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Master Standings are here.

The Pesky Pole Dancers (Trippin’ Baseballs) did not lose momentum during the break. They gained 3 points to 114, and now have a 5-point lead over Random ItalicizedVoice (RCL 5). Better Lucky Than Good (Partially Torn RCL) and THE VILLE AL KOHOLIC A (ECFBL) are another point back at 108. That’s a shame (The Dread Pirate Rides Again) rounds out the top 5 with 106 points.

The Dancers had to rely on Yunel Escobar, Neil Walker, and Ian Kinsler to lead the way this week while Jose Bautista rested his sprained ankle. I’m sure everybody here is hoping Jose will be back in the lineup tonight! The Dancers did not make any acquisitions during this short week.  Room for improvement:  As 9 is their lowest score in any category, obviously the Dancers can’t gain much. With a WHIP (9) of 1.189, compared to the leader’s 1.154, there are 3 points up for grabs. With 57 wins (9.5) in 112 starts, there are points to be gained (or lost). The team they are tied with has used 107 starts, while 2nd best has 58 wins in 116 starts. The leader has 66 wins and has used 128 starts. They are also within striking distance to gain a point in steals and ERA.

Joe Mauer led Random ItalicizedVoice, along with CC Sabathia, Tim Hudson, and Brandon Morrow. RIV picked up free agents Edwin Encarnacion and Roy Oswalt this week.  Room for improvement: With 147 home runs (8.5), they are only 7 behind the leader, so 3.5 points could be gained there. Strikeouts (8) is another potential gold mine, as RIV has used fewer starts then those they are trailing.

Better Lucky Than Good had 9 home runs with 33 RBI, but hit only .227. Logan Morrison drove in 7 while hitting .190, and Corey Hart added a couple of home runs, but hit .158. BLTG added Zack Cozart this week, and grabbed Matt Harrison for his fine Sunday outing. Harrison has now been replaced by Rubby De La Rosa.  Room for improvement: Strikeouts (5) is the category that could move BLTG up the standings. Having used only 95 starts, there is the potential for a big gain. With their lead in other categories, they have bats and closers that could be used in a deal for more pitching, if they can find a trading partner. They did acquire Jered Weaver and Justin Verlander in trades in May and June.

THE VILLE AL KOHOLIC A was led by the bats of Mike Stanton, Aramis Ramirez, and Matt Kemp, who totaled 18 RBI. Al’s big move of the week was trading Brandon Allen and Brett Lawrie to Simply Fred for Cory Luebke. He also picked up Florida RP Edward Mujica, who has 8 wins this season and could step into the closer role if Leo Nunez is traded.
Room for improvement: ERA (6) and WHIP (8) offer the best chances for gain, though of course they can be tough categories to improve. Their ERA of 3.389 is trailing 3.359, 3.294, 3.293, and 3.255. In WHIP ( 1.198) they are .02 away from gaining a couple of points.

The Ballbusters (RCL 34) were the big movers this week, scoring a 10-point gain to 88, jumping from 105th to 42nd in the standings. Their pitching carried them, led by CC Sabathia, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ryan Vogelsong, and Joe Nathan.

There were no fewer than 17 trades in the past 7 days as owners try to strengthen their team for the stretch run. I guess they are taking Grey’s final bit of advice from the Top 100 for Second Half to heart:

100. Whoever Wins You The Championship – It’s now or never, people! Make your move or lose.

The trade deadline is fast approaching: ALL trades must be accepted before Friday July 29, 2011 at 12 p.m. ET.

Also this week, we had the first team reach 180 Games Started on July 15. It is the earliest that limit has been reached in the RCL since records have been kept.

The Dread Pirate Rides Again continues to lead the Competitive Index at 104, so I thought I’d shine a light on this deserving league.

The teams in The Dread Pirate have averaged 70 roster moves, which is second to the ECFBL (an amazing 140). The average for all 456 RCL teams is 40. They have made 4 trades, which is about average. If you remove the ECFBL and their 44 trades, the average for the rest of the leagues is around 3. League leader That’s a shame has been involved in all 4 of those deals.

