Zach Steinhorn wins his first Tout Wars title, topping multiple time winner Fred Zinkie in the final weeks.
Heading into the final seven days of this Tout Wars season, multi time former champion Fred Zinkie had a one-point lead over Zach Steinhorn. Now, as we enter the last three days, Steinhorn leads Zinkie by four. The Standings:
The key battle is in stolen bases, where Steinhorn caught up with Zinkie this week. The two are tied, with 142, two ahead of Nando DiFino and three ahead of Bret Sayre.
Another race in which they’re fighting for the same points is strikeouts, where Steinhorn is five ahead of Zinkie. This might not be quite so close as it looks, since Steinhorn has eight starters this weekend, while Zinkie has only five.
The rest of the board looks pretty set for Zinkie. He’s lost two points in ERA since this past Monday, but is .04 points behind Nando DiFino and .07 behind Ray Flowers in that category. Could he regain those? Sure, but it isn’t likely.
The situation is much more fluid for Steinhorn, who could gain or lose one point in Runs, lose a point in RBI, gain a point in OBP, giving him a potential +2.5 and -3.5 in the hitting categories.
On the pitching side, he’s two wins behind Al Melchior and three behind Cory Schwartz, and two ahead of Scott Pianowski, who has only two starts this weekend. Probably set, but those eight starts this weekend make it unlikely he’ll lose ground, and it’s possible he could finish ahead of Schwartz. (For the record, Al Melchior has six starts this weekend, while Schwartz has only two.)
Steinhorn is also two saves ahead of Scott Swanay, which perhaps leaves him vulnerable to the loss of a half point. He’s got one closer (Britton), while Swanay has three (Ramos, Melancon, Bailey).
The final tally?
Steinhorn has 125.5 points. If things go right he could end up with 128.5 points. If things go wrong he could finish with 121.5
Zinkie has 121.5 points. If things go right he could end up with 124 points. Wrong? 119.
This morning Scott Pianowski messaged the Mixed Auction league:
Just a reminder, my entire roster is in play at any time. Not just the scrubs I’m going to cut. Not just the obvious sell-high guys, or players at a position I’m deep in. I’ll trade anyone (or FAAB) at any time.
Sometimes, just for fun. This is supposed to be fun, right?
Fred Zinkie, likely the world’s most prolific and successful trader (and Ontario native), replied:
You now have me totally focused on getting Donaldson! It’ll bug me every time I watch the Jays. I just have to figure out how…..
Let’s see what happens next!
Where will the best and brightest fantasy baseball writers and broadcasters be this weekend?
Many will be in New York City, for the annual Tout Wars weekend of drafts and parties.
This year’s drafts are being held in the studio at SiriusXM and aren’t open for the public, but you can follow along live on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel, and on the live blog and spreadsheet at toutwars.com.
When are the drafts? Where and when are the parties?
Tout H2H: March 18, 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. Ron Shandler is auctioneer. Joe Pisapia has the spreadsheet. Mike Gianella is on chat.
Tout AL: March 19, 9am. Doors open at 8am. Brian Feldman is auctioneer. Paul Sporer is on spreadsheet. Al Melchior is doing chat.
Tout Mix Auction: March 19, 3pm. Doors open at 2pm. Jeff Erickson is auctioneer. Ray Murphy has the spreadsheet. Jason Collette is on chat.
Foley’s NY Party: March 19, 8pm. 18 West 33rd Street. Party with the pros!
Tout NL Auction: March 20, 10am. Doors open at 9am. Brian Feldman is the auctioneer. Steve Moyer is on spreadsheet. Jason Collette will chat.
The live blog for each auction will be available at toutwars.com, where there will also be a link to the live spreadsheet. You can access the live spreadsheet now at https://docs.google.com/
Here’s the Menu of Champions at Foleys on Saturday night:
At CBSsports.com. With some references to FOMO, which I know about because I have a teenaged daughter, and TOFU, which I know about because my teenaged daughter is vegetarian. But I’m pretty sure Al means something else.
