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Trying to win with pitching at Tout Wars

By Al Melchior | Data Analyst

It wasn't my plan to walk away from this weekend's mixed league auction at Tout Wars with a pair of No. 1 starting pitchers, but when I had a chance to nab Adam Wainwright for $25, I took it, even though I already owned a $26 Cliff Lee. I wound up spending $96, or 37 percent, of my total budget on pitching, which is more than ideal. Now my task is to see if I can contend in this 15-team 5x5 league (with OBP instead of Avg) with a pitching-heavy roster.

I paid the price mostly with my outfield buys, and each one of my OF slots comes jammed-packed with risk. I will need Yasiel Puig, Jayson Werth, George Springer and Corey Dickerson each to deliver on his considerable upside. If I can get a high OBP and 15 steals from Abraham Almonte, I'll be happy. And while Springer is putting in his final reps in Triple-A, I'll likely use Lucas Duda or Lorenzo Cain as my fifth outfielder.

Here's my full roster, and if you want to see all 15 teams, just click here and view the "Mix Auction" tab.

C Jonathan Lucroy 16
C Evan Gattis 11
1B Chris Davis 32
3B Todd Frazier 9
CI Garrett Jones 1
2B Ian Kinsler 19
SS Ian Desmond 20
MI Alexei Ramirez 4
OF Yasiel Puig 22
OF Jayson Werth 17
OF George Springer 5
OF Corey Dickerson 5
OF Abraham Almonte 1
UT Oswaldo Arcia 2
P Cliff Lee 26
P Koji Uehara 17
P Adam Wainwright 25
P Nate Jones 9
P Tyson Ross 7
P Marco Estrada 8
P Jose Quintana 2
P Ubaldo Jimenez 1
P Dane De La Rosa 1

Reserve rounds

Lorenzo Cain
Lucas Duda
James Paxton
Seth Smith

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