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It’s hard to believe there’s only one week to go in the Razzball Commenter Leagues.  This marathon of a season has seen us torture ourselves for 25 long weeks, agonizing over batty calls, dipping into the streamers with mixed results, cursing players and praising others.  We’ve ignored our families, our jobs and our personal hygiene and now it all comes down to the final week.  You may smell like stale Funyuns, but dagummit, that virtual fantasy trophy is all yours!  Speaking of trophies, Returning Champ all but sealed is overall championship this week.  When you’re already the #1 team in the Master Standings and then you go out and win Team of the Week honors in the second to last week of the season.  Well, that is just the clutchiest of the clutch moves right there.  Last week Returning Champ held a 2.9 point lead over Cram It, this week that lead is up to 5.7 points.  Those numbers don’t even take into account that as of Monday morning, Returning Champ hit 119 league points.  Last year saw the first perfect score in the RCLs when Team Levy hit 120.  Until that time the highest league score had been 119, set by the Rank Railheads back in 2012.  Both Team Levy and Rank Railheads were in leagues with an LCI of 98, so Returning Champ has his league’s 101 LCI working for him.  Unfortunately, Returning Champ will have no shot at a perfect score since one of the teams in The Giant and the Jew has hit all the home runs.  Hot Ham Water currently has 390 HRs to Returning Champ’s 329.  329 is good enough for 2nd in the category, but unless Giancarlo wallops 60 dingers this week, 119 will be the best Returning Champ can muster.  That should still be plenty good enough to take home the overall championship.  Come along, there’s plenty more about Returning Champ and the rest of the week that was, week 25:

‘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.

There was absolutely no movement in the standings this week in the ‘Perts League, as things have really leveled off.  Grey picked up one point this week and, in classic fashion, Ralph picked up 2.  Still, 6 points separate the two and Grey will need an epic collapse to lose this one.

Mike Maher had the largest gain of the week, with 4 points while Malamoney was the biggest loser, dropping 4 points.  

Cram It had been making a late push but dropped 3.5 points this week to settle into 3rd place.  

Rudy rounds things off in what should be the top 4 to finish the season.

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 Returning Champ The Giant and the Jew 109.5 117.5 101 100.2
2 Cram It Sponge-worthy Anti-Dentites 103.8 111 102 93.8
3 Team Studer It’s Time For Dodger Baseball!! 103.6 113 101 93.2
4 MattTruss 223 DFSers Anonymous 103.4 105 107 90.6
5 Gomes’ Gnomes Johnson’s Ornithology E.O.D. 103.2 110 103 92.3
6 Team Albright Razzball ‘Perty ‘Perts 103.1 102 108 92.3
7 Grey is Bae Sons of Beddict 101.3 108 100 94.3
8 kumamoto expungers Rio Ruiz Super League 101 103 106 90.4
9 Rudy is Snooty Take On [email protected] 3 100.3 102 105 90.7
10 Vottoman Empire DFSers Anonymous 100 97 107 92.6

Returning Champ and Cram it remain one-two in the Master Standings as we head into the final week.  No matter what happens, it’s been impressive run for both of these teams.

Team Studer made a huge jump this week, from ninth to third thanks to a 5.5 point gain in league points.

I moved up from sixth to fourth this week thanks to a 2.5 point gain of my own.  With myself and Team Studer moving into the top four, Gomes’ Gnomes and Team Albright get bumped down to fifth and sixth.

Grey is Bae moves from eighth to seventh this week as their fellow robot manager slipped from fifth to ninth.  Rudy is Snooty picked a bad week to stop huffing 10W-30.

The kumamoto expungers have been lurking in the top 20 for the past few weeks and made a big push this week in Rio Ruiz Super League.  A gain of three league points along with the league’s 106 LCI was enough to finally boost the expungers into the top 10, debuting in eight overall.

Finally, Vottoman Empire rounds out the top 10 overall as DFSers Anonymous keeps two teams in the top 10.

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 58 – Up North (Take on the Jay 5)

HR –24 – THE CARDINALS STL (Take On [email protected] 2) & New York Dahls (Keepin it Real)

RBIs – 70 – Hollywood Knights (My Nightly Fantasy)

SB – 15 – The Schmohawks (Original Recipe 2017)

AVG – .335 – MyBrownsSuck BigTime (Benintendi Erection Club)

K – 133 – Johnny Utahs (ECFBL)

W – 13 – Johnny Utahs (DFSers Anonymous) & Beni’s Chainz Bind Me (Benintendi Erection Club)

SV –  14 – Goldschmidt On This Team (RLC Champions League)

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.72 – Neon Keon (Sons of Beddict) (in 62.1 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.65 – The Dude (You ain’t put in on this maaaan!) (in 41.2 IP)

No records were broken this week, but it was an odd week in weekly leaders.  