With a month left in the season we’ve crowned one Tout Wars Champion for 2015: Charlie Wiegert is Tout Wars Daily champion. But what about the other leagues? While you can alway check in on the standings and transactions by using the links in the right nav at toutwars.com, at this point it might be a good time to check in on the pennant races.
Chris Liss is having a classic Liss season, young pitching, lots of hitting, lots of risk, and is seven points ahead of Jeff Erickson and nine points ahead of Mike Podhorzer. The three have bubbled up and down around the top of the standings all season, but Liss has benefited from Chris Davis’s spectacular season, and Carlos Correa’s emergence after being called up earlier in the year. There are plenty of points in play for all three teams, up and down, for this to turn any which way at any time, but Liss is clearly the fave.
Mike Gianella is seven points ahead of standing three-time champ Tristan Cockcroft, but just two weeks ago his edge was only two points. For Cockcroft, the problem has been a freefalling pitching staff, which has won just a single game in the last 13 days, allowing Gianella to pass him. These teams have lots of points in play, too, so while you have to prefer to have the lead, there is no sitting comfortably at this point. Still, Gianella has to appreciate that he was the best team in the first half and has been the best team in the second half. Now he just has to bring it home.
At the halfway mark on the season Zach Steinhorn had a commanding lead, but that was before Fred Zinkie went to work. Zinkie was in 12th place on June 28, 39.5 points behind Steinhorn. From that point to the August 31 trading deadline he made 19 trades, and has taken a slim lead ahead of Scott Swanay and Steinhorn. Swanay was in 10th place on June 28th, and has nearly matched Zinkie in the second half. Meanwhile, Tim Heaney is just five points behind Zinkie, in fourth place. There’s a lot of pennant race to come in this one.
Adam Ronis and Paul Greco have been near the top of the standings all year long, but their weak second half performances have given Rudy Gamble a chance to open up some space ahead of them and Eno Sarris (whose had the best second half of them all). Gambles position is pretty strong, but he’s vulnerable in Wins and the pitching qualitatives,
Bret Sayre entered the last four-week contest 14.5 points ahead of Patrick Mayo and 31 points ahead of Doug Anderson. As we approach the halfway point, Sayre is 15 points behind Mayo, who has moved into a tiny lead. What looked like it might be a blowout has ended up a a nail-biter, if you’re Sayre and Mayo.
The first trade (actually before the big 8) was classic hitting for pitching.
Al Melchior gets: Matt Carpenter StL from Scott Pianowski
Scott Pianowski gets: James McCann Det and Jacob DeGrom NYM from Al Melchior
Accepted by all parties at 2:30 PM on 05/28/2015.
Trading season usually starts about two months into the season. Melchior now needed a catcher. So he dealt.
Al Melchior gets: Carlos Perez LAA from Paul Singman
Paul Singman gets: Nick Castellanos Det from Al Melchior
Accepted by all parties at 4:21 PM on 05/28/2015.
More hitting for Melchior for more pitching.
Al Melchior gets: Mark Teixeira NYY from David Gonos
David Gonos gets: Dallas Keuchel Hou from Al Melchior
Accepted by all parties at 1:18 PM on 05/31/2015.
Maybe we should take a look at the standings on May 31. You can see today’s standings here.
The team in last place in Runs and next to last in homers, adds Teixeira and Carpenter, giving up two arms from his league-leading pitching staff. How good is the staff now?
His starters include Chris Sale, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and the youngsters, Eduardo Rodriguez and Lance McCullers. Might still be plenty good.
Fred Zinkie is usually the action trader in this league. He starts off with a small one.
Fred Zinkie gets: Danny Santana Min from Paul Singman
Paul Singman gets: 3 FAAB dollars from Fred Zinkie
Accepted by all parties at 2:30 PM on 06/01/2015.
Then, loosened up, he goes bigger.
Cory Schwartz gets: Jason Heyward StL from Fred Zinkie
Fred Zinkie gets: Kole Calhoun LAA from Cory Schwartz
Accepted by all parties at 2:10 PM on 06/03/2015.
