No, I’m not going to link Doors songs or talk about how I wonder if when they started the motion picture company, they didn’t think they would last as long as they did. I’m also not going to talk about RCL strategy or how awesome Sky is when dealing with the general public. [Jay’s Note: The interesting part is that we’ve had contributors to go on and write at FanGraphs while FanGraphs has had contributors go on and write for us…] Instead I will use Charles Bradley’s (he is sorta new-ish but sounds like he recorded this 45 years ago in the 20th century) song titles to write the rest of this opener. This is strictly reserved for you, the RCL players who support all that is this, the Update. We’ve had our heartaches and pain this year and if you think you got the gold then you better check yourself for we have no time for dreaming. I’ll slip away now for this world is yours…and because no razzball contributer will be winning the whole effing thing.

Note: Want to expand your RCL prowess? Our Fantasy Football Commenter Leagues are now open, and we have some really sweet prizes for you this season…

 

CATEGORY LEADERS: WEEK 19

 CAT.  TOTALS TEAM LEAGUE
RUNS 62 G and J British Columbia
HR 27 Team Sullivan Johhny’s Bench
RBI 74 kumamoto expungers The Captains of Outer Space
SB 15 Team Harrahy, Phosporescent Ne’er Do Wells Razzball Riverboat, Razzball Snipers
AVE .401 Flying Mile High In The Danger Zone
K 100 Semien Sale Take on Jay #3
WINS 10 Semien Sale, My Mustache Has A Mustache Take on Jay #3, Lester’s RCL #2
SAVES 12 Hilda Rocks, Dr Freeze Signd Scalpel, Kung Pao Panda, Purple Mays Haze Freebird, Hamiltons Dandruff,Take on Jay #7, Zitos Meatballs
ERA* 0.56 Burchard Black Sox The Filthy Spawn of Beddict
WHIP* 0.57 Heartless Baastards JB’s RCL

The big winner is our first team to hit above .400 this year. Congratulations Flying Mile High, you haven’t been playing at all this year. I looked at this team and they still have Waino, Porcello, Mesoroco, and Morneau in the line-up and thats not even all their DL’d players. As usual I tip my cap to all of you regardless if you are playing or not. You made the list!

 

RCL TOP 20: WEEK 20

This is the best around!… For the season… so far. Do you want to be Daniel Larusso? Then you got to beat all the Cobra Kai’s and win the All Valleys RCL Championship. Word around the office is that the grand prize is Sky jumping out of a cake in your living room and doing a strip tease to the the tune of Moment of Truth by Survivor. The table below contains the rank, team name, league name, RCL points, League Index and League Points.

Rank Team League RCL Points League Index League Points
1  Unpainted Arizona  HA!  113.90  103  108.5
2  Backdoor Sliders  Razzball Champion’s League  112.29  107  93.5
3  Cram It  FCL  112.16  109  91
4  Soler Powered  Two Out Rally  110.68  101  108
5  My Mustache Has A Mustache  Lester’s RCL #2  110.41  102  106
6  Astros to Mouth  Spiders and Snakes  109.70  100  110.5
7  Wake Up  FCL  109.07  109  88
8  RA the Rugged D ickeys  King Ralph’s Emporium  108.37  102  105
9  John Boccabellas  The Downward Spiral  107.94  103  99.5
10  Backdoor Sliders  Night of the Living Zombinos  106.69  104  100.5
11  Pittsburgh Lumber Company  Night of the Living Zombinos  105.85  104  96.5
12  Jersey Moose  Walking On Sunshine  105.18  103  101.5
13  Beast Coast  SchmidtHeads  105.13  102  102
14  Money Ballers  JB’s RCL  104.95  102  103
15  Sporkcroft !  FCL  103.66  109  81.5
16  Big Magoo  Take on Magoo  103.49  101  102
17  Tony’s 5.5 Hole  Take on Jay #1  103.31  102  102
18  Last Vegas  Razzball Soccer Sympathizers  103.24  102  99.5
19  AK FortySevens  Night of the Living Zombinos  103.08  104  95.5
20  Hardy Bombs  Lester’s RCL #3  101.64  102  99.5

 

