Wow, what an amazing opening day. I thought I fell asleep in my DeLorean and went back to the juiced up era. And by juiced up I mean the players and/or ball. Am I the only one (I know I’m not) who thinks that blaming the players bad habits was just a smokescreen for the other culprits in the heist of our game? It was also the owners and their puppet Mr. Selig, the GM’s and the players association. Now don’t get me wrong, the players were dirty and deserve everything, they are getting but why not the rest of the guilty? Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox, I got laundry to do. If you didn’t get a dong on opening day this year, then your team is terrible and you will lose. I kidd, I kidd. This feels like when I was growing up and if you were the last one to get garbage pail kids cards or acid washed jeans, then you were lame. This week there are no master standings since the season is only two days old, so just assume you are tied for first and sleep well til next week.

VIN WINS! RCL DATA – when it’s available I will be sharing the great work done by our resident RCL numbers man: The Vindog. Below is an update of what Jay posted back on March 24th.

This is a breakdown of how many starting pitchers were being drafted in each round on average. I can be fairly certain that Clayton Kershaw is the one pitcher going in the first round. I can assume that Felix Hernandez is the 0.3, except in JayWrong’s league where I’m thinking he took James Shields. As Vin pointed out in his Champions League post, that group only selected 55 starting pitchers. The next lowest was the ECFBL at 61 starters, and third at 67 was Night of the Living Zombinos hosted by the Beastman. My league, the FCL, had two auto drafters and we ended up at 73 (BOOOOOOO!!!) as I’m sure we would of been in the mid 60’s otherwise. I’m pointing this out because I’m fairly confident all these leagues will have a high index by the end of the year. If you want to have RCL success, you need to stream SP’s, RP’s, and lots of batty calls. All these leagues are drafting themselves right into this successful strategy. Good luck to all of you in your FBB insanity.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1.3 1.9 3.1 3.2 3.3 2.9 3.8 3.7 3.1 3.0 3.2 2.7 3.0
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 T
3.1 3.7 3.5 3.6 3.4 3.4 4.0 3.5 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.4 81.2

Below is a follow up tracking the ADP of select starting pitchers. The biggest jump is Matt Harvey who went up from 73 to 66.1. And who says spring doesn’t matter.

Adam Wainwright Corey Kluber Matt Harvey Jose Fernandez Aaron Sanchez
84.8 36.7 66.1 192.3 232.2

And for the hitters update, it stayed pretty much the same except the slight rise for Mookie Betts and the total nose dive for Yasmany Tomas, which I heard translates to Toomany Tacos.

Nolan Arenado Albert Pujols Kolten Wong Matt Holliday Wil Myers Yasmany Tomas Mookie Betts
31.7 37.9 69.4 92.6 128 178.2 81.7

 

RCL ‘Perts

The ‘Perts league is Grey and Rudy’s annual Friends and Family league. Or as I like to call it “the people that don’t mind Grey’s cackle and his in your face criticism of their work” league. I’ll be honest, I had to look up what a pert was, because at first I thought it was a perp league, which makes me a perfect candidate for it since I had a felony arrest and a handful of questionable life decisions before I ended up here. After correcting my error, I looked up Pert and found a lot of definitions. It can mean attractively lively or cheeky, jaunty or if I went with the  British definition it can mean saucy, impudent, or forward. Cheeky? Saucy? Jaunty? There’s got to be a portmanteau in there. Either way it sounds like us. Along with Grey and Rudy, the league consists of Sky, Jay, JB, Mike, Tehol, Dalton Del Don from Yahoo, Tim McLeod from RotoRob, Mike Gianella from Baseball Prospectus, Ryan Carey from Mastersball and your RCL host, myself, Mr. J-FOH.

The Friends

Mike Gianella – I liked his selection of Charlie Blackmon at 80 because he sniped me, and the massive value he got when he took Steven Souza at 233 and Daniel Murphy at 272. His picks of Jered Weaver at 248 and Doug Fister at 176 feels very unrazzish.

Dalton Del DonFreddie Freeman at 42 feels about as right as handing the ball to Kyle Lohse on opening day. Taking Dustin Pedroia at 90, Jimmy Rollins at 138, Melky Cabrera at 175, and Jake Odorizzi at 258 all get my thumbs up. I hope but not really because I’m playing against him that his reach for Mookie Betts at 55 works out for him but not really.

Tim McLeod – Opening the draft with Anthony Rizzo, Yasiel Puig and David Price is all kinds of sexy. Don’t quite get the Devin Mesoraco pick after having Buster Posey, my best guess is he got bounced out of the room and auto drafted. I don’t like Martin Prado at 3rd but like the rest of his team a lot.

Ryan Carey – Besides taking Rusney Castillo at 135 and his last three picks, Justin Verlander, Javier Baez and Rafael Soriano I really like his team a lot. Hopefully Boston just makes up its mind and calls Rusney back up, or should I say pulls its head out if its a** and calls him up. Well done Ryan.

