Happy All Star Break my fellow RCLers.  The Razzball Commenter Leagues can take a toll on your time, you social life and your personal hygiene.  I hope you’re using the break to take a shower, get out of your sweat pants and get reacquainted with your roommates, also known as, your family.  They’ve missed you. Spend a moment and remind them that you are in fact, alive and well. Show those that love you that you haven’t been lost in the wilderness for the past 15 weeks, being cared for by a pack of wolves.  In fact, you’ve just been winning fantasy baseball leagues. You know, just like your idol, Grey Albright. Actually, right now your idol might be Ralph Lifshitz, current ‘Perts League leader, or maybe the STL Squat Cobblers, current Master Standings leader.  Perhaps you’re partial to your RCL Update host, currently in second place in the Master Standings, or maybe you look up to Laura Holt, deep league writer extraordinaire and current fourth place finisher in the Master Standings. Check out this and the rest of the All Star Break standings in the week that was, week 15:


Each week we’ll peek in at our resident ‘perts to see who is laying claim to best “expert” RCLer in the land.  We’ll take notes, check the standings and generally stalk them.  The heading is also hyperlink, so feel free to follow along as we go.

As mentioned, Ralph is still leading the ‘Perts League pack, but, BUT, there’s a glimmer of hope for the rest of us as Ralph finally had a bad week.  It’s been a long time coming but it was ultimately one bad week of pitching for Ralph that caused an 8.5 point drop. A 6.80 ERA, 1.512 WHIP and no wins in 41 IP has Ralph below 95 points for the first time since week 5.  Meanwhile, I rode a week of leading the league in Runs, HRs, RBIs and Saves to an 8 point gain. Only 8 points now seperate the pack from Ralph and Rudy, Son and Grey are hot on my heels. We’ll see if someone can make a move here in the coming weeks.

TOP 10

For those too lazy to check the MASTER STANDINGS, I present to you, the current top 10

1 Stl Squat Cobblers ECFBL 2018 97.8 106.5 106 79.1
2 Starfish & Coffee RCL 2018 (#23) 93.9 108 100 79.4
3 Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns RCL 2018 (#59) 92.6 103 101 80.5
4 LauraHolt Razzball Writers League 91.5 105 99 80.3
5 The Road Warrior RCL 2018 (#6) 90.9 105 96 82.4
6 Big Blue RCL 2018 (#37) 90.3 100 103 76.6
7 Frost Cougs R Us 90.2 97.5 107 72.3
8 Some Salvy For My Knee Cougs R Us 89.9 95.5 107 73.8
9 Team KOechslin RCL 2018 (#27) 89.8 101.5 102 75.7
10 Im in a Ditch RCL 2018 (#44) 89.8 102 102 74.3

The top two remain the same for another week, but got a smidge closer the the STL Squat Cobblers losing 1.5 league points.

Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns put up a n incredibly solid week and moved from fifth to third despite losing a point in RCL #59.  LauraHolt also put up a big week and moved from ninth to fourth as she gained 2 points in the Writers League.

The Road Warrior gained a spot from sixth to fifth and Big Blue takes the sixth spot after a big week moving up from 28th.

Frost took over the top spot in Cougs R Us two weeks ago but this week Some Salvy For My Knee came storming back and with that we now have two members of the league in the top 10 overall.  Just like ECFBL earlier in the year these two squads are riding that high (107) LCI.

Roundings things out we have Team KOechslin falling from third to ninth and Im in a Ditch falling from seventh to tenth.


All the trades that have gone down in the past week.  Public ridicule is not only allowed, but encouraged.

7/13/2018 Original Recipe 2018
Vin O’Wins traded Nomar Mazara to Hank the Tank for Mike Clevinger
7/14/2018 RCL #73
Team namelessNsilent traded Carlos Correa & Will Smith to jlchouse63 for Max Scherzer

Two trades were spotted this week.  I would probably rather have Mazara in the first, but I could see if it I needed pitching.  The second deal I believe is a landslide in favor of Scherzer. I’d have preferred to get back a more defined closer when dealing the ultimate ace.