Razzball Commenter Leagues 2015 MASTER STANDINGS

  • The big change this week is the FCL’s Cram It cracking the top-three. Razzball’s frequent commenting catcher question hating Tampa Bay fantasy lovin’ Mets fan is on the cusp of sliding into second just 0.13 behind the backdoor. I want to take a moment to commend this guy, he got his a** handed to him last year in the FCL and has turned it around this year in a major way. Well done fellow hater.
  • Nick the Dicks reign in the top five ends this week as his Dickeys are sliding down to 8th. Money Ballers and Hardy Bombers also took a big dive dropping 8 and 10 spots respectively.
  • If memory serves me well, it usually doesn’t, I think this is the second time we have had an owner of two teams in the top 10. Backdoor sliders is crushing it this year. You need to come into the comments and chat us up.
  • To give you an idea of how close this race is just look at the difference between 10th and 19th. 3.61 points is a sliver in here. Hey look! I’m in 15th!

 

Making Trades and Taking Names

The trade dead line has come and gone and now all we have left is criticisms… and the waiver wire. 15 trades went down the final week with some notable big pitcher for hitter deals. Greinke got swapped for Abreu in Cougs R us and Dozier got moved for Arrieta in Jay’s Family and Friends. The last trade of the year went down in Tehol’s league where Osuna was swapped out for Morales. Speaking of Morales, did any of you know he is 4th in RBI’s on the year? Before I wrap this up I have one question for Cougs R Us, why was the Robertson for Iwakuma deal vetoed?

 

TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK

Team League H AB Ave R HR RBI SB
G and J British Columbia 96 325 .295 62 24 62 8
Astros to Mouth Spiders and Snakes 95 321 .296 59 20 64 11
Team Sullivan Johhny’s Bench 84 280 .300 47 27 65 7
Hawt Corner CharlieHustlers 100 297 .337 52 18 59 9
kumamoto expungers The Captains of Outer Space 94 309 .304 46 17 74 12
Beast Coast SchmidtHeads 90 286 .315 58 21 52 9
Yo Ann Monk Otter Razzball Casuals League 93 277 .336 47 15 65 8
Crimson Fratellis Take on Jay #5 89 296 .301 59 23 61 2
Adderall Admirals Beddict’s Chosen Disciples 92 289 .318 56 17 55 7
Nude Intruders Dan Carlin’s Hardcore Fistery 84 309 .272 50 22 60 10
Wile Coyote II Dr. Bosch’s Anti-Agers 91 273 .333 54 14 40 13
Jets Dynasty Early Birds 96 314 .306 56 20 48 8
PDX Skillets BATTAMANIA! 90 283 .318 55 15 51 10
PrecautionaryX Rays The Captains of Outer Space 85 283 .300 56 18 55 8
Schu Crew Pretty Hate Machine 109 317 .344 55 16 53 3
Have A Cigar Manitoba 77 281 .274 48 22 59 9
My Mustache Has A Mustache Lester’s RCL #2 90 282 .319 50 16 43 12
Mc GLOVIN Two Out Rally 89 256 .348 51 17 48 4
Team Elorza Blues Odyssey 85 306 .278 59 22 60 4
The Slumpbusters Freebird 82 270 .304 50 15 56 11

 

TOP PITCHING PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK

Team League IP ER ERA K BB HA W WHIP Saves
Marmot Marauders Take on Magoo 73 5 0.62 76 9 43 7 0.71 4
Truth Hurts Hunter’s Hitters 78.2 11 1.26 78 13 54 8 0.85 3
Heartless Baastards JB’s RCL 60 6 0.90 78 8 26 4 0.57 6
BallBag GreyHairs The Lords of Sarcasm 72.1 10 1.24 73 16 47 6 0.87 3
Team Bob King Ralph’s Emporium 87.2 17 1.75 96 15 62 9 0.88 3
Pohl Dancers Razzball DC 57.2 5 0.78 70 12 38 6 0.87 3
Team Longfellow Take on Jay #7 67 9 1.21 70 9 47 7 0.84 2
Burchard Black Sox The Filthy Spawn of Beddict 48.1 3 0.56 54 2 27 5 0.60 2
Sammy and his Bleached Skin Slamming Sammys 59.1 7 1.06 70 8 36 6 0.74 0
Hold My Beer I Got This Muscle Car Fanatics 76.1 14 1.65 87 16 46 6 0.81 2
Yukon Cornelius Jawns 63 9 1.29 65 9 35 6 0.70 1
Atlanta TBD Take on Jay #6 58 7 1.09 68 10 39 6 0.84 3
Los Pandas FCL 89.1 18 1.81 84 20 65 8 0.95 0
The Wounded Werders Damaged Goods 72 14 1.75 68 16 52 7 0.94 9
Soler Powered Two Out Rally 67.2 12 1.60 69 18 35 5 0.78 4
Wiffle Baller Take on Jay #4 66 11 1.50 75 16 50 6 1.00 6
60 Grade Fantasy Baller Slamming Sammys 57.1 7 1.10 55 10 46 5 0.98 5
Nude Intruders Eff fWAR 74.2 14 1.69 73 25 50 6 1.00 5
Team J Dan Carlin’s Hardcore Fistery 66 11 1.50 65 14 43 6 0.86 2
I. Bulldogs Jay’s Family and Friends 67.2 12 1.60 62 13 43 4 0.83 5