The Family

Grey – What, you thought I as going to criticize the boss? Okay maybe a little. I hate Chris Archer at 123 after he had taken two good SP’s in Gerrit Cole and Carlos Carrasco. He sniped me on Wil Myers at 147, Tyler Clippard at 190, and James Paxton at 195. Bobby Parnell at 267 and Devon Travis at 262 really gets me all green with envy. Still not sure who his closers are. SAGNOF!

Rudy – I love Rudy’s team. He has a nice balanced core and two aces. This is a team primed to be a batty call/ streamers paradise. His holes are all at prime batty call positions (all three MI’s and catcher) and with Cobb on DL can run all the MR’s he wants out there.

Sky – Snipey McSniper Skysquatch Supreme! I don’t even want to list all the snipes he did to me because I still have scabs on my knuckles from punching walls while drafting next to him. I hate you Sky. You drafted Tyson Ross, who I hate this year, and I’m glad Jon Lester got rocked on Opening Night. Moving on…

Jay – The other bookend around me. Not sure how I feel about Joey Votto at 53 then I see he takes Mark Trumbo with his next pick and it strangely makes me feel better about it. He took lots of players I didn’t want and R.A. Dickey at 220 who I think no one wanted. Ha ha Jay loves the Dickey! Actually I do really like value he got with Adam LaRoche at 141 and Rougned Odor at 172.

Tehol – He has some players I like, just not at the price he paid for them. Kris Bryant at 49 and Manny Machado at 72 come to mind. His Yordano Ventura at 144 hurts my brain. On the other hand, he got Christian Yelich at 73, Mike Napoli at 241, and Mike Trout at 1. All likes.

JB – He took three middle infielders, three starting pitchers, a catcher and Matt Holiday in his first 8 picks. I’m still scratching my head over the Zig of all Zigs. Love ya’ JB!

Mike – Another one of the draft day snipers for me. Jorge Soler at 50, J.D. Martinez at 98 and Ken Giles at 191. *shakes fist* A real well balanced team Mike with strong pitching and a nice pen. Damn I find it hard to ever say a bad thing about you.

Me – I went all reachy with George Springer at 20 and paid no mind to Corey Dickerson on the board as I doubled myself up with Ryan Braun at 29 (I own him in another competitive league as I prefer to spread my risk with the top guys around all my leagues). Post draft I was pretty meh on my team. It was the toughest room I have ever been in. The first half of my draft was pretty terrible but I think I bounced back from it with Garrett Richards at 125, Brett Gardner at 140, Michael Pineda at 173, Hyun-Jin Ryu at 188, Steve Pearce at 212, Alex Rios at 221, and Jhonny Peralta at 245. The pick I am still pissed at myself for was when I panicked picked Gregory Polanco. I had got triple sniped when Wacha, J.D., and deGrom all got taken right before my spot and the blaring horns in my face got me all flustered. Three straight haymakers will do that to you. I should of taken Brandon Moss! Either way I was just honored (thank you Grey) to be here and look forward to placing ahead of any of these competitors, most importantly Grey and Rudy.

 

 

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  1. Tehol Beddict says:
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    My ultimate goal is to occupy spots 1-5 in the final standings. It’s doable this year.

    #kudos on the write up. Besos

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: thanks and not if I have anything to say or do about it. I’m coming for you like a Japanese businessman comes at a brothel…fast and hard

      • Happy Vegans says:
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        @J-FOH: Let’s hear it for Love Hotels! YAY!!!

  2. greg says:
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    Travis at 2B or Jed Lowrie?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @greg: Travis

  3. Tehol Beddict says:
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    everyone hates Ventura!!! i thought he was done yesterday only a thumb cramp he good to go. he cruised through solid lineup. not sure where the ks where but I’m confused why nobody likes him. Tell me, JFoh, and if you can sway me, I’ll shave my beard.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: The high strand rate and the almost doubling of the walk rate in the second half are not good. The K rate (7.82) to Walk rate (3.39) needs massive improvement to make him more than a streamer in the RCL format. Granted he throws crazy hard and can definitely be more because he has the tools, just think he needs to work through some things t take that leap. I think in 2016 or 2017 he’ll be better.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Yordano is a god! Dude has a filthy curve with sink action, mixed with a triple digit heater. I don’t understand why nobody likes him? I want dude on every one of my squads!
      Oh and you’re not winning our league. So stop that “I’m finishing 1-5”

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Bye Felicia: He has all the skills its just keeping the control together.

  4. Sky

    Sky says:
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    I creeped a peep at your writeup last night so I can actually say I read this and mean it this time (well, most of it; went cliff’s notes on it).

    Chris Davis was a reach by me and I knew it. I actually wanted to get a pitcher in the 4th but my ace in the hole Kluber didn’t fall to me so I said ‘eff it’ and went with Crush. We’ll see how it plays out for me.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: I tried writing a critique of your draft and it turned into an explative laden jealousy filled poem of how much I hate you. So I went the nice route instead, if you call that nice by me.

