I hope you all had a wonderful tenth week of the Razzball Commenter League season.  The injuries seem to really be piling up for my squads. I’ve got Acunas, Buxtons, Pollocks, Hills, Rays, a lot of Andrew Millers and now an Ohtani on various teams.  Ohtani stings since FanTrax was the one place you could utilize his dual-eligibility. I know Grey was touting the “I told you to avoid/sell him” game the other day, but with Ohtani’s horrid spring training, he actually came at a discount later in the draft season.  He went from being drafted between pick 55 and 80 early on to being drafted after pick 100 and even as late as 213 in one league (ECFBL – Nice grab Ralph!). After pick 100, or about the 9th round, I don’t consider this a make or break point in an RCL draft. Losing Ohtani won’t kill your season unless you traded away your entire pitching staff or something.  It sure stings to lose a dynamic player though, especially one you grabbed at a decent price who was out-performing that draft day price tag. As I said, I liked Ohtani in this format with the new moves limit for the flexibility he gave on short schedule days, etc. Maybe Ohtani can rest this off like Tanaka has managed to do, but either way, it’s to the DL and look on the bright side, now you have a streaming spot available!  Hello Jack Flaherty. Now that we’ve lamented our week 10 loses, let’s take a look at the rest of the week that was in the RCLs:


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.

Another week, another Ralph romping of the ‘Perts League.  All Ralph did this week was lead the league in every offensive category but steals and was only 1 run off leading the entire RCLs.  All of that helped Ralph gain the most points in the league this week with 6. Crammy seems to be making a move as well, picking up 6 points himself and moving closer to the top 4.

I had a dreadful week, for everything Ralph did awesome this week, my team was awful.  I had 28 runs to his 55, 7 HRs to his 19, hit .217 to his .325, it was a bloodbath. All of that and a 6.00 ERA / 1.53 WHIP led to me dropping 10 points this week and falling two places to 4th place.  Yuck. Oh, and I lost Ohtani in this league, lowercase yay.

TOP 10

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

1 Some Salvy For My Knee Cougs R Us 94.4 101 106 78.2
2 The Road Warrior RCL 2018 (#6) 92.8 108 96 83.8
3 Starfish & Coffee RCL 2018 (#23) 92 106 100 77.3
4 Los Beisbolcats RCL 2018 (#37) 91.5 101.5 103 77.3
5 Templeton Shoots The Bird RCL 2018 (#43) 91.2 103.5 101 78.1
6 Stl Squat Cobblers ECFBL 2018 91 98.5 105 76.4
7 1-800-BETTSOFF RCL 2018 (#66) 90.8 100.5 102 77.8
8 LauraHolt Razzball Writers League 90 104 100 76.1
9 Ralph Lifshitz ‘Perty Perts 89.3 102 102 73.1
10 SmoakNCron RCL 2018 (#52) 88.1 97 103 74.9

Same Salvy held onto to the top overall spot for another week.  It’s nice to see the legacy leagues holding strong. Four of the legacy leagues have teams in the top 10 with two more lurking in the top 20.

The Road Warriors are overcoming that 96 LCI thanks to 108 league points and jumped into second overall.  Meanwhile, I slipped to third overall this week.

Los Beisbolcats moved up two spots this week and Templeton Shoots The Bird moved up three as they both passed Stl Squat Cobblers who fell from third to sixth.

1-800-BETTSOFF has been lurking in the top 20 for a couple weeks now, but pops into the top 10 this week, debuting at #7.

Laura and Ralph are holding it down for the Razzball writers at eighth and ninth.  Laura slips from fifth last week but Ralph jumps back up from 22nd last week to get back in the top 10.

Finally, SmoakNCron rounds out our top 10 this week with their top 10 debut.


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

6/6/2018 NOTLZ
Best Management Team in Baseball traded Ken Giles, Rick Porcello & Vince Velasquez to Chick’s Dig DeJong Ball for Patrick Corbin, Mitch Haniger & Gleyber Torres
6/7/2018 RCL #73
Team Shoopy traded Joe Musgrove & Juan Soto to Team jlchouse63 for Rhys Hoskins

That is a fairly sizable trade and given what’s going on in Houston right now, I’d have to go with the Corbin/Haniger/Gleyber side here.

