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Slocemb If You Got Em (Daily Bases) give us another new leader as they squeak by That’s a Shame (Bold Predictions) for a two-tenths of a point margin. Slocemb had a great draft, and still roster 21 of the 25 players they selected, including Joey Votto (10), Jose Bautista (15), Adam Jones (34), Manny Machado (135), Jean Segura (231), Domonic Brown (274), and Shelby Miller (289). Miller, Jordan Zimmermann, and Max Scherzer anchor a pitching staff that features an ERA of 3.00 and 1.01 WHIP. Check out the Master Standings (you can also access them via the Leagues menu up top) to see where your team ranks in comparison to the other 767 teams through Sunday. The page now includes sortable stats.

The Top 10

# RAZZBALL HANDLE TEAM NAME PTS. Last
1 Slocemb If You Got Em 105.6 3
2 That’s a Shame 105.4 1
3  MasterofGrond Waco Night Terrors 104.4 2
4 Pokey Reese 102.1 4
5 Insert Catchy Player Pun 99.8 5
5 Your face ain’t got no saves 99.8 9
7  mauledbypandas Josh Hamilton’s Fake Stache 99.7 6
8 Pray For Rain 99.3 24
9 Eh Team 99.2 33
10 Cali The Naysayers 99.0 8

Movers and Shakers: Vas Deferens (Smoke Em If Ya Got Em) gained over 10 points and moved up 153 positions to 397th this week.Trailer Trash Talkers (Champions League) and The Fuzz (You Say Potato, I Say Schmotato) continued long streaks of improvement. TTT moved up 93 spots this week, their 9th consecutive gain that has seen them go from 744th to 404th. The Fuzz jumped 127 positions to 327th, their 8th straight gain since sitting in 698th place on May 6th.

Free Agents: Brad Miller was scooped up in 34 leagues after he stole a base in each of his first two games, with Seattle’s alternative at shortstop being Brendan Ryan. Erasmo Ramirez was added in another 12 leagues, leaving him available in 28.  Rajai Davis (26 to 60) and Tony Cingrani (39 to 56) saw increases in ownership as Melky Cabrera and Johnny Cueto went to the DL. Adam Eaton is owned in 25 leagues now, as he progresses slowly to a return to Arizona. Andrelton Simmons was dropped in 12 leagues this week as he continued to struggle.

League News: The ECFBL and Cougars Welcomed continue to top the RCL with a League Competitive Index of 105. The East Coast League has 3 teams in the top 100; CW have 2. Ones are GOOD right? have 4 in the top 100; International Razzball have 4 in the top 66. Cougars Welcomed are in the top 10 of 8 statistical categories, leading 3, having overtaken the ECFBL in home runs. The ECFBL continues to lead 6 categories.

EXPERTS: Rudy’s reign atop the standings is over after two weeks as Dr. Roto slipped past him into first for the first time this season. Team Roto was one of six teams with an ERA under 3 for the week (2.96), and had a league-leading 0.82 WHIP. Rudy got a couple nice streams Saturday from Joe Blanton and Dillon Gee (2 Wins/10 K/2.08/1.08), but his cautious approach left 2 shutouts on the bench (Justin Masterson @ WS; Derek Holland @ NYY). Of course, his discretion also meant he missed Masterson’s 6-run game at Baltimore earlier in the week. Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus) had a great week statistically, though it failed to translate to a gain in the standings. He led the league in runs (58), home runs (20), RBI (50), and saves (11), though he was hurt by a 4.24 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. Grey saved me from having the worst ERA (6.61) in the whole RCL this week. Thanks, man! His 7.87 ERA and 1.97 WHIP raised his ratios from 3.70/1.22 to 4.01/1.28. Hey, you’re still better than me for the season (4.22/1.35). Oh, wait, that’s nothing to brag about. You can find all Expert League unofficial Week 13 stats here.

Writers: Well, the inevitable has happened. The all-powerful and humble Tehol Beddict has taken over first place after recording league bests in runs, home runs, RBI, steals, and wins this week. Andrew Nordmeier dropped to second for the first time in over 2 months, despite a fine offensive week and pitching ratios of 2.25 and 0.98. Those numbers were second only to Slim Smitty’s 2.23 ERA and 0.85 WHIP. Once again Andrew was weak in pitching decisions, with just 2 wins and no saves. Check out all the writers’ week 13 stats.

