Current Closers: 4/12/2014

Written by Mick Wayne

Down goes David Robertson, down goes Jose Veras, down goes Jim Johnson, down goes J.J. Hoover, and even Koji Uehara looks a little wobbly. That’s nearly 1/3 of the bullpens in MLB that have already had some sort of turnover at the backend of their pen and we’re not even a full two weeks in yet!

This closer list will be updated throughout the season as bullpen roles change. So yes, this list will basically be updated daily based on the shaky landscape of MLB bullpens. I’ll include the names of those next in line as well. Let’s see how the current bullpen situations stack up…

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HITTER STACKING AND PITCHER STREAMING: WEEK 2 (M-Th)

Written by Mick Wayne

One man’s trash…You know the saying. Time to find some treasures for the upcoming weekend series games. Keep a somewhat liquid bench and take advantage of the match ups when the stars align. I’ll keep a running tally of the stats produced by the players named in these write ups. Players identified will generally be owned in less than half of ESPN Leagues. Here’s a general weekly layout for the priority you should give to streaming pitchers and stashing hitters:

Mondays: Hitters.

Tuesdays: Starting Pitching, Relief Pitching, Hitters.

Wednesdays: Starting Pitching, Relief Pitching, Hitters.

Thursdays: Hitters.

Fridays: Starting Pitching, Relief Pitching, Hitters.

Saturdays: Starting Pitching, Relief Pitching, Hitters.

Sundays: Catchers, Other Hitters, Starting Pitching, Relief Pitching.

Week One was a bit of a mixed bag. All in all my hitter suggestion worked out well to the tune of .321 (35/109), 13R, 2HR, 11RBI, 2SB. Pitching was a whole ‘nother story though as my suggestions limped in with a 5.68 ERA, 1.58 Whip (19 IP, 12 ER, 30 Walks+Hits), and 22 Ks. Let’s see where we can take advantage in the weekend series games for week 2 (M-Th)…

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Hitter Stacking and Pitcher Streaming: Week 1 (Part 2)

Written by Mick Wayne

One man’s trash…You know the saying. Time to find some treasures for the upcoming weekend series games. Keep a somewhat liquid bench and take advantage of the match ups when the stars align. I’ll keep a running tally of the stats produced by the players named in these write ups. Players identified will generally be owned in less than half of ESPN Leagues. Here’s a general weekly layout for the priority you should give to streaming pitchers and stashing hitters:

Mondays: Hitters.

Tuesdays: Starting Pitching, Relief Pitching, Hitters.

Wednesdays: Starting Pitching, Relief Pitching, Hitters.

Thursdays: Hitters.

Fridays: Starting Pitching, Relief Pitching, Hitters.

Saturdays: Starting Pitching, Relief Pitching, Hitters.

Sundays: Catchers, Other Hitters, Starting Pitching, Relief Pitching.

Let’s see where we can take advantage in the weekend series games for week 1…

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Closer Update: 4/1/2014

Written by Mick Wayne

We already had the Nate Jones and Jim Henderson debacle on the “Real” Opening Day. Well, day two brought us yet another closer change. This time injury was to blame as the Mets’ Bobby Parnell came up with an elbow tear that may or may not require surgery. Hello, Jose Valverde! And yes, I wish that was an April Fools Day joke. One bit of good news for Jim Henderson owners is that Brewers’ Manager Ron Roenicke has said they still intend to reinstate him when he’s ready. 

This closer list will be updated throughout the season as bullpen roles change. So yes, this list will basically be updated daily based on the shaky landscape of MLB bullpens. I’ll include the names of those next in line as well. Let’s see how the current bullpen situations stack up…

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Round by Round NFBC Main Event Breakdown

Written by Mick Wayne

I’ve already given you a look into how my roster came together in the March 29th Main Event Draft at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. In this piece I’ll break down how the draft played out for my competition. This particular draft had some serious name-power with 6-Time Tout Wars Champ, Larry Schechter leading the way. Also joining us was RotoWire’s Managing Editor and Sirius XM Host, Chris Liss. But perhaps the team we should all be most concerned about was the NFBC’s only 2-Time Champ, Lindy Hinkelman. To put Lindy’s accomplishment into perspective, there’s 420 teams that compete in the NFBC’s Main Event and he’s won the overall prize twice in the competition’s 10-year history.

