Same Strategy, Different Results

Lawr Michaels notices a certain reciprocal nature extending across expert leagues, in the Bed Goes Up, Bed Goes Down column at

Mixed, One Third of the Way

by Perry Van Hook,

As we start Week 9, I just made my first trade in this league, sending Roy Oswalt to Paul Petera for Jermaine Dye. Part of my rationale was that I was doing very well in the pitching categories without Oswalt contributing much and I had Chris Carpenter back from the DL and looking and feeling great, with a very good spot starter in Nick Blackburn. While I could have traded either Derek Lowe or Carpenter for Dye, another part of my rationale was that Oswalt was supposed to be my ace SP on both my NFBC main event and online leagues as well as in the staff league. If in fact Oswalt turns his season around like he did in the second half of last year, he will help those teams immensely and I won’t mind the fact he is doing well here for one of my opponents. OTOH, if the WBC did in fact get him off to a start he can’t recover from or he is traded to the White Sox or some other poor pitching ballpark, or he just keeps scuffling, I will be glad I translated the extra starting pitcher for the power I need from Dye. Especially with Joey Votto now on the DL for at least a couple of weeks.

Currently the lineup is:
C – Pierzynski and Y. Molina
CI – Atkins, Mora, and Beltre
MI – A. Ramirez, Barmes, and J. Lopez
OF – Ellsbury, N. Cruz, Werth, Juan Rivera, and Dye
UT – L. Scott
Reserve – Spilborghs and R. Santiago

For the first eight weeks they have generated 43.0 points (roughly 9th), falling from last month
BA=.2710 for 9 points; HR=68 for 6 points; RUNS=303 for 4 points; RBI=301 for 7 points; and SB=70 for all 17 points

On the pitching side I now have 57.0 points (now fifth) with ERA=3.98 for 13 points; K=359 for 9 points; S=11 for 4.5 points; W=33 for 14.5 points; and WHIP=1.25 for 16 points

SP – Carpenter, Lowe, Lohse, Saunders, Zimmermann, Washburn, Gaudin, and Blackburn
RP – Broxton
Reserve – Medlen and Hanson

Blackburn is reserved when on the road (except this week for a start against the Mariners); the others only when they are pitching in Texas, Colorado, or Yankee Stadium. I have Chad Gaudin now available for starts in San Diego or other friendly matchups. I added Kris Medlen just before he came up (allowed in TOUT but not in most leagues). Perhaps swayed by his fantastic Triple-A numbers and the two start week he was schedule to have in his first week I made a heavy bid – $33 on him. Fortunately it only cost me $15 as the underbid using the Vickerey system was $14. That didn’t work very well in his first two starts, but yesterday he got his first win giving up only one run and striking out nine. I will likely reserve him to start Week 9 with the likelihood that Tom Glavine returns to make a start late in the Week.

Here are the TOUT standings after Week 8:
Rank     Team        Points
1)         Jason Pliml, MDC                   131.0
2)         Michael Salfino,        113.0
3)         J.P. Kastner, CreativeSports   113.0
4)         Chris Liss, Rotowire               110.0
5)         Perry Van Hook,       100.0
6)         David Gonos, OpenSports       98.5
7)         Alex Patton, pattonandco        97.5
8)         John Hoyos, rotojunkie            90.5
9)         Brendan Roberts, ESPN          90.0
10)       Paul Petera, HQ                       90.0
11)       Larry Schechter, Shrink           88.5
12)       Eric Mack, CBS                       80.0
13)       Eric Karabell, ESPN                77.5
14)       Andy Behrens,     76.0
15)       Doug Dennis, HQ                    67.5
16)       Alex Cushing,           62.0
17)       Will Carroll, BP                       45.0

AL Free Agent Pickups June 1

Activate Ryan Perry.
Release Okajima
Release D Barton

Rel Omar Vizquel.
$Claim R. Choate. ($12. Next: Walker $11. Shandler $7. Siano $1. Vickery: $12)


DL Johjima. $Claim R Castro. ($16. Next: Colton $6. Shandler $1. Siano $1. Vickery: $7)
Rel C Miller. $Claim B Pena. ($4. Next: $0. Vickery: $1)
DL Sizemore. $Claim Wilkin Ramirez ($8. Next: None. Vickery: $1)
Rel Jonathan Van Every. $Claim Joe Dillon ($8. Next: $0. Vickery: $1)
Rel Joe Nelson. $Claim Dan Bard ($5. Next: Shandler $3. Vickery: $4)
Res Sonnanstine. $Claim B League ($2. Next: none. Vickery: $1)

Rel Dellucci. Activate Cunningham.
DL Harrison. $Claim Berken. ($4. Next: Shandler $1 (superceded). Vickery: $1)
Rel Edgar Gonzalez. $Claim Sowers. ($4. Next: none. Vickery: $1)

Rel Moeller. Claim R Chavez.
DL Bartlett. $Claim Sean Rodriguez. ($5. Next: none. Vickery: $1)
Rel Carmona. $Claim Vin Mazzaro. ($5. Next: none. Vickery: $1)

Reclaim Iwamura $10. Claim L Hernandez.

