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Happy trade deadline week RCLers.  This is the final week you have to trade for some steals, saves, power or help out those pitching ratios with a big time name.  It’s at this point in the season that you can really see some overpaying going on.  Giancarlo for Ken Giles?  Possibly.  Aaron Judge for Billy Hamilton?  It all depends on team needs and where the most points can be gained.  Remember, there are no extra points for winning a category by 50.  Take a look at the overall standings in your league and see where teams are bunched together.  If there’s an opportunity to leap over multiple teams by taking a category by storm, make your move now.  If you’re in second place right now, make that move for first, play to win, go out and make it happen.  The Razzball Commenter League trading deadline is Friday, August 11, at noon Eastern.  I expect there will be a flurry of activity to break down for next week’s update.  For this week however, we have eleven trades to look at as well as a new overall leader, our former leader regaining his grasp on the top spot in the ‘Perts League and a new name making an appearance as the team of the week.  Come read about all of this and more in the week that was, week 18 in the Razzball Commenter Leagues:


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.

Grey didn’t appreciate the sass from Endorphin Ralph last week and so he went out and gained 4.5 points while power walking in his zubaz.  That, combined with Ralph losing 1 point was enough for the two to swap places in the standings.  Grey is back on top and even held onto a place in the top 10 overall.

Cram It edged out Grey for the biggest gainer of the week though, adding 5 points.  Those 5 points along with me losing 4 (the biggest drop of the week) was enough for Cram to jump up two spots from last week and steal 3rd place.  I fell to 4th this week thanks to a whopping NINE home runs.  How great would it be if Man Fred really did have juiced balls all year and then swapped them back out for the final 2 months so everyone forgot about the whole thing?

TOP 10

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

1 Swamp Donkeys Straight Cash Homie 102.5 111.5 99 95.2
2 Cram It Sponge-worthy Anti-Dentites 102.3 109 102 92.6
3 Rudy is Snooty Take On [email protected] 3 101 106 103 91.1
4 Vottoman Empire DFSers Anonymous 100.8 102.5 105 91.4
5 Returning Champ The Giant and the Jew 100 106 101 92.5
6 Team Albright Razzball ‘Perty ‘Perts 99.6 100.5 107 88.3
7 Team Studer It’s Time For Dodger Baseball!! 98.6 108 100 89.9
8 South Side Hitmen Von Hayes and Confused 98.2 106 99 92.8
9 Hollywood Knights My Nightly Fantasy 96.6 105 100 88.5
10 Pancake Riot BigThreeSports + Razzball = Love 96.3 103 101 88.3

The Swamp Donkey are the king of the swamp this week.  Despite the 99 league index, Swamp Donkey’s 111.5 league points is good enough to squeak by Cram It 102.5-102.3.  It’s going to take an extraordinary year a la Team Levy to win with a 99 league index but we’ll see if the Donkeys can keep it up.

Third and fourth remain unchanged this week as everyone’s favorite bot and Vottoman Empire stick around.  Fifth place changes hands though, as Returning Champ jumps from ninth to pass Team Albright, who falls to sixth.

Team Studer moves up one spot this week to seventh, whereas South Side Hitmen fall two places to eighth.  

The Hollywood nights return to the top this week after falling to eleventh last week and the final spot remains the same, with Pancake Riot holding down the fort.


