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The Fugs (Epic Beardmen Division) regained top spot in the Master standings, moving up 5 positions with help from a pitching staff that recorded a 1.70 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. Yovani Gallardo and Madison Bumgarner paced The Fugs, while Gio Gonzalez added 2 wins despite throwing only 11 innings and giving up 8 runs. captainpyper (RCL 3) dropped to 2nd, 2 points back, while last week’s co-leader MattTruss223 (Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects — Magnificent Mustachioed Men) fell to 6th place, tied with NYC Matthole (Ones are GOOD, right?), who rose 9 spots. Rank Railheads (RCL 40) moved up to 3rd from 11th, 3 points out of the lead. panthers_freak (We’ve Got the Runs — Baseball Reasons) and Beardcrabs (The Gaylords — Conshellation Prize) are tied for 4th with 106. There are now 11 teams within 7 points of the leader.

DL60 Denial (RCL 13) gained 13 points and moved from 388th to 240th in the overall standings. Team Beefcake (Fantasy Booze Cruise) also had an impressive week, reaching the top 20 with a 30-position gain.

The ECFBL remains the Competitive Index leader, but they did suffer a slight drop. Maybe there’s still hope for the rest of us. Matthew Berry is a Tool remains second best, percentage points ahead of RCL 9.

Turk Wendell stepped up to take over the abandoned team in Myrtle’s Acres this week. Turk’s Quirks currently sit in 5th place, but feature R.A. Dickey, Miguel Cabrera, and Curtis Granderson. Good luck, Turk. Earlier in the year, royce! took over an abandoned team in RCL 33, and he has skillfully led the San Diego Chippers to first place. Not only that, he also manages the first place team in Original Recipe, That’s Not Very Maybin. Both teams are in the top 30 overall. Way to go, royce!

Continuous streaming of pitchers is usually a bad idea, leading to high ratios and low self esteem. But if you are good at it, you can build a stronger offensive team and be tough to beat. I doubt that there are many better at it than Simply Fred (The Fredsies — ECFBL). He has used 60 starting pitchers and has the 15th best ERA (3.05) in the RCL. Lance Lynn leads Fred with 50 innings pitched, 44 strikeouts, and 6 wins. Yet, The Fredsies are atop the toughest Razzball Commenter League, and 14th overall. James McDonald’s ERA is an exceptional 2.44; in 35 innings on The Fredsies, he’s even better, at 1.54. For Kyle Lohse, the comparison is 2.82 overall and 1.82 in 49.1 innings for Fred. A.J. Burnett: 3.31 overall/1.56 in 17.1 IP; Jonathan Niese: 3.55/2.18 in 20.2 IP. Justin Masterson has thrown 16 scoreless innings for The Fredsies. Wade Miley (6.1 IP), Kevin Millwood (6 IP), Tommy Milone (7 IP), and Travis Wood (7.2 IP) have all shutout their opponents while pitching for Fred. Ryan Vogelsong has given up just 1 run in 14 innings . In case you think he is the luckiest Streamer Of Bums alive, you should know he takes into account the weather, day/night and home/road splits, and many other stats you can learn about if you buy his book, Daystreaming Your Way To The Top: How To Avoid The Curse Of The Streamboat In 21st Century America. (Hey, I didn’t name it.) And sometimes the moves backfire. Bruce Chen added 6 runs to Fred’s total in 2.2 innings. Jarrod Parker, Kyle Drabek, Wei -Yin Chen, and Chris Capuano were good for another 25 earned runs in 25-and-a-third innings. But, for the most part, Simply Fred has been simply amazing.

Expert League: Ryan Carey (Mastersball Carey) and Rudy continued to battle for the lead, with the Razzball favorite finishing the week 2 points ahead. Hunter Pence (.414/6 Runs/3 HR/7 RBI) and Shin-Soo Choo (.458/7 Runs/2 HR/6 RBI) were Rudy’s top players this week. Rudy is holding his breath until his top star returns to the lineup, hoping Joey Votto doesn’t stretch his Canada Day long weekend into a summer vacation. Grey gained a few points this week as his team actually hit .302. Accidental first round pick Robinson Cano led the way, hitting .414 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI. Aaron Hill, Eric Hosmer, and Giancarlo Stanton also had big weeks.

Trades: There were 20 trades this week, including a reversal of a trade in The Fantasy Booze Cruise. After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, Robinson Cano, Jose Reyes, and Jonathan Papelbon were returned to Batty Batterson, while Mike Napoli, Nick Markakis, and Ben Zobrist were sent back to Basement Dwellers. In two separate deals, the Fenway Go Saux (Epic Beardmen Division) netted Zack Greinke, Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett, Dayan Viciedo, and Stephen Drew while giving up Justin Verlander and Albert Pujols. R.A. Dickey was also dealt in this league, packaged with Tom Wilhelmsen for David Freese and Jon Lester. Verlander was also traded in Magnificent Mustachioed Men, for Mark Teixeira. The second Expert League trade was completed, as Eno Sarris (FanGraphs Sarris) sent Jim Johnson to Ryan Carey (Mastersball Carey) for Neil Walker and the struggling (but 8-2) Ricky Romero (now 8-3). Other moves of interest include Anibal Sanchez for Bryce Harper, and Tim Lincecum for Dustin Pedroia. Mike Trout brought back Dan Uggla and Alejandro De Aza, while Brian McCann and Miguel Cabrera were exchanged for Clayton Kershaw, David Freese, and Joe Mauer. Troy Tulowitzki, Cole Hamels, Chris Sale, Carlos Beltran, and Adrian Beltre were also among the 67 traded players this week. Check out the fantasy baseball forums for all the trades along with stats and daily recaps. Look for the RCL under “Everything Else.”

