Crabs gon’ eat, whether you like it or not. The best advice I can give is move out of the way when they come through your town. If they request buckets of your finest chum, drop it on your porch and back away slowly. From east to west, from north to south, and every where in between, Crabs inhabit this fine land. They might be your UPS driver, insurance agent, or state senator. They’re your husbands, friends, and neighbors. They are a secret society of highly intelligent fantasy baseball masters, and Samurai’s of the comment section, prepared for battle at the drop of a hat. I am of course discussing the inhabitants of Razzball’s own 30 team dynasty league The Razz30. It’s been a month of elite level play, with several teams still in the hunt for the 4 playoff spots in the AL and NL. Our trade deadline came and went on Monday, and there was action galore up until the last bell. As we close in on the end of our first year of independence, I’m glad to report that the state of the league has never been stronger. To all my smooth gooch rocking, white monster drinking, thirsty villains, get out the spreadsheet. Claws Up!!!Please, blog, may I have some more?
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The MLB trade deadline has come and gone and that typically means a lot of scrambling for those in the Razzball Commenter Leagues. Closers are a necessary evil and there’s never a better time to snag a new one then at the MLB trade deadline. This trade deadline we gained a Shane Greene, regained an A.J. Ramos and gained whatever the heck is going to happen in Minnesota. The Twins could name T.C. Bear closer for all I know; it’s not like it would matter much. To everyone stashing Kirby Yates, my condolences. The Padres apparently wouldn’t budge on their steep asking price for Brad Hand, and so we got the shaft. I was sweating the Zach Britton to Houston news for my recently traded for Ken Giles, thankfully that didn’t pan out. Now that the MLB trade deadline is over with, we turn our attention to our own, RCL trade deadline. That, my friends, is Friday, August 11th at high noon. We have 10 days to make the most of our teams for the stretch run. I expect plenty of trading action for the next two updates. There were 12 trades this week, up from 10 the previous two weeks. Let’s take a look at those, and the rest of the happenings in the RCLs in the week that was, week 17:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The prospects are coming, the prospects are coming! At least that’s what every Sawx fan was screaming this Sunday. What fun the end of week 16 brought with Rafael Devers getting the call for the Sawx. I’ll be curious to see how he fares right off the bat and where they decide to hit him. I was lucky enough to catch Devers in Portland earlier this year and he mollywhopped one almost out of the building. So yes, the power is legit. To begin the week, we lost a Razzball Commenter Leagues first rounder in Carlos Correa. What a tough go the first round middle infielders have had with Trea going down and now Correa. Raise your hand if own both of them in an RCL. I feel your pain. Colin Moran was quickly stashed and almost as quickly dropped when face met ball. I’m on the fence about what to do with Correa myself. Obviously, if you have a DL spot, you stash him, but if you’re all full up, it’s a bit of a pickle. Lucky me, I own Correa in 3 of my 4 most competitive RCLs. Lower case yay. Let’s see how these injuries and call-ups affected the Master Standings and what else transpired in the week that was, week 16:Please, blog, may I have some more?
More like the weekend that was, amiright? Despite the three day work week for us fantasy baseballers, there are still numbers to be crunched, standings to be compiled and trades to be analyzed. No rest for the weary here at Razzball HQ. The Razzball Commenter Leagues march on. It’s interesting that it seems like everyone really stepped away from it all during the time off. Only two trades were completed during the four day hiatus. Friday and Saturday things picked right back up though. Maybe, like VictoriaB, everyone was sitting in the corner rocking and crying while they waited for baseball to return. Let’s take a look at those trades and what else happened in RCLs in the shortened week that was, week 15.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Happy All Star Break my fellow RCLers. The Razzball Commenter Leagues can take a toll on your time, you social life and your personal hygiene. I hope you’ve used the break to take a shower, get out of your sweat pants and get reacquainted with your roommates, also known as, your family. They’ve missed you. Spend a moment and remind them that you are in fact, alive and well and that you haven’t been held against your will for the past 14 weeks in an old abandoned mine in the local woods. In fact, you’ve just been winning fantasy baseball leagues. You know, just like you idol, Grey Albright. Speaking of Grey, he made a big splash in the top 10 overall this week and there is a new overall leader in the Master Standings. Is it Grey? Is it a robot? The suspense is killing you, I know. Check out this and other RCL drama in the week that was, week 14:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Happy post-4th of July Razzball Commenter Leaguers! Is it odd that this is the only holiday we refer to by the date? Sure, it’s really “Independence Day”, but no one calls it that. I suppose there is Cinco de Mayo, but that feels different. Just a random thought. This week not only marks the birthday of our fine U.S. of A., but more importantly, marks the halfway point of the fantasy baseball season! We just finished week 13 and there are exactly 13 weeks remaining. While we typically use the All Star Break to mark the unofficial halfway point, this week is the real deal. If you were exactly on pace with your games started, you would have 90 on the button. You can use that as a nice gauge to see if you need to be streaming your buns off the next 13 weeks or if you can chill out a bit and wait for the choice match-ups. This week, in addition to the weekly leaders we will take a look at our halfway point leaders. It will be a quick shoutout to those teams that have started hot in each of the roto categories. Obviously, our team of the halfway point is the leader of our Master Standings. Is it a human or is it a bot? Let’s take a look at that and the rest of the week that was week 13 in the Razzball Commenter Leagues:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The answer is “foul balls”. What is “what do you see in the majority of men’s locker rooms on a weekday afternoon?” We asked 100 women, what is the top reason you refuse to give a man oral sex? Survey says “foul balls!” FOUL B_LLS. Pat, I’d like to buy a vowel. Speaking of which, what kind of @sshole buys a vowel in this position. Solve the freaking puzzle and save the $250. Despite not being able to hit the ball in fair territory, week 12’s winner thrived on foul balls. Are foul balls even a category in any league? If there’s a site that tracks foul ball stats I’m starting a foul ball league next year. How about foul balls and fielders choices. Who’s with me?Please, blog, may I have some more?
