Dead balls, juiced balls, prime time balls, cold weather, hot weather, humidors, anti-humidors (humidifiers?), with all this wackiness, what is a fantasy baseballer to do?  Well, with any luck you took advantage of those dead balls / cold weather early on and got a nice jump baseline for your pitching ratios before Manfred plays mad scientist and realizes that more than just the Apple TV games need dingers.  Along that note, my RCL brother-in-arms, VinWins has compiled some lovely pitching stats for us.  This includes the team with the lowest team ERA in the RCLs to date, AllRice of RCL #42, who is rocking a 2.19 ERA.  How is that possible you ask?  Well, to start, they haven’t had one blow-up to date, check out these numbers:

Player Team GS IP W H BB K SV ERA WHIP
Corey Kluber TB 1 3 0 5 2 2 0 6 2.333
Jordan Montgomery NYY 8 40.1 0 37 8 32 0 3.35 1.116
Carlos Rodon SF 8 44.2 4 35 17 62 0 3.43 1.164
Joe Ryan MIN 8 43.1 5 29 14 42 0 2.28 0.992
David Bednar PIT 0 20.2 0 10 3 28 8 0.87 0.629
Josh Hader MIL 0 13.2 0 2 5 21 15 0 0.512
Ryan Helsley STL 0 6.1 2 1 2 9 1 0 0.474
Ryan Pressly HOU 0 9 1 9 2 7 6 3 1.222
Taylor Rogers SD 0 18.1 0 9 3 21 16 0.49 0.655
Logan Webb SF 2 11 2 11 5 8 0 4.09 1.455
Tony Gonsolin LAD 1 3 0 5 1 3 0 3 2
Chad Green NYY 0 1.2 0 2 1 2 0 0 1.8
Jordan Hicks STL 1 3.1 0 2 2 4 0 5.4 1.2
Clay Holmes NYY 0 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
George Kirby SEA 2 10 0 7 1 8 0 0.9 0.8
Hector Neris HOU 0 8.2 0 4 1 9 0 1.04 0.577
Hansel Robles BOS 0 2.2 0 4 0 1 0 3.38 1.5
Spencer Strider ATL 0 5 0 6 0 10 0 3.6 1.2
Justin Verlander HOU 7 45.2 5 22 9 41 0 1.38 0.679
Art Warren CIN 0 0.2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.5
TOTALS: 38 292.1 19 201 76 312 47 2.19 0.948

Outside of Corey Kluber, that’s some stellar stuff.  Just this week AllRice seemed to decide they don’t need to win ERA by a full point and they sent Verlander and Sheldon Neuse away for Kluber and Tim Anderson, a move I love for them.  Maybe Verlander stays acely all season long, but I’d much rather take my shot with Tim Anderson.  Rodon, Ryan, Montgomery, and Gonsolin will be plenty good enough along with quality streaming to keep this head start in ERA in contention.  For some comparisons between AllRice, Grey’s Perts League team (2.86 ERA), and the number one team in the Master Standings, MattTruss223 of DFSers Anonymous (2.54 ERA) you can check that out HERE.  Vin has tons of RCL data goodies on that site and it’s always fun to peruse.  Thanks, Vin!  Now, on to the rest of the week that was, week 6:

 

‘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.

For the first time in 4 weeks, Son and I didn’t trade spots at the top and the top four remained the same.  Coolwhip has some company in fourth though, as Cram It made the biggest gain of the week, grabbing eight points, bringing his total to 35.5 points gained since week two.  Crammy has worked himself up from 11th to 4th over that same period and is pushing for more.  Cram led the league in HRs (19), RBIs (50), and SBs (8).  

Going the other way this week was Malamoney, who lost 6 points and dropped three places from fifth to eighth.

 

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.

Does anyone ever catch Clark Olson?  It always feels like it takes so much to make any headway in the RazzSlam.  For example, the top ten this week is all the same teams as last week save for one, Brent Franey replaces Eric Samulski.  JKJ is still holding things down for TeamRazz and should he falter, Nate Marcum and Zach Nelson are ready to jump up to take his place as they sit in 11th and 14th after some big weeks.  Zach actually led all RazzSlam teams this week with a 732 point week.  Nate was number two on that list with a 719 point week.  Friend of the show, Heath Capps made the biggest jump in the standings this week though, doubling up and gaining 82 spots to move into 82nd overall thanks to a 703 point week.