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

8/6/2017 Take on the Jay 3 NB Peacefrogs traded Dee Gordon & Max Scherzer to SWALLOW MY NUT for Rougned Odor, Mark Reynolds & Wade Davis
8/6/2017 It’s Time For Dodger Baseball!! Muskogee Wharf Rats traded Kenley Jansen to TurnerP 4 wut for Jean Segura
8/6/2017 Cougs R Us # Sozo traded Collin McHugh, Jimmy Nelson & Danny Duffy to Rookie Monsters for Travis Shaw, Sean Doolittle, Bud Norris & Hector Neris
8/4/2017 DeadPool Story Time traded Trey Mancini & Hector Neris to Captain Morgan for Nomar Mazara, Ozzie Albies & Andrew Miller
8/4/2017 It’s Time For Dodger Baseball!! Muskogee Wharf Rats traded Shane Greene to Hairy Manbuns for Gerardo Parra
8/4/2017 South Side Titans B Bums traded Mike Moustakas & Charlie Blackmon to Team Going Deep for Wade Davis & Craig Kimbrel
8/4/2017 ECFBL Johnny Utahs traded Nolan Arenado to Simply Fred for Anthony Rendon, Alex Colome & Lance Lynn
8/4/2017 Take on the Jay 5 Up North traded Anthony Rendon to this ain’t no disco for Madison Bumgarner
8/3/2017 It’s Time For Dodger Baseball!! Hairy Manbuns traded Orlando Arcia & Ender Inciarte to Muskogee Wharf Rats for Josh Bell & Khris Davis
8/2/2017 Super League Team maxwell traded Bradley Zimmer to Hickory Tree Dead Bats for Cole Hamels
8/1/2017 Tater Time fast eddie traded Starling Marte to Rizzovoir Dogs for Luis Severino

Everything is very needs dependant with trades right now, and as I mention above, I expect to see some lopsided-looking deals this coming week.  This week though, there’s not a lot to write home about.  

I like Simply Fred’s deal for Arenado.  Steep, perhaps, but Arenado in Coors in August could be a huge boon in the power department.  

I’d trade Parra for Shane Greene all day long right now, especially if I needed some save points.

I can’t really figure out the # Sozo / Rookie Monsters deal for either team.  Firstly, it seems like you could get way more for three closers, even iffy ones than three borderline RCL starters.  Secondly, # Sozo is 2nd in saves already and needs 41 more saves to catch the next manager…all for 1 point.  # Sozo isn’t drastically over pace on GS either, only at 130 and the ratios/win total are alright, nothing major.  Rookie Monsters meanwhile, it seems like, could manage alright streaming those spots and holding the RPs.  Beats me, maybe # Sozo will flip those closers for another need.  Then it would make more sense.


The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 66 – Never Bunt (The Humidor)

HR –23 – Buck Swope (You ain’t put in on this maaaan!) & Bad News Bears (It’s Time For Dodger Baseball!!)

RBIs – 67 – Forty Acres and a Fool (Viz Versus The Commenters)

SB – 18 – LA Royals (Viz Versus The Commenters)

AVG – .331 – High Five City (That’ll do Puig)

K – 105 – Retro Vertigo (ECFBL)

W – 9 – Lucky Bucky (Take on the Jay 2)

SV –  15 – Starfish and Coffee (Original Recipe 2017) & MPH MPH (The Humidor)

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.91 – Team PopsX11 (Take on Jay) (in 49.1 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.74 – Team Kinney Roto (Keepin it Real) (in 53 IP)

No weekly records were set this week, but a shout out to two leagues, The Humidor and Viz Versus The Commenters for each taking down two categories this week.  The Humidor nails Runs and a share of the Saves lead and Viz Versus The Commenters holds down RBIs and SBs.  Nice work.


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

Team: Bush Light 30 Pack

League: Take on Jay

Stats:   H/AB: 96/294, AVG: .327, R: 57, HR: 16, RBI: 50, SB: 8

IP: 79.0, ERA: 2.28, WHIP: 0.89, K: 79, W: 8, SV: 6

Summary: Bush Light 30 Pack, reminds me of college.  BL30P is currently leading the pack in league: Take on Jay with 104 points.  There is actually a fairly close race there with 2nd place going to one of our local RCL bots, Grey Is Fey who has 100.5 points.  BL30P is our hope for the human race in this league, let’s win one for #TeamHuman!  With a little more stolen base punch BL30P could create a little more separation between themselves and the bot.  Either that, or more stellar weeks such as these.  Big weeks from the red-hot Willson Contreras and Nelson Cruz paced the offense while Lance Lynn and Gio Gonzalez helped out on the pitching side.  Keep it up BL30P, the human race is counting on you!

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  1. Don't Under Do it says:

    Is it possible to check who had the most trades?

    5 trades for me this year. (I’m YEM).

