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Mauledbypandas has a 2.5-point lead entering the final week of the season. It’s still a wide open battle, with 10 teams within 5-and-a-half points of  Josh Hamilton’s Fake Stache. Hope you have the right moves left in you! Should be a fun week. Good luck, everyone!

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 112.3 1
2 the remains of the bay 109.8 3
3 Retro Vertigo 109.2 8
4 Pazzball Rodcast 108.4 5
5 The BallBusters 108.1 8
6 Thats a Shame 108.0 4
6  MasterofGrond Waco Night Terrors 108.0 14
8 Pray For Rain 107.6 16
9 Eh Team 107.1 5
10  A Hill O’ Beans My Mustache Has a Mustache 106.8 7
10  Mel Baseball Cougar 106.8 15

Expsep23Grey stretched his lead to 9.5 and looks to coast to victory. The only question now is whether or not Rudy can make it a 1-2 Razzball sweep. Rudy had a great week on the mound with 5 wins, 6 saves, a 2.10 ERA, and 88 strikeouts in only 64 1/3 innings. Grey led the league in runs (44) and steals (11).You can find all Expert League unofficial Week 25 stats here.

Looking at Grey’s draft, his first three picks are currently ranked in the top 10 on the Razzball Player Rater (Robinson Cano, Paul Goldschmidt, Adam Jones). Not a bad start. His 4th pick, Shin-Soo Choo hit .331 with 25 runs, 5 home runs, 13 RBI, and 3 stolen bases in 118 at-bats before being used to acquire Adrian Beltre, who has contributed 66 runs, 22 home runs, 72 RBI, and a steal while hitting .335. He was then able to flip Manny Machado and Glen Perkins (13th and 14th picks) for David Price, who has given him 7 wins and 91 Ks with an ERA of 2.82 and 1.00 WHIP.

WRITERS Pts
Tehol 104 Mr. Beddict wrapped up this league long ago. He needs 15 home runs in the last week to set a new RCL record.
Sky 92 Came on strong at the end to cruise to second place.
Andrew 81 In 1st for 10 of the first 11 weeks, but faded in the second half.
Joe 76
Slim Smitty 75
Trevor 71
Jaywrong 58
JB 52.5
Smokey 48.5
Scott 45
Podcast Nick 44 Will drop to last place if he fails to reach the 1000 IP minimum (needs 91 more).
ChrisV 33
Check out all the writers’ week 25 stats.

2012 RCL Champions League: A 3-team battle looks to go down to the final day. Big Magoo [88.5], Prague Defenestrators [87.5], Worldwide Suicide [84].

League Competitive Index: As the season winds down, the gap between the best leagues and the rest widens as participation wanes in many leagues. The ECFBL now have an LCI of 109 as they are catching up in Games Started and battling to the end. Random Italicized Voice’s effort to start a Champions League has proved successful, as they are #2 at 106. RIV’s other league, Cracking The WHIP is next with 105.

Myrtle’s Acres: Still 4 teams in the hunt with T Moore’s abandoned team affecting the outcome as they fail to reach the IP minimum. A Man Named Brady will gain 2 points when Team MAGPIES lose their pitching ratio points, while Team SQUINTS will add one point.

Foot’s Cold Sweat 89.5
A Man Named Brady 89
The Good The Vlad The Utley 84.5
Team SQUINTS 84

Some other close battles:

