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This is a different kind of disaster my friends. And trust me, here in the metro area, we’ve suffered many disasters. Did you know about Snowmageddon in 2010? Sure, what we experienced during that time was what New England calls ‘any Friday night in February’, but we don’t live up in the northeast, do we? No, we’re more civilized and cultured and decided to live in a humid mid-atlantic swamp, with a cesspool of slime, filth, and trash. And that’s just K street. Don’t even get me started about the state of the Potomac river. As an added bonus, in 2011, there was the Earth quakepocolypse, where a 5.8 shaker did irreparable harm to my lawn chair. And I’ll tell you this, no one called in off-shore drillers, trained as astronauts, like they should have to save us. Well, that time is now. With Francisco Rodriguez leading the universe in saves AND father in-law abuse, the world truly is on the precipice of disaster. Global warming? Pfft, that ain’t nothin’ compared to the state of our fantasy teams. With 87% of the MLB DL-eligible, as stated here by your’s truly, we are now covering another harsh reality in this lede… the era of closers as we know it has ended. Thanks Obama! Rod Beck… hug me. Actually, don’t get near me. You smell like a week-old hot dog and the great depression…

The RCL Top 10

Why the top-10? Because they’re the top-10 teams out of 1,000+? And that’s pretty amazing? I’m Ron Burgundy? Simply put, they’re the best of the best of the best, and I think they deserve a little bit recognition. BUT NOT TOO MUCH. Just a taste.

1 Big League Wood Smokey’s Humidor 107.7
2 BallBag GreyHairs Kid Cuddyer’s Magical Palace 104.8
3 Barroom Heroes Au Shizz2 103.5
4 Come Avisail Away With Me What If A-Rod Was One Of Us? 102.4
5 Mustache Rides Take On The Jay(Wrong) Part Tres 101.9
6 Satchel Rages Night of the Living Zombinos 99.8
7 Pittsburgh Lumber Company  Take On The Jay(Wrong) Cinco! 99.7
8 I Have A Big Wieters Take On The Jay(Wrong) RedditVer 99.6
9 Just Me and the Boys Boppin’ Au Shizz 99.4
10 Team Dalmore RCL LEGION OF DOOM 98.7


The 2014 Razzball Commenter League Master Standings (Click on it. Seriously. Do it.)

- Once again, my leagues dominate the leader board. Way to promote the excellence that are my leagues gentlemen. Just don’t tell anyone you’re probably up top because my teams in those leagues are, you know, down-bottom. OR maybe that was my plan all along. BWAHAHAHAHA. Eh. Sad face.

- It was brought to my attention that Smokey’s Humidor is actually Smokey’s RCL. Which shatters the world of which I live in. I had believed that Smokey was called Smokey because, well, he smokes. Weed. Lots of it. And if you read his posts and watch his vids, I think it would be a fair assumption to make. But then why create a league that implies that you smoke cigars? Are you trying to throw us off the scent of your 100% hemp sweater? I call foul. (But if you have Padron’s, all is forgiven.)

The RCL Round-Up

So, the lede talked about the muck that is the bullpen situation right now in the major leagues. To keep the theme going, let’s go over some of your bullpens.

- Leading the RCL universe in saves is Kelly’s Heroes from the Bad News Bears RCL. I find it remarkable that they have essentially punted Wins and are still in first place in the league, and 79th in the overall standings. Obviously, Francisco Rodriguez is on this team, but what else has made the calculus work?

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- So, what basically is making the calculus work, is having lots and lots of closers. Who woulda thought? CRAZY!

- Like your mom, we always take care of both sides here at the RCL post thing-a-ma-jig, so let’s take a look the untamed beast that is the saves punter. And lo and behold, there are 20 RCL teams that have zero saves, and 10 teams that only have one save.