The Main Event is a 30-round draft with a starting roster of C, C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, Ci, Mi, 5 OFs, U, and 9 Pitchers to go with 7 bench spots. There is no trading in the Main Event and we will utilize a FAAB waiver system. I’ll evaluate the round by round happenings and measure my competition based on my own Vicarious Sports rankings and projections. Without further ado, let’s see how my competition stacks up…

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Current Closers

Written by Mick Wayne

Well, that didn’t take long at all. First Nate Jones gets pushed aside by Matt Lindstrom and then in even more shocking news, Jim Henderson gets demoted in favor of Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez. It’s probably wise to hold onto both Nate Jones and Jim Henderson for the time being. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke says K-Rod will hold the role while Henderson works out the kinks and gets back on track. For the Chi-Sox, Nate Jones is simply a better pitcher than Lindstrom. Lindstrom likely has the job initially because he’s the veteran. Nothing indicates the start of baseball season more-so than closer turnover on Opening Day. 

This closer list will be updated throughout the season as bullpen roles change. So yes, this list will basically be updated daily based on the shaky landscape of MLB bullpens. I’ll include the names of those next in line as well. Let’s see how the current bullpen situations stack up…

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My NFBC Main Event Draft

Written by Mick Wayne

Draft season is officially over for me and I ended it with a bang by taking part in a 15-Team NFBC Main Event Draft in Las Vegas on March 29th. I was the guppy swimming among the sharks in this group of 15. The sharks at the draft table included the Six-time Tout Wars Champ and Author of Winning Fantasy Baseball, Larry Schechter, RotoWire’s Managing Editor, Chris Liss, and the only Two-time NFBC Main Event Champion, Lindy Hinkelman. I can’t say for sure, but I’m guessing this is the most decorated group of the 28  Main Event Leagues (420 teams total) this year.

The Main Event is a 30-round draft with a starting roster of C, C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, Ci, Mi, 5 OFs, U, and 9 Pitchers to go with 7 bench spots. There is no trading in the Main Event and we will utilize a FAAB waiver system. Practicing what I preach, I utilized my own rankings and projections as my guide. Let’s jump right into how this thing played out for my Vicarious Sports team from the 4th slot in this draft…

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Hitter Stacking and Pitcher Streaming: Week 1

Written by Mick Wayne

One man’s trash…You know the saying. Time to find some treasures for the upcoming week. Keep a somewhat liquid bench and take advantage of the match ups when the stars align. For this first week, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday will have a partial set of games. Throughout the season this will usually be the case on Mondays and Thursdays. Since MLB wants to give a spotlight for each team’s Opening Day, they’ve created a situation where Tuesday will play like Mondays and Thursdays typically do. These are the times when you want to stack your hitting lineup. Save the full schedule days to stream pitchers.

I’ll keep a running tally of the stats produced by the players named in these write ups. Players identified will generally be owned in less than half of ESPN Leagues. Let’s see where we can take advantage in the first half of week 1…

 

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Strategy for Leagues Allowing Daily Roster/Waiver Moves

Written by Mick Wayne

In general I’m not a fan of leagues that allow daily roster/waiver moves. I do play in one or two every year though. Most of these leagues do not cap the amount of moves or acquisitions you can make. From my 18 years of experience playing this game, the daily roster move style tends to favor the most active teams. I like winning as much as the next guy, but being active is not a skill.

If you play this style, encourage your league to consider limiting the amount of moves and/or waiver pick ups a team can make during a season. Either that, or switch to a league where rosters lock weekly and waivers are run though a Free Agent Acquisition Auction Budget (FAAB) system with a minimum bid. For the record, I’m also in favor of leagues that limit the amount of starts allowed for starting pitchers.

Okay, enough of my rant. Many of you play in leagues that allow daily moves and waiver pick ups and I’d like to offer a few things to consider…

 

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