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Mauledbypandas (Josh Hamilton’s Fake Stache – Cracking The WHIP) is on top of the world for another week. “The only way that Member’s Only jacket isn’t hanging in my closet come October is if I get bored and move on to fantasy football,”  he was heard to exclaim this week. Of course, he’s claiming he was misquoted. “Bl@#p*@g Vin! He’ll write anything to boost readership.” Meanwhile, the Ottoneu Bay Stormtroopers (RCL on PEDs) became the latest challenger, jumping from 9th to 2nd. The Troopers lead the RCL with 37 wins, but they are well ahead of the pace for Games Started. 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. Tell me your team and league in the comments and I’ll add your Razzball handle to the standings.

The Top 10

# RAZZBALL HANDLE TEAM NAME PTS. Last
1 mauledbypandas Josh Hamilton’s Fake Stache 106.2 1
2 Ottoneu Bay Stormtroopers 101.3 9
3 Hannover Hotspurs 100.4 2
4 Tennessee Jed 100.2 7
5 ichirosan Insert Catchy Player Pun 100.2 11
6 nhv STEELERS 100.0 4
7 Slocemb If You Got Em 100.0 13
8  Pops Sin City Sinners 99.7 3
9 A Man Named Brady 99.6 10
10 Miami Corn Machine 99.4 8

Movers and Shakers: After a 54-spot jump last week, the Mudville 9 (Night of the Living Zombinos) moved up 121 positions to 29th place overall with a 14-point gain this week. The stellar week also pushed them from 4th to first in a very tough league.

Free Agents: Zack Wheeler is now owned in 59% of Razzball Commenter Leagues after Grey said, “now is the time to start stashing Wheeler, he’s gonna be a great one.” In the Rookies With Power club, Oswaldo Arcia is available in just 11 leagues, while Marcell Ozuna is unowned in 21.

League Stats: The League Competitive Index for all leagues can be found here. Night of the Living Zombinos (104.6) continues to lead all leagues on the competitive scale, though it should be noted that they have also used more of their pitching starts than most leagues. But, they are also in the top 10 in four of the five offensive categories.

Team Stats: You can find the top 10 in all categories in the RCL Forum. Three teams have a WHIP under 1, led by Charlie Bee (International Razzball) at 0.975.  The Carolina Bedwetters (RCL on PEDs) already have 58 saves, 7 more than their nearest competitor. Of course, they drafted 6 closers in the first 9 rounds (and 3 starters), and are sitting in 10th place. The top two home run-hitting teams both reside in the same league, Hu Are Yu? Fonzie Guillen (92 HRs) and Texas Tortfeasors (85) are also both within striking distance of first place.

EXPERTS: Mike Podhorzer (RotoGraphs) stretched his lead over Rudy to 11 points as he ran his total to 97. Mike’s team had strong pitching, with 5 wins and 6 saves, an ERA of 1.77, and 0.82 WHIP. Rudy also had excellent pitching (6 Wins/2.18/0.94) and led the league in runs (46), HR (15), and RBI (49). You can find all Expert League unofficial Week 6 stats here.  Grey gained 2.5 points, and also engineered his second trade in as many weeks, dealing Manny Machado and Glen Perkins to Dr Roto for Daniel Nava and David Price. Another deal saw Dr Roto acquire Ian Desmond from Scott Pianowski for Matt Cain.

Writers: Andrew Nordmeier pulled into a 5-point lead over Slim Smitty, leading the league in runs and RBI for the week. JB fell from 7th to last as his pitching staff finished with a 5.66 ERA, while his hitters managed just 28 RBI. Check out all the writers’ week 6 stats.

You can find links to these two leagues (and the other 62 RCLs) here.

Trades: This week saw 28 trades involving 96 players, running the total to 127 trades for the season. After a 16-player deal was vetoed in One More RCL, Bar-B-Q’d RBI’s found a new trading partner and worked out a 10-player swap which included Andrew McCutchen, Yu Darvish, and Justin Upton. Darvish was also included in a deal in International Razzball, where he was sent with Marcell Ozuna for Carlos Beltran and Anthony Rizzo. Josh Hamilton was traded in three leagues, netting Sergio Romo and Edward Mujica (Remember Matt Bush), Addison Reed and Tony Cingrani (Invisible Horse Riders), and Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells (in the 2012 Champions League, where he was traded with Tom Wilhelmsen and Jedd Gyorko.) Shin-Soo Choo was traded for Cliff Lee in one league, and Hisashi Iwakuma in another. Desmond Jennings was also traded twice – once for Mujica and Alejandro De Aza, and another time for Kenley Jansen. While Grey gave up Machado to acquire Price, in Bang Bang Boom Boom Scott Kazmir was all that was needed. Zack Greinke, CC Sabathia, Mike Trout, Matt Kemp, Jose Bautista, Curtis Granderson, Craig Kimbrel, Jean Segura, and Shelby Miller also changed teams this week. You can check out all the trades in the Fantasy Baseball Forums. Look for the RCL under the heading “Everything Else.”