Wily Young Delmons: Speed Merchants 87, Dong City 86.5, Team Stark 83, Dempster Babies 81.5
RCL on PEDs: MidWest Carnival Folk 90.5, Big Magoo 88, Ottoneu Bay Stormtroopers 88
Modesto Nuts: Sin City Sinners 91.5, Dr. Strangeglove 87.5
Last Chance: Wes Mantooth 90.5, Pittsburgh Lumber Company 89, Hannover Hotspurs 88.5
You Say Potato, I Say Schmotato: Manscapers Anonymous 89, Wood Street Wonders 86
It’s Raining On Braun Night: Team Big Fun 94.5, The Cream and the Clear 89, Eldritch Abominations 86.5
American Heritage Baseball: The Best Team Ever 91, Heaving Tekulves 89
Remember Matt Bush: Th3 Prodigal Son 95, Hawkline Monsters 94
You down with PEDs?: Oakland Earth 100.5, TP for my Buchholz 98
Smokey’s Harem: Santo’s Wooden Legs 89, Fightin’ Shardana 87.5, Spirited  Scrappers 86.5
Real fake sports: Tennessee Jed 101, Charlestown Charlies 97.5
Razz Sask: The Slop 90, No Comment 89.5,
Wake Up!: The Gyorkoffs 95, Animus Ramirez 90.5
Razz balls: Team Nuuuu 98, Cooperstown Schmohawks 96.5
Ones are GOOD right?: PublicEnemy #1 99.5, WoodyPaige AllStars 96.5
Is it next year yet: Tarzana Orange 108.5, A Kick in the Pfffrrrttt 104
BOOM: ¡ay Rios mío! 94.5, Hanley’s Busted Thumbs 94.5
Hu Are Yu?: Team blue balls 99.5, Batter Face 98
International Razzball: nhv STEELERS 98, Charlie Bee 98, Drunk Synergy 93
Matt B is a Tool: team MAGPIES 90, Butte Invaders 89, Mark Grace’s  HOF Campaign 86

Weekly Leaders

Team murphy (Invisible Horse Riders) had a great hitting line with a .337 average, 64 runs, 13 home runs, 57 RBI, and 4 steals. Jay Bruce was the star, hitting .333 average with 5 runs, 1 home run, 14 RBI, and a steal. Matt Carpenter (.406/7 Runs/1 HR/5 RBI), Jed Lowrie (.375/6 Runs/2 HR/4 RBI), and Norichika Aoki (.385/7 Runs/2 SB) made nice contributions.

Average: .340 (Book It! – Humm Baby)
Runs: 64 (Team murphy – Invisible Horse Riders)
HR: 19 (Rosco P Coletrane – Real fake sports)
RBI: 64 (Random ItalicizedVoice – Cracking The WHIP)
SB: 17 (All Hail  Beddict – Razzball Elites)

Team Dalmore (Beef SAGNOF!) won pitching honors this week with 96 strikeouts in 93.2 innings and 7 wins, 9 saves, an ERA of 1.92, and 1.01 WHIP. Gerrit Cole (6 IP/Win/12 K), Scott Kazmir (7 IP/Win/0 ER/10 K), Rick Porcello (6 IP/Win/10 K), and Bartolo Colon (6 IP/Win/0 ER/8 K) led the way, while LaTroy Hawkins and Steve Cishek each added  2 saves. They are now in 34th place overall. And, since just about every move I made this year was wrong, I figured I could mention my good day. On Saturday my pitching staff recorded 6 wins with 58 Ks, an ERA of 1.78, and 0.87 WHIP. You can find all the lines when teams use 9 pitchers to finish off their games started here.

Ks: 112 (Albuquerque Rhinos – The Art of Fielding)
Wins: 10 (A Tale of Two SAGNOFs – Bold Predictions)
Saves: 9 (Toronto Slacker – Razzballed, Mississippi Xylophonists – Household Appliances, JJ Waiver Weavers – Robust Herd, Team Dalmore – Beef SAGNOF!, Brew  Crew – Fantasy Champions)
ERA: 0.90 (40 IP min) (Earth, Wind and Gardenhire – BOOM)
WHIP: 0.78 (40 IP min) (Zinzinnati Zeebo – Dubbels, Tripels and Bocks)

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.

Oakland Earth
        92/333 (.276)
46 R/14 HR/60 RBI/6 SB
87.2 IP
85 K/7 W/2.87/1.07/6 S
Oaktown Steve’s team took over first place in You down with PEDs? and moved up to to 31st overall in week 25. On the pitching side, Steve streamed 12 different starters for 7 wins and 70 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.53 and 1.01 WHIP. The best results came from Scott Kazmir, Andrew Cashner, and Bartolo Colon, who combined for 22 strikeouts in 22 scoreless innings and 3 victories. Matt Cain, Jon Lester, and Jose Quintana also had impressive starts. Casey Janssen recorded 3 saves, while Kenley Jansen added two more. On the offensive side, Jay Bruce had 14 RBI, and Chase Utley hit .400 and drove in 10. Rajai Davis added 4 steals.

