LABR NL 2013 Roster
I did it again, guys. I left a ridiculous amount of money on the table (see: $12 Chris Heisey, $12 Nate Schierholtz, $11 Ian Stewart). After swearing I wouldn’t after doing so in the CBS AL league the week before, I went to Arizona last weekend and did the same exact thing in LABR. Part of it this time was a mistaken belief that LABR was still using 10 pitchers (the rosters were shortened this year with the Astros moving to the AL and reducing the player pool), meaning I had allocated money to a roster spot that wasn’t there, and part of it was certain guys later in the draft coming cheaper than expected, but mostly I just failed to buy that one extra $20-$30 hitter that I needed. I can’t count the number of times I lost out one of these guys by $1. I was in on Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp, Aramis Ramirez, Brandon Phillips, Anthony Rizzo and a whole bunch more. If I’d just gotten one of them…
Here’s the roster:
|BN (1B)||Carlos Lee||R6|
|BN (SP)||Francisco Liriano||R1|
|BN (SP)||Jason Marquis||R2|
|BN (SP)||Wade LeBlanc||R3|
|BN (SP)||Jeff Francis||R4|
|BN (RP)||Jeremy Affeldt||R6|
I actually really love my pitching. That part of my plan I executed nearly to perfection (aside from the imaginary 10th spot, which was probably going to be a $1 Liriano anyway). I didn’t necessarily expect Kershaw, but I wanted an anchor, whoever came at a bargain. That happened to be Kershaw first, so I was psyched. I wasn’t expecting Haren at that price, but I love it. Friendly league, great offensive and defensive support, and the guy knows how to pitch. A half-season of Beachy would be worth at least that, and in the meantime I can play the match-ups with my reserve squad. I do really regret Marmol and not just splurging for a few extra dollars on a closer whose team actually likes him. I think that will wind up as a mistake.
On the hitting side, I really like most of the names, I just wish there was one more $25 guy in the mix. Because I didn’t get that guy, I took some risks later in the auction on guys like D’Arnaud and Arenado, who probably won’t start the year in the majors but could be serious forces if they get an early-season call-up (same with Ramos if he can re-establish himself as the starter and EYJ if he can get semi-regular at-bats). This was also the reasoning behind Carlos Lee in the reserve rounds instead of another pitcher. I regret Furcal dearly, wishing I hadn’t backed out of the late-round bidding war on Zack Cozart or just gone with Ruben Tejada instead. Yeah, Cozart went for more than he was worth, but there’s no way Furcal will be as good, and I had all that money anyway. I was in a risk-taking mood given the state of my draft, but this wasn’t the right risk to take.
I actually liked Schierholtz and Stewart, who I viewed as late-round back-up options and potential value picks for a couple bucks. With different price tags on them, I’d be happy enough to own them. I loved my prices on DeJesus, Parra, and Murphy, and I think I got small bargains on Pagan and Walker.
Hopefully I’ve now learned my lesson and will manage to put a better team together for Tout Wars NL.
Posted: March 10th, 2013 under Expert Leagues.