Phew. I can breathe easy for a minute. Seven drafts down, no more to come (thankfully). Before I start obsessing over my lineups and tracking standings, rosters, waiver wires, etc. in several different formats across several different sites with many different people, I though I’d take a minute to share my teams.
I’ll show you where I put my money where my mouth is—Cory Luebke I bought for $16 in one of my leagues, which could be downright silly—and where I sadly whiffed—my apologies, Brett Lawrie; I tried. Plus, you can track me passively throughout the season. I’ll throw in an update come October.
BLOG WARS (15 team mixed league)
|2||Albert Pujols, LAA 1B|
|29||Cliff Lee, Phi SP|
|32||Hunter Pence, Phi OF|
|59||Yovani Gallardo, Mil SP|
|62||Madison Bumgarner, SF SP|
|89||B.J. Upton*, TB OF|
|92||Dee Gordon, LAD SS|
|119||Jason Kipnis, Cle 2B|
|122||Cameron Maybin, SD OF|
|149||Adam Lind, Tor 1B|
|152||Edwin Encarnacion, Tor 3B|
|179||Jeff Francoeur, KC OF|
|182||Sean Marshall, Cin RP|
|209||Daniel Murphy, NYM 2B|
|212||Chris Sale, CWS RP|
|239||Frank Francisco, NYM RP|
|242||Denard Span, Min OF|
|269||Scott Baker*, Min SP|
|272||Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Bos C|
|299||Erik Bedard, Pit SP|
|302||Josh Reddick, Oak OF|
|329||Luke Hochevar, KC SP|
|332||Ryan Hanigan, Cin C|
|359||Lance Lynn, StL RP|
|362||Juan Francisco, Atl 3B|
|389||Casey McGehee, Pit 3B|
|392||Drew Smyly, Det SP|
-Yes, this was my first 15-team league.
-Yes, I was surprised how many players I liked and was happy to have (see my last five or six picks) ended up on my roster.
-Yes, I did get locked out of the draft room shortly before my second overall pick.
-Yes, I would’ve taken Matt Kemp over Albert Pujols.
-Yes, I’m quite worried about my batting average.
Hardball Times (12 team mixed league)
-Hardball Times folk only
-Innings cap of 1500
|Carlos Gonzalez(Col – OF)||$44|
|Cliff Lee(Phi – SP)||$36|
|Cory Luebke(SD – SP,RP)||$13|
|Jemile Weeks(Oak – 2B)||$8|
|Michael Cuddyer(Col – 1B,2B,OF)||$14|
|Josh Hamilton(Tex – OF)||$23|
|John Mayberry(Phi – 1B,OF)||$4|
|Alejandro De Aza(CWS – OF)||$2|
|Chris Sale(CWS – RP)||$5|
|Brennan Boesch(Det – OF)||$7|
|Erik Bedard(Pit – SP)||$3|
|Yoenis Cespedes(Oak – OF)||$7|
|Delmon Young(Det – OF)||$3|
|C.J. Wilson(LAA – SP)||$10|
|Jimmy Rollins(Phi – SS)||$10|
|Bryan LaHair(ChC – OF)||$2|
|Corey Hart(Mil – OF)||$10|
|Jim Johnson(Bal – RP)||$3|
|Mike Moustakas(KC – 3B)||$7|
|Jordan Zimmermann(Was – SP)||$9|
|Carlos Beltran(StL – OF)||$8|
|Kelly Johnson(Tor – 2B)||$5|
|Edwin Encarnacion(Tor – 1B,3B)||$5|
|Rafael Betancourt(Col – RP)||$5|
|Daniel Hudson(Ari – SP)||$9|
|Ramon Hernandez(Col – C)||$1|
|Sergio Santos(Tor – RP)||$7|
-Yes, I finally balked and drafted Josh Hamilton. Had to own some stock.
-Yes, I have the most balance on any of my teams right here
-Yes, in hindsight, I believe Alejando de Aza for $2 might be the steal of the draft.
-Yes, I feasted on cheap, second-tier starting pitching late. Loved every minute of it.
