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RotoWire Baseball Championship – 4th Qualifier

Welcome to the fourth qualifying round of the RotoWire/Fanduel Baseball Championship! Congratulations to cocktails, who won the third qualifier two weeks ago. It helps to have your pitcher throw seven scoreless innings while striking out 16, which is exactly what cocktails got from James Paxton in a 73-point performance. They also got a combined 78.3 points from a pair of Nationals, Matt Adams and Bryce Harper.

Congratulations also to bucfan14, who currently sits atop the overall leaderboard with a 57.7-point lead through three contests. For everyone else, there’s still more than enough time to catch up. The contest includes six qualifying rounds, and only your best three scores count for the final leaderboard. There are still three rounds remaining, so even if you’re just finding out about the contest today, you’re still very much in the running. The top 25 scores on the overall leaderboard will compete for $2,000 and RotoWire subscriptions in the Championship Round on June 27.

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Just Another Day at the Ballpark

So … did anything noteworthy happen Tuesday night?

Twice now, when Matt Harvey was the subject of one of the lead stories heading into a set of games, so much happened on the field to bury the story. “Bury,” by the way, happened to be the word that I missed in the third grade spelling bee, even though I had it used in a sentence. Along with a healthy diet and a supportive family, I received plentiful doses of humility as a kid.

The obvious big story of the day has to be James Paxton’s no-hitter against Toronto. Coming on the heels of a 16-strikeout outing against the A’s where he didn’t get the win because the bullpen couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead, Paxton took care of it all himself Tuesday night, needing just 99 pitches to go the distance. Well, not all by himself – he had a number of gems made behind him by the Mariners’ defense. Kyle Seager’s web gem justifiably garnered the most attention, but earlier in the same inning Ryon Healy made a terrific scoop on a bad throw + bad hop, plus Ben Gamel made a nice catch up against the wall in the eighth inning. I loved that he was still throwing 99+ mph against Josh Donaldson in the ninth inning. And I also love that Donaldson turned on that last pitch and hit a rocket to Seager, who of course turned in another great play.

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RotoWire/FanDuel Baseball Championship – 3rd Qualifier

Welcome to the third round of the RotoWire/FanDuel Baseball ChampionshipFor those of you just joining us, this is a running tournament with six qualifying rounds leading up to the Championship Round on June 27. Each qualifying week is represented by a standard $3 single-entry tournament (sign up using the link provided above) with $500 in cash prizes up for grabs each qualifying week. More importantly, your top three scores during the tournament will qualify on the leaderboard, and the top 25 overall scores will receive entry into the FREE Championship Round with even more cash prizes and RotoWire subscriptions up for grabs!

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You did not have to participate in the first two rounds to enter this week’s qualifier, so make sure to sign up here for a shot at this week’s prizes in addition to making your first (or second, or third) attempt at cracking the top 25 overall.

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Berrios vs. Corbin

Jose Berrios was fantastic again Wednesday night, shutting out the Indians over seven innings. Unfortunately for him, Carlos Carrasco was equally superb, and both left after seven with a 0-0 tie. In fact, the game remained scoreless until the 14th inning, when both Edwin Encarnacion and Miguel Sano hit solo shots for their respective teams. The game was still going at the time of this writing, in the 15th 16th inning. Berrios allowed three hits and no walks, and now has a 1.63 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and an eye-popping 29:1 K:BB ratio over 27.2 innings.

In the latest installment of Recency Bias Theater, I posed the following question:

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Tuesday Night Observations

Typically I blurt out random observations during games on Twitter, and never end up putting it out there in one place. Moreover, those observations are often truncated because of the nature of the medium. There’s still value to me in going to Twitter first – it’s easier to generate a conversation, with immediate responses. For a handful of reasons, we don’t allow comments on the blog, so there’s less interaction.

However, the blog will allow me to formulate a few more thoughts on various topics that I might not dive into as much on Twitter. I can’t/won’t stop Tweeting (wow, that’s not a self-flattering statement, but … I love being on Twitter when live sports are on), but I’m going to try to write more here on a regular basis. Writing is a tool that can atrophy if you don’t keep using it, and I’ve definitely written less frequently than I used to. Some of that is due to having less time, but some of that is also a casualty of social media and even more is due to inertia.

Ok, that’s enough preamble. Here are some thoughts about tonight’s games:

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RotoWire Baseball Championship – 2nd Qualifier

Round One of the RotoWire/FanDuel Baseball Championship is in the books. Congratulations to those who had strong first qualifying rounds and set themselves up well to qualify for the Championship Round on June 27th. Congratulations in particular to wyldncrzygy524, who took home the Round One title with a score of 166.8. None of their picks were particularly “wyld” or “crzy”, as all of their players were owned by at least 19.6 percent of contest participants, but if you hit on all your picks you’re bound to do well, and this “gy” did just that. Each of their players scored at least nine points, with Jon Gray, Nolan Arenado and Dexter Fowler particularly standing out.

Meanwhile, the experts here at RotoWire are running our own parallel contest. Lead Prospect Analyst James Anderson is showing that he knows far more than just prospects, jumping out to an early lead after winning Round One and placing third in Round Two. He rode Jon Gray and Jed Lowrie to his Week One title and saw Javier Baez’s 56.6-point game power him to a bronze in the second week. (Did I have Baez in my lineup only to change him out at the last second? Yes, of course I did.) The full leaderboard for the expert tournament can be found here. Here’s the top 10:

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Chronicles of a Rotowire Staff Keeper League Champion

On Tuesday night, April 3, 2018, I joined 17 other Rotowire staff members for the annual Staff Keeper League auction. The draft began at 7pm EST and typically lasts 6-7 hours, so I made the decision in advance to call off work the next day since it was going to be a late night. I wake up for work everyday at 5:30am and can’t imagine being productive after only 4 hours sleep. Rotowire’s Chris Liss would probably say a “real man pulls an all nighter” which is exactly what he did starting the draft at midnight Western European time. You can read Chris’s recap here.

A quick run-down of the league for those who aren’t familiar: 18 teams, $260 auction/keeper budget, you can keep up to 15 major leaguers and 10 minor leaguers. $100 in-season FAAB budget. The in-season salary cap is $360, which gives you flexibility to add pieces via FAAB or trade after the auction.

As the defending champion, let’s recap my history in the league and some of the notable trades that put me in position to win last season:

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