panthers_freak (We’ve Got the Runs — Baseball Reasons) had a big week and stretched their lead atop the overall standings to four, 117-113, over the Rank Railheads (RCL 40). Both teams have 115 league points, but, as was shown last year in the tense battle between Random Italicized Voice and Better Lucky Than Good, the League Competitive Index can make the difference.
We’ve Got the Runs have been led by 5 Top 40 players, according to the Razzball Player Rater. #7, Justin Verlander (drafted in round 2) heads the group, followed by #9, Edwin Encarnacion (21st round), #28 Robinson Cano (1st round, 9th overall), #32 Josh Willingham (acquired April 21st with Adam Wainwright for Tim Lincecum and Emilio Bonifacio), and #34, Michael Bourn (5th round). Plus #45, Craig Kimbrel, selected in the 7th round, who was traded August 2nd for Alex Rios (#24). Wainwright also looks to be a key contributor the rest of the way.
Bombo Rivera (Prague Defenestrators – Conshellation Prize) and Higgins (Gobias Industries — Cust Kayin’) are tied in 3rd, but slipping out of contention, now 11 points out of first. Next are Pliny the Elder (Myrtle’s Acres), The Fugs (Epic Beardmen Division), and Team Birdis (RCL 3) with 105 points. A group of 5 sit another point back, including Atomic (Wood Street Wonders — RCL 46), Team Beefcake (Fantasy Booze Cruise), captainpyper (RCL 3), Pig Charmer (Grunge Ball — RCL 16) and MattTruss223 (Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects — Magnificent Mustachioed Men).
The ECFBL increased their competitive index to 105.65, over three points better than everyone else. 6 leagues are hovering around 102: Cracking The WHIP (102.21), Original Recipe (102.09), Ones are GOOD right? (102.09), Baseball Reasons (102.00), RCL 9 (101.89), and Magnificent Mustachioed Men (101.79).
Expert League: Ryan Carey (Mastersball Carey) and Dalton Del Don (RotoWire Del Don), are tied for the lead with 89 points, while Tim Dierkes (P.F. Flyer) is just 1 back as the tight battle continues. The Mastersball team struggled after the loss of Melky Cabrera, hitting .218 with just 3 home runs and 27 RBI, but they only lost 2 points in the standings. DDD added 5 points to catch Ryan. Rudy lost the 4 points he gained last week, and is now 10-and-a-half behind the leader. The Gambler had another fine week on the mound (8 wins, 4 saves, an ERA of 2.94, and 1.07 WHIP), but was less than stellar at the plate (.248/5 HR/30 RBI). Grey also had nice pitching (4 wins, 11 saves, an ERA of 3.15, and 1.25 WHIP) and pretty good hitting (.301/50 Runs/13 HR/45 RBI/7 SB), but it only translated into a 1-point gain.
Jobu needs a refill (RCL 39) shone at the plate, hitting .305 with 49 runs, 18 home runs, 64 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. Jason Heyward led the way, hitting .393 with 4 home runs, 8 RBI, and 2 steals. Josh Hamilton (.333, 6 Runs, 1 HR, 9 RBI) and Giancarlo Stanton (.286, 7 Runs, 5 HR, 8 RBI) provided some power with Dustin Pedroia (.357, 6 Runs, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 SB) and Jimmy Rollins (.346, 5 Runs, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 SB) adding a bit of speed.
Average: .345 (Team Lee — Matthew Berry Is A Tool )
Runs: 64 (Team Street Justice — RCL 29)
HR: 20 (Wilmington Womp Womps — RCL 9, Catch’n Bass — RCL 21, Bushwood Varmint Cong — Epic Beardmen Division)
RBI: 64 (Jobu needs a refill — RCL 39)
SB: 17 (Certain Thickness — Original Recipe)
The Rhymenoceros (Baseball Reasons) recorded 12 wins and 3 saves with 83 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.07 and 1.07 WHIP to be named the top pitching team this week. Max Scherzer, Ryan Dempster, and Edinson Volquez each won 2 games with Zack Greinke, Jordan Lyles, and Madison Bumgarner winning once. In all, the 6 starters combined for 9 wins in 10 games with an ERA of 1.81. Joe Kelly picked up a win in relief, while Addison Reed added a win and 3 saves.
Ks: 85 ( Hooka Man – RCL 46)
Wins: 12 (The Rhymenoceros — Baseball Reasons)
Saves: 12 (Insert Catchy Player Pun — RCL 15, Team bjorklund — The Dread Pirate Returns)
ERA: 1.37 (40 IP min) (Team 9CraigCounsells — RCL 38)
WHIP: 0.77 (40 IP min) (Navseal 7 — RCL 9)
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|TEAM OF THE WEEK — August 20 – August 26
|Team Street Justice (RCL 29)
64 R/9 HR/51 RBI/11 SB
53 K/4 W/2.82/1.05/8 S
|Allen Craig and Angel Pagan paced Team Street Justice to Team of the Week honors despite the combined .196 and 4 RBI from Ryan Braun and Andrew McCutchen. Craig hit .440 with 8 runs and 9 RBI, while Pagan, added last Sunday, also hit over .400, scored 10 runs, and stole 2 bases. Philly veterans Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley each had 3 steals, with Rollins also hitting .346 and driving in 7. Corey Hart hit .409 with 6 RBI. Addison Reed made 4 appearances and walked away with a win and 3 saves, even though he allowed 3 runs in 3.2 inninngs. Jonathan Papelbon and Aroldis Chapman saved 2 apiece. R.A. Dickey (14 IP/8 K/1.29/0.79), Wade Miley (8 IP/5 K/0.00/0.63), and Jake Westbook picked up wins, while Justin Verlander had to settle for a no decision despite striking out 12 Jays in 9 innings.|