Trades: 23 more trades this week involving 72 players to run the totals for the year to 275 trades of 869 players. There was also controversy in the ECFBL as 4 trades were vetoed, touched off by Simply Fred trading Matt Holliday and Edward Mujica to AL KOHOLIC for Domonic Brown and Brett Cecil. Five trades were processed in the league, with Fred dealing Pablo Sandoval, Billy Butler, and Ben Revere for Kevin Gregg, Mark Melancon, and Ike Davis in three of them. Besides Ben Revere, Al also acquired Jose Fernandez (for Jed Lowrie) and Clayton Kershaw (for Jacoby Ellsbury). In Original Recipe, Al also dealt Prince Fielder and Josh Reddick to New Zealand Steve for Adam Lind, Nelson Cruz, and Tom Wilhelmsen. Justin Verlander was traded 3 times: with Matt Kemp for Paul Goldschmidt; with Wil Myers for Jean Segura and Michael Cuddyer; and with Mat Latos for Matt Kemp and Dustin Pedroia. You can check out all the trades in the Fantasy Baseball Forums. Look for the RCL under the heading “Everything Else.” Also, be sure to check the player rater for “Rest of Season” projections when you’re considering a trade.

Limits and Pace: As we hit the midway point in the season, just a reminder there is a game started limit of 180. There are 153 teams that have used 110 or more starts. It is not a big problem to reach 180 early, though it may mean you will miss out on some late season starts from your ace. You will continue to accrue stats from your relief pitchers when you have used up all your starts. There is also a 1000-inning minimum for your pitching staff. If you fail to reach that number, you will be put to last in the ERA and WHIP categories. There are only 7 teams currently off this pace, including Podcast Nick Capozzi in the Writers’ league. What’s your plan there, Nick?

Weekly Leaders

Eh Team (No Go Romo) hit .345 with 60 runs scored, 56 RBI, and an RCL-best 25 home runs to take hitting honors this week. Jason Kipnis and, of course, Miguel Cabrera paced the attack, driving the Eh Team into the top 10 overall. Kipnis hit .478 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI; Miggy, .417 with 5 home runs and 7 RBI. Ian Desmond, Josh Donaldson, and Allen Craig also hit 3 homers apiece.

Average: .361 (Giggity-giggity All right – RCL on PEDs)
Runs: 64 (Motor Boaters – Go Big or Go Home)
HR: 25 (Eh Team – No Go Romo)
RBI: 60 (Slavakian SkullHunters – Bang Bang Boom Boom)
SB: 15 (Seventh Inning Grope – Wake Up!)

Pink Highlighter (Razzball4Life) notched 17 decisions (7 wins/10 saves) to record the week’s best pitching line. In 68.2 innings they had 63 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.36 and 1.08 WHIP. Five relievers led the way, picking up 3 of the team’s wins and 19 Ks in 15 innings with an ERA of 1.80 and 0.87 WHIP. Madison Bumgarner, Paul Maholm, Patrick Corbin, Francisco Liriano, and Yu Darvish combined for a 2.17 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.

Ks: 95 (Team galgano – Humm Baby)
Wins: 8 (The Gyorkoffs – Wake Up!, The Fuzz – You Say Potato I Say Schmotato, DrEasy’s Anthapologists – Invisible Horse Riders, Iron Molly – Greys a BITER says Garner, Team Carty – Experts)
Saves: 13 (DOGG E  STYLE  ltd – Smoke’ Em If Ya Got Em’, No Comment – Razz Sask)
ERA: 1.07 (40 IP min) (The Schmohawks – Original Recipe)
WHIP: 0.66 (40 IP min) (Team Here we Go!!! – Go Big or Go Home)

Daily and full season stats are available, and in the RCL forum there are team and league of the day threads, as well as the top batting and pitching lines.

DOGG E STYLE ltd
78/306 (.255)
42 R/15 HR/44 RBI/11 SB
50.2 IP
48 K/5 W/2.66/1.03/13 S
DOGG E STYLE ltd moved up 3 spots to take over first place in Smokey’s league, Smoke’ Em If Ya Got Em’. For the second week in a row Chris Davis hit 4 home runs and drove in 10 runs to lead the offense, while Jose Bautista added 7 RBI on three homers, and even stole a base. Billy Butler (.435/5 RBI), Starling Marte (.389/4 SB), and Nick Franklin (.350/2 SB) were also key contributors. Madison Bumgarner led the pitching staff, allowing 3 runs and 13 baserunners while striking out 10 in 14 innings. Francisco Liriano had 6 Ks in his victory, surrendering one run in 6 innings. The relief corps was also impressive. Kenley Jansen and Koji Uehara each had a win and 3 saves, while Ernesto Frieri picked up 4 saves.

