Quality starts to the rescue

Just wanted to say, thank goodness for Quality Starts in fantasy baseball. I paid good money in my auction draft to keep Madison Bumgarner, and the SF Giants are playing like a bunch of Betty White’s out there.

How Bumgarner’s season is going right now,

1st start – 7 Inning pitched, 3 Earned Runs and even hits 2 HR’s for himself. Giants lose 5 – 6. (Thanks Mark Melancon, also on my team.)

2nd start – 8 IP, 2 ER, Giants lose 1 – 2

3rd start – 6 IP, 3 ER, Giants lose 1 – 3

4th start – 6IP, 1 ER Giants lose 0 – 1

So to start the season, Bumgarner has 0 wins and 3 losses. But thanks to the addition of the Quality Start stat (at least 6 innings pitched, giving up no more than 3 earned runs), Bumgarner is throwing enough to keep in positive points, because losses don’t take away points.

Either way, it’s only April, and still lot of baseball to play. Just wanted to rant on the Giants, because they don’t seem to have my fantasy baseball goals in mind. Get more runs, so Bumgarner can pitch some extra innings, and lead MY fantasy team to victory.

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

My favorite time of the year has come, which is the moment right before the baseball season starts. That time to put my thinking cap on, and do some fantasy baseball drafting.

When participating in fantasy baseball drafts, my preferred drafting option is an auction draft. I like the idea of getting whoever I want, unless keeper picks are involved. You know you can’t get the top player at each position, but you will certainly try.

Snake drafts are ok, but not a fan of them anymore.  If I wanted Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw on my team, the odds of getting either one of them on my team are slim, and there is also a strong possibility of getting neither one. In an auction draft, I can get both, and just build my team around them.

Bidding wars are fun too, especially when you’re trying to budget your winning team.  Watching Bryce Harper and Chris Sale go for big bucks, and than watching Albert Pujols and Felix Hernandez fall of the planet with low bids, you take your chances on either of those decisions, and you hope to end up for breakout seasons all around.

So how did my draft go? I like my infield and pitching staff, but my outfielders could use some help. I like Andrew Benintendi and Nomar Mazara, but Cabrera and Desmond weren’t in my plans. But someone will emerge in the free agent pool, I have to hope so.

 

Arizona Diamondbacks v Boston Red Sox

 

My draft rules were as follows,

  • $300 salary to fill starting roster of 20
  • $8 for 6 bench and 2 minor leaguers, done in snake draft style, after everyone’s starting roster are full. Everyone is $1.
  • * denotes keepers from last year’s roster, up to 6 players

 

Greg Bird NYY 1B $18
DJ LeMahieu COL 2B $16
*Xander Bogaerts BOS SS $14
*Adrian Beltre TEX 3B $6
Maikel Franco PHI CI $1
*Trevor Story COL MI $1
Buster Posey SF C $26
Ian Desmond COL OF $8
Melky Cabrera CHW OF $3
Andrew Benintendi BOS OF $18
Nomar Mazara TEX OF $3
*Corey Seager LAD-SS U $15
*Madison Bumgarner SF SP $41
*Justin Verlander DET SP $10
Chris Archer TB SP $27
Aaron Sanchez TOR SP $17
Jake Odorizzi TB SP $3
Jerad Eickhoff PHI SP $10
Mark Melancon SF RP $11
Greg Holland COL RP $1
Brent Honeywell P TB M $1
Austin Meadows OF PIT M $1
Pablo Sandoval BOS-3B B $1
Raisel Iglesias CIN-RP B $1
Steven Wright BOS-SP B $1
Josh Reddick HOU-OF B $1
Collin McHugh HOU-SP B $1
Travis Shaw MIL-3B B $1

 

madison-bumgarner-buster-posey

 

My only regret in this year’s draft was leaving $51 on the table. I do like to hold some money for players I think will get bid up in the end, but some I got at a cheap price. I thought Maikel Franco would have gone for more money, but I won’t complain about getting him for $1. Jake Odorizzi was a nice bargain too, at least in my mind.

I think I would give myself at least a grade of B for my draft, but I have a feeling I’ll be trying to squeeze for a win each week. Going to need a lot of quality starts from my pitching staff.

Either way, I’m ready for baseball, and I’ll be firing up MLB.TV while catching up on my players.

But a quick note for all you youngsters out there. If you’re new to fantasy baseball, don’t give up on any of your players in April (unless they suffer a long term injury). Players have had bad starts in a season, and turned it around by May. Don’t trade your stud players for players having a good two weeks into the season. Otherwise, have fun, no matter how long the season seems to be.