      Me too, I was going to take one and they were gone, so I took old reliable Gonzo. I should of grabbed an arm in the 3rd (Harvey) but instead went all offense

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Yeah, the arms I wanted/liked for this year went too early for my tastes. RCL, I’m not touching certain pitchers that early unless the deal is amazing.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: I wanted Harvey on one team and Dickerson, funny I could of sworn got drafted before i took Braun. I need to stop drinking and drafting

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Don’t you ever say such a thing to me again.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: sorry. I know how important alcoholism is to you

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                I take the pursuit of liver disease very seriously.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: oh and did you click on my acid wash jeans link. It felt like a you pic and by you I mean one you would post

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                I did now. I would’ve wanted nerdier looking kids for full effect.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Sky: I think they were Euros, which is impossible to look nerdy

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Good friend of mine is from Norway. This is factually inaccurate.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: my whole perception is shaped by euro porn

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      that explains a lot…actually explains way too much.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      there is nothing like a story line in a language I dont understand

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      ‘What smells like Surströmming in here?’

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      thats the bus full of cheerleaders

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      that better be post-coitus…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      post coitus sounds like a something you…oh never mind

  5. mauledbypandas says:
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    I need to go get a jumbo bottle of TUMS to prepare for the number of streamers I am going to have this year. Agita agita agita

    • J-FOH says:
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      @mauledbypandas: I prefer Pepcid complete its the best all around and keeps you in check for a good 12 plus hours. I also don’t recommend any Italian food on streamer days unless its a cream based sauce.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: Looks like that is going to be a tough league. A lot of well constructed teams but injuries will shake things up. As far as streaming goes… it’s so frustrating, but you cannot argue with how effective it is. You really do need to have those ratio helping bullpen guys though. It’s a cumulative effect. That and the cornerback mindset. Forgive and forget!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @mauledbypandas: Im stuck with a few bullpen arms right now as i wait to see how things shake out. Thats the crap that kills me

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @J-FOH: Yeah, I think I did a bit too much speculating on injured guys this year. Had to lose Tomas in a few leagues but with the way ARI likes to mess with their lineup I just cant count on the guy coming back and accumulating 400+ AB(maybe that is even a stretch)

            I love bullpen arms but it is a hassle. It’s always nice to have a few free slots to stream hitters/starters with

            • J-FOH says:
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              @mauledbypandas: holding Logan waiting for his chance in Colorado and Tazawa is driving me nuts

  6. royce! says:
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    Hey JFOH- what’s the name of that Mexican place with the great beans in Pomona area? I’ll be up there tomorrow night.

      • royce! says:
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        @J-FOH: I’m driving up with at least one other person and another car full (and at least 3 people are coming from LA to meet us) so it could be a logistical nightmare, but if we’re able to make it up there early enough and can figure it out, we should get some beans and/or a beer and/or tattoos of beans and beers…like this?: http://www.kegworks.com/images/blogpost/beer-tattoos/beer-tattoo-2.jpg

        • J-FOH says:
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          @royce!: a tall can planted on a hill of beans feels right. Hit me up, I live 10 minutes from downtown P town.

          • royce! says:
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            @J-FOH: Cool, I’ll keep you informed of our ETA etc

            • J-FOH says:
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              @royce!: I’ll try to find a good watering hole for you all to pre party. My good buddy lives in a loft in downtown there

              • royce! says:
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                @J-FOH: Looks to me like there are some decent options around the Glass House. And those tacos look dope

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @royce!: the al pastor is crazy good. be mindful if you dont like guac on your tacos (I don’t) or tell them to put it on the side

  7. de nachos says:
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    People hit homers yesterday? Tulo Gomez Alvarez Springer Seager no get memo.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: Yeah they suck and should be dropped.

  8. So you drafted Ryan Braun and retain the temerity to criticize other drafts? Impressive!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Elijah: I think he’s a high risk high reward guy I was willing to gamble on in the 3rd. I don’t always agree with Grey but when I do I prefer dos equis

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOH: haha…I liked Toomany Tacos!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Wake Up: I saw that wobble in person and knew he was not right for me

      • @J-FOH:

        Has nothing to do with what Grey thinks, the guy’s body is falling to pieces…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Elijah: and until yesterday we didn’t know that. The thumb hurt him last year and he still put up a 19/11 with issues. Im just saying I viewed him as high risk high reward. I also own Jay Bruce in a few places too.

          • @J-FOH:

            I have Bruce myself on a team so I like him too…but I didn’t have to take him r3.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Elijah: I would hope you wouldn’t.

  9. Nick says:
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    i drafted Yasmani to backup Carpenter at 3B,,,
    Now in AAA, would you hold or pick ,,, (keeper league)
    Moustakas, Castellanos, ARod, Alvarez ? Semien, Plouffe, Jace Pit (3B in Y!)

    i also have Sano waiting to be unleashed
    Nick

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Nick: I’d hold for a few weeks

  10. Gareth says:
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    There was only one autodrafter in our RCL draft the other night. Here is his pitching staff:

    Kershaw
    Felix
    Bumgarner
    Cueto
    Sale
    Teheran
    Wainwright
    Kennedy
    Jose Fernandez
    Dickey

    Razzball special right there. Don’t draft SP’S early – except on Auto-pilot.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Gareth: he can make your life miserable

      • Gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: How?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Gareth: killing the pitching stats and making trades

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