The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 64 – DeJong’s Long Dongs (RCL 2018 (#25)) & Pig Masked Gunmen (RCL 2018 (#6))

HR –25 – Operation Shutdown (RCL 2018 (#64))

RBIs – 80 – The Iron Horse (Crab Army #2)

SB – 14 – MattTruss223 (DFSers Anonymous)

AVG – .332 – Team Name (RCL 2018 (#3))

K – 97 – Ralph (Crab Army #2)

W – 8 – Pudge Pounders (RCL 2018 (#34)) & Fake News Bears (RCL 2018 (#62))

SV –  16 – Chicago Mark (RCL 2018 (#71))

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.42 – The Stanley Goodspeeds (RCL 2018 (#49)) (in 43.1 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.776 – Suicide Squezze (RCL 2018 (#60)) (in 56.2 IP)

We have a new weekly record for the year in RBIs and Saves as Crab Army #2 took the weekly leaderboard by storm.  Congrats to Iron Horse and Chicago Mark for their new spots in the record books.


Our weekly shout out to the team that killed it the previous week.

Team: Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns

League: RCL 2018 (#59)

Stats:   AVG: .281, R: 54, HR: 21, RBI: 65, SB: 10

IP: 63, ERA: 2.14, WHIP: 1.063, K: 71, W: 5, SV: 3

Summary: As mentioned in the top 10, Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns had a heck of a week with great all-around stats.  The Guns somehow lost a point in their league but put up such good stats that they ended up making up for the loss by gaining in the Master Points.  For those that don’t know, you can gain in the Master Standings either by moving up in your league, and/or by gaining overall stats against the rest of the RCL teams.  Either way, it was a great week for the Guns!

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  1. knucks says:

    Thanks for doing these updates all year. Always enjoy them. I’m coming for you in the FCL. If the SON treats me well, I think I have a shot to actually finish in the top 3. Though OTS has started gaining steam just before the break.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Should be a fun finish there!

  2. VottomanEmpire says:

    I did have one trade last week in RCL #62, where I needed SBs:

    VottomanEmpire trades away
    Thames, Eric
    Martínez, Carlos
    Adams, Matt

    Quarreling Kneppers trades away
    Flaherty, Jack
    Gordon, Dee

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Ha! I should always check leagues you are in, you’re good for a trade a week at least!

  3. The Big Yabu says:

    Back off, Knucks! — FCL is mine…

    Also, another trade to report:
    Night of the Living Zombinos, Fri 7/13
    Backdoor Cutters receive Aaron Judge
    Brewhahas receive Cody Bellinger and Edwin Diaz

    In that league, I have 44 more saves than the next team, and so I was looking for any kind of upgrade elsewhere in exchange for one of my closers. I’m pretty happy with Bellinger -> Judge!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Totally, that’s a solid deal for you as long as Bellinger doesn’t go ham in the second half.

  4. steve stevenson says:

    My claws are so erect.

  5. nitro says:

    Fantrax made a nice change in dropping/claiming players. Now shows some basic stats of the players before confirming the transaction. Much better.
    What are you thinking of the Fantrax experience half way through? I like it!

    • knucks says:

      @nitro: My takeaway is to not set your lineups ahead of time. Causes an add/drop headache, which is not fun to deal with when you are trying to be the first to the wire for a new closer or recent callup.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      I like it too! They are trying hard to make it a great product, which is nice to see.

  6. Vash says:

    H2H Dynasty

    Mazara for Tatis…?

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Ooo, that’s a tough one and I’ll admit dynasty isn’t my forte, but I’d want Mazara

  7. Tweak says:

    Woo! Made the board. I’ve had my Long Dongs clawing their way out of last place since late May (Goldy was my #1 pick). Up to 72 points from a horrid start.

    Go Long Dongs!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Nice work Dongs!

  8. Zach says:

    WHo do you like better looking towards the second half season in an 8 man H2H category leagu Kris Bryant or Alex Bregman

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Bryant by a hair

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