This is looking like one of the better end of season races in Razzball Commenter League history.  Typically there are one or two teams that really separate themselves from the pack and about this time of year you can tell who the winner might be.  Not this season folks. We’ve had 8 different leaders in the Master standings over the past 8 weeks. I had a week at the top, LauraHolt was up there last week, 8 weeks ago it was the STL Squat Cobblers, two different members of Cougs R Us have been in the lead the past 8 weeks and now this week…well, I’m going to make you click on the link to expand this article to find that tidbit out.  Come on, let’s make Grey 1/500th of a cent and check out the new leader of the Master Standings and the rest of the week that was, week 23 in the RCLs:

‘PERTY ‘PERTS

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.

Before we get to the top 10 though, we have to stop and appreciate what Grey is doing in the ‘Perts League.  Ralph has gotten plenty of accolades here, he’s been in first place since week 3 and dominating the league. However, a few weeks ago Grey said he was putting all his energy into catching Ralph.  At the time (week 20), he was 12.5 points back, now in week 23 the gap is a mere 2.5 points. That’s some impressive stuff. Grey has led the ‘Perts league in wins for 4 straight weeks and this past week led the league in HRs and strikeouts.  With only 75 IP remaining, I’m still suspicious that Grey holds on here. I have a feeling his standings position is slightly inflated due to excess IP, but we’ll see.

TOP 10

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

RK TEAM LEAGUE RCL PTS LG PTS LG INDEX MASTER PTS
1 Fighting Hams RCL 2018 (#10) 95 107 102 79.2
2 Chippers Lovechild RCL 2018 (#37) 94.6 107.5 102 78
3 LauraHolt Razzball Writers League 94.3 106.5 101 79.9
4 Stl Squat Cobblers ECFBL 2018 93.8 101.5 107 75.8
5 Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns RCL 2018 (#59) 93.6 103 103 79.4
6 Some Salvy For My Knee Cougs R Us 93.3 98 108 76.6
7 Turd Fergusons RCL 2018 (#8) 92.8 106 101 78.7
8 Starfish & Coffee RCL 2018 (#23) 92.6 107 99 79.2
9 Backdoor Cutters Night of the Living Zombinos 92.5 100 106 76.2
10 VinWins RCL 2018 (#1) 91.1 109.5 98 75.8

This week, it’s the Fighting Hams taking the top spot!  Go Hams! Their 1 point gained in RCL #10 was enough to push them to the top of the heap this week.

Chippers Lovechild gained 2.5 league points this week to move from sixth to second.

Last week’s number one team, LauraHolt lost just 0.5 points, but fell to third.  That just goes to show how close the top 10 really is.

STL Squat Cobblers held strong in fourth this week while Bag Stealn Wheelin Dealin Son Of A Guns lost one league point and fell from third to fifth.

Some Salvy For My Knee moves from tenth to sixth this week and Turd Fergusons moves up one spot to seventh.

Falling from fifth to eighth this week thanks to a loss of one league point AND a loss of LCI is my Starfish & Coffee squad.

Finally, rounding things out we have two new additions to the top 10 this week in Backdoor Cutters aka The Big Yabu and VinWins aka uhhh, VinWins!  These two have been knocking on the door of the top 10 for awhile and it’s good to see them both finally break through. For those who don’t know, Vin used to run these RCL updates back in the day, he’s basically my mentor on this front, so he’s easy to root for.  Nice work fellas.

