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There’s change once again at the top of the Master standings! The Fugs (Epic Beardmen Division) shot up from 11th to grab the lead with 109 points. Trini (Psychic Friends Network — RCL 22) moved back up the leaderboard and sits in second, just 1 behind. captainpyper (RCL 3) gained 1 position, and is now 3rd with 106 points. Achilles (Tennessee Mash — RCL 22) and Simply fred (The Fredsies — ECFBL) are next with 105, followed by Team Birdis (a second team in the top 10 for RCL 3), Pig Charmer (Grunge Ball — RCL 16), and Beardcrabs (The Gaylords — Conshellation Prize), another point back. NYC Matthole (Ones are GOOD right) and MattTruss223 (Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects — Magnificent Mustachioed Men) finish out the top 10 with 102 points.

The Fugs are anxiously awaiting the return of their number 1 pick, Evan Longoria, to an offense boasting Andrew McCutchen (.323, 10 HR, 13 SB), Jay Bruce (15 HR/44 RBI), Paul Konerko (.359, 12 HR, 36 RBI) and Starlin Castro (.298/16 SB). Their pitching leaders include Gio Gonzalez (8 Wins/2.52/1.02), Madison Bumgarner (8 Wins/2.92/1.07), Shawn Marcum (acquired in a trade along with Brian Shaw for Brandon League and Chris Perez), Yovani Gallardo (picked up in a deal for Henry Rodriguez), and R.A. Dickey (4 Wins/0.00/0.55 since being added May 23).

Three teams gained 12 points this week to move up impressively in the overall standings. Bay Bombers (Razz Roto 2) jumped into the top 20, gaining 72 spots to 18th. 9Men + 6Beer = BigProblem (Soylent green is Albright) moved up 97 places to 55th, while Jackie Treehorns (Fausto or Roberto?) went from 191st to 85th.

There was no change in the Competitive Index standings as the ECFBL continued to prove they are the class of the RCL with a 104 rating. RCL 9 and Matthew Berry is a Tool are the best of the rest at 103.

Some interesting names were hitting the waivers this week, as frustrated and impatient owners dropped Ichiro Suzuki, Howie Kendrick, Drew Stubbs, Lance Berkman, Mike Moustakas (hey, I waited as long as I could), Ricky Romero, Yovani Gallardo, and even 2-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. Meanwhile, the likes of Pedro Alvarez, Casey McGehee, Ike Davis, Carlos Marmol, and, of course, Trevor Plouffe were being added.

Expert League: Rudy held on to first place and moved up to 26th overall, but Ryan Carey (Mastersball Carey) closed to within a half a point, joining Rudy in the top 30 at 29th. Ryan added Plouffe on Tuesday and was rewarded with 4 home runs. Joey Votto continued his strong play for Rudy (.476/5 Runs/2 HR/6 RBI for the week), but his starting pitching took a hit with both Brandons, Beachy and Morrow, hitting the DL (joining Longoria and Stubbs on Rudy’s injured list). As 1 of just 11 teams in the RCL with an ERA under 3, pitching has been key to Rudy’s success. So, he immediately took steps to shore up his staff, acquiring Yu Darvish from Jonathan Halket (Hardball Times Halket) for Santiago Casilla in the first Expert League trade. Grey had a 3.12 ERA and 1.04 WHIP this week, but hitting was once again a problem. He benched Ryan Zimmerman, but Giancarlo Stanton and Chris Young were a combined 4-for-48 with no home runs.

Trades: There were 12 more deals this week, running the total for the season to 153. Ones are GOOD right? saw 3 trades as Tony (WoodyPaige AllStars) dealt away Ian Kennedy (to Conti Crushers for Madison Bumgarner) and Pablo Sandoval (for Jon Lester). The Crushers also were able to acquire Carlos Quentin in exchange for Lincecum. In Original Recipe, Tigers Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander were traded for each other. Justin Upton was dealt with Ryan Cook for Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Saunders in Beef SAGNOF. Fantasy living legend Chris (Retro Vertigo — ECFBL) figured he could turn Ryan Zimmerman around, giving up Michael Young and Yoenis Cespedes to acquire the struggling 3B. You can find all the trades along with stats and daily recaps in the fantasy baseball forums. Look for the RCL under “Everything Else.”

