For the fifth consecutive week, Mauledbypandas is atop the overall standings, even with 2 of his first 6 picks on the DL (Ian Kinsler, Jered Weaver). Jack Full of Hate slipped to third, but still has two teams in the top 20. The 2012 RCL champions, Rank Railheads, have moved impressively back into the top 10. 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||105.1||1|
|2||Slocemb If You Got Em||103.3||5|
|3||Jack Full Of Hate||Go Get Your Shinebox||102.5||2|
|4||Pitchers! (of Beer)||101.5||10|
|6||That’s a Shame||99.5||33|
|8||ichirosan||Insert Catchy Player Pun||99.3||8|
|10||Your 2012 Champs||Rank Railheads||97.6||23|
Movers and Shakers: Project Mayhem (Ones are GOOD right?) gained 14-and-a-half points and moved up 204 spots to 147th. MStark’s team in Cracking The WHIP gained another 30 positions after last week’s 100-spot rise and now sits in 11th place. That’s a Shame (Bold Predictions) improved for the 4th week in a row, jumping a total of 340 places to reach the top 10.
Free Agents: Francisco Rodriguez and Vinnie Pestano were scooped up as Jim Henderson and Chris Perez went to the DL. Leonys Martin continued to be added, and is now owned in 70% of the Razzball Commenter Leagues. With speculation of a Michael Wacha start this week, his ownership jumped from 3% to 84%. Julio Teheran (80%) and Zack Wheeler (77%) also saw a spike this week.
League Stats: Cougars Welcomed (104.2) have taken over the top spot in the League Competitive Index, followed by Night of the Living Zombinos (103.9), Ones are GOOD, right? (102.9), and the ECFBL (102.8). You can find the index for all leagues here. Cougars Welcomed are in the top 10 in six categories, leading all leagues in wins.
Team Stats: You can find the top 10 in all categories in the RCL Forum. Two teams have a WHIP under 1 – Charlie Bee (International Razzball) is best at 0.983; second place overall Slocemb If You Got Em (Daily Bases) is next with 0.998. Here are the ridiculous numbers for Charlie Bee’s staff:
EXPERTS: Rudy pulled to within 1 of leader Mike Podhorzer (RotoGraphs) after recording an ERA of 1.52 and 0.92 WHIP this week. Mike, on the other hand, had a 6.05 ERA. Derek Carty made a big move this week, gaining 12 points and jumping 3 spots to 7th. He led the league in RBI with 44, but his pitching was the key to his week, recording 8 wins, 5 saves, and 80 K, with an ERA of 2.93 and 0.96 WHIP. You can find all Expert League unofficial Week 8 stats here. Grey led the Experts with 14 home runs, gained another 1.5 points, and moved up to 5th place. His 4.47 ERA for the week, however, left him at 3.71 for the season.
Writers: Andrew Nordmeier continues to lead the Razzball Elite, and has moved up to 26th overall. Jaywrong is now second after a 5.5-point gain. Jay has risen from 617th to 267th in 4 weeks. He was also involved in 1 of the 3 trades completed this week, sending Buster Posey and Yu Darvish to Nick for Aroldis Chapman, Miguel Montero, and Ian Kinsler. Nick also traded the evil Johnny Cueto and Desmond Jennings to Tehol for Justin Verlander. Andrew and Tehol also made a deal, with the first place team acquiring Mitch Moreland in exchange for Grant Balfour. Check out all the writers’ week 8 stats.
You can find links to these two leagues (and the other 62 RCLs) here.
Trades: After 19 trades this week, there have now been 167 deals involving 538 players. That’s an average of 2.6 per league. The ECFBL have engineered the most at 14, followed by Epic Beardmen Division (10) and Cougars Welcomed (9). Eleven leagues have not completed a trade. Bushwood Varmint Cong (Epic Beardmen) made 2 trades this week, their 7th and 8th on the year. First they acquired Erick Aybar, Jose Bautista, and Joe Nathan from the Seattle Silverbacks for Carlos Beltran, Emilio Bonifacio, and Jeff Samardzija. Then they dealt Nathan and Evan Gattis for Stephen Strasburg. The Silverbacks also picked up Josh Hamilton, sending Joe Mauer to The Runs. Shin-Soo Choo, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, Jay Bruce and David Ortiz 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.”
Last week’s top team, That’s a Shame (Bold Predictions), continued their stellar production to take hitting honors this week with a .293 average, 55 runs, 14 home runs, 56 RBI, and 8 stolen bases. Miguel Cabrera hit 3 home runs, drove in 10, and scored 7 while batting .364 to lead the attack. Adam Jones also scored 7 runs and hit 4 home runs. Everth Cabrera (5 Runs/5 RBI/1 SB), Freddie Freeman (6 Runs/7 RBI), and Coco Crisp (.400/2 SB) were also big contributors.
Average: .343 (MidWest Carnival Folk – RCL on PEDs)
Runs: 60 (Trailer Trash Talkers – Champions League)
HR: 21 (Belligerent Mariners Fan – Go Big or Go Home)
RBI: 66 (Dog of a Different Color – Original Recipe)
SB: 14 (OCD Scientist – Razzball League)
The Bianconeri (Mustachioed Commenters) had the best pitching line this week. In 65 innings they had 68 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.52 and 0.85 WHIP, along with 6 wins and 8 saves. Alex Cobb (2 Wins/1.84/0.68) and Stephen Strasburg (1 Win/ 16 K/1.20/0.87) paced the staff with strong support from Lance Lynn, Paul Maholm, and Marco Estrada. Aroldis Chapman saved 4 and Jason Grilli added 3 more.
Ks: 124 (CarGo and CarGo LLP – Remember Matt Bush)
Wins: 9 (CarGo and CarGo LLP, Team Lee – Razz Canada, Lind Sanity – Ones are GOOD right?)
Saves: 12 (Carolina Bedwetters – RCL on PEDs)
ERA: 0.89 (40 IP min) (Old Milwaukee – You Say Potato, I Say Schmotato)
WHIP: 0.70 (40 IP min) (Crooklyn Sure Shots – Greys a BITER, says Garner)
|The Cream and the Clear
49 R/10 HR/47 RBI/5 SB
67 K/6 W/2.66/1.01/9 S
|The Cream and the Clear moved up 70 spots in the overall standings (to 144th) and jumped from fifth to first