They have 1 team who has not done any lineup shuffling this month, but Team Use Responsibly was making changes until the end of June, so maybe the team has not been totally abandoned.

Keep up the good work! It really makes a difference in the overall standings.

  1. DrizZY Pirate says:
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    WOW. that was probably a lot of effort for all those calculations. Good job guys. And thanks for the shout out to oour league. Love the site and keep up the good work.
    Drizzy aka. Chicago Mark

  2. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    awesome insight once again,yeah the ECFBL is the most interesting and active league ive ever seen.Serriously everyone from 1 thru 12 are still maning a daily roster,picking guys up and trading.Ive been very lucky with the draft,a few trades and since ive had a broken leg for 4 months ive been able to snag most big waiver adds immediatley.Thanks again for the round up its really cool to read

  3. VinWins

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    @DrizZY Pirate: @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks for the comments! Those are both great leagues you’re in.

  4. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:
    @VinWins:
    @DrizZY Pirate:

    Again, thanks for the effort you have put in to the RCL rundowns. Since I have been reading Razzball, they are simply the best ever.

    Just a word about the ECFBL. Last winter, Simply Fred, Chris H., and myself came up with a terrific concept. Round up the 12 most competitive gentleman (and one lady!) that we knew from the myriad of fantasy baseball leagues that we have competed in over the years. Have each manager put in $50 in the pot to make things more interesting.(An idea that we took from Tony Y., whose league we participated in last year.) Encourage all players to be active, both in posting as well as waiver pickups and trades. And I am proud to say that it has worked! We blow out the rest of the RCL in waiver pickups, trades, and posts. And we are the second most competitive league at this point, giving credit to the Dread Pirates; hats off to you guys, but we intend to pass you before the season ends!

    The only sad part of this deal is that I was too successful in recruiting top-line competition – my team is mired in 11th place, about 60 points behind Kelly. But I am proud to say that no one in our league has dropped out – I made them all sign in blood that they would all compete until the last out is made in the season.

  5. VinWins

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    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks!

    It’s great that everyone is staying active. I’m always amazed when I check out the ECFBL and see what has transpired in the short time since I had last checked.

  6. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Would love to play in such a league next year Mr. Allnuts, if there were an opening.

  7. BucLover says:
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    I think it would be an outstanding idea to offer a winners league or two or more, next year. Maybe even keep a list of RCL champs from year to year and allow anyone that has been a league champion within 2 or 3 years access to a winner’s league. If the last league can’t get filled, then allow a second place team from a competitive league in. I don’t know if there is any kind of restriction to how many leagues an owner can be a part of, but obviously, the more leagues you join, the better chances you have of winning one, so maybe if an owner is a part of more than one league, you’d only count the league that is deemed the more competitive. Thanks for the great work!

  8. Paulie Allnuts

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    @RandomItalicizedVoice:

    Just send me your name and e-mail; contact me at Paulneb@comcast.net
    I can’t guarentee a spot, put you will be on the waiting list. You probably will get a call before Desmonod Jennings:)

    @BucLover:

    I have thought of that as well. Just about all of our managers have won a fantasy baseball league somewhere, on Yahoo or the RCL. I think it would be a great idea. Perhaps Grey or Rudy would be interested in that as well.

  9. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I imagine a winner’s league would be fun. I suppose there is nothing stopping a group of winners forming a league the way certain leagues now are formed without being opened to random signups.

  10. BucLover says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Well, I consider winning a RCL with quite a bit more regard than winning a public Yahoo or ESPN league, which can be done pretty much with minimal effort.

  11. Paulie Allnuts

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    @BucLover:

    For the most part, I would agree. But then it depends on your Yahoo league. The three leagues that I am in have 100% participation throughout the season, or the manager is replaced. All are keeper leagues. But yes, it is still more satisfying to win an RCL crown. I have come close my first two attempts, but no cigar. This year, my team is a disaster. But it is the best competition that I have ever faced.

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