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After two weeks in second place, mauledbypandas is back on top. Josh Hamilton’s Fake Stache hit .270 with 11 home runs, 51 RBI, 45 runs, and 10 steals this week. They didn’t get much from Miguel Cabrera, but Hunter Pence picked up the slack. It looks like we’re heading for the most exciting final two weeks in Razzball Commenter League history. Things can change drastically as only 6-and-a-half points separate the top 15.

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  mauledbypandas Josh Hamilton’s Fake Stache 110.7 2
2 Colicky Fuddruckers 108.6 1
3 the remains of the bay 107.8 4
4 Thats a Shame 107.6 10
5 Eh Team 107.0 5
5 Pazzball Rodcast 107.0 7
7  A Hill O’ Beans My Mustache Has a Mustache 106.7 3
8 Retro Vertigo 106.1  22
8 The BallBusters 106.1 9
10 Cali The Naysayers 105.7 8

Movers and Shakers: Kid A (Robust Herd) gained 13 points and jumped 162 positions to 229th overall. He, too, had Hunter Pence leading the way. Bombo Rivera’s Prague Defenestrators (Champions) moved up 94 spots and into the top 100 for the first time this season.

EXPERTS: Grey gained another five points this week and now leads Dr. Roto by 6. Pitching was once again a strong point as his team struck out 78 in 90 innings with 5 wins, 13 saves, an ERA of 2.30, and 1.02 WHIP. He had 7 more saves than anyone else in the league, and his 24 saves in the last 2 weeks leave him just 1 behind Rudy in that category. Grey brought his season ERA down to 3.56, the lowest it has been since Week 1. At the midway point of the season, it was sitting at 4.01. Rudy remained in third place, but is now 13 points off the lead. For the second week in a row he had an ERA over 4 and a batting average under .250. Mike Podhorzer led the league in average (.299), runs (49), and RBI (53), and had a nice 2.45 ERA, but dropped from 4th to 5th. You can find all Expert League unofficial Week 24 stats here.

Writers: Tehol Beddict’s lead shrunk to 15 points as Sky had a Top 20 week (.317/48 Runs/11 HR/48 RBI/9 SB/81 K/8 Win/2 Saves/2.12/1.15) while Tehol hit .204 and had an ERA of 4.01. TB will now need a great final 2 weeks to reach the RCL home run record. Jaywrong led the league with 18 homers and 13 saves to move past JB into 7th place. Check out all the writers’ week 24 stats.

2012 RCL Champions League: The Defenestrators’ great week vaulted them into first with 85 points, 1-and-a-half up on Worldwide Suicide. Big Magoo (82) and Random ItalicizedVoice (80.5) are also within striking distance. Looks like they’re in for a wild final two weeks!

ECFBL: Still the best.

Myrtle’s Acres: Now a 5-way battle as things tightened up this week.
Foot’s Cold Sweat 86
The Good The Vlad The Utley 85
A Man Named Brady 84
Team SQUINTS 83
Felons andMelons 81

Some other close battles:

Wily Young Delmons: Team Stark 86, Speed Merchants 85.5, Dong City 83.5, Dempster Babies 81.5
Original Recipe: The Schmohawks 95, The Grudy Gambrights 92.5, Dog of a  Different Color 91
RCL on PEDs: MidWest Carnival Folk 89, Big Magoo 87, Ottoneu Bay Stormtroopers 86
Modesto Nuts: Sin City Sinners 91, Dr. Strangeglove 87, Sultans of Swing 85
Last Chance: Wes Mantooth 90.5, Hannover Hotspurs 87, Pittsburgh Lumber Company 87
You Say Potato, I Say Schmotato: Manscapers Anonymous 90, Wood Street Wonders 86
Something Something Mustache: The BallBusters 107, Rank Railheads 104
It’s Raining On Braun Night: Team Big Fun 92, The Cream and the Clear 91
Dubbels, Tripels and Bocks: Smuttynose Winter 99.5, Pitchers! (Of Beer) 98
American Heritage Baseball: The Best Team Ever 96, Heaving Tekulves 93
Remember Matt Bush: Th3 Prodigal Son 93, Hawkline Monsters 92
You down with PEDs?: TP for my Buchholz 99.5, Oakland Earth 97.5
The Art of Fielding: Buffalo Runner 96.5, Mark Bellhorn 93
Smokey’s Harem: Santo’s Wooden Legs 90.5, Fightin’ Shardana 87
Real fake sports: Tennessee Jed 99, Charlestown Charlies 94.5
Razz Sask: No Comment 89, The Slop 87.5
Fear the Moustache: Team BALLS 92, The Playmakers 89
Razzballed: Poison Control 89.5, Donkey Punch 88
Razz balls: Team Nuuuu 98, Cooperstown Schmohawks 95.5
Ones are GOOD right?: WoodyPaige AllStars 99, PublicEnemy #1 98
Is it next year yet: A Kick in the Pfffrrrttt 105, Tarzana Orange 102
BOOM: ¡ay Rios mío! 95, Hanley’s Busted Thumbs 91
Cougars Welcomed: Covered Risks 95, Da Wayza Bwade 92.5
Hu Are Yu?: Team blue balls 98, Batter Face 96
International Razzball: nhv STEELERS 98.5, Charlie Bee 94.5
Matt B is a Tool: Butte Invaders 90.5, team MAGPIES 88.5

Weekly Leaders

Offensive powerhouse Freaks and Geeks (Go Big or Go Home) took hitting honors with a .341 average, 54 runs, 22 home runs, 75 RBI, and 12 steals. They lead all teams in average and are 4th in RBI, 5th in home runs, 9th in runs, and 54th in stolen bases. Not surprisingly, Hunter Pence (.448, 8 runs, 6 home runs, 19 RBI) paced the top-hitting team this week. Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Davis, and Chase Headley each drove in 7, while Jose Altuve had 6 RBI and 4 steals.

Average: .364 (Lazer Chiefs – Razz Canada)
Runs: 63 (SEA DOGS – Daily Bases)
HR: 23 (F for Effort – Original Recipe)
RBI: 75 (Freaks and Geeks – Go Big or Go Home)
SB: 16 (Mark Bellhorn – The Art of Fielding)

Wake Up had great pitching on his SanPedro Guitarristas (Fear the Moustache) this week, with 82 strikeouts in 88 innings and 17 decisions (9 wins, 8 saves), an ERA of 2.56, and 1.20 WHIP.  Ubaldo Jimenez, won twice and struck out 18 in 15.1 innings, with an ERA of 0.59 and 1.04 WHIP. Gerrit ColeSonny Gray, and Brad Peacock had impressive starts, while Ricky Nolasco threw one gem and one stinker. Glen Perkins added 3 saves. The Guitarristas moved up 91 positions in the standings to 261st.

Ks: 104 (CAPTAIN PYPERS PIRATES – Champions League)
Wins: 10 (The Blastards – FIPping the Bird)
Saves: 14 (Power Slave – The Big Rzepczynski)
ERA: 0.89 (40 IP min) (Tainted Chode – Household Appliances)
WHIP: 0.68 (40 IP min) (Team ManwichMen – The Big Rzepczynski)

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

The Blastards
93/307 (.303)
45 R/13 HR/61 RBI/9 SB
82.2 IP
80 K/10 W/2.18/1.09/9 S
The Blastards (FIPping the Bird) moved up to to 30th overall in week 24 with a very impressive pitching line. The starters recorded 9 wins in 11 outings, with Jordan Zimmermann and Shelby Miller each winning twice. Dillon Gee, Kris Medlen, A.J. Griffin, Sonny Gray and Chris Archer all had solid starts. Jim Henderson added a win and a save, while Glen Perkins saved three more. Paul Goldschmidt hit .480 and drove in 7 to pace the offense. Yoenis Cespedes had 9 RBI, and Jean Segura chipped in with 3 stolen bases. They added Wilson Ramos on Sunday and were rewarded with a 4-for-4 and 5 RBI game.
  1. T says:
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    I’m trying to understand and use hittertron more, but it really confuses me sometimes. For example, Anthony Rizzo is worth $31.00 today against Marco Estrada, however hes not hitting well lately (5 for last 25 with 693 ops), is 1/12 in his career vs Estrada and Estrada has been very good lately. Comparatively, Chase Headley is worth $0.4 today against Jeff Locke, yet hes killing the ball lately (9 for last 25 with 3hrs, 2sbs and 1168 ops) and Locke has been awful lately. Why are their values so drastically different?