Weekly Leaders

The top offense came from the Epic Beardmen Division, where walters clueless hit .338 with 64 runs, 19 home runs, 68 RBI, and 8 stolen bases. Hunter Pence, Ryan Zimmerman (.364/7 Runs/3 HR/12 RBI), Edwin Encarnacion (.391/7 Runs/1 HR/5 RBI/2 SB) and Freddie Freeman (.476/6 Runs/1 HR/6 RBI) led the way. Also, a note for all of us struggling to improve our teams: the top average this week (.359) came from a team that has not touched their lineup all season.

Average: .359 (Team Thompson — RAZZBALL ROTO LEAGUE)
Runs: 75 (San Diego Chippers — RCL #33)
HR: 23 (Team Moore — Balls and Razz, Joba’s Trampoline — RCL 41)
RBI: 68 (Artist Formerly Known as Fausto — Schmohawk in Training, walters clueless )
SB: 19 (Nishi Nippon Pirates — RCL 20)

Rank Railheads (RCL 40) had another great week on the mound with 4 wins and 11 saves, an ERA of 1.81 and 0.96 WHIP. Gallardo, Chris Sale, and David Price anchored the staff.

Ks: 92 (Studio City Hodgepadres — Hotel, Dotel, Halladay Inge)
Wins: 10 (Vaginal Speed Traps — RCL 4)
Saves: 16 (Joba’s Trampoline — RCL 41)
ERA: 1.44 (40 IP min) (Team cafeteiro — RCL 46)
WHIP: 0.74 (40 IP min) (Greenlake Rockets — Hotel, Dotel, Halladay Inge)

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TEAM OF THE WEEK – June 25 — July 1
Joba’s Trampoline (RCL 41)
96/321 (.299)
60 R/23 HR/56 RBI/10 SB
56.2 IP
54 K/3 W/3.18/1.22/16 S
23 home runs and 16 saves were the key stats for Joba’s Trampoline this week. Carlos Marmol had 4 saves in 3.2 scoreless innings, while Rafael Soriano and Heath Bell added 3 apiece. Alex Rios was the offensive leader, hitting .467 with 7 runs, 2 home runs, 6 RBI, and 3 steals. Josh Hamilton (9 RBI), Mark Trumbo, and Trevor Plouffe each hit 3 homers, while Colby Rasmus added 2 with 8 driven in. Jered Weaver and Ian Kennedy each picked up wins while allowing just 1 earned run.

13 Responses

  1. Turk Wendell says:
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    I want a copy of that book

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Yeah, sold out quickly, hopefully there’ll be a second printing.

      • Paulie Allnuts

        Paulie Allnuts says:
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        @VinWins, Fred has been pretty secretive about his book. Apparently, he has mixed emotions about giving up his secrets.

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Paulie Allnuts, I guess he doesn’t want to be wealthy.

          • Paulie Allnuts

            Paulie Allnuts says:
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            @VinWins, Ha! Fred lives a simple but contented life in Oregon, with his wife, with his major enjoyments being time spent with his grandchildren, closely followed by streaming pitchers…

  2. Chris says:
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    Fred has really done a great job with the stream starts this year. Rarely does he get burned by the players he picks up, even if they’re relative no namers.

    He has almost all 12s across the board in pitching, despite essentially punting on SPs at the draft (besides Strasburg, who was traded in the first month or so). It’s a very effective strategy for sure.

    • VinWins

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      @Chris, Yeah, if you’re good at it. Apparently studying stats is more effective than my method of grabbing anyone who had a good game recently.

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @VinWins, yes fred is killing us that drafted what we thought was a strong sp core,but he does put in time and research

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @AL KOHOLIC, Definitely does the work. I spend more time than most on fantasy baseball, but unfortunately not doing the work necessary to make better decisions.

          • Paulie Allnuts

            Paulie Allnuts says:
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            @VinWins, kelly, its just not your year. I am completely confident that you will be back in the midst of contention next season. The ECFBL is a bear, and it humbled men like you and I.

      • Paulie Allnuts

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        @VinWins, I don’t have a clue how Fred does it, but he did share that he uses Fangraphs as part of his research. Some of his choices for streamers don’t seem to make much sense, but you can’t say it is luck, as he has done this for half a season. One thing this has done is devalue starters. Unless the guy is a stud, there is no chance that he will be part of a trade. (Yeah, this is the same guy who traded Trout for Beachy, no genius am I!) Another thing – watching Fred’s success, some of us have attempted to emulate him, but as you stated in your article, this is very hard to do. I particularly have made abominable streamer choices.

        Thanks for that evaluation of Fred’s success, Vin. You do a terrific job researching keys to success, and must put in a great deal of time to come out with your weekly column. I wish more Razzballers would read and comment about it. Maybe if you changed your handle to VinGrey:)

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Paulie Allnuts, Ha! Then they’d just expect good advice from me.

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Paulie Allnuts, I could understand someone having good numbers in wins and Ks, maybe average ratios, but to have an ERA down around 3 when the average is 3.71, that I would have thought was impossible.

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