 

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 110.6 105.5 104 110.1
2 DonkeyCorns RCL 2022 (#6) 109.9 113.5 96 112.6
3 MattTruss PERTS LEAGUE 108.2 105 102 108.7
4 Fat Fuckin’ Babies Cougs R Us 104.3 96.5 105 104.7
5 Chazz Jisholm RCL 2022 (#26) 104.1 98 105 102.8
6 stechsjj RCL 2022 (#35) 102.7 100 101 104.7
7 Son PERTS LEAGUE 102.3 100 102 102.1
8 natemarcum RCL 2022 (#27) 102.2 106 98 101.5
9 Coolwhip Writers League 101.2 102 100 100.5
10 Longballers RCL 2022 (#17) 101.1 94 106 99.1

I held onto the top spot for another week as my DFSers squad regained its form and my ‘Perts League team slipped to third.  DonkeyCorns jumped in to fill the two hole.

FFB is making a charge up the Master Standings and if history tells me anything, babies in the rearview mirror are closer than they appear.  FFB jumps into the top ten, up from 13th last week.  Chazz Jisholm also slides into the top ten this week, jumping from 11th to fifth.

Stechsjj moves up three places to sixth this week and Son moves up one spot to seventh, displacing Nate Marcum (remember him?) down a spot to eighth.

Coolwhip and Longballers each take a tumble this week to round out our top ten with Whip falling from fifth to ninth and Longballers tumbling from third to tenth.

 

TRADES

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

DATE LEAGUE DETAILS
5/16/2022 NOTLZ
DonSlaughtOnslaught traded Aroldis Chapman & Dylan Floro to Grand Theft Votto for Aaron Nola
5/16/2022 RCL #11
Pure Guava traded Brandon Drury & Dany Jimenez to These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty for Spencer Torkelson & Paul Blackburn
5/16/2022 RCL #8
Sugar Vladdy traded Eric Hosmer to Irish007 for Myles Straw
5/17/2022 RCL #42
The Donn Clendenons traded Corey Kluber & Tim Anderson to AllRice for Justin Verlander & Sheldon Neuse
5/18/2022 RCL #40
Green Monster Mashers traded Anthony Rendon to shoheiyasmani for Andrew Vaughn
5/20/2022 RCL #17
Hoboknives traded Andrew Kittredge to TT Is The Way for Jorge Mateo
5/20/2022 RCL #30
Auto-22 traded Alex Verdugo to Scoboticus 3 for Emilio Pagan
5/21/2022 RCL #34
tberkman traded Dylan Cease to FakeTeams824 for Nick Castellanos
5/21/2022 RCL #41
edg88 traded Max Muncy to kelion for Ryan Pressly

It was another busy week of trading after a lull last week.  Nine swaps were made and I already sang AllRice’s praises in the intro.  Besides that, there’s nothing too notable here.  I always loathe trading for closers and with injuries to Chapman and Kittredge, those deals could look bad in a hurry.  I would also avoid Emilio Pagan like gas station sushi.  Those metrics are not good my friends, not good at all.  Or, maybe I’m just a biased Jhoan Duran truther.

 

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 65 – razzkai (RCL 2022 (#23)) & MediOAKer Matt (RCL 2022 (#26))

HR –23 – razzkai (RCL 2022 (#23))

RBIs – 64 – Fred Garvin MP (Cougs R Us)

SB – 13 – Stumble Drunks (RCL 2022 (#16))

AVG – .347 – Austin-Knight (RCL 2022 (#15))

K – 85 – oldrock (RCL 2022 (#19)) & Scoboticus 2 (RCL 2022 (#17))

W – 8 – 6 Teams Tied

SV –  12 – Jolt In Flow (Frequent Commenters League)

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 1.02 – Seiyantists (RCL 2022 (#10)) (in 44.1 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.701 – kelion (RCL 2022 (#41)) (in 51.1 IP)

A new weekly record was set in Saves for this season with 12 by Jolt In Flow.