Weekly Leaders

The Flying Ellsburys (Cust Kayin’) hit .322, and scored 49 runs with 21 home runs, 52 RBI, and 2 stolen bases to take hitting honors this week. Plouffe (.391/8 Runs/5 HR/7 RBI), Ryan Braun (4 HR/7 RBI), Carlos Beltran (.455/3 Runs/1 HR/2 RBI/1 SB), and Adrian Beltre (.435/6 Runs/1 HR/6 RBI) paced this high-flying offense.

Average: .329 (The Enigmas — RCL #22)
Runs: 51 (Butte Marauders — The Dread Pirate Returns, Now I Am LeMaster — RCL 44)
HR: 21 (The Flying Ellsburys — Cust Kayin’)
RBI: 56 (In any sport Speed Killz! — RCL 41 )
SB: 18 (Retro Vertigo — ECFBL)

Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects (Magnificent Mustachioed Men) matched last week’s pitching leaders, Rank Railheads, with 20 decisions (8 Wins, 12 Saves). They recorded 88 strikeouts in 97.2 innings with an ERA of 3.04 and 1.11 WHIP. Madison Bumgarner had 2 fine starts and Rafael Soriano led the relievers with 4 saves, while Ernesto Frieri added 3. Hanley’s Hustle (Yu Ain’t Goldschmidt) also had a good week, with 5 wins, 6 saves, and ratios of 0.86 and 0.59, while striking out 84 in 73.1 innings.

Ks: 109 (Vas Deferans — Sphinctory Staff Inflection)
Wins: 8 (RW’s Shiny Objects — Magnificent Mustachioed Men, Cellar Dwellers — Matthew Berry Is A Tool)
Saves: 15 (Fec Mode Squad — Toads n Wet Rocks)
ERA: 0.86 (Hanley’s Hustle — Yu Ain’t Goldschmidt)
WHIP: 0.59 (Hanley’s Hustle — Yu Ain’t Goldschmidt)

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TEAM OF THE WEEK – June 11 — 17
Bay Bombers (Razz Roto 2)
73/281 (.260)
40 R/19 HR/49 RBI/4 SB
47.1 IP
53 K/3 W/1.71/0.82/9 S
The Bombers were on the move thanks to Ryan Braun and Melky Cabrera. Braun (.357/4 Runs/4 HR/7 RBI) and Cabrera (.320/3 Runs/2 HR/6 RBI) provided everything but speed. Adam Jones hit .429 and scored 5 times, while Jay Bruce drove in 7, but hit only .100. Michael Cuddyer hit .296 with 5 runs, 3 home runs, and 6 RBI. Madison Bumgarner gave up 2 runs in 15.2 innings, with 16 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.64 to lead the pitching staff. Matt Moore picked up a win, throwing 7 scoreless innings while striking out 8 and allowing just 4 baserunners. Ernesto Frieri and Huston Street each recorded 3 saves.

  1. shibboleth says:
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    I need to get in on one of these leagues next year!

    Who do you like better RoS – Brandon Moss, Gerardo Parra or Todd Frazier? I think the latter two are looking at a playing time crunch. 12 team mixed, pretty deep league. Thanks!

    • VinWins

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      @shibboleth, I like Frazier, expecting Rolen to be injured all the time, but definitely check for other opinions.

  2. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    awesome roundup,dismal year for me and my misfits but still enjoy the group and the ECFBL

    • VinWins

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      @AL KOHOLIC, Thanks! I imagine it is pretty easy to have a disastrous year with that competition.

      • Paulie Allnuts

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        @VinWins, Yes it is. Try two disasterous years in a row for the Commish. Good thing my fantasy column at Razzball isn’t for advice, although some poor souls still sometimes ask fantasy questions. Then again, many of us prolly read Eric Mack, and he is pretty far below me. Then once again, prollly he and most of those who are below me in the standings have abandoned their teams (sigh). Chris won’t give me back Trout for Beachy. Vin, I think that could be on your list of worst trades of the season, the equivelant of the Reds trading Hamilton for Volquez.

