I hope everyone had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend.  I was lucky enough to take in a game this weekend and see the Sawx take on my beloved Braves in Fenway Park.  The Braves lost, but I got to see Acuna live and in the tilde, Ozzie Albeast and my man-crush, Freddie Freeman.  Massachusetts native, Sean Newcomb started the game, so there were a lot of Braves support there for him. The camo unis underwhelmed this year, black on black camo just looks solid black from the stands but the olive drab green high socks were pretty sweet.  Anyway, we’re all recovered here at Razzball Commenter League HQ and ready to fill you in on all the goings on this week. We had a change at the number one spot for a second straight week, a certain prospector continued their dominance of the ‘Perts League and a couple of weekly records were broken.  More details and the rest of the week that was week 8 in the RCLs below:

‘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.

As mentioned in the open, Ralph continued to dominate in the ‘Parts League.  He’s got a 12 point lead over his closest competition (Son) with myself and Grey lurking a few points behind that.  Ralph is riding his middle infield duo of Albies and Didi for all they are worth. The recent HR binge by Just Dongs Martinez hasn’t hurt any either.  It’s really been a story of consistency vs. category dominance for Ralph as the only category he leads in right now is Saves (he’s also in a three way tie for the wins lead).  That’s potentially scary for the rest of us as it means he’s got points to be gained in a plethora of categories. Yikes.

Lance was the big winner this week, gaining 13 points thanks to leading the league in runs, HRs, ERA and WHIP.  Lance moved up 2 spots with the point gain and is now tied with Rudy for 5th. Nice work Lance.

Smokey was the biggest loser this week as he dropped 6 points despite leading the league in batting average.  He dropped one place to 7th.

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 Starfish & Coffee RCL 2018 (#23) 92.6 108 101 76.1
2 Stl Squat Cobblers ECFBL 2018 92.1 100.5 104 77.5
3 DHARMA Initiative RCL 2018 (#20) 92 106 99 79
4 The Road Warrior RCL 2018 (#6) 91.9 107 97 82.3
5 Some Salvy For My Knee Cougs R Us 91.4 97.5 106 76.4
6 Los Beisbolcats RCL 2018 (#37) 91.2 101.5 102 77.3
7 LauraHolt Razzball Writers League 89.9 104 100 75.6
8 OldNavy 3 RCL 2018 (#7) 88.8 105 96 78.8
9 Ralph Lifshitz ‘Perty Perts 88.3 101 102 72.4
10 Hawaiian Punks RCL 2018 (#71) 87.6 104.5 98 74.5

I reclaimed the top spot this week after losing out to DHARMA Initiative for a week.  DHARMA slipped to 3rd this week as STL Squat Cobblers used the high ECFBL LCI to boost themselves from 6th to 2nd.

The Road Warriors moved up one spot this week to 4th and Some Salvy For My Knee jumped back into the top 10 to 5th, from 12th last week.

Los Beisbolcats, LauraHolt, OldNavy 3 & Ralph Lifshitz each dropped a spot of two but remained in the top 10 for another week.

Rounding things out is Hawaiian Punks, who moved up from 31st last week and into the 10th spot.

TRADES

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

DATE LEAGUE DETAILS
5/21/2018 RCL #43
Team nick_durango traded Gio Gonzalez to The Padre’s Pirates for Justin Bour
5/25/2018 DFSers Anonymous
Vottoman Empire traded Zack Godley & Brad Hand to 50 feet of Crap for Felipe Vazquez
5/27/2018 RCL #3
Growling Bootlickers traded Chris Sale to WiHaloFan for Kris Bryant

Just a couple of trades that I found this week.  Gio for Bour seems like the equivalent of trading Pogs for Beanie Babies, usefulness is in the eye of the beholder.

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, Vottoman Empire is probably the most active owner in the trade market in the RCLs.  This one got scary this weekend with the Felipe Vazquez news. I’m not sure we’re out of the woods yet, but I’m sure Vottoman breathed a sigh of relief that it’s a “minor” injury.  James Andrews might have other thoughts in a week or so, but we’ll see.

Sale for Bryant seems pretty fair depending on needs.  In fact the Trade Analyzer has it $1.50 in favor of the Bryant side.

WEEKLY LEADERS

The best of the best from the week that was.

