Master Standings are here.
Congratulations to the Pesky Pole Dancers (Trippin’ Baseballs), who are once again leading the pack. The Dancers shot up 5.5 points on Sunday to reclaim first place after dropping to 3rd last week. The team made 1 move this week, picking up Charlie Blackmon on Wednesday while dropping Omar Infante. Blackmon immediately contributed, going 3 for 4 Wednesday and 4/4 Friday.
There is quite a battle at the top, with the Dancers, THE VILLE AL KOHOLIC A (ECFBL), Better Lucky Than Good (Partially Torn RCL), and That’s a shame (The Dread Pirate Rides Again) trading places daily.
Random ItalicizedVoice (RCL 5), Cooperstown SchMohawks (Slam and Legs Special), Fart Factory (Patrons of Poonhoundery), and reverse schmohawks (RCL 17) all had big weeks to move within striking distance. Pickled Mustache Rides (Puff Puff Give) moved up 119 spots in the standings to 116th place. And, a tip of the hat to AL KOHOLIC, who has been using his time productively, leading 2 teams to 1st place. Both are currently in the top 20 overall! Amazing.
The Dread Pirate Rides Again and RCL 5 are the most competitive leagues with an index of 103.
The Pesky Pole Dancers scored the most runs this week, 57, to increase their league-leading total to 553. The average for runs scored was 38. Team Bear (Razzbawl 36) led with 18 home runs, while the average was 8.4. Random ItalicizedVoice was tops in RBI with 62 (ave: 35) and Team Rusaw (Robust Herd) led the way with 18 steals (7.4).
Here are the category leaders (average) for the season:
Runs: Pesky Pole Dancers (1st) 553 (435)
HR: Rosie Jones (15th) 147 (101)
RBI: Bloomington Psychotoad (46th) 517 (416)
SB: Team Musz (269th) 122 (74)
Ave: Team Beefcake (57th) .291 (.263)
K: The Sutter Buttes Duo (258th) 775 (562)
Wins: Baltimore Domination (79th) 60 (39)
Saves: Better Lucky Than Good (5th) 98 (40)
ERA: Team ryanshea (104th) 2.80 (3.64)
WHIP: Cooperstown SchMohawks (6th) 1.09 (1.25)
The strikeout leader has used 128 starts, so has only 52 left. The wins leader has 70 starts remaining. The season is 44.5% complete, which equates to 80 of the 180 allotted starts.
The wheelers and dealers were busy with 13 trades this week. Jose Bautista, Carlos Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, Nelson Cruz, Hunter Pence, Brandon Phillips, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Justin Upton were among the 36 traded players. There have now been 120 trades completed involving 384 players. The list of all RCL trades is kept updated in the RCL forums.
Dee Gordon has only been in the majors a couple of weeks, but was traded twice this week. He is owned in only 15.9% of ESPN leagues, but is already taken in 35 (92.3%) of the Commenter leagues. Dustin Ackley, just called up Friday, is taken in 31.7% of ESPN leagues. He is owned in all but 1 of the RCLs. And then there is Desmond Jennings, who is still in Triple A and owned in only 2.3% of ESPN leagues. He, like Gordon, is available in just 3 of the 38 RCLs.