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @T: Sorry, you’ll have to ask Rudy.

    • @T: I answered this in Grey’s post from this morning.

  2. Elijah says:
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    Big Move up 9 slots to #11. I really do have a small chance of cracking the top 10!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Elijah: No doubt. Even if you don’t gain, somebody might fall back. Of course, 11th is not too shabby.

      • Elijah says:
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        @VinWins:

        Certainly a huge change from finishing 6-7th in my RCL league every year. Part of it was better injury luck but also I think I’ve learned a lot on how to draft the RCL leagues and have also made some adjustments to the changing MLB scene (It’s really not the same league it was five years ago, its moving back to being a pitchers league).

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Elijah: Well, I generally frown on people learning and progressing – it makes things harder for the rest of us – but, well done!

          • Kid A says:
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            @VinWins: “Self-improvement is masturbation. Now, self-destruction…”

            • VinWins

              VinWins says:
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              @Kid A: Ha. Had to look it up. You could quote from something I just watched yesterday, and I probably wouldn’t recognize it.

              • Elijah says:
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                @VinWins:

                Scrapping and battling to hold off Freaks and Geeks all year also kept me engaged and sharp.

                • VinWins

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                  @Elijah: Yeah, you couldn’t relax around that team.

  3. Kid A says:
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    Look at me moving and shaking like a hippo in high heels.

    • VinWins

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      @Kid A: Ha. Nicely done!

  4. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    My relievers have been killing me lately, and my starters haven’t been much better. I think I’ve seen more 1IP/3ER/3H/2BB lines in the last 2 weeks than I have all season. I’m gonna have to get some decent pitching to get back up to the top.

    On a positive note, my other team is back in the top 25 again, and finally leading their league. Hip-hip-hooray!!

    Thanks as always Vin!

    • VinWins

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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Thanks for reading!.

      Well, you jumped from 110 to 115 points in your league a few weeks ago, so maybe you can do it again. Good luck!

  5. slew says:
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    Does being named team of the week get me a discount in Razzball’s shirt shop? Could use some new outerwear…
    Thanks Vin

    • VinWins

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      @slew: Ha. I’m afraid you’ll have to be satisfied with the sense of accomplishment.

      Top 30! Impressive. And I’m ahead of you in CTW, so I must be great!

      • slew says:
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        @VinWins: Yes, you are the MAN! I’ve enjoyed reading your updates, as well as battling you on the waiver wire. Good Times

        • VinWins

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          @slew: Yeah, it’s a great league.

  6. Wake Up says:
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    Hey Vin, thanks for the shout on my disaster Ike Davis squad!
    Also have a top 50 team that has some room to move as well…

    • VinWins

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      @Wake Up: Harder to make a big jump when you’re already near the top! And of course, you’ve got that A Hill O’ Beans blocking your progress. Tough road.

  7. Random Collmenter says:
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    1. Would you trade Bernard Pierce for Daryl Richardson straight up?

    2. If I acquire Richardson, I’m going to trade Julius Thomas for Pead plus Edelman. You like that deal?

    Thanks!

  8. Random Collmenter says:
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    Whoops, wrong razzball!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Random Collmenter: Ha. I was worried since I hadn’t heard of these players!

  9. Bombo Rivera says:
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    Hey Vin,

    Great job as always. Thanks for mentioning the Defenestrators. Unfortunately, I think they may have used up all of their energy to claw their way into the top spot for a day, as they’ve dropped out of first again due to a couple of pathetic days at the plate. I’m skeptical that Scooter Gennett will be able to lead a dramatic turnaround, but we’ll see. . .

    • VinWins

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      @Bombo Rivera: You just have to motivate them for 11 more days!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @VinWins: Because, if they’re not motivated on the final day of the season, there’s nothing you can do.

        • Bombo Rivera says:
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          @VinWins: One sure way to get them to go off would be to drop them. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help me much.

  10. Buffalo Runner says:
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    If I lose to Mark Bellhorn, I will throw a hissy fit

    :)

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