R – 68 – Wiener Wald (RCL 2018 (#8))

HR –22 – 3 Teams Tied

RBIs – 73 – Stickball Al (RCL 2018 (#46))

SB – 13 – Team GaryAce (RCL 2018 (#6))

AVG – .340 – Captain Longballs (RCL 2018 (#71))

K – 128 – Vin (DFSers Anonymous)

W – 9 – The KID (RCL 2018 (#50))

SV –  13 – Even The Losers Get Lucky Sometimes (RCL 2018 (#10))

ERA (Min. 40 IP) – 1.07 – 1992 City Champs (RCL 2018 (#73)) (in 50.1 IP)

WHIP (Min. 40 IP) – 0.665 – Lyons Den (RCL 2018 (#73)) (in 61.2 IP)

One week after Ralph grabbed the Saves lead, someone swoops in with 13 and steals it right back.  The Tom Petty fan had Edwin Diaz, Kenley Jansen, Shane Greene, Corey Knebel and Fernando Rodney all chip in saves this week.

Shout out to RCL #73 for putting two teams on the leaderboard with outstanding pitch performances.  The 0.665 WHIP is good for a new weekly record and neither team skimped in the innings pitched either.  These make my 3.20 ERA and 0.966 WHIP in 39.1 IP in RCL #73 seem very inadequate.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

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

Team: One Ping Only

League: RCL #3

Stats:   AVG: .283, R: 41, HR: 15, RBI: 58, SB: 4

IP: 114.2, ERA: 3.14, WHIP: 1.212, K: 106, W: 6, SV: 6

Summary: One Ping Only was one of the unlucky few to get autodrafted and fall victim to FanTrax’s love of all things pitchers.  Thanks to a few trades the first couple weeks of the season One Ping landed Anthony Rendon, Ian Desmond, Corey Dickerson and Blake Treinen so they weren’t totally up shizz creek without a paddle.  Tim Anderson and his 4 HRs and .333 average led the offensive charge while Frankie Montas, Chad Kuhl and Danny Duffy were great streaming picks on the pitching side. Corey Kluber did Corey Kluber things and it was a great week all around for One Ping Only.  Nicely done!

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  1. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Thanks for the update, Matt! Because I may never be this close again to breathing the same rarified air of you, Laura and Ralph, I’ve decided to out myself as Hawaiian Punks. Feels good to be in the top ten however fleeting. Didn’t realize how much work it took research wise to try and stay competitive. Neither did my wife! Anyway thanks again for all your hard work!

    • MattTruss

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      Nice! Nice week, jumping up 20+ spots. It can be a lot of work for sure. I told everyone in the preseason to kiss their families goodbye and tell them you’d see them in October! Haha, only half joking.

    • Laura Holt

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      @GrassyKnollRedding: Congrats on landing in the top 10! Tell your wife she shares in your accomplishment — a commitment this big takes its toll on the whole family, but hopefully the sweet taste of success is worth it ; )

  2. VinWins

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    Thanks for the report, Truss!

    Here is another trade:

    Tue May 22

    To Chippers Lovechild: Dozier, Brian + Robertson, David  

    To Big Blue: Smoak, Justin + Strickland, Hunter 

  3. Hater Bell

    Grey says:
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    Good stuff, Truss! I am so stuck in neutral in this league, struggling to get anything really going from week to week. I will now hide behind my Hater Bell avatar.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Hater Bell! I have a couple RCLs like that as well. Vlad Jr. will come save you soon, he’s the cure for neutral!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I hope so!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No! My face!

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:
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            Ahhhhh!

  4. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    May 27

    To summer dawgs: Story, Trevor 

    To Fighting Turks: Cabrera, Miguel

    I’ll try to remember to send you trades from my leagues in the future!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Nice! If you could forward them, that would be great! Rudy had been, but I’m not sure if he gets them all or what. The more help I have, the better the updates!

  5. jack florida says:
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    pending trade in my RCL league #51, money league

    franchy codero, flowers and rodney

    for

    kimbrell, blackman anf gary sanchez

    i joined these leagues to get away from nonsense like this, i find this extremely disappointing

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Yea…that’s pretty awful. It can be vetoed though, just takes 4 owners to object, so hopefully it gets shot down.

      • jack florida says:
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        @MattTruss: me too–i already voted against it

  6. One Ping Only says:
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    HOLY CRAP I AM THE TEAM OF THE WEEK.

    This made my season. Good research on my team. it has been a lot of work to fix that auto-draft.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Haha, awesome job man! Yea, those autodrafted teams are brutal, major props to whoever can turn one of those into a contender!

  7. Bombo Rivera says:
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    RCL #40:

    Prague Defenestrators deal Joe Musgrove

    Crusty Jugglers deal Mitch Moreland

    I got Moreland to replace Hanley and felt like I could give up the SP (I have Kluber, Cole, Berrios, Lester at the front of my rotation).

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

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