- Because I’m more interested in how some these teams have managed to garner at least 300 IP, and just net one save out of it… seems fascinating. So of course the team I’m going to focus on is called: Pitching is SO deep.., (but I guess ellipsis are shallow? HAR HAR ENGLISH MAJOR JOKE. You know, because he only used two periods together, instead of three… see, like that? Sigh. You people…), from the Frequent Commenter RCL. And it’s funny, because, at first glance, it’s not that he wants to punt saves…

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- So, it’s not really from a lack of trying. Nate Jones, Chad Qualls, Steve Delabar, and Adam Warren were all, at some point, in line for saves, or had the chance to fall into saves… but obviously you aren’t really in safe waters with that group. Combine that with Aroldis Chapman just coming off the DL and Hector Rondon looking like he’s got the job secure for at least seven minutes, well, this team won’t have 1 save for long. But does a total of 40 more, (assuming a favorable projection for both those guys) really help move the needle? I guess we’ll find out? I just traded Aroldis Chapman and Hector Rodon for Yu Darvish the other day in one of my RCL’s. Which also came with a free orgasm. So maybe explore your options if in a similar situation?

The RCL #1

The RCL #1, which sounds like a RCL made for 2001: Space Odyssey (Grey notified me that RCL #1 isn’t related to a space shuttle, but is meant to be said like The Iron Sheik.  RCL #1! RCL #1! RCL #1!), is the Friends & Family league that Grey created so we could all be his fantasy baseball punching bags. Actually, maybe not so much punching bags as mustache combs. Seems more Grey-ish to me.

Regardless, this league stars myself, Rudy, Tehol the Elder God, Prospector Scott, Nick the Podcast Host, and Sky… err, the Blue? We need to find you a better title buddy. But that’s us, that’s the family. Which, I can assure you, I’m already filing paperwork to gain emancipation. The friends are Dalton Del Don from Yahoo, Brad Johnson from FanGraphs, Ryan Carey of Mastersball, Paul Singman of Baseball Prospectus, and Tim McLeod of RotoRob.

The Standings:

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- I am The Jeffersons theme song. Movin’ on up baby.

- Grey and Rudy are currently tied. Geez guys, why don’t you get a room?

Want more of the Jay? Don’t we all folks? Don’t. We. All. Well, you, in fact, can have more. AMAZING. I know. You can find Jay enjoying his new dig’s running the Football side of Razz.

  1. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    Between me (Pittsburgh Lumber Company) and Just Me and the Boys Boppin’, it has been a good week for ’70s Pirates-themed teams.

  2. Plumbing4 says:
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    thoughts?

    did I make a bad move dropping Bogaerts for Ackley?

    also, should I drop siegrist for motte? will motte take over closer in StL soon?

    thoughts on when Gregory Polanco will get to the majors?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Plumbing4: I would rather have Bogaerts.

      I feel like Motte might be the next in line once he gets activated.

      On Polanco… whenever his Super 2 happens… early June-ish…

      • Plumbing4 says:
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        @Jay: thoughts on Alonzo or Davis vs Ackley or Bogaerts

        Which 1?

          • Plumbing4 says:
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            @Jay: I don’t think I explained that correctly. which of the 4 would you rather have?

            Yonder Alonzo
            Ike Davis
            Ackley
            Bogaerts
            Joyce
            Olt
            Castellanos

      • Plumbing4 says:
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        @Jay: morneau and Lincecum for Glen Perkins and King Felix.

        Is this fair?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Plumbing4: Felix side seems really better off…

  3. J Boy says:
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    What are your thoughts on Pollock? Worth scooping for swipes and dropping Dunn?

    Thanks

  4. Chris says:
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    Hello Jay,

    need some help for this tempting trade H2H Mix:
    My side:
    Yu, Melancon and AJ Burnett
    For:
    Adam Jones, Wily Peralta and Dave Robertson

    My team is:
    Lucroy, Encarnacion, Pedroia, Andrus, Arenado, Stanton, Cespedes, Torii Hunter, Victorino (bn), Napoli (utl)
    Yu, Verlander, Lee, Shields, Burnett, Gee, Hudson, Chavez, Duffy, Melancon and Rosenthal.

    What do you think? Will my pitching suffer a lot. I would still have 3 very very good SP.

    Thanks,

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Chris: Hate to lose Yu, but I think getting Jones and Robertson back in the deal outweigh the sadness.