Hero sandwich (14 team mixed league)
-Innings cap of 1425
|Clayton Kershaw(LAD – SP)||$40|
|Dee Gordon(LAD – SS)||$21|
|Carlos Gonzalez(Col – OF)||$40|
|Ian Kinsler(Tex – 2B)||$32|
|Mike Minor(Atl – SP)||$4|
|Dan Haren(LAA – SP)||$23|
|Jason Heyward(Atl – OF)||$17|
|Wilson Ramos(Was – C)||$5|
|John Mayberry(Phi – 1B,OF)||$5|
|Adam Jones(Bal – OF)||$14|
|Brennan Boesch(Det – OF)||$6|
|Brett Myers(Hou – SP)||$5|
|Javy Guerra(LAD – RP)||$6|
|Salvador Perez(KC – C)||$3|
|Cory Luebke(SD – SP,RP)||$8|
|Mat Gamel(Mil – CI)||$1|
|Mark Reynolds(Bal – 1B,3B)||$6|
|Lucas Duda(NYM – 1B,OF)||$3|
|Scott Baker(Min – SP)||$6|
|Angel Pagan(SF – OF)||$1|
|Bryce Harper(Was – OF)||$4|
|Marco Scutaro(Col – SS)||$1|
|Clay Buchholz(Bos – SP)||$3|
|Gavin Floyd(CWS – SP)||$3|
|Zack Cozart(Cin – SS)||$1|
|Henderson Alvarez(Tor – SP)||$1|
|Trevor Bauer(Ari – SP)||$1|
-Yes, the money I spent on Jason Heyward could’ve been better spent elsewhere. Sigh.
-Yes, my closers both have the potential to suck.
-Yes, I likely overspent on both of Magic’s new toys, Dee Gordon and Clayton Kershaw.
-Yes, I made up for that by getting Adam Jones and Cory Luebke for what I see as cheap.
-Yes, I think I have a fighting chance.
Hardball Times vs. FanGraphs (12 team mixed league)
-Hardball Times fights FanGraphs
-Innings cap of 1500
|Clayton Kershaw(LAD – P)||$29|
|Jacoby Ellsbury(Bos – OF)||$35|
|Dexter Fowler(Col – OF)||$6|
|Freddie Freeman(Atl – 1B)||$8|
|Pablo Sandoval(SF – 1B,3B)||$23|
|Hunter Pence(Phi – OF)||$21|
|Jordan Zimmermann(Was – P)||$12|
|Paul Goldschmidt(Ari – 1B)||$7|
|Jhonny Peralta(Det – SS)||$3|
|C.J. Wilson(LAA – P)||$17|
|Chris Young(Ari – OF)||$9|
|Neil Walker(Pit – 2B)||$5|
|Brandon Beachy(Atl – P)||$9|
|Alejandro De Aza(CWS – OF)||$4|
|Adam Jones(Bal – OF)||$20|
|Mark Reynolds(Bal – 1B,3B)||$4|
|Joel Hanrahan(Pit – P)||$7|
|Jason Kipnis(Cle – 2B)||$7|
|Brandon League(Sea – P)||$5|
|Frank Francisco(NYM – P)||$3|
|Delmon Young(Det – OF)||$4|
|Johan Santana(NYM – P)||$4|
|Edwin Encarnacion(Tor – 1B,3B)||$3|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia(Bos – C)||$1|
|Carlos Ruiz(Phi – C)||$2|
|Alex Rios(CWS – OF)||$5|
|Tim Hudson(Atl – P)||$2|
|Justin Masterson(Cle – P)||$1|
-Yes, Justin Masterson did strike out 10 batters yesterday.
-Yes, I did trade Mark Reynolds and C.J. Wilson for Brandon McCarthy and Jered Weaver.
-Yes, I may well regret that when Wilson wins the Cy Young award, but I had offense to spare.
-Yes, I love being able to pounce when no one else has money left and bargain shop for whomever I choose.