As the sun sets on another month of action in the baddest dynasty league this side of Bangkok. We check in on the happenings of the Razz30. By now the reputation of the Crab Army has reached the farthest corners of the earth scarring everyone from Rudy Poo Giants to Kim Jong Un. While controversy has been lacking the past month or so, the Crabs have been patiently waiting for their next beef. Who wants it? Will a challenger emerge? A question that in all likelihood will remain unanswered. So what have we been up to? The reality is as simple as a pancake but as complex as a transmission. The short answer, a little this, and a little that. We’ve bonded over looming and the softness of a homemade Turkish bath towel. We asked the hard questions like, is the Brewers Jared Hughes a serial killer as his ESPN profile picture implies? We also contemplated polyamory, and discussed its merits and disadvantages. In addition to all these things, the Crab Army General, Nick the Dick, and I engaged in a torrid platonic love affair, only matched by Balki and Cousin Larry. Oh, and as always we battled in a high stakes game of fantasy baseball. A game where life or death will literally lay in the balance. As the bottom two teams in each league face death by cannibalism at the end of the season. This is the only way to maintain strength in our ranks. We must dispose of any weakness, by digesting the weak, and regurgitating their remains for our seeds to feast. This is the Razz30 update for June. Claws Up!!!
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I spent the past week vacationing in the armpit of the United States, New Jersey! I kid, there are actually a few nice spots in New Jersey. You’ll just have to trust me. It’s Grey’s old stomping ground, so you could say, I spent the week in the birthplace of Razzball. As I’m sure everyone who is hyper-competitive in the Razzball Commenter Leagues knows, vacation can really put a damper on your ability to grab players right before and after lineup lock. It’s the cross we bear. If there’s anything we’ve talked about ad nauseum, it’s the amount of time required in these daily move leagues. This is magnified for those of us in multiple RCLs. So, before setting out on vacation, make sure the wifi is suitable and maybe keep your options open around 7:05 PM EST. Can we all vent for a moment on the travesty that is the ESPN mobile app as well? 3 or 4G is great and all, but when you can’t even sort pitchers between SP or RP on the app, that’s a problem. Everything, it seems, takes at least 4 times as long on the app as well. Oh well, we can hope they get the hint someday and improve that shizzshow. Until then, keep that laptop handy and those vacations flexible.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Earned run averages are taking a beating in the Razzball Commenter Leagues this year. It seems like every week when I run through the weekly data there is a large number of teams with 6+ ERAs for the week. It makes sense, with MLBers on pace to set another league wide home run record that (mostly) no pitchers are safe. Where a 3.50 ERA used to mean you were middle of the league, now you could be leading your league with that mark. The average ERA for the RCLs is a 3.96 right now. That seems high, in fact, all of these numbers seem high. So, I compared them to last season’s end of year stats. The average ERA for the RCLs last season was 3.71. We haven’t even hit the hot summer months yet when the bats really come alive and we’re already looking at a 0.25 ERA hike. I can’t be certain, but I wouldn’t expect the end of season ERA to be lower than it is right now. There are only 117 of our 876 teams (13.35%) with an ERA of 3.50 or lower. Last season we had nearly double that number to finish the season, 226 of 1020 (22.15%). The leader in the ERA clubhouse currently is Team Visbisky of league Viz Versus The Commenters with a 2.642 ERA in only 265 IP. If we were to use my arbitrary weekly cutoff limit of 40 IP for 11 weeks and find a team with 440+ IP, that number jumps to a 2.761 ERA by Guys and Dahls (great team name by the way) of Super League fame. Interestingly, the current worst team ERA is also from the Super League. Long Dongs is sporting a 5.576 ERA in 500 IP, good for DFL in the RCLs. I should also note that 3 of the 4 robot managed teams are currently in the top 100 for ERA, with one checking in at 17th. So, should we all run out and trade for Clayton Kershaw to offset this high ERA nonsense? I don’t think so, personally (although, maybe Long Dongs should). With guys like Jason Vargas and Ervin Santana out there doing their thing and Lance McCullers and Robbie Ray that could likely be had for cheaper, I don’t think Kershaw is necessary. It might cause you to think about the value of Alex Wood or Jose Berrios a little differently though. Something to keep in mind, but for the most part, everyone is in the same ERA boat. Just remember, that 3.70 ERA might not be so bad after all. More ERA talk and more stats from the week that was, week 11 below:Please, blog, may I have some more?