On Saturday Brian Walton published his tale of FAAB Woe in Tout NL the week of August 4. I didn’t read it until after I posted the following, but the two stories are of a piece. Â
Sometime around the beginning of July my Tout Wars NL team was in second place, about five points behind Seth Trachtman’s team. At least for a few moments. But since then things have gone terribly wrong.
My Stars and Scrubs squad was built on sevenÂ $20+ dollar players. Since the beginning of July Hanley Ramirez, Troy Tulowitzki, and Ryan Zimmerman have gone on the DL, and Andrew McCutchen has been sidelined for more than a week with injury, though he may avoid the DL.
Earlier I lost Joey Votto to injury, in June, but was able to swap him for Jay Bruce. Otherwise things would be worse, though Bruce continues to be a shadow of his former self.
AsÂ does Martin Prado, the last of my $20 hitters, who along with Madison Bumgarner (who has been exactly fine) rounds out my tale of woe and fifth place team of injured stars.
With all these injuries, one would think there would be replacements available. And this week in the NL there were.
Jake Lamb is Arizona’s third basemen until he proves otherwise. Hardly a star but maybe a viable regular, he will get at bats for a while, at least.
Rhymer Liriano is being called up to the Padres tomorrow. He’s been a fine minor league hitter who has some pedigree.
Michael Fiers had a great ML season in 2012, bombed last year and has been excellent in Triple A this year. I rostered him early this year, but he was passed by a phenom. Now, with Matt Garza tanked, he has a shot at a few starts. His first one was wonderful. Alas, I let him go in June, so I bid on him.
I also bid on Brad Penny, he’s been pitching well in New Orleans, and Alfredo Marte, who is getting (weak) at bats in Arizona’s outfield.
I had a total of $36 FAAB to spend. The outcome this week?
In Tout Wars we use the Vickery bidding system, which gives the bid to the highest bidder, at $1 more than the second highest bidder. This week’s results are personally painful:
Jake Lamb: Trachtman $36. Next: Rotoman $18. Result: TrachtmanÂ $19.
Rhymer Liriano: Walton $50. Next: Trachtman $26, Rotoman $13. Result: Walton $27.
Michael Fiers: Hertz $50. Next: Rotoman $14. Result: Hertz $15.
Alfredo Marte: Trachtman $7. Next: Rotoman $5. Result: Trachtman $6
Brad Penny: Wilderman $8. Next: Rotoman $3. Result: Wilderman $4.
At least I’m enforcing.