TRIPLE CROWN AL (12 team AL-only)
-Blog or site affiliated writers
-No innings cap
|Olivo, Miguel C SEA||7|
|Cervelli, Francisco C NYY||1|
|Konerko, Paul 1B CHW||22|
|Kipnis, Jason 2B CLE||22|
|Young, Michael 3B TEX||26|
|Ramirez, Alexei SS CHW||20|
|Donald, Jason 2B CLE||1|
|Trumbo, Mark 1B LAA||7|
|Jones, Adam CF BAL||25|
|Trout, Mike CF LAA||8|
|De Aza, Alejandro CF CHW||17|
|Chavez, Endy RF BAL||1|
|Wells, Casper RF SEA||1|
|Fukudome, Kosuke RF CHW||1|
|Hernandez, Felix SP SEA||28|
|Moore, Matt RP TB||20|
|Haren, Dan SP LAA||27|
|Johnson, Jim RP BAL||10|
|Harrison, Matt SP TEX||7|
|Bard, Daniel RP BOS||5|
|Turner, Jacob SP DET||1|
|Chen, Wei-Yin SP BAL||2|
|Soria, Joakim RP KC||1|
-Yes, I had no clue what I was doing.
-Yes, I do realize now that my team is littered with minor leaguers.
-Yes, I overspent on pitching. Considerably.
-Yes, I recognize the potential for this team to finish in last place.
-Yes, Alejandro de Aza is one of the cornerstones of my team. Troubling.
AARP (10 team NL only)
–The original league
-Auction draft – keeper league
-No innings cap
|Brett Wallace||HOU||RESER (1B)||5||C|
|Taylor Green||MLW||RESER (2B)||5||C|
|Jedd Gyorko||SD||RESER (3B)||5||C|
|Starling Marte||PIT||RESER (OF)||5||C|
|Dave Sappelt||CHC||RESER (OF)||5||C|
|Trevor Bauer||ARZ||RESER (SP)||5||C|
|Tyler Skaggs||ARZ||RESER (SP)||1||C|
|Randy Wells||CHC||RESER (SP)||5||C|
|Josh Johnson||FLA||RESER (SP)||24||C|
|Tim Hudson||ATL||RESER (SP)||10||C|
-Yes, I did keep the core of Starlin Castro, Michael Morse, Dee Gordon, Cory Luebke, and Lucas Duda for under $20.
-Yes, I did spend $24 on Josh Johnson, but only because top-flight pitching was kept for extremely cheap (Madison Bumgarner at $5, for example).
-Yes, I believe in Yovani Gallardo, and yes, that was only a late-prep discovery.
-Yes, my offense is susceptible to injury, to say the least.
-Yes, Taylor Green will steal 200+ at-bats when Rickie Weeks‘ annual injury strikes. I hope
Hometown (9 team mixed)
-1700 innings cap
|Ryan Braun, Mil OF||$39|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, Bos OF||$34|
|Carlos Gonzalez, Col OF||$33|
|Ian Kinsler, Tex 2B||$27|
|Cliff Lee, Phi SP||$30|
|Cory Luebke, SD SP||$16|
|Aramis Ramirez, Mil 3B||$12|
|Michael Morse*, Wsh 1B||$11|
|Ian Kennedy, Ari SP||$15|
|Brandon Beachy, Atl SP||$6|
|Billy Butler, KC DH||$7|
|Brett Gardner, NYY OF||$9|
|Dee Gordon, LAD SS||$7|
|Mat Gamel, Mil 3B||$1|
|Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B||$1|
|Frank Francisco, NYM RP||$1|
|Mike Minor, Atl SP||$1|
|Sean Marshall, Cin RP||$1|
|Delmon Young, Det OF||$1|
|Aaron Hill, Ari 2B||$1|
|Ike Davis, NYM 1B||$1|
|Daniel Bard, Bos RP||$1|
|Henderson Alvarez, Tor SP||$1|
|Grant Balfour, Oak RP||$1|
|Carlos Marmol, ChC RP||$1|
|Derek Holland, Tex SP||$1|
|Wilson Ramos, Wsh C||$1|
-Yes, this does embody everything that is wrong with mixed leagues.
-Yes, Joe Nathan is on the waiver wire.
-Yes, I could’ve done so much better with my stars and scrubs.
-Yes, Cory Luebke was partly to blame for that.