Weekly Leaders

Team Dalmore (Beef SAGNOF!) took hitting honors with a .298 average and 55 runs, 20 home runs, 57 RBI, and 8 steals. Evan Longoria hit .464, drove in 11 runs, and scored 8 to lead the way. Andrew McCutchen also topped .400 with 5 runs and a stolen base. Paul Goldschmidt added 4 home runs and 9 RBI.

Average: .367 (Team Toth – No Go Romo)
Runs: 60 (Team Toth – No Go Romo)
HR: 20 (Team Dalmore – Beef SAGNOF!, Vandelay Industries – Humm Baby)
RBI: 63 (Vandelay Industries – Humm Baby)
SB: 13 (Youppi!’s Revenge – No Guts, No Glory)

My Mustache Has a Mustache (Greys a BITER, says Garner) recorded 16 decisions (6 wins and 10 saves) for the top pitching line this week. They tallied 50 strikeouts in 60.2 innings with a 1.34 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Team ace Jordan Zimmermann picked up a victory, as did streamers Eric Stults, Andrew Cashner, Roberto Hernandez, and Jason Marquis. David Hernandez won 1 and also picked up a save; Chris Perez nailed down 4 games while Jason Grilli saved 3 more.

Ks: 98 (Maniac Friar Gwynn – Greybies)
Wins: 8 (Da Wayza Bwade – Cougars Welcomed, Pittsburgh Lumber Company – Last Chance)
Saves: 14 (Carolina Bedwetters – RCL on PEDs)
ERA: 0.63 (40 IP min) (He’s On Fiers – The Art of Fielding)
WHIP: 0.64 (40 IP min) (Draft Dodgers – No Go Romo)

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.

Da Wayza Bwade
100/335  (.299)
50 R/13 HR/43 RBI/7 SB
106.0 IP
87 K/8 W/3.31/1.31/5 S
Da Wayza Bwade moved up 4 spots to take over the lead in Cougars Welcomed with a 12-point gain this week. Anthony Rizzo hit .440 with 7 RBI to lead the charge. Jose Bautista (.360/7 RBI), Shane Victorino (.393/6 Runs), Jose Altuve (.364/2 SB), and Jay Bruce (6 RBI) made nice contributions. Cliff Lee earned two wins with a 1.20 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. The other 6 victories came from streamers, with Bud Norris allowing 1 run in 8 innings in the best outing. Wandy Rodriguez, Ross Detwiler, Chris Tillman, Eric Stults, and Joe Saunders combined for a 2.30 ERA in their wins. Craig Kimbrel and Jose Veras each recorded 2 saves.
  1. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Nice job as always Vin!

    As the proud owner of My Mustache Has A Mustache, I gotta say thanks. It’s good to see my team gettin a little love Vin!

    I think it’s gotta say something about the upside of streaming when there are only 2 SP on my roster, Dickey and Zimmerman, and yet somehow my streamers and 9 relievers pull down top pitching line of the week. A lot of the thanks has to go to the Marlins I think.

    Now if I only I could get this team, with its absolutely stacked offense, into the top 100.

    On a side note, I was looking through the RCL forum and, I thought my K/GS would be pretty spectacular, but even without Zimmerman and his under 6 K / 9 IP, my K/GS pales in comparison to Podcast Kings and his 12.6 K / GS! Now that is impressive!

    • VinWins

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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Very nice. You make it sound like streaming is easy. I usually make bad decisions, though.

      Yeah, that’s a pretty amazing K/GS number. but Nick has only used 18 starts so we’ll see how that plays out down the road.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @VinWins:

        Your offense is stacked Vin. You got scarred up by Halladay pretty good I think. But you can fix your pitching. Just try to get to the middle of the pack. You need to tinker with the way your roster is constructed…but I’ll let you figure that out on your own.

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Ha. I just do whatever you do in my other league, but that doesn’t work in the league you are in!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @VinWins:

            Classic! How you doing in that other league?

