Roto Imbeciles
Fantasy Baseball for the Roto Enthusiast
Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Just saw an interesting stat on a site I often frequent. With Caleb Joseph catching him, Kevin Gausman (2016-2018) has a career 2.76 ERA in 140 1/3 IP. In 225 1/3 IP without the services of Joseph, Gausman has a 5.03 ERA. While Caleb Joseph is often known in fantasy baseball circles as an offensive black hole, he does have some value in real baseball. But my favorite memory of Joseph is that during the whole 2016 season, he had 0 RBI in 132 AB. That calculates to the same amount of RBI's as I had that season. And in 132 less AB's!

This is from longtime Imbecile Tom Lynaugh: FAAB stupidity Volume #1: Trying out a new AL-Only this year because my previous one was plagued with comically unfair trading. So the first FAAB runs this weekend and a guy spends $101 on Ohtani. Our budget is $100 but you can trade FAAB dollars so I assume he had more. I'm still working out the way this league works, but I think free agents are all $10 for cap purposes which is too bad. I'll give my old league credit in this department. What you paid in FAAB for a guy is what his salary was against the cap. The guy who bought Ohtani also made a lot of crappy trade offers to George and I before the draft, I guess figuring the new guys are idiots. He's also got a really stupid team name: Vatican Cheesy Popes. Huh? I don't get it.

Another night, another draft. I'll be trying to defend my title in my on-line NL-only. Coming into Sept '17 I was in 6th place in this league but "only" 6 points out of first. By the end of the season I had won this league by 6 1/2 points. The hitters I came in with last night ($270 cap) were Paul Goldschmidt (36), Ender Inciarte (16), Freddie Freeman (25), and Travis Shaw (18). My catchers I drafted were Jorge Alfaro (4) and Tucker Barnhart (3). My other COR guy (I put him at UTIL since I came in with 3) was Carlos Santana (15). My MID are Jordy Mercer (1), Starlin Castro (11), and Dansby Swanson (surprised I got him for 1). My OF is Ryan Braun (18), Adam Eaton (12), Steven Souza (who's on the DL, 3), and Austin Jackson (1). I kept 2 pitchers, Robbie Ray (16, who got the W but looked bad doing it) and Brad Hand (6, he's looked bad so far). I drafted Jon Lester (21), Tanner Roark (9), Vince Velasquez (4), Tyler Anderson (1, and I think I overpaid), Joe Musgrove (5), A.J. Ramos (1), and Kenley Jansen (30). I was going to keep Dinelson Lamet at $6 until news of his injury surfaced. I spent $2 on Lamet for my bench and DL'd him. The rest of my bench includes Derek Dietrich (2), Ben Zobrist (1), Ivan Nova (1), and Jose Reyes (2).

This is the first time I've owned Jansen in any league. Last year's 109/7 K/BB and 1.32/0.75 ERA/WHIP are numbers that could be a Made-For-TV movie. But so far in 2018 Jansen has given up 4 ER in 2 IP with a 0/2 K/BB. Jansen himself says that nothing is wrong with his arm and that he's working on some mechanical issues with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. But I have this bad feeling I've ruined his career by spending $30 on him in this league.

Hard to believe that one time great SP, Felix (King Felix) Hernandez languished until the 412th pick in Walter's 20 team dynasty draft. The former Cy Young winner (2010) and 6x all star could manage only 6 wins and 86 2/3 IP in 2017. King Felix owns 160 career wins in 2502 IP with a 3.20/1.18 ERA/WHIP and a 2342/741 K/BB. From 2009-2015 he averaged 15 wins in 228 IP with a 221/59 K/BB. I'd like to see Hernandez come back in some form in 2018 but I'm not betting on a return to greatness. Or even goodness!

A few of us have been talking on the Facebook site over the failed/stalled career of Jon Singleton, the one time Houston prospect. Lest we forget, before Singleton even played a major league game the Astros signed him to a 5 yr/$10-mil (guaranteed) contract. I was never really that high on him. I will give you this, he knows how to take a base on balls. But I believe his lifetime BA in the majors is something like .160. I googled his career stats in (all of or parts) 9 minor league seasons. Singleton is 783 for 3058 (.256) with an .828 OPS, 506 runs, 135 HR, 529 RBI, and an 858/593 K/BB. In 357 AB in the majors Singleton is a lifetime .171 batter with a .621 OPS, a 151/60 K/BB, 48 runs, 14 HR, and 50 RBI. I don't even believe that Singleton is currently on the Astros' 40 man roster as he's been passed up by names like A.J. Reed, J.D. Davis, and Tyler White. I would say that the only chance for Singleton is a change of scenery. He finished the 2017 season with 18 HR and 62 RBI with a 132/107 K/BB down at Double-A in 385 AB.  Having said that he's collected $5.5-mil of that 5 yr $10-mil contract that was signed before Singleton ever played in a major league game. I read also if a team claims him they're on the hook for the other $4.5-mil he's owed over the next 2 seasons. So he'll more than likely remain off the 40 man roster over the remainder of his Astros' career. Let's call Singleton a worse version of Russell Branyan or Jack Cust but nevertheless, a true 3 outcome hitter. Except, compared to Singleton, Branyan is a first ballot HOFer.

After hitting a career-high 24 HR and 72 RBI with the Nationals in 2016, Danny Espinosa has hit just .162 with 91 strikeouts in 228 AB this year. He cleared waivers and was released by the Angels in Sept. I remember when I picked up Espinosa before his first game in Sept 2010. After 5 major league games, I was dusting off Espinosa's HOF plaque. Because the Major League Baseball Committee may just waive the 5 year waiting period or even the 10 year playing period! Espinosa was 9 for 16 (.563) with 3 HR and 10 RBI. And I don't think that anyone ever led their league in RBI while only playing in September. That just can't happen. He was on pace for 56 RBI in September and 17 HR. This was a guy that every NL league owner was stepping over each other in order to get him. Well, his next 13 games were like Pablo Sandoval falling down. THUD! Espinosa was 5 for 50 (.100) with 5 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, and a 17/3 K/BB. Sometimes I just want to kick myself in the ass. 



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