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The MLB trade deadline has come and gone and that typically means a lot of scrambling for those in the Razzball Commenter Leagues.  Closers are a necessary evil and there’s never a better time to snag a new one then at the MLB trade deadline.  This trade deadline we gained a Shane Greene, regained an A.J. Ramos and gained whatever the heck is going to happen in Minnesota.  The Twins could name T.C. Bear closer for all I know; it’s not like it would matter much.  To everyone stashing Kirby Yates, my condolences.  The Padres apparently wouldn’t budge on their steep asking price for Brad Hand, and so we got the shaft.  I was sweating the Zach Britton to Houston news for my recently traded for Ken Giles, thankfully that didn’t pan out.  Now that the MLB trade deadline is over with, we turn our attention to our own, RCL trade deadline.  That, my friends, is Friday, August 11th at high noon.  We have 10 days to make the most of our teams for the stretch run.  I expect plenty of trading action for the next two updates.  There were 12 trades this week, up from 10 the previous two weeks.  Let’s take a look at those, and the rest of the happenings in the RCLs in the week that was, week 17:


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.

Queue the dramatic music, there’s a new chief in town.  Prospector Ralph has seized the lead from our Fantasy Master Lothario.  Not to knock Ralph here at all, but I would actually say that Grey lost the lead more than Ralph took it, but that’s really neither here nor there.  The fact is, Ralph is our new ‘Perts League leader.  Grey has lost 10 points over the past 4 weeks, falling from 104.5 to 94.5.  Meanwhile, Ralph has been holding steady, lurking with 97 points until the moment was right.  Prior to reaching the 97 point plateau 4 weeks ago, Ralph really made hay.  From week 8 to week 14 Ralph gained 31 points.  This is what put him in position to seize the lead should Grey slip, and slip he did.  Only 0.1 ERA points separate 1st (Ralph) in the category from 5th (Grey).  Grey posted a 5.74 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 42.1 IP this week, which led to the big slip.  With Ralph having just lost Clayton Kershaw, there is hope for Grey catching him in ERA, but it will take some careful maneuvering from here on out.

Elsewhere in ‘Perts League news, Cram It was the biggest point gainer of the week, picking up 6.5 points after lamenting over having dropped Tazawa mere moments before A.J. Ramos was traded.  Jokes on him, he got Ziegler’d!  The biggest point loss of the week goes to both Grey and Tehol, who each lost 4 points.

TOP 10

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

1 Cram It Sponge-worthy Anti-Dentites 104 110 102 95.3
2 Swamp Donkeys Straight Cash Homie 101.4 110 99 94.5
3 Rudy is Snooty Take On [email protected] 3 101.2 106 103 91.7
4 Vottoman Empire DFSers Anonymous 99.9 102 105 90.7
5 Team Albright Razzball ‘Perty ‘Perts 99.4 100.5 107 88.3
6 South Side Hitmen Von Hayes and Confused 98.3 106 99 92.8
7 Mount Fupa Squat Cobblers Smokey Joe’s Chamber of Death 97.8 108 98 90.7
8 Team Studer It’s Time For Dodger Baseball!! 97.3 106 100 89
9 Returning Champ The Giant and the Jew 97.2 102 101 90.6
10 Pancake Riot BigThreeSports + Razzball = Love 97.2 104 101 88.8

There is obviously a little delay between the Master Standings and the current standings, given the above explanation of Grey’s current league position.  However, this is how things stood on Sunday, so we’ll go with that for now.

Cram It holds onto the top spot for another week.  I’m rooting for Cram to go full 120 on us, complete his legacy and ride off into the RCL sunset to no doubt, slay the ladies with tales of his fantasy baseball glory.  I can only assume that is the sort of life a two time RCL Master Champion would lead.

The Swamp Donkeys move up from 6th to 2nd this week thanks to a gain of 5 league points.  Our friendly neighborhood robot also gained 5 league points this week resulting in a jump from 8th to 3rd.

Vottoman Empire slipped a hair this week, falling from 2nd to 4th, as did Grey, as we already mentioned.

The South Side Hitmen fall from 4th last week to 6th this week and the Mount Fupa Squat Cobblers hold steady in 7th place overall.

Team Studer pops into the top 10 this week after three weeks of lurking in the top 20.

Returning Champ gains one spot this week and Pancake Riot returns to the top 10 after a one week hiatus.