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 51 – Bezobrazie!! (Cougs R Us) & The Cat’s Ass (Crab Army #2)

HR –21 – VictoriaB (Razzball Writers League)

RBIs – 58 – AL KOHOLIC (Original Recipe 2018)

SB – 11 – The Brown Horse (RCL 2018 (#60))

AVG – .349 – summer dawgs (Original Recipe 2018)

K – 119 – Munson Mobsters (RCL 2018 (#3))

W – 8 – MCC (RCL 2018 (#39)) & Munson Mobsters (RCL 2018 (#3))

SV –  11 – Im in a Ditch (RCL 2018 (#44))

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.86 – The Strolgs (Cougs R Us) (in 41.2 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.768 – The Strolgs (Cougs R Us)

No new records, but nice to see the legacy leagues representing this week!  Cougs R Us and Original Recipe holding it down.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

Team: Munson Mobsters

League: RCL 2018 (#3)

Stats:   AVG: .255, R: 40, HR: 12, RBI: 45, SB: 3

IP: 115.2, ERA: 3.03, WHIP: 1.107, K: 119, W: 8, SV: 5

Summary: Well, leading the RCLs in IP is a good start to earning TOW status.  If you lead the RCLs in IP and you don’t obliterate your ratios in the process, you have an even better chance.  Toss in leading the way in Ks and Wins while posting respectable offensive numbers and you’re pretty much golden.  That was the formula for the Munson Mobsters this week. The Mobsters went on a streaming spree it seems, using 4 pitchers Tuesday, 3 Friday, 5 on Saturday and 4 on Sunday.  Apparently they had some inning to catch up on. The Mobsters now sit at a +13 IP pace, so I expect things to calm down a bit for them the final few weeks. Either way, it’s an impressive week, nice streaming and good luck the rest of the way Mobsters!

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  1. VinWins

    ViNWins says:
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    Thanks, Truss! I never thought I would make another appearance in the To 10. I am also a bit ahead on IP, but it might not hurt too badly over a span of 20 days. That also depends on other teams using their innings.

    As for Grey, he gained more yesterday and is just 4 runs behind Ralph for a possible 2-point swing. But, I would expect Ralph to make that up in strikeouts with his 190 remaining innings. Should be fun (for one of them).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m bringing the heat!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Congrats, hope you stay in the top 10, that’d be awesome.

  2. VinWins

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    I’d say your RBI record is safe. I’d have to average over 50 a week the rest of the way, which doesn’t seem likely.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Whoo hoo!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @MattTruss: Wait, you weren’t really cheering for me to break your record?

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    It’s actually a one point lead right now by Ralph. (I know you do this on Sunday’s final standings, but I wanted to, uh, point that out)

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Grey: Top 20?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Am I? I don’t know, trying to beat Ralph first, one thing at a time

  4. Turd Fergusons says:
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    My big revelation this week: you can manipulate the innings max to get more than 1400 innings pitched! It’s not a big deal cuz it’s hard to plan for, but you can try to plan to end at about 1395 on one day, and then the next day throw out all the streaming SPs you can. You’ll get all those Ks on that day even after 1400 innings because Fantrax doesn’t stop it at 1400, it stops it on the day you hit 1400.

    I found this out cuz one guy in my RCL #8 already hit 1400 but got stats for all 1416 innings that he pitched.

    So hopefully i can pick a day with a bunch of available SP streamers and end closer to 1430 innings mwahahaha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pro tip!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Yes sir, just like how back in the ESPN days you could get an extra 8 GS. Yahoo leagues do the same thing with their 1400 IP limit. It’s the innings on the day you go over. It’d be impossible to stop you right at 1400.

  5. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Biggest issue is this league isn’t playing. No one is stealing points from Grey. I think it’s rigged.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Yea, lack of participation in ‘Perts league has always been a disappointment.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’m dropping dead weight next year, it bothers me

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          Bring on Laura!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            For sure, no doubt… I can’t wait to lose to her in these leagues after losing to her for the last 20 years in my keeper

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              Haha!

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @MattTruss: Gotta keep Tehol!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: In the last 30 days Smoke has used 151.1 IP, leaving him needing 112 in the last 21 days. Given the vagaries of pitching decisions in the final weeks, it is not guaranteed he will reach the minimum 1000 IP, which would move Grey up 1 point in the ERA category, if it is adjusted as ESPN does.

      • VinWins

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        @VinWins: Oops. Somehow I missed the fact that Ralph would gain a point too. Sorry.

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