The Rank Railheads hit the magic 120 mark in RCL 40, but panthers_freak (We’ve Got the Runs — Baseball Reasons) made a charge and now is just 2 back of the Railheads (118-116) in the Master Standings with 3 days to go.  We’ve Got the Runs is almost certain to gain half a point in Wins, so if the Railheads drop back to 119, this championship could be decided by fractions of a point.

RCL 40 Standings

However it turns out, it won’t detract from the amazing season the Rank Railheads have put together. I never thought we would see anyone reach 120 points. Amazing!

Captainpyper (RCL 3) and Bombo Rivera (Prague Defenestrators — Conshellation Prize) are next with 109, followed by Pat (Worldwide Suicide — Ones are GOOD right?), Pliny the Elder (Myrtle’s Acres), and Stosh (Balls Deep — RCL 9) at 108. Bay City Rollers (Go Big or Go Home) and Hit Bull (Bull City Bombers — RCL 22) have 107 points, 1 more than Team Street Justice (RCL 29), That’s a Shame (RCL 4), and MattTruss223 (Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects — Magnificent Mustachioed Men).

T-Bone (Team 69 — Cracking The WHIP)  gained 9 points and jumped 52 spots in the overall standings, to 124th. Other impressive moves include Gonna B Lame (Cust Kayin’), who added 8 points and moved up 56 positions to 80th, and  NYC Matthole (Ones are GOOD right?), up 31 spots to 19th. The ECFBL raised their competitive index another half-point to 107.73, while Ones are GOOD right? kept pace and now sit at 103.90.

The Dread Pirate Returns: The tightest race sees Chicago Mark (Lajka Bejka) and Team bjorklund tied in first with 93 points, and R.A. Diculous just 2.5 behind them.

RCL 33: royce! (San Diego Chippers) trails Seatown Funk by one half point, but will gain two as SG Sox will not reach the IP minimum.

Balls and Razz: The Bourjos Pig leads Team Moore by 0.5 points.

Beef SAGNOF!: Schmo Hawks are 1 up on Playin’ The Field.

ECFBL: Chris (Retro Vertigo) is 2.5 ahead of cboruff1 (Copales Charros), who have starts remaining and could pass RV in wins for a 2-point swing.

Fausto or Roberto?: Afghani Buzkashi leads Goose Snausage by 2 and a half points.

Matthew Berry Is A Tool: Big Magoo is one ahead of Colicky Fuddruckers.

Razz Roto 2: melkman (NeverWeiters Night) holds a 98-96 lead over Bay Bombers. The Bombers are tied in the HR and SB categories, as well as being in a 5-way tie in Wins, so there are a lot of points to be gained.

RCL 24: Aqua Velva Men trails Yikes WTF by a half point, with a good chance to gain a couple in strikeouts.

RCL 16: SD Maniacs are 2 up on Pig Charmer (Grunge Ball), but a 2-point swing in ERA is possible, as the Maniacs lead Grunge Ball 3.462 to 3.463.

RCL 25: Big Chuck Machine is one behind Tennessee Mash.

RCL 29: Team Street Justice holds a 2-point edge over Oh my  Crawford, but leads them by just 1 RBI.

RCL 39: Punxsutawney Phils are 1 point ahead of In Epstein We Trust, who trail the Phils by 1 save and also have a chance to gain in HRs and SBs.

Cust Kayin’: Higgins (Gobias Industries) is 2 up on Replacement Players.

I’ll be updating all the tight races daily, so check out the fantasy baseball forums. Look for the RCL under “Everything Else.”

Expert League: Ryan Carey (Mastersball Carey) moved back into the lead, 2 up on Rudy, who gained 5 points to 89. Rudy put up nice numbers on both sides of the ball this week, hitting .305 with  42 runs, 12 home runs, 53 RBI, and 6 stolen bases to go along with his usual stellar pitching (84 K/7 Wins/6 Saves/2.72/1.07). Ryan effectively has a 3-point lead, as it looks like Brandon Funston (The Funhouse) will not reach the 1000 minimum innings pitched, moving the Mastersball team up 1 spot in the ERA category. Tim Dierkes (P.F. Flyer) is another 2 back with 87 points, followed by Dalton Del Don (RotoWire Del Don) at 84.5 and Scott Pianowski (Karma Police) (80.5). Grey remains in 6th place with 75 points. Rudy’s best chances to gain are in the RBI, SB, and K categories. His team trails Dash Davidson (Steamer Dome) by 1 RBI and 3 steals. He is 25 behind Grey in strikeouts, but has used 178 starts while Grey has reached the 180 limit. If Rudy maximizes to 188 starts, he could make up the difference, depending on how many Ks Grey’s RP can add.

Weekly Leaders

NYC Matthole (Ones are GOOD right?), hit .300 with 52 runs, 20 home runs, 57 RBI, and 11 stolen bases to earn hitting honors for the week. Chris Davis led the way with 8 runs, 5 home runs, 10 RBI, and a stolen base while hitting .423. Bryce Harper (.481/8 Runs/3 HR/7 RBI/3 SB) put up an equally impressive line. Mike Napoli (3 HR/9 RBI), Prince Fielder (.346/3 HR/6 RBI), and David Wright (.364/2 HR/7 RBI) also provided some nice numbers.