 

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

Team: razzkai

League: RCL 2022 (#23)

Stats:   AVG: .276, R: 65, HR: 23, RBI: 56, SB: 4

IP: 52.1, ERA: 2.41, WHIP: 1.108, K: 62, W: 5, SV: 4

Summary: Leading the RCLs in Runs and HRs is a good way to set yourself up for TOW honors.  Razzkai managed that along with some mint ratios, a little SAGNOF love, and a very nice K/9.  Anyone want to take a guess what player paced the offense for razzkai this week?  It rhymes with Clever Glory.  10 Runs, 6 Dingers, 14 RBIs and 2 steals.  Way to get all your stats in one week, Trevor.  The pitching side was a total team effort with seven different starters getting a start with only Charlie Morton really laying an egg, and he even still got a win because baseball stats make no sense and wins are a social construct and quality starts aren’t any better and why haven’t we come up with something better…Anyway, nice week razzkai!  The great week shot razzkai up from 257th to 102nd in the overall and from fifth to third in RCL #23.

Want to be Matt’s Twitter pal?  That’s kinda creepy, but you can follow him here: @MattTruss

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VinWins
VinWins
1 month ago

Tight at the top of the FCL

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Cram It
Cram It
1 month ago

I gotta say, without naming names, I’m a little disappointed with the managers at the bottom. Did they mail it in after the draft? There are 2 guys who haven’t even made a roster move. I’m not complaining, but c’mon people! This is the ‘Perts league, act like it, would ya? :)

Joed1414
Joed1414
Reply to  MattTruss
1 month ago

Can I get in the perts league next year? I’m beating CW and Holt and everyone else in their leagues. I promise to play hard

Last edited 1 month ago by Joed1414
Joed1414
Joed1414
Reply to  MattTruss
1 month ago

Losing Scherzer hurts you. Coming for that top spot in the master standings.

Joed1414
Joed1414
Reply to  MattTruss
1 month ago

Must have been someone else’s team and I thought it was yours. I need steals too but doesn’t everyone?

VinWins
VinWins
1 month ago

I now have League Stats through May 24. The strength index is not the official RCL LEAGUE COMPETITIVE INDEX.

VinWins
VinWins
1 month ago

As of this update, my ERA in RCL 44 was 3.57. After Bassitt, Kirby, and Mahle gave up 20 runs in 13 and a third yesterday, it is now 3.95.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
1 month ago

I’m coming for you Clark!

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
1 month ago

Hi Matt,

Thanks for the shout out and, more importantly, all the work you do for these RCLs!

Alas, I have to confess that my team’s not quite as good as you make it out. I think the stats (weekly totals in R, HR) you mention above are correct but not the climb in Master Standings. Being utterly un-clever, I named all three of my RCL teams “razzkai.” My Master Standing for razzkai (RCL #23) actually fell to #102. It’s the “razzkai” currently at the top of RCL #43 that has Master Standing #39.

I’m still proud of razzkai (RCL #23) as that team was dead last just a few weeks ago and now within 5 league points of the top. Shout out to Drunc Ork and Parsec who have controlled the top of RCL #23 for much of this early season (and my rival from last season, VREDS22, who somehow ended up in the same RCL as me this season)

FYI, the “razzkai” you had mentioned in your first RCL write up for this season (for highest R total) is for RCL #23, where I’m currently getting beat by Coolwhip …

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
Reply to  MattTruss
1 month ago

My fault, I’ll strive to be a bit more clever (or at least data analytics friendly) in team name next season. Congrats on your continued dominance of the RCLs, overall! But we’re *all* coming to get you …

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  MattTruss
1 month ago

I live to correct others!!!

Joed1414
Joed1414
Reply to  Uncle Razzkai
1 month ago

And me. Don’t forget about me Razz. In 21 you me and CW hve quite the dogfight going on.

Last edited 1 month ago by Joed1414