    TC traded Todd Frazier, NYY 3B to YEM
    YEM traded Brandon Phillips, Atl 2B to TC

    LAR traded Corey Knebel, Mil RP to YEM
    YEM traded Carlos Gomez, Tex OF to LAR

    TC traded Manny Machado, Bal SS to YEM
    YEM traded Yoenis Cespedes, NYM OF to TC
    YEM traded Michael Conforto, NYM OF to TC
    YEM traded Justin Bour*, Mia 1B to TC

    TARX traded Whit Merrifield, KC 2B to YEM
    YEM traded Andrelton Simmons, LAA SS to TARX

    YEM traded Corey Knebel, Mil RP to LAR
    LAR traded Francisco Lindor, Cle SS to YEM

    Not to bad if i do say so myself.

    • Vottoman Empire says:

      @Don’t Under Do it: I know I made 7 trades in my RCL this year (it took 72 total offers, 60 of them coming from me – trading is clearly a high-effort grind, even in a $ RCL where owners actively manage squads all year).

      HEAT traded Matt Bush, Tex RP to VEMP
      VEMP traded Joc Pederson, LAD OF to HEAT
      VEMP traded Alex Colome, TB RP to HEAT

      HROD traded Billy Hamilton, Cin OF to VEMP
      VEMP traded Michael Conforto, NYM OF to HROD

      ADDY traded Edwin Diaz, Sea RP to VEMP
      ADDY traded Felipe Rivero, Pit RP to VEMP
      VEMP traded Chris Owings, Ari SS to ADDY
      VEMP traded Bradley Zimmer, Cle OF to ADDY

      VEMP traded Matt Carpenter, StL 2B to PAP
      VEMP traded Yonder Alonso, Sea 1B to PAP
      VEMP traded Matt Bush, Tex RP to PAP
      PAP traded Daniel Murphy, Wsh 2B to VEMP
      PAP traded Stephen Strasburg, Wsh SP to VEMP

      HROD traded DJ LeMahieu, Col 2B to VEMP
      HROD traded Sean Doolittle, Wsh RP to VEMP
      VEMP traded Brandon Drury, Ari 3B to HROD
      VEMP traded Cameron Maybin, LAA OF to HROD
      VEMP traded Johnny Cueto, SF SP to HROD

      VEMP traded DJ LeMahieu, Col 2B to CRAP
      VEMP traded Raisel Iglesias, Cin RP to CRAP
      CRAP traded Adrian Beltre, Tex 3B to VEMP

      HEAT traded J.D. Martinez, Ari OF to VEMP
      VEMP traded Adrian Beltre, Tex 3B to HEAT
      VEMP traded Billy Hamilton, Cin OF to HEAT
      VEMP traded Ken Giles, Hou RP to HEAT

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      It would only be possible to search the data by team name, not the best way to do it. I could just glance through. There are a couple of leagues that have almost a trade per week though.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:

    Where’s Endorphin? Oh, there he is, behind me

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:

      @Grey: You’ve always been a catcher.

      • Grey

        Grey says:

        @Ralph Lifshitz: I’m Mackey Sasser and you got no idea where my balls are going!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:


  3. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:

    Sass? What am I a Real Housewife?

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Haha, Real Housewives of Beantown!

  4. Phil the bluntman says:

    If only my bullpen hadn’t imploded this week… I really want to win that razzball t-shirt!

  5. Douglas Johnson says:

    Hasta la vista, BOTy

    – BL30P

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      Excellent! Keep it up! #TeamHuman

  6. Tweak says:

    At this point, my RCL squad is fighting for 3rd place behind Returning Champ. Made a couple of deals this week that I think solidify my team for the ROS, but since I know I’m too far behind to win it, the best that I can do is make my team as good as I can so Champ can beat out the robots.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:

      See, that’s the kind camaraderie we need as humans, boost that LCI, if not for yourself, but for the eventual league winner

      • Tweak says:

        @MattTruss: Not only is there the satisfaction of helping my fellow man (and five/six ladies), but it helps lower the premium on my Old Glory Insurance (for when the metal ones decide to come for you, and they will.).

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:

          Good call

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