 

 

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  1. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Ralph’s leagues have the best players just saying…..

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: They have the ruggedest dickeys

      • J-FOH says:
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        @nick the dick: without you Ralph’s league has not so much

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @J-FOH: Only writer with two leagemates in the top 20 no?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: I have three in the top 15 including me

  2. Grey

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    Haha, I hadn’t seen Sky defending his piercings prior to now… That was what he was defending, right?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Grey: I have a feeling a gif is coming to explain this

  3. Cram It says:
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    Thanks guy, I’ll take the compliment and run. I’ll be at Camden watching the Metsies the next two nights…hoping DeGrom breaks Crush’s kneecap.

    And keep an eye on Tim Beckam if he starts seeing PT!

    • Grey

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      Don’t say that about Crush, thank you

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: I’m bringing my Chris Davis voodoo doll with me. So you better ramp up your prayer octagon efforts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re vying for a whole lot of wrath from Bill James

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: James dont play like that

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No, he does not

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Don’t worry about Crush’s Voodoo doll. We got JOBU!

                • Grey

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                  Damn right!

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Teddy Heater: Hey we know what pitch JOBU can’t hit!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Cram It: get out Chris’s hat for bat

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I think Bill James joined Scientology.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Cram It: thats no joke where Grey lives

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cram It: are you inviting other razzballaz to the game?

      • Cram It says:
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        @J-FOH: I don’t know any Razzballahs in Bawlmer except, Nico, I think.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Cram It: Jay lives near DC. Maybe MP will come down and you two can drink and fight

  4. Clint says:
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    So, I heard Grey & Jay talking about whether schedule down the stretch matters or not in fantasy baseball and while I agree in roto that’s true, would you say the same thing about h2h formats? The ESPN guys have been alluding to taking advantage of all the NL East matchups during playoff weeks somehow and I was wondering if you guys agree and if so, are there any bats or arms in particular you see that could be good pickups for those weeks?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Clint: I disagree in roto, it doesnt matter, In H2H it totally matters and go look at Colorado’s for proof of that. I would utilize hitter tron but hold off on estimating when pitchers will pitch until the september call ups get here and how that will impact certain teams

  5. Teddy Heater says:
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    J-foh, who do like for DFS out of these 3 bargins?

    1. Alvarez v Anderson
    2. Paulsen v Zim
    3. Bour @ Cravy

    Great creeper call on Dietrich, I scooped him and Beltran up for the week!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Teddy Heater: thanks for the props. I like Alvarez because he does em in bunches and Anderson has been prone to the dong. He has decent groundball rate but flyball and HR/FB is meh. I say the hot hand. Assuming Pedro will cost a lot more, I would use Bour for tourney play or if you want to go budget 1B

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @J-FOH: @J-FOH: Thanks Buddee!! Alvarez is actually only $3,300, Paulsen $3,500, Bour is $3,100 I’m rocking to lineups for the Tyes 300k;

        Kershaw @ Oak
        Richards v CHW
        Suzuki
        Alvarez
        Giavotella
        Beltre
        Asdrubal
        Hicks
        C Robinson
        Sizemore (I can go with Markakis here but Bour has to go to 1b thoughts, Markakis has good #’s vs Shields 23/74 .311 Shields giving up .284 & 17 HR to lefties, not that I’m looking for Markakis to drop bombs, but I’ll take a few dubs )

        Dickey @ Phi
        Gausman v NYM
        McCann
        Agon
        Dozier
        Nado
        Desmond
        Betts
        Bruce
        Harper

        • Teddy Heater says:
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          @Teddy Heater: I Like the new writer Avatar!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Teddy Heater: Grey snapped that pic while I was flipping him the bird

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          @Teddy Heater: You are taking some big chances with that second line-up, like the first a little better. Like Markakis.

