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Trevor Bauer Cincinnati Reds

Will be interesting to bid on him next year. $15/$16 seems like the baseline with $30 at the top, but what will it take to get him. Does being in Cincinnati make him less deserving.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Oct 3

The question going into the season was the control. With all that movement he's tough to hit, but once the walks bumped up again he became frustratingly inconsistent again. My projection caught that, but as a keeper he was one of a handful of reasons my ADL team was a disaster. Shoulda known better.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Oct 3

Doubt Wars is played in multiple leagues. Once the additional teams were figured in Doubt NL was no longer a tie. Final results are posted here.

Looking back I see that I didn't respond to the totally reasonable expectation that I would merge leagues, but it isn't all that simple and so I decided to leave well enough alone. 

Thanks for playing!

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Oct 3
Pete Alonso New York Mets

Now they screw with the ball like they did last year going into the post-season when they essentially nuked several pitchers ability to throw their out pitches with cute logos.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Oct 3
Austin Riley Atlanta Braves

Austin Riley will not be on the Braves' roster for the National League Division Series.

Rafael Ortega is essentially getting that spot instead. Riley showed tremendous power upon his initial callup to the majors in mid-May, but he missed most of August with a partially torn LCL in his right knee and batted just .132/.190/.263 across 42 plate appearances in September.

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Oct 3
Trevor Bauer Cincinnati Reds

According to stat cast Trevor Bauer was 1st in horizontal movement on Curves and 4th in horizontal break on Sliders.

van wilhoite LVW
Oct 3
Brandon Lowe Tampa Bay Rays

Lowe, 2.9 WAR in half a season?  Wow.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Oct 2
Pete Alonso New York Mets

Memberships in the final clubs...

50+ HR: 1

40-49 HR: 10

30-39 HR: 48

20-29 HR: 72

10-19 HR: 134

Clearly, the little boppers benefited more from the juiced baseball than the big boppers.

Not what I would have predicted. And definitely not what MLB was looking for.

So now what happens?

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 2
Oneil Cruz Pittsburgh Pirates

Oneil worked his way all the way from the Gulf Coast League to Double A last year. Fairly soon we'll be displaying those stats.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 2

Oneil Cruz, SS, Pirates. Cruz had two base knocks in two at-bats for Peoria. The infielder also came around to score once. It’s a step in the right direction for Cruz, who had struck out exactly half of his first 28 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 2
Anthony Castro Detroit Tigers

Baseball America's

Arizona Fall League Prospect Report -- October 2, 2019

Anthony Castro, RHP, Tigers. Castro was on point for Mesa as the righthander fired four scoreless innings. He needed 66 pitches to make his way through four frames in which he allowed two walks and a hit while striking out four batters. Castro suppressed contact better this year in his second go-around against Eastern League competition, but walks have continued to bite him. It’s a trend that has continued in the Arizona Fall League, as the righthander has walked five batters in 9 1/3 innings pitched.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 2
Brandon Lowe Tampa Bay Rays

Comparing the top five WARs on each team, it's a mismatch.



AL Wild Card WAR Leaders

Oakland Athletics

NameAgeWARPos
Marcus Semien288.1SS
Matt Chapman266.73B
Matt Olson255.11B
Mark Canha304.5OF
Ramon Laureano243.8CF

See 2019 Oakland Athletics statistics at Baseball-Reference.com

Tampa Bay Rays

NameAgeWARPos
Charlie Morton355.0SP
Willy Adames234.2SS
Austin Meadows243.8OF/DH
Tommy Pham313.7LF
Brandon Lowe242.92B

See 2019 Tampa Bay Rays statistics at Baseball-Reference.com

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 2
Juan Soto Washington Nationals

Have to admit I forgot about Tony Womack. But Hal Smith? I'll never forget that.

Juan Soto Spotlight

Obviously, the biggest play yesterday was Juan Soto coming up with the bases loaded and batting in 3 runs to move the Nationals ahead of the Brewers for good. In sudden-death postseason history, that play was the 3rd-biggest win probability swing ever, only trailing Francisco Cabrera's walkoff hit in the 1992 NLCS and Hal Smith's 3-run home run in the 8th inning of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. Here's a look at the top 5:

YrSeriesGm BatterTmOppScore Event Inn Out WPA
1992 NLCS7 Francisco CabreraATLPIT1-22-R 1B  b920.74
1960WS7 Hal SmithPITNYY6-73-R HR b820.64
2019NLWCJuan SotoWSNMIL1-33-R 1B b820.58
1912WS8 Tris SpeakerBOSNYG1-21-R HR b1010.51
2001WS7 Tony WomackARINYY1-21-R 2B b910.50
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 2

I felt bad for Grisham, of course, but it was great to see this kid come through after batting .114 and slugging .182 in his last 15 games.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 2
Sean Manaea Oakland Athletics

Good luck valuing him next year.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Oct 2

The Tangelos won their first title since 2008 (4x4 AL only) with a reminder that luck is an essential part of any championship.  Did I expect 34 wins from Domingo German and Lance Lynn for $6?  I did not.  Which isn't to say that I didn't carefully pick the other 3 starters (Morton, Tanaka, Bieber) en route to 47.5 pitching points, but health + luck is almost a necessity to win.

Mike Landau ML-
Oct 2
Lorenzo Cain Milwaukee Brewers

FWIW, Fangraphs gives Cain a 1.5, and Hader a 2.3.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Oct 2
Trent Grisham Milwaukee Brewers

He clearly overran the ball ... my guess is that he went into a full sprint because he wanted to have a chance at a throw home to prevent the runner at 2nd from scoring the tying run, and realized too late that he was getting there too fast.

Watched the replay to see if he took his eye off the ball to look for the runners, which was my original suspicion ... but I couldn't tell that he did.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Oct 2

I run one every year, Phil. It fills very quickly so I'll make it a point to reach out towards the end of next season and keep a couple spots available for Patton and Co regulars.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Oct 2
Trent Grisham Milwaukee Brewers

Did the ball take a funny hop to the left or did Grisham take a bad route? 

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 2

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