Sometimes you ask and you shall receive and in that vein, I begin this month’s Razznasty update. Now I know the two questions you’re asking, what did you ask for and receive? And which vein? First, it’s the main vein, you know the one in the middle…. Secondly, I asked our very own Hippo in the bush Matt Truss to make a push in the standings over the course of June so I could name the next update “Can’t Truss It”. Done and done. I told Mr. Truss-ah Truss that I’d dress as Flavor Flav from this video while I wrote it. Truss, that I held up my end of the bargain, picture me decked out in white tuxedo with top hat and Batman glasses. Unfortunately I can’t share with all of you due to a shortage on the correct cartridges for my vintage Polaroid Sun 600. Sorry boys, and whatever number of girls are reading this year. I believe we were up to five, but we might have lost a few after the Jose Canseco interview. There’s nothing that upsets the ladies more than invasive questions about Madonna’s early 90’s sperm brokering. Enough of the bollocks, onto the Razznasty update for June. Dynasty Baseball Leagues at their finest.

 

The Standings

For the third month in a row, Mentok the Mind Controller is holding the top spot in the table. Unlike previous months, he has some direct competition on his tail. With the Truss lead Hippos lying in wait, it’s possible we could be talking about a new leader come August, but for now the mind stealing judge sits in the birddog seat. What was once a 7 team race, has whittled to 5 teams within shouting distance, with two clubs needing a push to get into the race. The aforementioned Hippos now sits at 120.5 points, jumping 15 total points in the standings. Commissioner Yes Cheese has dropped 6 points month over month, but still remains very much in the race with 111.5 points in a third place tie, with the dynamic off-season addition Raskals. Bringing up the rear of the contenders is Razzball regular Shill Team 6, who’s eminence has been on display all season. As we enter July just 16 total point separate the top 5 teams. Sitting in standings purgatory are the Nick the Dick led FreshPrince OfHellsLair with 101 points,  recently added manager Alice Sweet’s Tomatoes, who’s done a great job of rebuilding his squad on the fly, with 100.5, and former Prospector Mike, who made a nice month over month gain of 15 points, with a total of 96. The largest month over month point increase belongs to resident bullpen expert Smokey, as his Smoke Show squad gained 18 total points over June, and is a few hot weeks away from entering the competitor conversation. As for the rest of the standings it’s made up of full on rebuilders and rebuilding teams just jumping into the process, like Nightpandas, and this month’s biggest point loser the J-FOH led Epic of Goodfoldamesh. All in all it’s been a great month of action, and one of stabilization after some managerial and administrative changes in May. I for one can see a strengthening among the managers, and an uptick in activity.

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Trades

Mentok trades: Matt Olson to Epic of Goodfoldamesh for Steve Cishek.

Mentok adds an established closer in the midst of a renaissance and J-FOH adds some prospect pop with Olson. The Hateful one is banking on a return to form from the once promising A’s farmhand.

Cobra Kai trades: Alex Colome, Randal Grichuk, and a 7th to Alice Sweet’s Tomatoes for Jose Ramirez, Bobby Bradley, and a 2nd.

A win now move for AST that still has an eye toward the future, though he can’t be too happy with the timing of Colome’s injury, and Grichuk’s demotion. Still a risk worth taking. Cobra Kai adds a high pick, an up and coming utility player in Ramirez and one of my favorite spec power bats in Bobby Bradley.

Alice Sweet’s Tomatoes trades: Tyler Chatwood, Ender Inciarte, and Daniel Mengden  to Nightpandas for Byung-ho Park, and Jeanmar Gomez.

Another win now move from AST, that took place mere minutes after his trade with Cobra Kai. Not sure I love this move from the NP side but he has gained in the standings, and I can appreciate the need for depth. I suppose it all comes down to how you view Chatwood, Inciarte, and Mengden.

 

Wavier Adds

Mentok: Zach Eflin ($5), Jason Motte ($10), Reese McGuire ($0)

The Hippos: Freddy Galvis ($0), Chad Bettis ($0), Williams Perez ($0), Tom Koehler ($0), Carlos Estevez ($25), Rhys Hoskins ($0), Mark Zagunis ($0), Nick Markakis ($0), Tony Zych ($0), Kris Medlen ($0), Jonathan Broxton ($0), Xavier Cedeno ($0).