Res Lewis. Claim Herges.
Res Crain. Claim Vizcaino.
Res R Pena. $Claim T Crowe. ($16. Next: Erickson $10 (superceded), Siano $5, Berry $5 (superceded), Peterson $3. Vickery: $6)
DL Buck. $Claim Redmond. ($1. Next: $0. Vickery: $1)
Rel Melancon if necessary.

Res Dotel. Rel Baez. $Claim D Hernandez. ($21. Next: Peterson $10, Berry $8 (superceded), Shandler $7, Siano $6, Colton $5. Vickery: $11)


Res Green. Cut Arencibia. $Claim G Beckham. ($15. Next: Walker $6. Vickery: $7)
DL Quentin. Claim Gimenez. (Play at DH, move Hunter to OF)
Res Thayer. DL Bruney. Activate Zumaya.


NL Free Agent pickups June 1

1. Trades


2. Free Agents (alpha, player’s first name)

– ZOLA picks up Andres Blanco for $1 (Zola 3); no drop, fills open slot.

– PIANOWSKI picks up Antonio Bastardo for $9 (Pianowski 13; Lombardo 4; Melnick 8; Hertz 3); drops Jeff Weaver.

– PIANOWSKI picks up Billy Buckner for $1 (Pianowski 9); drops Eric Stults.

– PIANOWSKI picks up Edwin Maysonet for $6 (Pianowski 25; Lombardo 2; Cockcroft 0 (cont); Kreutzer 5); drops Carlos Carrasco.

– HERTZ picks up Frank Catalanotto for $1 (Lombardo 0; Cockcroft 0 (cont); Leibowitz 0 (cont); Hertz 12); DL’s Brett Myers.

– LOMBARDO picks up Jamie Hoffman for $0; drops Edgar Gonzalez.

– MELNICK picks up Josh Whitesell for $4 (Wilderman 3; Cockcroft 0 (cont); Leibowitz 0 (cont); Melnick 8; Hertz 2 (cont)); DL’s Chad Tracy.

– KREUTZER picks up Juan Castro for $0; DL’s Kaz Matsui.

– LEIBOWITZ picks up Kyle Blanks for $1 (Leibowitz 2); drop TBD (seeking clarification).

– PIANOWSKI picks up Nick Stavinoha for $7 (Pianowski 20; Lombardo 0 (cont); Kreutzer 6); drops “Sugar” Shane Robinson.

– COCKCROFT picks up Ramon Vazquez for $0; DL’s Jose Reyes.

Your Favorite Fantasy Expert is…

lenny Lenny Melnick, of and Tout Wars, too!

That is according to Jon Williams’ Favorite Fantasy Expert poll at In fact all Top 6 finishers play in Tout Wars, which raises an interesting question: Chicken? Or Egg?

Mixed League Swat May 25, 2009

$5 Kennedy reserve Greene
$ 1 Wellemeyer reserve Pelfrey, drop Beimel
$1 A Escobar reserve Bettancourt, drop Wilson
$1 Bautista, reserve Fields, drop Crosby
$1 Torrealba, DL Iannetta
$9 Putz, drop Colon
$1 Nelson, drop Palmer
$1 Richard, drop Masterson
$5 Isringhausen, drop Meyer
$1 Detweiler, reserve Cecil, drop Matthews
$10 M. Cabrera, DL Dukes
$1 Guzman, DL Perkins
Van Hook
$1 Santiago, reserve Lopez, drop Nunez
$1 Cahill, reserve Davis, drop Casilla
$10 Sonnanstine, drop Ramirez
$0 Vargas, drop Parra
$0 Counsell, drop Bloomquist

This Week’s AL Swat Report (May 25, 2009)


Res Bergesen. $Claim Swarzak ($6. Next: Shander $3, Sheehan $3, Peterson $1, Erickson $1. Vickery: $4)
lost bid
Res Snider. $Claim Dellucci ($2. Next: None. Vickery: $1)
Release B Ray. $Claim Edgar Gonzalez. ($5. Next: Grey $1. Sheehan $1. Vickery: $2)
DL Padilla. Claim Phil Coke.
DL Laffey. Claim Bass.
Res Punto. Act N Garciaparra. Cut Springer
DL Aviles. $Claim Brignac ($24. Next: Collette $8. Sheehan $1. Vickery: $9)
Rel Bard. Activate Matsuzaka.
Rel Montanez. Act Vlad Guerrero.
Res Outman. Act F Francisco. Rel Lillibridge.
Res Gallagher. $Claim Mijares. ($3. Next: $0. Vickery: $1)
Res Bruney. Act Romero. Rel Shields.
Res Zumaya. $Claim Thayer. ($5. Next: $0. Vickery: $1)