58 Runs is the lowest total since week 8, which saw 55.  

There were two teams (including Ralph) from Benintendi Erection Club represented this week as well as one manager from two different leagues.  Congrats to Johnny Utahs who just missed TOW honors with two different squads this week.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

Team: Returning Champ

League: The Giant and the Jew

Stats:   H/AB: 99/336, AVG: .295, R: 54, HR: 23, RBI: 67, SB: 7

IP: 108, ERA: 4.17, WHIP: 1.29, K: 100, W: 7, SV: 5

Summary: While the ratios might not be the prettiest, Returning Champ did just about everything else right this week.  Going into the second to last week, Returning Champ was down a handful of HRs and all he did was go out and hit 23.  This, in a week that saw many teams hit only 13-15 HRs, was plenty good enough to make up ground.  Now the Champs just need to hold on and stave off the league competition for HRs and RBIs.  The Champs are currently sitting at 179 GS and I’m not even sure it’s worth it for them to throw another starter, I don’t think anyone is catching them in any of the pitching categories.  Fortunately, they have some buffer in ERA and WHIP, so I suppose there’s no harm in going for it.  I have a feeling I’ll be talking a lot about this team next week, so we’ll keep this TOW blurb short.  Nice work Champs, finish strong.

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  1. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Wait, I had a good week with wins? Shocking…

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      I mean, two of the top 5 and 3 of the top 10 teams in Wins in the RCLs are Ralph teams, you’ve had a pretty damn good season chasing wins.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @MattTruss: I had good win totals last year too. If only I chased ERA, WHIP, and SB’s the same. hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t feed his humblebrag

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: I’m a one category all star like Billy Hamilton. I’m only winning maybe one RCL. I ain’t that great.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Your fake modesty makes me shudder.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: All I’m saying is I’m the best win vulture since Tyler Clippard was still good.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You might be even as good as Joel Hanrahananananan

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: Lets not go that far

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I pushed it

  2. The Big Yabu says:
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    Great job with your SP-binge in the Frequent Commenters League on Saturday! 1.39 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 3 W and 45 Ks — really impressive.

    I’ve decided not to go ahead with my own binge — ratios are more important for me than counting-stats, both in that league and (I think) in the master standings. Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze my way back into the top 10.

    And I’ll be curious to see how it works out for other teams that max-out in these last 2 weeks. Will you be posting the other numbers?

    • MattTruss

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      Thanks! If Manea hadn’t been scratched I would have hit the 188, but still, it was a nice final day of pitching.

      I collected a couple of teams that hit 188 and 187, but there were only 4 more since last week. I wish I had a better way to know that a team hit 188 and a better way to collect the data than doing it by hand, but I can probably get that together. Not sure if I’ll include it in my final post next week, but I might toss it up in the Razzball forum. Or maybe I’ll do a supplement RCL post the week after the season ends with a bunch of data like that. I’ll collect it and share it somehow though.

      Billy Hamilton crushed my hopes and dreams in FCL. I really saw me grabbing those 4 points, plus passing you to make it really tight. Alas, best laid plans…

      • The Big Yabu says:
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        @MattTruss: Yeah, tough break on Hamilton — he can be such a difference-maker in SBs.

        Oh, and in case it matters: I will be SP-binging in Night of the Living Zombinos tomorrow. Kuhl, Newcomb, Richards, Lackey, Leiter, Hammel, Gsellman, Erasmo, Woodruff — what could go wrong?

  3. Cram says:
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    Dang, well I feel a little better that I’m not going to get eked out. I just couldn’t get my ratios down, even with doing little streaming and relying on relievers. They kept getting WHIPPED.

  4. Cram It says:
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    Dang, well I feel a little better that I’m not going to get eked out. I just couldn’t get my ratios down, even with doing little streaming and relying on relievers. They kept getting WHIPPED.

  5. Tweak says:
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    Well, damn. It’s all my fault that Champ doesn’t sweep, eh? HEHE MY HOME RUNS ARE THE BEST HOME RUNS.

    Well, seriously, with JDongs, Gary Sanchez, Judge, Bryant and Schoop out of the gate and Hoskins/Machado/Olson in the 2nd half, I’d better win homers.

    Now, if I could only snag a few more points so I can beat JB in his own league…

    • MattTruss

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      Ha, it’s all your fault! If you’re curious, you’re currently 4th in all the RCLs in HRs!

      • Tweak says:
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        @MattTruss: Damn, that’s pretty good. I guess maybe it means less at a time when you can get almost 30 HRs out of Scooter Gennett, but I’ll take it.

        A top-5 finish in the one RCL I did this year is a happy improvement over my basement dwelling from last year. You just wait ’til next year, robots! I’M COMING FOR YOU LIKE JOHN CONNOR

  6. knucks says:
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    I wanna see a league next year of 12 bots battling it out.

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