Yes Cheese: Tyler Skaggs ($15), Tyler Naquin ($5), John Gant ($0), Adrian Rondon ($2).

Raskals: Mike Foltynewicz ($12), Matt Boyd ($0), Shawn Kelley ($0), Tom Koehler ($0), Yohander Mendez ($1)

Shill Team 6: Edwin Diaz ($2), Dan Straily ($3), Chase Anderson ($3), Ryan Rua ($3), Daniel Palka ($0), Aaron Hill ($0)

FreshPrince OfHellsLair: Jake Marisnick ($0), Tyler Goeddel ($1), Dae-Ho Lee ($4), Thomas Eshelman ($0), Brandon Kintzler ($9), Triston McKenzie ($0), Marcos Diplan ($0), Joe Jimenez ($0)

Alice Sweet’s Tomatoes: Kyle Barraclough ($0), Russell Martin ($2), Felipe Rivero ($0), Pablo Sandoval ($0), Michael Gettys ($0), Albert Abreu ($0), Jack Flaherty ($0), Daniel Mengden ($1), Zach Lee ($0), Phil Bickford ($0), Jacoby Jones ($0), Joakim Soria ($0), Cheslor Cuthbert ($0), John Axford ($0), Ryon Healy ($0), Jaime Schultz ($0), Caleb Cotham ($0), Robbie Grossman ($0), Dylan Cease ($0), Jorge De La Rosa ($0), Tyler Wilson ($0), Clay Buchholz ($0), Silvino Bracho ($0), Matt Andriese ($0), Jake Peavy ($0), John Lamb ($0), R.A. Dickey ($0), Stephen Vogt ($1), Tyler Anderson ($0), Ubaldo Jimenez ($0), Christian Friedrich ($0), Jorge Polanco ($0), Lonnie Chisenhall ($3), Jarrod Dyson ($0)

West Reading Phillies: Logan Morrison ($5), Marwin Gonzalez ($5), Neftali Perez ($5)

Smoke Show: Cameron Rupp ($1)

Nightpandas: Danny Duffy ($2), Trevor Plouffe ($1), Johnny Giavotella ($0), Danny Espinoza ($2), Kendall Graveman ($2)

Epic of Goldfoldamesh: Franklin Gutierrez ($2), Alexei Ramirez ($2), John Lamb ($0), Tyler Thornburg ($0), Cesar Hernandez ($1), Sean Reid-Foley ($0), Miguel Andujar ($0), Ramon Laureano ($0), Tito Polo ($0), Jefry Marte ($3), Brett Ebner ($2), Francisco Mejia ($0), Dazmon Cameron ($1)

Mad Beach Bums: None

Cuban Bandits: David Freese ($0)

Deeper Data Collection: Nate Jones ($7), Chad Kuhl ($7), Luke Weaver ($1), JaCoby Jones ($3), Chris Paddack ($1), Brock Stewart ($3), Austin Voth ($1)

Georgia Peach: D.J. Peterson ($5)

Cobra Kai: C.C Sabathia ($0), Robbie Grossman ($3), Rob Refsnyder ($0), Fernando Rodriguez ($0), Fernando Abad ($1), Joe Blanton ($0), Doug Fister ($2), Cory Gearrin ($0), Adalberto Mejia ($0), Travis Jankowski ($0)

 

Thanks for reading and a BIG AIRHORN SALUTE  to my Razznasty leaguemates.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. J-FOH says:
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    “Dynasty Baseball Leagues at their finest” Love the sarcasm….to be fair we are only a handful of owner replacements to get closer to that statement

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @J-FOH: Hahaha

  2. Birdmann says:
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    Has it really been 3 months of dominance, seem like yesterday that I took a screen shot of me in first shocked that I got that high. Kidding aside I wasn’t planning to contend this year, built my team for next year.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Birdmann: you done good kid

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Birdmann: you can’t say dominance in the nasty until you score 156 points in a season…tooting my own horn

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @J-FOH: you’ve tooted that horn on so many occasions it’s become a full record side .

