Before we take a dive into our weekly Razzball Commenter Leagues numbers and standings to see how badly I’m whooping everyone this week (I kid, I kid), I want to take a little aside.  I want to chat about K/9 and its importance in the long game of the season.  Since we’re all capped at 1,400 IP, the strikeout category basically turns into a race for the highest K/9.  Once your innings are up, you are stuck with the number of strikeouts you have.  This makes those high K/9 relievers such as Josh Hader and Ryan Helsley (who should be rostered in every RCL, even without the save opportunities) very valuable pieces.  Something I like to do is sort players by K/9.  You can do this by hitting “Extra” on the player page when viewing pitchers.  Then just sort by K/9 and make sure you’re looking for players with a substantial amount of IP.  If only Andres Munoz could not give up an earned run every other outing, that K/9 (17.36) would be delightful.  If you find yourself without a save vulture target for the day and your offense is full, consider grabbing a high K/9 reliever to help boost those stats.  It only takes a few 7 IP, 2 K performances to put you behind the pace.  It’s important to monitor and keep a balance.  Fortunately for you, and especially those that are bad at math, we’re tracking your K/9 for you on the Master Standings page.  There, you can see that among teams with at least 40 IP/week we have DFresh with an impressive 11.4 K/9.  DFresh has two teams in the top for K/9.  Laura Holt might be even more impressive with two of her teams sitting in second and third in K/9 with 11.3 and 11.0.  The 11 K/9 team even has 241 IP!  Laura is a total pro at this format.  Bringing up the rear is Steve Paulo’s EZ Like Sunday Night Baseball with a 7.2 K/9 in 217 IP.  Ideally, you’ll be looking at a K/9 north of 10.  You can see that’s about where my DFSers team is sitting at 10.1, which will hopefully keep me afloat when everyone catches up in IP.  There’s still time for you to correct if needed, so fear not!  It’s also going to be important to monitor your innings usage.  You can click “MIN/MAX” on your team page to see your innings used and your pace.  I like to keep my pace pretty close to right on the money, but your mileage may vary.  Just don’t leave innings on the table if you can help it.  Let’s take a look at the rest of the week that was, week 4 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.

Son and I are just going to trade off the lead every other week it seems.  This week, it was Son who had a great week, leading the league in HR, Runs, and WHIP.  I led the league in IP, strikeouts and Saves and had some nice ratios to go with all those IP (1.65 ERA and 0.951 WHIP), but only hitting seven dingers hurts.

The biggest gainer this week was Grey who led the league in ERA (1.29 in 48.2 IP) and gained 10.5 points to move into eighth place.  He’s still losing to C.A. James who was absent for the draft and hasn’t made a move all season.  Eesh.

The biggest loser this week was B_Don who fell 15 points and dropped three places down to ninth.  Coolwhip rode a 6.19 ERA in 52.1 IP to a nine point slide as well.

 

RAZZSLAM STANDINGS UPDATE

Each week we’ll also take a look at the top ten overall standings in our other Razzball sponsored league, the RazzSlam.  This is our NFBC Best Ball league with managers from all across the industry, from content providers to fans and readers just like you.

Clark Olson held onto the top spot for another week and is kind of running away with it at the moment.  We did have a rare shake-up of the rest of the standings though, which remain pretty close.  Dalton Del Don fell out of the top ten this week, making room for John Fish to take the second position.  Colin Charles moves from fifth to third to nab the bronze medal slot for now.

Chris Oliver took their 684 points gained this week (the most in the league) and rode it into the top ten, moving up 40 spots to ninth overall.  Ed Rice was the biggest gainer this week, moving up 120 spots thanks to their 681 points gained.

 

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 MattTruss223 DFSers Anonymous 111.9 106.5 104 111.2
2 DonkeyCorns RCL 2022 (#6) 108.5 111 96 112
3 El_Marco RCL 2022 (#18) 104.1 108.5 96 106.3
4 Son PERTS LEAGUE 104 102 101 104.2
5 tberkman RCL 2022 (#34) 103.7 99 106 99.9
6 Coolwhip Writers League 103.6 104 101 101.9
7 tberkman RCL 2022 (#26) 102.7 95.5 107 100.2
8 MattTruss PERTS LEAGUE 102.6 99.5 101 104
9 Holt Night of the Living Zombinos 102.6 96.5 106 100.4
10 Scoboticus RCL 2022 (#5) 102.2 102.5 101 100.9

I held onto the top spot for another week, we’ll see how long it lasts!  DonkeyCorns moved up a couple spots to second and pushed El_Marco down to third.  Son rode his hot week to the lead in ‘Perts and fourth overall in the Master Standings.

Tberkman jumped into the top ten this week to fifth from 44th last week.  This is Tberkman’s second team in the top ten this week as their squads had a big week.  Tberkman also sits in seventh place, up from 21st last week.  Coolwhip falls from third to sixth.

My ‘Perts league team got a small bump from tenth to eighth this week and Laura Holt appears to be running roughshod over NOTLZ.  Apologies to everyone in that league for suggesting Laura join.  Good luck ever winning again.

Scoboticus rounds out our top ten this week, up from 17th last week.