Cory Schwartz then puts together a righteous threeway.
Cory Schwartz gets: Brandon Belt SF from Nando DiFino
Scott Pianowski gets: Andre Ethier LAD and Yonder Alonso SD and 1 FAAB dollars from Cory Schwartz. And 2 FAAB dollars from Nando DiFino
Nando DiFino gets: Avisail Garcia CWS from Scott Pianowski and Rougned Odor Tex from Cory Schwartz
Accepted by all parties at 11:04 AM on 06/05/2015.
Nando DiFino lures away a top prospect for a former ace.
Nando DiFino gets: Carlos Correa Hou from Joe Pisapia
Joe Pisapia gets: Justin Verlander Det from Nando DiFino
Accepted by all parties at 1:13 PM on 06/07/2015.
Closing the circle, Nando and Fred find common ground.
Fred Zinkie gets: Alex Rodriguez NYY from Nando DiFino
Nando DiFino gets: Wil Myers SD from Fred Zinkie
Accepted by all parties at 6:12 PM on 06/07/2015.
Scott Pianowski returns, introducing Tim Heaney to the dance.
Scott Pianowski gets: Dexter Fowler ChC from Tim Heaney
Tim Heaney gets: Billy Hamilton Cin from Scott Pianowski
Accepted by all parties at 5:21 PM on 06/07/2015.
It’s good to remember this is an OBP league when evaluating that one.
Now Pianowski and DiFino rejigger. Those 3 FAAB are the ones Pianowski picked up in the earlier deal with Nando and Cory.
Scott Pianowski gets: Salvador Perez KC from Nando DiFino
Nando DiFino gets: James McCann Det and Martin Prado Mia and 3 FAAB dollars from Scott Pianowski
Accepted by all parties at 6:14 PM on 06/07/2015.
More players move through Zinkie, as he sells low.
Ray Flowers gets: Mike Fiers Mil, Christian Yelich Mia, Drew Hutchison Tor and 2 FAAB dollars from Fred Zinkie
Fred Zinkie gets: David DeJesus TB and Starling Marte Pit from Ray Flowers
Accepted by all parties at 9:08 PM on 06/07/2015.
And finally, a small one for a big catcher, at least in the future.
Ray Flowers gets: 4 FAAB dollars from David Gonos
David Gonos gets: Blake Swihart Bos from Ray Flowers
Accepted by all parties at 2:14 PM on 06/08/2015.
What’s the final tally?
Al Melchior gets Matt Carpenter, Mark Teixeira and Carlos Perez, giving up James McCann, Jacob DeGrom, Dallas Keuchel, and Nick Castellanos.
Scott Pianowski gets Jacob DeGrom, Andre Ethier, Yonder Alonso, Dexter Fowler, and Salvador Perez, for Matt Carpenter, Avisail Garcia, Billy Hamilton, and Martin Prado.
Paul Singman got Nick Castellanos and 3 FAAB for Carlos Perez and Danny Santana.
David Gonos gets Dallas Keuchel and Blake Swihart for Mark Teixeira and 4 fAAB.
Fred Zinkie gets Danny Santana, Kole Calhoun, Alex Rodriguez, David DeJesus and Starling Marte and gives up 5 FAAB, Jason Heyward, Wil Myers, Mike Fiers, Christian Yelich, and Drew Hutchison.
Cory Schwarts gets Jason Heyward, and Brandon Belt for Kole Calhoun, Andre Ethier, Yonder Alonso, Rougned Odor, and 1 FAAB.
Nando DiFino gets Avisail Garcia, Rougned Odor, Carlos Correa, Wil Myers, James McCann, Martin Prado and 1 FAAB for Salvado Perez, Alex Rodriguez, Justin Verlander, and Brandon Belt.
Joe Pisapia gets Justin Verlander and gives Carlos Correa.
Tim Heaney gets Billy Hamilton and gives Dexter Fowler.
Ray Flowers gets Mike Fiers, Christian Yelich, Drew Hutchison and 6 FAAB for David Dejesus, Blake Swihart and Starling Marte.