The game of musical chairs at the top of the Master standings continued as captainpyper (RCL 3) moved up a spot and MattTruss223 (Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects — Magnificent Mustachioed Men) jumped from 10th to share the throne with 108 points. The captain had the first pick in the RCL 3 draft and started his team with Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Beltre, and Hunter Pence. Starlin Castro (4th round) and Melky Cabrera (15th) have been key offensive contributors. His drafted starters, Matt Cain (Round 7), James Shields (9), Yu Darvish (11), Chris Sale (16), and Ryan Dempster (19) have combined for 35 wins, 422 strikeouts, and ratios of 2.80 and 1.13. Only Jaime Garcia (14th round) has failed to pay off. Matt had the 6th pick in his league and grabbed Joey Votto, Giancarlo Stanton, and Cliff Lee in the first 3 rounds. Adam Jones, currently #12 on the Razzball Player Rater, was a steal in the 7th round. Lance Lynn (April 9th) and Mike Trout (April 20th) were key free agent pickups, while Dan Uggla, Adrian Beltre, J.J. Hardy, and Ernesto Frieri were acquired in 3 trades, in exchange for Aramis Ramirez, Cory Luebke, Jonathan Papelbon, and Elvis Andrus.
With 8 teams within 5 points of the two leaders, more changes can be expected in the coming weeks. Achilles (Tennessee Mash — RCL 22) is 1 back, followed by Trini (Psychic Friends Network — RCL 22) at 106. The Fugs (Epic Beardmen Division), last week’s leader, are next with 105 points, along with We’ve Got the Runs (Baseball Reasons) and Team Birdis (RCL 3′s second top 10 team). Big Magoo (Matthew Berry is a Tool) is 8th (up 7 spots) with 104 points. Beardcrabs (The Gaylords — Conshellation Prize) and Simply fred (The Fredsies — ECFBL) round out the top 10 with 103.
LBI Storm (RCL 9) was the big mover this week, gaining 14 points and jumping from 473rd to 323rd in the overall standings.
The ECFBL now has a Competitive Index of 104.51, and last year’s record 107.66 is probably going to fall as they keep working while other leagues lose managers to disinterest. Matthew Berry is a Tool (102.59) has taken 2nd place from RCL 9 (102.33).
There was some controversy in Myrtle’s Acres this week as a manager dumped all his players. The League Manager returned the players, but with them sitting on the bench yesterday 3 home runs and 8 RBI from Carlos Beltran and Cody Ross were missed. Hopefully this can be straightened out as the league’s Competitive Index will be hurt with the loss of stats from Beltran, Miggy, and Curtis Granderson. Turk Wendell is ready to take over the team, if needed. Let me know.
Expert League: Ryan Carey (Mastersball Carey) came out ahead this week in his battle with Rudy for first place. Ryan is now 25th overall, while Rudy drops to 42nd. Grey gave up on 2 of his first 7 picks, dropping Ryan Zimmerman and Chris Young outright. He picked up Adam Lind, gambling that Lind’s time in Vegas has turned him around. Tim Dierkes (P.F. Flyer) quickly grabbed Zimmerman, while Dalton Del Don (RotoWire Del Don) scooped up Krispie.
Trades: There were 14 trades this week, with a couple causing much consternation. In Sphinctory Staff Inflection, Robinson Cano and Stephen Strasburg were dealt for 4 free agent pickups — Allen Craig, Mark Reynolds, Seth Smith, and Daniel Murphy. Reynolds and Smith were there for the taking 2 weeks ago. In Fantasy Booze Cruise, it was Cano, Jose Reyes, and Jonathan Papelbon exchanged for Mike Napoli, Nick Markakis, and Ben Zobrist. Cano was traded in a third league as well, packaged with David Price and sent to Prague Defenestrators for Zobrist, Jake Peavy, Jon Lester, and Bryan LaHair in Conshellation Prize. The Defenestrators also used the exciting Mike Trout to acquire C.J. Wilson and Starlin Castro. Trout was also traded in Epic Beardmen Division, where Prince Fielder was the catch. Brett Lawrie, Curtis Granderson, R.A. Dickey, CC Sabathia, Nelson Cruz, Hanley Ramirez, and Troy Tulowitzki were all traded as well. Check out the fantasy baseball forums for all the trades along with stats and daily recaps. Look for the RCL under “Everything Else.”
Worldwide Suicide (Ones are GOOD right?) hit .328 with 24 home runs and 57 RBI on their way to being named the top offensive team. They scored an RCL-leading 68 runs and stole 8 bases. Jose Bautista (.318/7 Runs/4 HR/8 RBI), Will Middlebrooks (8-for-13/5 Runs/2 HR/9 RBI), Aaron Hill (.462/7 Runs/3 HR/8 RBI), Jimmy Rollins (.391/7 Runs/3 HR/5 RBI/1 SB), and Brandon Belt (.412/3 Runs/1 HR/5 RBI/2 SB) led the way.
Average: .338 (Torii Two Eyes — Hotel, Dotel, Halladay Inge)
Runs: 68 (Worldwide Suicide — Ones are GOOD right?)
HR: 24 (Worldwide Suicide — Ones are GOOD right?)
RBI: 66 (Team Street Justice — RCL 29 )
SB: 16 (Left Coast Quakes — Conshellation Prize)
Smokey had a nice pitching line this week, with the Mcpots winning 8 and adding 6 saves. They had 48 strikeouts in 46.1 innings, with an ERA of 1.94 and 1.01 WHIP. David Price won 2 with 12 Ks, a 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP, while Johnny Cueto and Edwin Jackson both had impressive victories.
Ks: 100 (Vas Deferans — Sphinctory Staff Inflection)
Wins: 10 (murder mittens — The Fantasy Booze Cruise)
Saves: 11 (Lajka Bejka — The Dread Pirate Returns, Schmo Hawks — Beef SAGNOF!)
ERA: 1.07 (40 IP min) (Titties and Beer — Original Recipe)
WHIP: 0.73 (40 IP min) (The Groomingdales — RCL 22)
|TEAM OF THE WEEK – June 18 — 24
|Rank Railheads (RCL #40)
42 R/16 HR/52 RBI/6 SB
75K/9 W/3.06/1.07/8 S
|The Railheads moved up 17 positions from 28th to sit just outside the top 10 in earning their second Team of the Week award. Miguel Cabrera (.167) and Curtis Granderson (.125) slumped, but Aaron Hill (.462/8 RBI), Andrew McCutchen (.500/8 RBI), and Starlin Castro (.370) made up for that. David Price (2 Wins), Chris Sale (8 scoreless innings), and Tommy Milone (complete-game victory, allowing 1 run and 4 baserunners) were the top starters while Tyler Clippard, Joel Hanrahan, and Huston Street totaled 7 saves in 7.1 scoreless innings.|