 

TRADES

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

DATE LEAGUE DETAILS
5/2/2022 RCL #30
Auto-22 traded Franmil Reyes & Joey Gallo to The Manfred Men for Marcus Semien
5/3/2022 RCL #10
Seiyantists traded Daniel Bard, Seiya Suzuki, & Aroldis Chapman to P_Swayz_On_A_Horse for Carlos Rodon & Dansby Swanson
5/4/2022 RCL #40
Green Monster Mashers traded Ramon Laureano & Adolis Garcia to Diamond Archers for Franmil Reyes
5/4/2022 RCL #40
Magnum traded Jose Berrios to Dodger Blue for Brandon Woodruff
5/5/2022 RCL #26
MediOAKer Matt traded Christian Yelich to Chazz Jisholm for Taylor Ward
5/5/2022 RCL #42
AllRice traded Andrew Benintendi & Tommy Edman to Hammerin’ Hank for Logan Webb
5/6/2022 RCL #21
No one cares about the Witts traded Craig Kimbrel to Homefree Bogaerts for Tyler O’Neill
5/6/2022 RCL #17
TT Is The Way traded Ramon Laureano & Bryan Reynolds to Longballers for Carlos Carrasco & Corey Seager
5/6/2022 RCL #11
Portland Mavericks traded Nathan Eovaldi to Orlando Calrissians for Taylor Rogers
5/6/2022 RCL #18

The trade juices were flowing this week as we saw ten trades completed.  Franmil Reyes was moved twice as some managers are fed up and others are hoping to capitalize on some positive regression.  I’m personally looking to buy more than sell Franmil and if I can get Gallo to boot, I like that deal.

Ramon Laureano was also moved twice this week as he gets ready to be activated and hopefully steal a bajillion bases.

Jose Berrios for Brandon Woodruff is a bit of a headscratcher.  Give me Woodruff there 100 times out of 100.

I can’t believe anyone traded Ted Will…Taylor Ward.

 

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 55 – Fred Garvin MP (Original Recipe)

HR –20 – Pussy Juice Mustache (ECFBL)

RBIs – 56 – Pussy Juice Mustache (ECFBL)

SB – 10 – Blue Squadron 1 (RCL 2022 (#1)) & CenTex BC (RCL 2022 (#2))

AVG – .313 – tberkman (RCL 2022 (#34))

K – 91 – Scoboticus 3 (RCL 2022 (#30))

W – 9 – MattTruss (PERTS LEAGUE), NCPhilly Fanatics (RCL 2022 (#39)), & Butterscotch (RCL 2022 (#37))

SV –  10 – 7 Teams Tied

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 0.81 – Nlepore77 (RCL 2022 (#25)) (in 55.2 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.692 – DFresh (Frequent Commenters League) (in 43.1 IP)

You never know what team names you’ll run into around the RCLs.  PJM is old commenter Nick the Dick for those who have been around these parts for a decade plus.  Apparently, it was a big week for saves but no one could separate themselves from the 10save pack.  Nlepore77 set a new weekly low in ERA by .01 in one more IP than the previous record.

 

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

Team: Fat Fuckin’ Babies

League: Cougs R Us

Stats:   AVG: .284, R: 51, HR: 15, RBI: 47, SB: 7

IP: 61, ERA: 2.36, WHIP: 0.902, K: 59, W: 6, SV: 6

Summary: Speaking of high-quality team names, RCL players will certainly recognize this one.  FFB is a hard name to forget and even more so as they’ve finished second, ninth, and third over the past three RCL seasons.  FFB is a perennial appearance in at least one TOW spot each year and this season is no different.  Cougs R Us has become our Champions league the past two seasons.  Each year I’ll take the top 12 finishers in the RCL Master Standings and invite them to Cougs, making my way down the standings if people don’t respond, are uninterested, or if duplicate teams appear.  That means, this league is the best of the best of the previous season and the league is no laughing matter.  FFB surged up the standings this week from ninth to first, taking the top spot from previous RCL overall winner, Backdoor Knucklers.  The Babies were paced on offense by the juggernaut, Manuel Margot and helped on the pitching side by Bruce Zimmermann…just how we drew it up!  See, everyone is just one amazing week from making their own surge.  Be like the Babies and get your butter on.

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Magnum
Magnum
2 months ago

I would love some recognition for RCL #60. It’s been one of the most competitive roto leagues I’ve ever been in. Cheers!

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
2 months ago

As witnessed above, my trade went through even though it created an illegal roster on the other team. Thanks again to you and our favorite Husky enthusiast, Vin, for your responses/thoughts on the matter.

DFresh
DFresh
2 months ago

Another great RCL recap, Truss! I was scrambling late last year for IP on several teams. Not a good year for that with all the pitchers wearing out from the low innings the year before.

Joe Asher
Joe Asher
2 months ago

Gotta love that Laura’s “high stakes” RCL has the highest league index score so far. Tberkman is killing it early on. Thankfully so far this seems like the league that doesn’t have either of laura’s aforementioned monster teams but shes still right in the thick of things. definitely a fun league and something i hope we continue to have in the coming seasons.

-Gunk

Last edited 2 months ago by Joe Asher
VinWins
VinWins
2 months ago

Grey! 5th best qualifying ERA for the week!!

Player IP (ER) ERA
Cease 12 (1) 0.75
Gore 5.2 (1) 1.59
Kopech 4 (0) 0
Peralta 5 (3) 5.40
S.Barlow 1 (0) 0
Gallegos 3 (0) 0
Helsley 1.2 (0) 0
Holmes 3.1 (0) 0
Kennedy 3 (0) 0
S. Gray 4 (0) 0
Skubal 6 (2) 3.00
48.2 (7) 1.29

Grey
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Reply to  VinWins
2 months ago

It’s a shame all my hitters must’ve been going against my pitchers

VinWins
VinWins
2 months ago

I remember last year Laureano stole bases in April and hit home runs in May, and didn’t do much after that.

VinWins
VinWins
2 months ago

I believe it was actually Fred Garvin’s Original Recipe team that lead in Runs.

VinWins
VinWins
2 months ago

Oh, man. I slept through Monday!