Average: .354 (We’ve got the runs — Baseball Reasons)
Runs: 64 (Team Beardown  — Epic Beardmen Division)
HR: 21 (Bull City Bombers — RCL #22, Stanton On my Trout — RCL 3)
RBI: 63 (That’s Not Very Maybin  — Original Recipe)
SB: 17 (That’s a Shame — RCL 4)

The Astroturfening (RCL 44) recorded 9 Wins and 7 Saves with 125 strikeouts in 123 innings and a 3.22 ERA and 1.24 WHIP as they passed the 180 games started limit.  Marco Estrada threw 8 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts for a win while Lance Lynn struck out 18 in a pair of victories. Kris Medlen, Josh Beckett, Joe Blanton, Barry Zito, Jarrod Parker, and Zack Greinke also had wins. Rafael Betancourt, Fernando Rodney, and Wilton Lopez each added 2 saves.

Ks: 125 (The Astroturfening — RCL 44, Colicky Fuddruckers — Matthew Berry Is A Tool)
Wins: 10 (Great Googly Mooglies  — Cust Kayin’, Worldwide Suicide — Ones are GOOD right? )
Saves: 10 (Psychic Friends Network — RCL #22, EVIL EVIES — ECFBL, Team bjorklund — The Dread Pirate Returns, Pool Hunnies — Sphinctory Staff Inflection)
ERA: 0.82 (40 IP min) (Team Gallo — Fantasy Master Lotharios)
WHIP: 0.77 (40 IP min) (Mastersball Carey — RCL Experts)

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TEAM OF THE WEEK — September 24 – 30
That’s a Shame (RCL 4)
95/323 (.294)
43 R/10 HR/52 RBI/17 SB
92.1 IP
84 K/8 W/1.95/0.88/5 S
That’s a Shame jumped 12 spots in the overall standings and moved into a tie for 10th place with a week featuring outstanding pitching and an RCL-leading 17 steals. Everth Cabrera led the team with 4 stolen bases, all on Sunday. Shin-Soo Choo added a couple thefts as well, and drove in 9 runs. Adrian Beltre hit .444 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI before leaving with an injury. Jason Kipnis (6 Runs, 6 RBI, 3 SB), Hanley Ramirez (.375, 2 SB), Mike Morse (3 HR/8 RBI), and Curtis Granderson (6 RBI despite hitting .148) were also major contributors. Homer Bailey’s 10-strikeout no-hitter set the pace for the pitching staff. Anibal Sanchez also recorded a 10 K victory, allowing just 4 baserunners. Kris Medlen struck out 12 in 2 games, earning 1 win with an ERA of 2.08 and 0.69 WHIP. Matt Cain, Chris Capuano, Adam Wainwright, Ryan Vogelsong, and A.J. Griffin all picked up wins while allowing no more than 1 earned run. Jose Valverde converted 3 saves in 4 scoreless innings, with Wilton Lopez adding 2 more.

  1. DrEasy says:

    Thanks as always for the updates! Wonder what went wrong with SimplyFred’s team? Was he simply ahead of the IP pace? Was it all a mirage?

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:

      @DrEasy, You’re welcome. Thanks for reading.

      Fred’s pitching numbers are still pretty good. His hitting dragged him down. I’m sure part of it is being in the toughest league.

  2. royce! says:

    Dude, what a gift! I had no idea that there was an IP minimum (which I’m assuming now is 1000), and thought that RCL #33 was gonna come down to whether Seatown could maintain 9.5 or above in saves (thanks in part to my dropping Janssen, which, I mean, who could blame me? I have 186 saves!). Anyhow, thanks for noticing that! I was having a crappy day until now!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:

      @royce!, Ha! It would have been even better if you were checking the standings Thursday morning thinking you had lost!

      • royce! says:

        @VinWins, Yeah, that would have been funny, but I prefer knowing now so that I’m not reliant on some other team’s two closers recording more saves than Seatown’s four… Would have been exciting, though!

  3. Good Luck to Rudy G (and Dalton Del Don and Tim Dierkes) in the experts league. It has been a real battle for the last month or so, and Rudy has done a great job of fighting his way back into contention. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he pulls it off. For my part, I have enjoyed the Razzball contest and hope to return as the defending champ next year. \

    Vin – thanks for the weekly updates – always a fun read.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:

      @Ryan Carey, Good luck to you, and thanks for playing. It’s been fun to follow the Expert League.

  4. Charley says:

    Super excited that the team I co-manage, the Rank Railheads, has a chance to go perfect. Here is to hoping our league competitive index doesn’t slow us down!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:

      @Charley, Good luck!

  5. Chris says:

    Not sure if there’ll be another RCL roundup post…

    Just wanted to say once again that the work you put into tracking the RCLs is very much appreciated! It’s incredible the amount of data that is now easily available to the Razz community.

    Thanks Vin!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:

      @Chris, You’re welcome! There will probably be a post about the Railheads and PEDs, but we’re still investigating.

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