  5. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    My stash runs so deep I keep it in my humidor… I call it the zip-loc…. why cause it seals in the flavor

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Smokey: Strangely, makes sense.

  6. jal179 says:
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    I just dealt my Prince for his Rizzo.

    Will this be an epic regret come mid July or early season robbery?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @jal179: In the middle. I’d rather have Rizzo, so I like it.

      • jal179 says:
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        @Jay:

        Thx Jay. Me too, but really Riz’s track record is rather short. It was all about career trend for me.

        What are your thoughts on punting saves altogether? I’d love to deal Krod for Melky– a couple of overachievers…

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @jal179: I’m against total puntage. I used to do it back in the day, and it really forced me to be perfect in all the other cat’s.

          • jal179 says:
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            @Jay:

            Good point. I guess KRod, Tommy Hunter (WTF happened tonight….) nd Shaw….

            But if Hunter loses his job and I los ot on his backup,Id argue maybe I should deal Krod high for maybe a Hunter Pence type

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @jal179: Yeah, I mean, if you’ve lost all but one, and the standings looks hopeless, sure.

  7. Jiggy Nits says:
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    NL only roto 5×5 keeper. MY Needs: BA, Steals, Saves

    pick one: Jose Tabata (10$), Rex Brothers (5$), Adeiny Hechevarria (1$)

    cant choose death…

  8. chris says:
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    Well,I drafted Jim Henderson and Hunter as my closers needless to say not good!

    Do I try and trade Polanco for middle of the road closer or do I stay put and hope to get someone eventually off waivers?

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @chris: The way this season is going, I’d try waiver hunting.

      • chris says:
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        Thanks! What side do you like Wheeler for Polanco?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @chris: Polanco, and its not close.

  9. Matt Baumer says:
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    Hey Keeper guy

    60 keepers, five per team

    Will i end up keeping J Fernandez over homer, lester, ortiz, and andrus?

    avg, obp and slg league

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Matt Baumer: If you’re patient, and I would be, then yes. If you think you can win this year and the next, Homer.

  10. Andrew Dignum says:
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    @Jay or anyone.

    I have David Price and a pretty solid staff, with sale coming back soon. Do i trade price for ian desmond? Also not feeling Longoria either. Thoughts?

  11. Ryan says:
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    Ubaldo or Taijuan Walker ROS? Keeper?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ryan: Win-now? Ubaldo.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Jay: Longterm Taijuan?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ryan: I don’t think he’s with an organization that helps young players reach their potential…

  12. prez says:
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    Hey thats my team!! Haha ouch man, ouch.. Put me on blast ! I drafted chapman and nate jones to be my closers(sad face) so no, i did not punt saves.

    And i may have been able to get a closer but this league is ridiculous… All set up guys, maybe set up guys, possible set up guys, the set up guys sister.. They are gone.. Or being passed around team to team.. (in my case i dropped rendon and warren days before they got their chance. ).. Not to mention, the second a closer even gives up ONE run, people are racing to the wire to grab the peg boy of the pen.. Its tough to nab someone..

    My pride will not allow me to trade for saves.. But at this point it might be best. I feel even though i want to just chalk saves all together, i have to keep gunning for them since chap will stack them up. if i can stay active on the waiver for closers, which i havent been lately, im bound to snag one! Hopefully… Maybe?

    Youre right, im fucked… Cry with me…

    • prez says:
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      Oh yeah, and Pitching isnt soooo deep anymore… Irony at its finest, my friend!

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @prez: Hah! Yup.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @prez: Yeah, I am in a few RCL’s like this. It’s kinda like RB empty leagues on the football side. I hear ya!

  13. Andrew Dignum says:
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    My team is shallow on power, would it be worth trading Mike Trout? What value do you think i could get on him

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Andrew Dignum: I would never trade Mike Trout. Unless I get the other person’s entire team.

  14. Chris says:
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    The Rod Beck joke was envelope pushing even for this extremely informative site.

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: that being said, I have used 11 of 20 total moves so far and over half of them are chasing potential closers that couldn’t compare to Beck in his prime, and I am not talking his time with the Sox!

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Chris: Armando Benitez once had 47 saves. 47!

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