From Around The Web

  1. OaktownSteve says:
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    Feel good about cobbling together a good week in crunch time. Fought my way back to at least having a chance in Down with PEDs. Still going to fall short, I think. Get some Saves and stop driving in runs, Vin.

    Which reminds me, I’ve asked this before, but is there a tiebreak in ESPN? It looks like ties remain ties.

    • VinWins

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      @OaktownSteve: Cmon, I had 25 RBI last week. You want be to do worse than that? I’m just barely holding on to 4th place.

      ESPN does not break ties. Unofficially, the RCL will use Ranking Points as a tiebreaker.

      Congratulations on that great week!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @VinWins:

        Thanks man. Thanks for a great season in league and in your capacity as all things RCL.

    • Simply Fred

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      @OaktownSteve: You set the STREAMER standard this week! Nice job!!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @simply fred:

        I streamed my way to solid pitching on the blueprint we talked about off-season. 2 starters, a stream spot and 7.2 relievers (remember that 7.2)?

        1403 ks, 90w, 157 S, 3.160 ERA, 1.131 Whip

        • Simply Fred

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          @OaktownSteve:

          Way better than me:

          1349K/90W/116SV/3.366/1.221

          kudos!

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Bam…BAM!

  3. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    I’m conflicted Vin. On one hand it’s nice that my second team has jumped all the way to 17th place overall with a chance to move still, but, my other team is dropping out of the race for first and I don’t think the points are there to be made up anymore, so top 10 looks like it is gonna be the goal.

    Thanks for a great year of updates Vin, it’s much appreciated!

    • MasterofGrond says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Yeah, after a rough month my team has started clawing some points back but I just don’t have the gas to make a run at 1st overall. Not even because I don’t have points to make up (I could probably get another 3.5 if my last 3 starts get wins) but because my league isn’t particularly competitive. That 98 League Index is killing me, even though I have the second most Ranking Points overall, so I think shooting for a top 5 and probably settle in with a top 10 finish is as good as I’m going to do.

      Not that there’s any shame in that in my first ever RCL attempt, just need to remember to find a more competitive league for next year, haha.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @MasterofGrond: Yeah I’m having a hard time overcoming that 97 my team has for the league competitive index too I think. Although who’s to say my tea would have as many points in a more competitive league I guess.

        Hopefully I’ll find a more competitive one next year too. And for your first ever RCL, that is pretty freaking impressive. I think this is my 3rd year…

    • VinWins

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      @A Hill O’ Beans: I think 2 teams in the top 20 would be more impressive than 1st overall, but of course, 1st place gets the girls.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @VinWins: When I don’t finish in 1st that is going to be my mantra.

        “What’s that, you finished first overall? Pssshhh, that’s nothing! I had 2 top 20 teams! TWO!”

  4. OaktownSteve says:
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    The champions league is a really good one, by the way. There are categories where just a couple of counters could make a 3 or even 4 point move this week. Really tight. Good luck in that one, Magoo.

    • Big Magoo

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      @OaktownSteve: Thanks man. It’ll probably come down to the last day. I’ve never been in any leagues where a category is as tight as HRs is in this one this late into the season. Seven teams are in the 245-251 range. Other cats are tight, but that’s insane. Longballs might decide it.

  5. Mel says:
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    2012 RCL Champions League

    What is this^^^ Is it a league made up of last year’s top 12 teams, or something like that?

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Mel: Just a group of winners of regular 2012 RCLs who wanted to form a competitive league.

      RIV mentioned it in comments and forums to find interested champions.

      • Mel says:
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        @VinWins: Shoot. I was hoping that I was playing for a spot in an even bigger dance next year. By the way, Vin, thanks for all that you do. This is my first year in a RCL, and it’s been a lot of fun, and can’t wait to do it all again next year.