Look at Hoskins getting dealt for waiver wire peanuts, what a bum!  (Can I reverse jinx him to start hitting HRs please!)

These are the only two trades I spotted this week, but there are a whole lot more that processed Monday that will be included in next week’s recap.


The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 56 – Team catfishalomar (RCL 2018 (#1))

HR –23 – Mous Drool (RCL 2018 (#23))

RBIs – 63 – The Cardinals (RCL 2018 (#19))

SB – 10 – 4 Teams Tied

AVG – .382 – Team Ibustillo (RCL 2018 (#23))

K – 96 – Team Crunchrules (RCL 2018 (#17))

W – 9 – Lance (‘Perty Perts)

SV –  13 – Fear and Ignorance (RCL 2018 (#71))

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 1.34 – Ted’s Splendid Splinters (RCL 2018 (#10)) (in 53.2 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.702 – Fake News Bears (RCL 2018 (#62)) (in 57 IP)

Fear and Ignorance tied the weekly saves record this week with their 13.  Congrats to Lance for leading the RCLs in Wins, not bad for 67 IP. Among the 4 teams tied for the steals lead were Ralph, Johnny Utahs and myself.


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

Team: SmoakNCron

League: RCL 2018 (#52)

Stats:   AVG: .253, R: 50, HR: 20, RBI: 44, SB: 5

IP: 71.2, ERA: 2.64, WHIP: 1.047, K: 76, W: 7, SV: 7

Summary: That is quite the week right there.  The batting average might not be much to write home about, but the rest of the stats are simply gorg.  This stellar week moved SmoakNCron up from 17th overall last week, into 10th overall this week. Not too shabby.  Cron got 4 HR weeks from Bellinger (finally!) and Khris Davis (welcome back!) as well as nice weeks from Paxton and Berrios on the pitching side.  Cron also scooped Hector Rondon and his 3 saves week! It’s a good battle right now in RCL #52 with SmoakNCron holding a slim lead over Freggio. A few more weeks like this though and the rest of RCL #52 won’t stand a chance.  Nice work Cron!

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  1. Regan Sayer says:

    First time cracking the top 10 and team of the week? Wow, pretty cool, thanks! Won’t be happy till i see SmoakNCron @ #1!!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      One heck of a week for the SmoakNCron’s! Nice work man!

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:

    Albright is coming like Winter. It’s all about the nightwatch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      So shook

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:

        @Grey: Reverse psychology

  3. OaktownSteve says:

    It remains impossible to trade SP in RCL. Been shopping
    Scherzer, snell and Bauer and I got bupkis.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      I hear ya, it’s such a tough sell in these leagues. Streaming is still alive and well and it’s so hard to give up power bats. I still think 3-4 starters and a steady dose of streaming is the way to go.

      • Schmohawks Bob says:

        @MattTruss: Nate Bupkus? I heard this Bupkus is a pretty good prospect.

  4. jose says:

    Fear and Ignorance here,

    First year taking on the RCL and first year in any type of Roto league. It’s not likely that I’ll ever catch the Hawaiian Punks in RCL #71, let alone crack the top 10, so may as well take credit for tying the saves record. I made plenty of mistakes on draft day, but will keep chasing that SAGNOF and praying Diaz arm doesn’t fall off.

    A big thanks to all the work Razzball does to keep us entertained and informed!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping in man. Totally, just go for the records if nothing else. Then the name of Fear and Ignorance will live forever in the annals of RCL History!

      I did piss poor my first year in the RCLs, but you learn from it and improve the next year. My second year I finished in the top 30. I at least had some roto experience though, that’s a steep learning curve man. Glad you’re having fun at least, take it easy.

  5. Laura Holt

    Laura Holt says:

    Ugh, I’m down to 2 starters in the writers’ league after losing Ohtani… at least I don’t have to worry about those pesky innings limits so much any more!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      At least it’s easier to stream quality innings in the RCLs than the deep leagues! But yea, the injuries have been brutal lately.

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