The first week of the season brought more closer questions and injury woes. Carlos Marmol is now owned in just 28 leagues, while Shawn Camp was being speculated on in 11 leagues yesterday, but that has already dropped to 7 today after a 2-run outing. The biggest add was definitely Miami starter Jose Fernandez, who is now owned in all 64 RCLs. Three home runs raised J.P. Arencibia’s desirability, and he is now owned in 39 leagues. Jose Valverde is expected to take over as the closer in Detroit eventually, and has been grabbed in 40 leagues.
EXPERTS: Our fearless leader finished week 1 in first place! Adam Jones, Jed Lowrie, Paul Goldschmidt, Shin-Soo Choo, and Jimmy Rollins paced a solid offense, while Jonathon Niese, Zack Greinke, Tommy Milone, and Jake Peavy helped Grey overcome the usual slow start for Yovani Gallardo on the pitching side. The defending champion, Mastersball.com Carey is right on Grey’s heels in second place. Rudy sits in 7th place with very cold bats, except for Nelson Cruz (.458/4RBI) and Ryan Braun (.400/4 RBI). Here’s hoping Braun doesn’t miss any more games.
Writers: Andrew Nordmeier is setting the pace in Razzball Elites, thanks to a strong pitching staff led by Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, and Cliff Lee. Through 66.1 innings he has an ERA of 2.31 and 0.93 WHIP.
Trades: Jose Altuve was dealt for Mark Trumbo while Joe Nathan was acquired in exchange for two starters, Anibal Sanchez and Jeremy Hellickson in the only 2 deals of the week.
The Texas Tortfeasors (Hu Are Yu?) hit .356 with 54 runs, 25 home runs, 67 RBI, and 10 stolen bases to earn Week 1 hitting honors. Chris Davis led the way with 5 runs, 4 home runs, and 17 RBI while hitting .455. Todd Frazier hit .524 with 3 homeruns and 8 runs batted in, and Mike Morse also drove in 8 with 5 homers. Carlos Santana (.500/2 HR), Andrew McCutchen (4 steals), Michael Cuddyer (.438/7 RBI), Paul Goldschmidt (.375/6 RBI), Shin-Soo Choo (.375/8 Runs/3 HR), and Jose Reyes (.435/2 SB) also provided some nice numbers.
Average: .356 (Texas Tortfeasors, 5ive5ive9ine !! – International Razzball)
Runs: 66 (Sultans of Swing – Modesto Nuts)
HR: 25 (Texas Tortfeasors)
RBI: 67 (Texas Tortfeasors, Team Podhorzer – Experts)
SB: 15 (Claycord Ding – Double Platinum Haters, Georgia Peaches – MDK Razzball League)
Josh Hamilton’s Fake Stache (Cracking The WHIP) recorded 8 Wins and 5 Saves with 79 strikeouts in 73.2 innings and a 1.47 ERA and 0.83 WHIP to lead on the pitching side. Kershaw (16 K in 16 shutout innings), Yu Darvish (20 K) and Jon Lester each won twice, while Alex Cobb and Wade Miley also contributed victories. The relief corps threw 7.2 scoreless innings, with Sergio Romo picking up 3 saves.
Ks: 105 (Machado With Nothing – The Art of Fielding)
Wins: 9 (Team Harris – BOOM, Saskatchewan Grizzlies – Razzball League)
Saves: 10 (The Man Bear Pigs – Chicks Dig The Long Ball, Colicky Fuddruckers – Razz Canada, Ctrl + F -ing Tehol’s Mom – Razzball Elites, ENEDINA’S FOXES – American Heritage Baseball)
ERA: 1.27 (40 IP min) (Team BM- in Trout We Trust)
WHIP: 0.79 (40 IP min) (Brew Crew – Fantasy Champions)
|Bosch Brothers (in Trout We Trust)|
54 R/20 HR/55 RBI/8 SB
| 70.1 IP
80 K/6 W/2.82/0.87/8 S
|Bosch Brothers’ great start has them 32 points ahead with 114 after the first week. This despite two of their top 4 picks, Robinson Cano (#4) and Yoenis Cespedes (#45), hitting .130. Jed Lowrie took up the slack, though, hitting .500 with 7 runs, 3 HRs, and 6 RBI. Kevin Youkilis was also a pleasant surprise with a .409 average, 4 runs, and 4 RBI. Paul Goldschmidt (.370/7 Runs/7 RBI), Norichika Aoki (.370/5 Runs/1 SB), Alex Rios (.364/3 HR/2 SB), Jacoby Ellsbury (7 RBI/4 SB), and Mike Morse (5 HR/8 RBI) all made significant contributions. Alexi Ogando (10 K in 6.1 shutout innings) and Dan Straily (11 K in 6.2 IP) led the pitching staff. Jeff Samardzija added 22 strikeouts. Five relievers recorded saves, with Rafael Betancourt notching 3 in 3.1 scoreless innings.|