21 Responses

  1. MasterofGrond says:
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    Lost a spot but actually gained points. I can live with that.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @MasterofGrond: Yeah, it’s tight at the top. You’re in great shape.

  2. Big Magoo says:
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    Grey’s ratios are making their way toward my Champions League ones (4.09/1.25) and I’m edging you out Vin. It’s a race to the finish!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Big Magoo: Ha! I don’t like my chances. I dumped all my starters.

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @VinWins: Streaming MRs has killed my ratios much worse than starters have, it seems. I always seem to have the Tazawas, Cooks, Hernandezs, Smylys, etc. in my lineup when they suffer their occasional blowup.

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Big Magoo: Yeah, I was crying about MRs earlier in the season when I finally got my ERA down to 4 and Alfredo Simon put it back to 4.03 in a third of an inning.

  3. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    thanks for the hard work my man

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks for reading!

      • Paulie Allnuts

        Paulie Allnuts says:
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        The ECFBL and Cougars Welcomed continue to top the RCL with a League Competitive Index of 105…. Cougars Welcomed are in the top 10 of 8 statistical categories, leading 3, having overtaken the ECFBL in home runs. The ECFBL continues to lead 6 categories.

        Cougars Welcomed isn’t daunted by the daunting superiority of the ECFBL. Who are these guys?

        Thanks for the work, Vin.

  4. DrEasy says:
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    Thanks for the update, Vin! Any chance for a Razzball league update as well?

  5. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Beddict may be a cyborg sent back in time from the future. I’ve never witnessed such a powerfully minded savant. He is I and I is him. how the hell did I not get team of the week???? I’ve overcome dozens of injuries and traded away an all star pitching staff already.

    Pitchers ive traded— Verlander, Matt Moore, Bucholtz, jose fernandez, masterson. i mean that would be 2nd best pitching staff in league and ive basically given them away and still am competing for a championship. I want a whole article written on this mastery and I am an “expert” and a “writer” so i should receive invite to grey and rudys league. make that happen please Vin-dog

    • Paulie Allnuts

      Paulie Allnuts says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: If there is an opening, come to the ECFBL next season, You have an open invitation, and would be a welcome eccentric addition. If you can beat the crew assembled, I will bow three times and say “I’m not Worthy”, offering you praise, oblations, and worship with trumpets and cymbals.

      Paulie

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @Paulie Allnuts: thank you my friend. it would be an honor of the highest magnitude. i worship your weekly posts like the peasants did King Ralph in the early nineties.

        • Paulie Allnuts

          Paulie Allnuts says:
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          @Tehol Beddict: You are the first on my waiting list, Mr. Tehol. As for King Ralph, I played Good Golly, Miss Molly on a Farfisa 500 in my long-forgotten youth as a member of the Optic Nerve, and we once opened up for Vanilla Fudge.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Rudy & Grey would never allow you in their league to embarrass them.

      • Paulie Allnuts

        Paulie Allnuts says:
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        @VinWins: Last season I challenged Rudy to a bet that the ECFBL would beat the Experts League. Grey responded by stating that he would place his money on the ECFBL. As Tehol states that he is one of the top four fantasy baseball players on the planet, I would like to see him go head to head with Chris H., the living legend of Fantasy. If Chris were in an ordinary league, he would best all teams in the RCL every year. He is a beast.

        • The great thing about RCL is that it’s immediately clear in the standings which leagues are most competitive (League Index).

          I think any ‘expert’ advantage – what little there is – is virtually nil in 12-team MLB, daily change, snake leagues (it’s highest in single league auctions). The RCL format requires good luck + a lot of effort/attention to win. Even if you ‘nail’ the draft, you can’t win without solid in-season moves. My biggest ‘challenge’ in the format is that I almost never snag players whose fates have changed based on recent news (e.g., Nick Franklin called up, this guy is the closer). I’ve learned to compensate with pitcher/hitter streaming + investing more in closers and premium MRs during the draft because I can’t compete in real-time pickups.

  6. thefaketom says:
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    Heck yes PinkHighlighter mention! So like, what do I do with the rest of my life?

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @thefaketom: Public speaking tour.

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