          On pitching side I’m intrigued by Wisler and Iglesias for high risk/ high reward play

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            @J-FOH: I liked Iglesias too, but KC lowest K’s vs RHP and playing in Cincy?? I wasn’t too big on Wisler, but SD K’s vs RHP is #2 and they are hitting .236 at home I like it! I’m actually going to swap him out who you feeling between Gausman & Dickey?

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              @Teddy Heater: I streamed Gaus today for the upside, the Mets are so Jeckyl and Hyde. The biggest issue I have with gaus is deGrom could end up killing any chance at a win.

              Iglesias was a total shot in the dark call, I saw the numbers but he’s got that kinda stuff that could kill KC, and being its an NL park they lose the DH so Morales will probably sit. I should look before saying that but I know you are up on your stuff.

  6. royce! says:
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    Out of 4 leagues, the only one in which I am not in 1st (or, in Original Recipe, back and forth between 1st and 2d) is our league, which seems to confirm that drafting all old guys is not a viable strategy. Oh well, it was worth a try.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @royce!: it was a failed experiment. I have barely been in there since about May 1st. I popped in the other day and Im still doing well.

      How’s the new baby?

      • royce! says:
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        @J-FOH: He’s good, pretty chill lil dude. Though I’m operating on very little sleep so my analysis may be faulty.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @royce!: it’s okay, we keep you around for timely humor and hipster perspectives

  7. The Big Yabu says:
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    Backdoor Sliders here — I appreciate the shout-out!
    The 2nd-place team has done well with SPs in the second half: W/GS is up over 54% and K/GS is over 8. But my hitting has been stumbling lately, and I got screwed on closers at the trade-deadline when I was on vacation (awesome trip, but bad timing!).
    The 10th-place team has been doing well on hitting, and really benefited by getting Rosenthal for Greinke a few weeks ago. But it needs to do better with SPs: W/GS and especially K/GS are both kinda low.
    So: reasons for optimism, but I still have my work cut out for me!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Big Yabu: You deserved your shout outs!

      The w/GS is hard to predict as we all know, but controlling those K/GS is in our hands. I’ll be watching you. Keep in touch in here til the end. I’m passing the commish torch of the FCL over to Mauled by Pandas and you seem like the kind of player they would like. If you are interested let me know and I can hook you up with him.

      • The Big Yabu says:
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        @J-FOH: I’m always interested in another competitive league. I was talking with MattTruss before the season about joining the ECFBL, but the only draft times that could work for them couldn’t work for me. But the FCL sounds great too.

        BTW, I shouldn’t have just jumped straight to business – that seems rude. Let me tell you a little bit about myself: I like Twizzlers, and I like the Alligator Bob, and my favorite drama movie is “Bloodsucking Freaks,” just like your mama.

        I’ve been following the weekly updates – I’ll make a point to speak up more. Great work!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @The Big Yabu: nice on the ECFBL, I was also going to recommend them too, if you know Truss then I would hit him up for his league. Both are great leagues.

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @J-FOH: He’s one hell of a competitor. I swear every time I go to check the wire for someone he has just grabbed them. Doesn’t help that his initials are FA too so I think they are still available!

            • The Big Yabu says:
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              @mauledbypandas: Yeah, using “FA” is a nifty little gimmick. Messes with people’s heads.

              But let me say, I’ve been beat to the waiver-wire PLENTY of times. It’s a dog-fight! I felt super-special to be the one to grab Axford today, then I realized that it’s…y’know, Axford.

              In the meantime, in a different league I think it’s time to drop Hammel. There’s a transaction-limit, so the pool of replacements is really thin — but I have enough saved up that I can do some semi-streaming for the rest of the season. Right now, I’m trying to decide among some guys for tomorrow:
              – Jered Weaver vs. CWS (SON likes it)
              – J.A. Happ vs. ARI (SON kinda likes it)
              – Ubaldo vs. NYM (SON doesn’t like it much)
              I’m leaning towards trusting SON and going with Weaver — but any other thoughts out there?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @mauledbypandas: the FA shizz is funny as hell

  8. nick the dick says:
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    You could have mentioned I was the other owner with 2 teams in the top ten, but the people already know this. Oh yeah, they fuckin know it!