            • VinWins

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              @OaktownSteve: Ah, middle of the pack. I did make some of my own decisions.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @VinWins: Well that explains the incredible K/GS I guess.

        I’m not saying it’s easy, but it’s not rocket science either. I’m no expert at it, but it’s not going too poorly for me. Here’s my pitching broken down by group:

        Full Time Starters (Zimm/Dickey, and both JoFer/Cashner for stretches):
        85.1 IP / 63 Ks / 7 W / 3.27 ERA / 1.02 WHIP / 6.3 K9

        Streamers
        133.2 IP / 93 Ks / 11 W / 3.91 ERA / 1.30 WHIP / 6.6 K9

        Relievers
        113.2 IP / 135 Ks / 5 W / 30 SV / 2.85 ERA / 1.21 WHIP / 10.7 K9

        What surprises me the most is that the WHIP from my relievers is pretty mediocre. I was really hoping it would be a big benefit to offset the streaming, but the difference hasn’t been as much as I thought. Thank goodness for Zimmerman for WHIP.

        • VinWins

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          @A Hill O’ Beans: Well, it looks like rocket surgery to me.

  2. goodfold2 says:
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    hey vin, wake up said a few days ago that there were 2 unmanned teams in one RCL league. Are these spots filled? He said to ask you about it. thanks.

    • VinWins

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      @goodfold2: Unfortunately, managers can only be replaced in the League Manager format, not ESPN Custom. We switched to this format (which allows passwords) to solve the problem of people emailing league managers to join, only to keep running in to full leagues, and also to try a get a higher percentage of players that actually visit Razzball.com in the Commenter Leagues. But, that leaves us with the problem of having no recourse in this situation. Sorry.

  3. yeshcheese says:
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    Kazmir for D Price? What is wrong with some RCLers. Something is probably wrong with my team too. Is there a category when your team bats 0.075 over 4-5 days? :-) Damn you Lawrie!!

    • VinWins

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      @yeshcheese: Yeah, I traded Beltran and C. Davis for Lawrie before the season started. I’m beginning to think it may have been a mistake.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @VinWins: Does that mean if I pick up Kazmir in my RCL (since he’s sitting in the FA pool) I can flip him for Price? Ummm, I gotta go check on my league now I think…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @VinWins: at least the trades don’t get denied due to them being unequal. good for that person who got price that his trade partner has no clue. I’m in a league where people get jealous and equate the words unequal and unfair, as if getting the better side of a trade equates to cheating simply because they aren’t the ones benefiting. Vetoing a trade simply due to 1 side winning the trade shouldn’t be enought reason to nix a trade.

            • VinWins

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              @goodfold2: True. And, in the end, trades that seem even often turn out one-sided.

  4. Still moving in the right direction, jumping up 11 places to #26, albeit in 2nd place now league-wise.

    • VinWins

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      @Elijah: Nice battle there. Your league mate Freaks and Geeks up 66 spots in the last 2 weeks to sneak by you.

      • @VinWins:

        His lineup is just stacked stacked and his starters are a little deeper than mine. Only real clear edge I have is closers. Hoping some of his guys cool off/get hurt because it looks scary. On the other hand I’ve done some significant revamping of my lineup in the last week and I like what I see a lot more. Picking up Dee Gordon (thanks west coast time zone) I think will be a great help, Granderson is back, I grabby grabbed Brian McCann, Kelly Johnson, and ditched Ike Davis for Mitch Moreland. It just looks a lot better to me now.

        • VinWins

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          @Elijah: It’s a long season, anything can happen. Good luck.

  5. VinnyCora says:
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    Mudville 9 represent!

    • VinWins

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      @VinnyCora: Congrats! Great May so far.

  6. Paulie Allnuts

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    Once again, thanks Vin for all the work you put in, not only in working on the Master Standings, but also on editing articles.

    It appears that the ECFBL finally has some competition for tops in Master Standings; The Living Zombinos appear to have a sizable lead over the ECFBL – 105 t0 102, but I think that this is deceiving. The ECFBL leads in Runs, RBI’s, Steals, Saves, ERA and WHIP. So out of all of the 60 odd leagues, we lead everyone in 6 cats. It is likely that a comparative low GS brings us down in Wins, and K’s. Why we aren’t doing well in HR is kind of a mystery, but by the end of the season, I feel confident that we will again walk off with best in Show.

    • VinWins

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      @Paulie Allnuts: No doubt in my mind you have the toughest league.

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