5)    Michael Salfino,      98.0
6)    Paul Petera, HQ          92.0
7)    David Gonos, OpenSports      90.5
8)    Eric Karabell, ESPN          90.0
9)    Andy Behrens,      88.0
9)    Alex Patton, pattonandco      88.0
11)     Larry Schechter, Shrink      86.5
12)    Brendan Roberts, ESPN      84.0
13)    Eric Mack, CBS          80.5
14)    Alex Cushing,      74.5
15)    Doug Dennis, HQ          66.5
16)    John Hoyos, rotojunkie      66.0
17)    Will Carroll, BP          38.0

For a complete look at Van Hook’s expert league review, click HERE

NL Tout SWAT July 6


– Pick up Matt Stairs for $0; DL Kelly Johnson
– Pick up Blake DeWitt for $0; drop Ramon Vazquez.


– Pick up Jarrett Hoffpauir for $0; drop Ryan Freel.
– Pick up Guillermo Mota for $0; drop Matt Downs.


– Pick up Juan Castro for $0; drop Argenis Reyes.
– Pick up Sean Burnett for $0; drop Chris Sampson.
– Pick up Henry Blanco for $0; drop David Ross.
– Pick up Gregor Blanco for $1 (Kreutzer 2, Cockcroft 0); drop Brett Carroll.


– Pick up Ryan Sadowski for $4 (Lombardo 6; Kreutzer 3); drop Nick Masset.


– Pick up Burke Badenhop for $0; drop Merkin Valdez.
– Pick up Emmanuel Burriss for $1 (Melnick 5); drop Alejandro De Aza.


– Pick up Sam Fuld for $3 (Pianowski 12, Hertz 2); drop Craig Stammen.


– Pick up Rodrigo Lopez for $1 (Ravitz 8); fills open slot.


– Pick up Garret Jones for $23 (Pianowski 13; Lombardo 22; Walton 34; Cockcroft 4; Kreutzer 0; Hertz 10); DL Khalil Greene.


– Pick up Jeremy Affeldt for $0; fills open slot.

Tout AL SWAT July 6!

Res C Gomez. $Claim S Hairston ($101. Next: Collette $43, Siano $27, Shandler $22, Erickson $11. Vickery: $44.
Rel Dusty Ryan. Rel Jakubauskas.


Rel Willets. Claim Dellucci.
DL Wang. $Claim Carlos Torres. ($1. Next: none. Vickery: $1)

DL Iwamura. $Claim T Pena ($5. Next: none. Vickery: $1)
DL Beltre. $Claim J Bailey ($5. Next: Siano $3, Erickson $1, Colton $5. Vickery: $5)
Rel P Coke. $claim P Martinez ($1. Next: none. Vickery: $1)
Rel Andy Marte

Res Quinlan. Act Kendrick.
Res Clayton Richard. Act B Morrow.
Res Dewayne Wise. $Claim E Hinskey ($5. Next: $0. Vickery: $1)
Rel Quinlan.

losing bid

DL Slowey. $Claim M Lowe ($3. Next: none. Vickery: $1)

Res Hopper. Activate J Hamilton.
Rel Redmond. Activate J Buck.
Res Millar. Activate Punto.
Rel Herges. Claim B League.
Cut Gathright, Crow, if necessary.


DL S Richmond. Claim J Bulger.
Res M Carp. $Claim C Woodward. ($5. Next: Siano $3. Vickery: $4)

Rel T Sipp. $Claim L French ($3. Next: $0. Vickery: $1)
Rel Sowers. Activate E Santana.

Rel Casilla.

Tout Mixed July 6 SWAT!

Hoyos reclaims
$14 for avliles
$7 for crisp
Karabell trades Schechter Bonifacio and Troncoso
Schecther trades Karabell G. Anderson and Meyer
W. Harris $1 (vickery 2)
F. Martinez  $1 (vickery 1)
Cora $1 (vickery 9)
Prado $2 (vickery 9)
Gomez $0
Sadowski $8 (19 vickery)
Stetter $1 (3 vickery)
Wuertz $0
G. Jone $1 (30 vickery)
J. Johnson $0
Choate $1 (5 vickery)
Bailey $1 (4 vickery)
G. Olsen $1 (2 vickery)

Mixed Tout Wars SWAT June 29, 2009


Schechter sends Valverde, Hawpe, Doumit and $2 FAAB to Cushing
Cushing sends Vasquez, Wells, and Wakefield to Schechter


Bumgarner $1 (2 vickery), drop Thornton
S. Smith $1 (5 vickery), Gutierrez to reserve, Giles to DL

R. Davis $0 reserve Garko

McDougall $1 (19 vickery), owned by Van Hook.

Paulino $5 (vickery 5) Outman to DL
D. Ross $1 (2 vickery) Barajas to DL void as Barajas not on DL
Activate Hairston, reserve Nix

D. Meyer $7 (12 vickery), bench Wang, drop Hall

L. Nunez $30 (ok, all the vickerys cos this was interesting: 37 wins, Schechter 29, Behrens 18, Kastner 15, Van Hook 11), res Feldman, dl Byrnes

E. Cabrera $18 (ok, once again 18 wins, Behrens 17, Schechter 12 , Mack 5), reserve Wigginton and dump Gload

Ishikawa $1 (3 vickery), teagarden to bench, dl beltran
Calero $1 (3 vickery), wellemeyer to bench, dl lindstrom

Huff $1 (6 vickery) rese gallaraga

Van Hook
Aybar $1 (4 vickery) reserve scott, drop medlen

Paulino $5 (5, vickery) to Patton with $5 bid

H. Bailey $0, DL Doumit
G.Gonzalez $1 (2, vickery) DL Harrison
Masterson 0  fill wakefield spot