    • Grey

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      Haha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @nick the dick: I prefer to not give the dick a bigger head

  9. Crimson Fratellis says:
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    Thanks for putting this together, man. I took to heart your riff about knowing where you can actually improve, so have been putting the pedal to the metal in the offensive department. Moved up 3 spots each in Runs and HRs over the last two weeks!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Scott: thanks for the love. Hope your teams are doing well

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Crimson Fratellis: Nice! Keep it up. Glad someone is listening to me in here. Batty calls are god!

      Keep me posted on your progress

  10. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Jack Full! Choo, Soler, or Reddick ros? Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jerry: choo

  11. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Thanks for the update JFOH!

    Pretty surprised to see my team jump from barely top twenty to #5 this week. I guess i moved up some when the standings werent updated last week, though I did make some gains in my league this week too. What makes me happiest is that I’m only 3.5 points out of first overall and a quick look at my league shows possible points to be made up (1 in SB, at least 1 in Ks, 1 in WHIP, and 4 in AVG) still. The points to make up in AVG may be tricky since, shockingly, last week was my first week all season where my team managed to hit .300!?! Which I find pretty crazy, I mean, not one week hitting .300??

    My team almost managed the cycle this week too. Made the “Category Leaders” (Wins), “Top 20” (#5), “Top Offensive Performances” (50 / 16 / 43 / 12 / .313), and my pitching wasn’t bad either (88 IP, 80 Ks, 10 W, 8 SV, 2.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP). Ooooohhhhhh so close! I was robbed I tell ya, robbed!!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Oh damn, you did have a great week. Sorry i missed that, had a crazy bad day at work yesterday and got a little sidetracked.

      As innings start to balance out the standings will keep changing

      Keep it up

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @J-FOH: Yeah I expect there are some teams that’ll be hitting the GS wall soon. I’m actually on pace for 174 GS so I feel good there. I’ve got Top 25 overall in an absurd 7 categories now, so I’m in good shape.

        I’m about to go on vacation in Aruba in a few days, so I’m willing to let the slipup slide JFOH! Happy days are almost here…

    • VinWins

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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Yeah, I probably put too much emphasis on ratios for pitchers. Nice week!

  12. Eds says:
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    Owner from Cougs R Us here to explain the Robertson for Iwakuma veto.

    August 1:
    Last place deals McCutchen to 4th place for Greinke

    August 3:
    Last place deals Greinke, Rendon, Gardner, Tanaka to 9th place for Robertson, Odor, Rusney, Anibal
    (All in separate 1-for-1 deals…to the same owner for some reason. Very odd. A lot of discussion but it ultimately goes thru)

    August 8
    Last place deals Rusney to 8th place for Michael Taylor

    August 10
    Last place deals Robertson to 9th place for Iwakuma
    (Finally gets called out for dumping his players, essentially dealing Greinke for Iwakuma. Trade vetoed.)

    August 11
    Iwakuma throws his no-hitter. Heated argument with last place team after he remained silent and did not defend the trade previously.

    August 13
    Last place deals Robertson to 9th place for Werth and Tazawa
    (Somehow goes through)

    The guy essentially dealt McCutchen, Rendon, Gardner, Tanaka for Odor, Werth, Taylor, Tazawa, Anibal over the course of 2 weeks.

    We had two owners in the RCL Top 20 overall throughout the year until this week. It’s a highly competitive money league and one guy dumping players is directly affecting the standings.

    I’m currently clinging on to 1st with a small lead and won’t be back unless he is booted from the league. Just garbage.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Eds: that really sucks to go through that and I dont disagree with you guys for vetoing the deal now that I hear the backstory.

      I’m aware of your league and how it’s one of the top leagues, thats why I was scratching my head.

      To gain some of my perspective, I recently dumped all my closers in deals because I had such a huge lead in saves. At this point of the season everything becomes 100% needs based and is really relative to standings. By itself , the deal seemed fine, but add in all the BS that went down before, and I’m glad you guys did the right thing.

      Thanks for coming in and sharing, I appreciate all the insight and detail.

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