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: The B side is “Rebuilding Blues” done to Derrick and the Dominos Bell Bottom Blues

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @J-FOH: I like it

  3. Tracy says:
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    Might be a little off topic, but are you still high on Josh Hader? I was about to pick him up in my dynasty league, but his stats in AAA are shaky. Anything to be worried about? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tracy: Hahahahahahahaha I ranked him 9th overall in my mid-season top 100 prospects. He pitches in Colorado Springs if you notice his home games have been the two blow ups. He’s given up 4 total runs in the other three. His FIP is a full 2+ runs lower than his ERA, and that’s not factoring in the thin air.

      Here’s the top 100 from Sunday for reference https://razzball.com/2016-top-100-prospects-fantasy-baseball-2/

  4. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Happy to oblige my friend…Now, you got any pitching to trade me??

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @MattTruss: Haha yeah Kazmir and Volquez

  5. Reed says:
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    Off topic Ralph, but what do you think of trading Aaron Sanchez for Papelbon? Jays still insist they’ll send Sanchez to the pen at some point in August, but the guy is one fire.

    Thanks a lot.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Reed: If you need saves sure

      • Reed says:
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        Current Closers are Rondon, Cody Allen and I just traded for Ramos. But Rondon doesn’t get many with all the blowouts. If I trade Sanchez though, I’m left with Archer, Happ, Fulmer, Hammel, Conley, Jon Gray, Nola, and Archie Bradley. Decisions…

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Reed: What the format? Is it roto? Innings limit? QS?

          • Reed says:
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            It’s a 12 team Standard H2H league. Pitching categories are W, K, WHIP, ERA, SV. It’s an old league, a little behind on the times.

  6. Skeezix says:
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    Hey Ralph, just following up on a comment from your last post. Any context on when Lourdes could potentially make an impact in MLB, as well as his floor/ceiling? Is he even signable yet?

    Also, on Otani, what are you thoughts on chances of him posting this year? Next year? I ask because players like Darvish and Maeda tend to get plucked up in our mid-year prospect drafts (10 owners, 3 each) often before they’ve posted, to potentially huge benefits. If there is even a decent chance at him posting, and he has the chance to be close to them, it’s totally a risk worth taking.

    Really appreciate the help! Though you were great on the podcast a few weeks ago by the way.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Skeezix: Sorry! Saw this come through while Inwas at work this morning. My apologies for not answering.

      I’m not really sure, I’ve heard that he’s as big a prospect as Yoan Moncada, with less speed and more power. As of right now he can not be signed. Yuleski was declared eligible, but so far no news on Lourdes Jr. As for floor and ceiling, I’s need to see him stateside, too difficult to project that sight unseen. For example look at Alex Guerrero he was a big deal coming over, and BLAH!

      Otani, from what I’ve heard is that level, maybe the best. When you think about it Darvish, Tanaka, Iwakuma, etc etc there’s a lot of previous success to draw on. Even Dice-K was good for a couple of years, then the bottom fell out. The issue with him isn’t talent but when or if he posts this year. If you do some Google searches, those far more qualified than me could fill you in.

  7. Yescheese says:
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    Great work Ralph. Love the new owner activity and the big Truss push. Good competition!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Yescheese: Thanks for stopping by Commish. I’m sure you got plenty of other administrative happenings.

      The league activity kept me very busy this time around. Ralph’s future carpal tunnel syndrome it’s going to hit Alice Sweet’s Workers Compensation in 2020 at this rate.

  8. nick the dick says:
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    With my 5 point jump so far today, you think I can SHOUT LOUD ENOUGH TO BE HEARD UP THERE?! Shouting distance would be nice. Purgatory has been really whatever. It’s okay, not bad. It’s not good, but not bad. It’s so-so. More or less. I could take it or leave it.

    • nick the dick says:
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      @nick the dick: And as always good stuff, Shitz. Great mid-season prospect joint the other day

  9. We got wormz says:
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    Blockbuster
    Need some input
    3 yr keeper(A/B/C contract) $300 cap. Start 15 hitters, 12 pitchers. No innings limit.
    6×6 including holds and ops. I’m playing for future and may have this trade opp. I give Goldy/Harper) You like?

    Goldy $50 (c)
    Harper $53 (b)
    Correa $5 (b)
    D Salazar $4 (b)
    For
    Ozuna $7 (a)
    Bogaerts $12 (b)
    Franco $3 (b)
    Mccuthen $41 (a)

    Thanx

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