        • VinWins

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          @Mel: Ah, I missed adding your handle to your team. Congratulations on a great year. Hopefully, someone will put together another Champions League next season.

          Thanks for reading!

  6. Mel says:
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    By the way – is the 188 max GS move kind of expected as teams jockey for position in the final week — or is that considered a scumbag move?

    • VinWins

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      @Mel: Hey, you calling me a scumbag??

      Ha, it’s a perfectly acceptable strategy in the RCL. I suppose some don’t like it, but it’s not like it isn’t without risk. It could easily backfire and blow up your ratios. You have to weigh the Ks and Wins versus what it might do to your ERA and WHIP.

      • Mel says:
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        @VinWins: I’ve been called a scumbag before for using this strategy. That’s all :) Lining up my Hail Mary…

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Mel: it’s definitely a hotly debated topic. I would prefer if it didnt exist, but you almost have to load up on your last day to keep up with the people who do. Today is my load up day… I fear for my ratios, but the lure of extra wins is just too much to deny.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @mauledbypandas:

        I have all kinds of trouble with this right now. Perfect stormish. There’s a team that is at 180 and is sitting on a ERA of 3.181 while I’m at 3.160 with 166 starts used. There’s a team at 179 starts one win behind me. There’s at team at 169 starts three wins behind me. Neither are in contention so they have nothing to lose blowing out ratios. What’s more there are 5 teams with starts left to make and all are still active so the competition for non-hideous streamers is fierce. And I have to work the offense too because I’m in a tight RBI race that will matter so I’m holding extra offense rather than starters at the moment.

        The end game is great isn’t it? It becomes more clear, but not necessarily less complex than the beginning and the middle. Just like in chess.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @OaktownSteve: it’s fairly butt-clenchy for me today. Although at least after tonight I will have a pretty good idea how my team will end up. There are so many balls in the air every little decision feels massive. ugh!

          good luck with your team!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @mauledbypandas:

            Good luck back at you

        • MasterofGrond says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Yeah I need extra wins bad, but I’m only like 3 wins back from the leader and I’m second in ERA (not catching #1) and 1st in WHIP but with a really easy path to dropping 5 points across those categories if I get a bunch of awful streams. Since I’m more or less am locked down in non-AVG, non-SB hitting categories, I’m only going to take an extra 4 starts I think. Still might put me over the top on wins (and give me a sweet 4 point boost), and it allows me to cherry pick the streamers a little better to hopefully not give it all back on ratios.

          Couple of Billy Hamilton starts this week would be nice, too.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @MasterofGrond:

            Fun to be in position. Would rather win than not, obviously. But good year regardless.

            • MasterofGrond says:
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              @OaktownSteve: Absolutely. Good luck!

  7. Adam says:
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    I don’t know if this is the last RCL update of the season, but I just wanted to say you”ve done an awesome job with these weekly installments. Big big big thanks for all your work.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Adam: Agreed! RCL would not be half as enjoyable without all the hard work put in by Vin

    • VinWins

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      @Adam: Thanks! There will be one on Monday to announce the champion.

  8. Wake Up says:
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    Thanks again for all you’re work put into the RCL Vin!

    • VinWins

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      @Wake Up: You’re welcome, friend.

  9. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I dropped Chapman, Holland and Frieri to help decide the race in Last Chance RCL and wasn’t even thanked.

  10. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Thanks for all of great updates this year, Vin. I appreciate all of the time and effort that went into them.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Big Magoo: You’re welcome. Thanks for reading. Good luck in the final week!

  11. That's a Shame says:
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    VinWins -Thanks for these updates. I have bounced around top 8 all season with a few weeks in first. I loaded up on picthing last night and got 4 wins which may help. Ultimatley, a few bad relief appearances will probably cost me a point or two in ratios. Kevin Gregg caught up with me last week andI was lucky to have Boggs early on and still recall the short schedule McGee stream where he got tagged for 4 runs.

    • VinWins

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      @That’s a Shame: Great season! 5 weeks at Number 1!

      Yeah, I hate when the RPs mess up a nice line.

      Thanks for reading, and good luck the rest of the way!

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