        Sorry a bit late, nice column as always. Good to see the RCL at 104, 5 points ahead of the Faux-perts:)

        • VinWins

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          @Paulie Allnuts, Thanks! That injury definitely ensures it will not be a good trade for you.

      • Paulie Allnuts

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        @VinWins, Vin, just for kicks, were the Silver Bullett Bandits close to team of the week? They picked up a lot of points this week.

        Glad to see Chris finally getting dubbed “The Livingg Legend.” He is stalking the Fredsies, and you can be sure that Fred is watching his every move.

        • VinWins

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          @Paulie Allnuts, The Silver Bullett Bandits were definitely one of 5 teams I considered. It was a tight battle. They had an advantage in some categories, trailed in others, tough decision. HRs and RBIs were too low. Of course, it’s all in fun, another day I may have decided their advantage in average and wins were enough to take the title.

          • VinWins

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            @VinWins, Actually, 15 HRs not that bad. Those 34 RBI hurt the most.

  3. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Definitely check for other opinions.

  4. MattTruss223 says:
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    Woo Hoo! I made a round-up! Crazy that I got 8 wins and still barely made up any ground on One Man Wolf Pack in that category. His Dickey/Cain/Sale/Hamels combo has been pretty tough to beat. We’ve been going back and forth in Ks, but he deservedly takes the top spot in all pitching cats. (save saves) in our league right now.

    I need a Rizzo call-up to get some pop into my line-up now.

    Vin, do you have a link handy for the weekly team stats? I couldn’t find it searching through your site. I think I might add a “team of the week” to my weekly LM posts. Much obliged, keep up the great work man.

    • VinWins

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      @MattTruss223, Nice week. Your pitching put you in the running for Team of the Week, but 11 HR and 35 RBI was just too low.

      I haven’t been saving the weekly numbers, so I have just added your league weekly stats to your weekly standings page. I’ll send you a note explaining everything.

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @VinWins, Great, thanks a bunch.

        Yea, my Thome and B. Moss WW grabs were responsible for 4 of those HRs. I need my regulars (looking at you Uggla and Hardy) to get mashing.

        Now, if I’d have put Braun on my TV entry instead of De Aza it would’ve been a really nice week!

    • Chris says:
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      Finally got a chance to browse through the forums and also your side site for the RCLs. And man is there tons and tons of info available, it’s pretty amazing.

      • Chris says:
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        @Chris,

        Oops, the above post was meant for Vin.

        • VinWins

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          @Chris, Thanks. Yeah, a lot of people don’t know what’s there. I saw comments in 1 RCL where people still hadn’t even heard of Razzball, let alone the RCL forums. I guess a buddy invites them to join, but doesn’t wasn’t to share Grey.

          • Chris says:
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            @VinWins,

            That’s pretty hilarious…and you’re probably right about how exactly they join the RCLs without even knowing what Razzball is.

            Really enjoyed the forum topic on the total stats by category for each league. Though I’m a little shocked that the ECFBL isn’t 1st in Ks…and by a long shot at that.

            Maybe we’re behind the GS pace?

            • VinWins

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              @Chris, Yeah, there are other leagues way ahead of the pace, so I’m sure that gap will narrow. When I did those stats on through Friday, The ECFBL had 878 starts, while RCL 9, for example, was at 1022. Only 223 more innings pitched though.

              • Chris says:
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                @VinWins,

                Ahhh, that makes sense.

                Because with all the relievers that are rostered in our league (probably close to 5 per team), I would imagine that we’ll finish with a good 1000+ extra Ks than the next closest league.

                • VinWins

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                  @Chris, Last year the ECFBL had 15,606 Ks in 17,673 innings, 680 Ks ahead of the next closest. Right now you have 6616 in 7281 innings.

  5. Thanks for the write-ups as always. Always fun to check in and see how things are shaping up. Rudy has closed the gap and defintiely made things interesting in the Experts league, as we have been going back and forth the past couple of weeks. He should get Longoria back soon, while I am patiently awaiting the return of Matt Kemp to my lineup.

  6. VinWins

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    No problem. Thanks for reading! Yes, you’re having a nice battle, and I see you’re back in first this morning. Nice pitching numbers yesterday with Marmol, Peavy and Verlander; your man Rasmus helped stop your man Axford from getting the save, though.

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