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

7/30/2017 RLC Champions League Team jones traded Kelvin Herrera to Stuck In Saigon for Yonder Alonso
7/30/2017 DeadPool Team Tran traded Khris Davis & Mike Moustakas to Captain Morgan for Elvis Andrus, Nick Williams & Yu Darvish
7/30/2017 Great Knocks 2 Bronx Best Apostles traded Trevor Story & Jake Lamb to Pig Masked Gunmen for Cole Hamels & Luis Severino
7/29/2017 Viz Versus The Commenters Forty Acres and a Fool traded Corey Knebel to LA Royals for Francisco Lindor
7/28/2017 Take On [email protected] 3 Team harvey traded Drew Pomeranz to Drunc Orks for Corey Knebel
7/28/2017 Cougs R Us Carcosa Yellow Kings traded Jim Johnson to Legal Roster for Ryan Zimmerman
7/28/2017 Daniel Murphy’s Porn Stash Max Cooper traded Josh Donaldson & Jose Bautista to Team foul balls for Greg Holland & Justin Verlander
7/28/2017 Chemically Treated Razzballs Leftover Revenge traded Mike Clevinger & David Robertson to Frequent Flyer for Brandon Crawford & Logan Morrison
7/27/2017 ECFBL Team AL KOHLIC traded Jonathan Villar, Manny Machado & Ken Giles to The Hippos for Aaron Judge, Trea Turner & Jose Peraza
7/26/2017 Show Me The malamoney Razzball Criminals traded Adam Jones, Odubel Herrera & Eric Thames to Yuma Papagiorgio’s for Yoenis Cespedes & Adam Duvall
7/26/2017 Night of the Living Zombinos AK FortySevens traded Jonathan Villar to Thunder Fish for Mike Moustakas
7/25/2017 Cougs R Us Team Sheridan traded Jacob deGrom to Rookie Monsters for Kris Bryant

There was plenty of closer movement this week, always scary right before the trade deadline, but every save counts.  I’ve dished out plenty of trade scrutiny this year, so now you can let me have it.  Yes, I traded Aaron Judge and an injured Trea Turner.  Yes, I got back a struggling Manny Machado and a closer.  I also lost Carlos Correa, so my middle infield was a mess (oh good, Chris Owings is broken now too!) and saves seem to be the category where I can make the biggest push the final 9 weeks.  It’s risky, but fortune favors the bold.  What do you think?

Corey Knebel got moved twice this week and I’m pretty shocked someone let Lindor go for him.  That seems lopsided for a closer, but hey, I just traded Aaron Judge, what do I know?

Tough break for Legal Roster, I think he owned Jim Johnson for exactly 1 IP before it was announced he was (mercifully) being moved to a committee with Vizcaino.


The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 61 – 5 Team Tied

HR –25 – Benintendi’d Consequences (The Giant and the Jew)

RBIs – 65 – DENNIS system (South Side Titans)

SB – 12 – Purple Hayes (Razzball Writers League) & The Schmohawks (Original Recipe 2017)

AVG – .356 – Team Duncan (Razzmonsters)

K – 103 – Greyt Success! High Five! (The Prospect Podcast League) (Back to back weeks leading the RCLs)

W – 11 – One Bad Inning (ECFBL)

SV –  14 – Rudy Is Booty (We’re All Winners)

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 1.14 – Hail HYDRA (La Cheesearie) (in 47.1 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.66 – Team Frost (Cougs R Us) (in 57.1 IP)

We have a new weekly leader in WHIP thanks to Team Frost and their 0.66.  Team Frost didn’t skate by with it either, putting up 57.1 IP in route to the fantastic numbers.  Team Frost is the current leader in Cougs R Us thanks to the effort.

Greyt Success! Is going full Calgary Cannons on the RCLs, leading the leagues in strikeouts two weeks running.  Nice work, high five!


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

Team: Rudy is Snooty

League: Take On [email protected] 3

Stats:   H/AB: 90/330, AVG: .273, R: 57, HR: 14, RBI: 43, SB: 8

IP: 83.1, ERA: 2.38, WHIP: 1.16, K: 93, W: 8, SV: 13

Summary: This is the second appearance by a robot in the TOW section, but the first by Rudy is Snooty.  Rudy is Snooty was first overall back in week 8 and is looking to put some heat on Cram It for that top spot once again.  They currently sit just 0.2 RCL points out of 2nd, but are still 2.8 behind Cram It.  More weeks such as this will go a long way though.  While the 14 HRs aren’t a ton, combining them with 8 steals and 83+ innings worth of stellar ratios sure make them look nice.  The 13 saves are more than some teams get in a month.  The robot is not sleeping Cram, are you?

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  1. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:

    Too bad J-FOH banged out this year I’d be beating his ass too.

    **Looks at camera like endorphin rushed wrestler**

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:

    I’ve been waiting for this post since Sunday night hahaha

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Haha, endorphin Ralph has been banging F5 since 1:30 ET.

      • Grey

        Grey says:

        Someone needs to slip a roofie in this guy’s Red Bull

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:


        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:

          @MattTruss: HA! Knucks with the unexpected.

  3. Cram It says:

    As you can tell by the time stamp on my rage post, I was pretty drunk.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Haha, nothing like drunk message board posting!

      • Cram It says:

        @MattTruss: Right? You should see what I post on Facebook at 2 a.m.! Kidding

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      @Cram It: I just tried to add Broxton, and first time ever, it said he was added while I was deciding on Alex Wilson to drop

  4. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    GARY BJORKLUND, who is still upset that Springer was traded for Reed in his RCL, posted: Reed for minor league arms?? I can’t believe the Mets didn’t hold out for Mookie Betts. Don’t they realize how AMAZING he is?

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Haha, oh Gary. I love it when people try to compare fantasy baseball to real baseball…

  5. Douglas Johnson says:

    Woohoo! High Five!

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