RCL Update: August 6


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MasterofGrond’s Waco Night Terrors (Imposing Sea Creatures) held on to first place behind a strong pitching week, including an RCL-best 0.68 ERA.* Max Scherzer, Homer Bailey, Madison Bumgarner, and A.J. Burnett all pitched well. They missed Miguel Cabrera this week, and now the Night Terrors must deal with the loss of Nelson Cruz. They did already get 27 home runs from him, though.
Check out the Master Standings (you can also access them via the Leagues menu up top) to see where your team ranks in comparison to the other 767 teams through Sunday. The page now includes sortable stats.
The Top 10
1MasterofGrondWaco Night Terrors107.41
2Eh Team105.67
3bughouse squares105.32
4A Hill O’ BeansMy Mustache Has a Mustache105.24
5Cali The Naysayers103.75
6*mauledbypandasJosh Hamilton’s Fake Stache103.210
7Colicky Fuddruckers102.39
8*RVRetro Vertigo102.118
9*thefaketomPink Highlighter101.012
10Yellow Fever100.95
Movers and Shakers: Calvin Shiraldi (Humm Baby) gained 88 positions to reach the top 100 for the first time since June 3rd. In the league featuring 2012 Razzball Commenter League champions, Big Magoo moved up in the standings for the fifth straight week and now sits in 104th.
Free Agents: Danny Farquhar was picked up in 62 leagues after grabbing a couple of saves for the Mariners. And, of course, suspended players*Everth Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, and Antonio Bastardo were being dropped by everyone who was paying attention. Here are some other players whose ownership numbers changed in the last week.
Stephen Drew48+43
Xander Bogaerts44+34
Bud Norris39+30
LaTroy Hawkins25+25
Alex Avila26+24
Ryan Raburn30+24
Jon Jay44+22
Mike Moustakas51+22
Cody Ross35+21
Matt Dominguez25+21
EXPERTS: Dr. Roto has the lead for the sixth week in a row, with Rudy two-and-a-half back in second. The defending champion, Ryan Carey (Mastersball), added 3.5 points and moved up a spot to 7th. His team hit .286 with 52 runs, 14 home runs, and 41 RBI. Grey hit .222 with just 28 runs and 30 RBI, but impressed on the pitching side with an ERA of 2.15 and 0.90 WHIP. Those numbers were good enough to lower his ERA from 3.88 to 3.77 and his WHIP from 1.25 to 1.23. You can find all Expert League unofficial Week 18 stats here.

Writers: Tehol Beddict lost 3 points this week, but second place Andrew dropped 4 points, so Tehol actually increased his lead to 14. His pitching staff let him down, finishing with an ERA of 4.29 and 1.37 WHIP. TB was also involved in a trade, sending Wil Myers and Glen Perkins to Slim Smitty for Yasiel Puig. Andrew had an ERA under 1.00 for the second straight week, lowering his season ERA to 2.63. Despite mostly ignoring this league, Nick improved three-and-a-half points on the strength of a .309 average and 2.37 ERA. He is in danger of failing to meet the 1000 innings pitched minimum, though. Sky led the league in runs (63) and RBI (54). Check out all the writers’ week 18 stats.
Trades: The deadline has now passed after 379 trades involving 1175 players were completed. This week a package of Nate McLouth, Joaquin Benoit, and Koji Uehara brought back Stephen Strasburg. David Price was dealt for Yasiel Puig. Adrian Beltre, Joey Votto, and Bryce Harper were each traded for a pair of players. Beltre was given up for Jacoby Ellsbury and Jake Peavy. Votto was moved for Max Scherzer and Jered Weaver. And Harper was traded for Raul Ibanez and Clayton Kershaw. You can check out all the trades in the Fantasy Baseball Forums. Look for the RCL under the heading “Everything Else.”
Weekly Leaders
SF SadTrombones (Fear the Moustache) hit .300 with 5 stolen bases, 60 runs, 13 home runs, and an RCL-best 67 RBI to take hitting honors this week. Brian McCann led the RBI onslaught with 9, while Chris Johnson (.433) and Freddie Freeman (.375) added 8 each. Jason Heyward knocked in 7 more, and also scored 12 runs. Shane Victorino contributed 6 RBI and 7 runs, while hitting .400.
Average: .358 (Dusty Two Sacks – Modesto Nuts)
Runs: 64 (Razz Girl – Daily Bases)
HR: 17 (Penriff Panfers – You Say Potato I Say Schmotato,* centerfield ballhawk – Mustachioed Commenters)
RBI: 67 (SF SadTrombones – Fear the Moustache)
SB: 14 (Project Mayhem – Ones are GOOD right?, Got* The Runs – BOOM)
Boom Bam Slam! (Sultans of Swat) had 8 wins, 6 saves, an ERA of 1.60, and a*WHIP of 1.02 with 83 strikeouts in 84.1 innings for the best pitching line this week. Francisco Liriano (2 Wins/14 K) and A.J. Burnett (Win/18 K) each had 2 excellent outings, while Bartolo Colon, Jordan Zimmermann, Homer Bailey, Cole Hamels, and Matt Cain gave up a total of 2 runs in 36.1 innings. Kenley Jansen was superb, striking out 10 in 4 scoreless innings while recording a win and 3 saves.
Ks: 101 (Eh Team – No Go Romo, Team BALLS – Fear the Moustache)
Wins: 9 (Zonsius Desiderate – Champions League, Foot’s Cold Sweat – Myrtle’s Acres, Rutledge Of Glory – Fantasy Champions)
Saves: 10 (CarGo and CarGo LLP – Remember Matt Bush, Old Milwaukee – You Say Potato, Superstorm Jack – You down with PEDs?, Jup Jup and JHey – FIPping the Bird, Slim Smitty – Razzball Elites)
ERA: 0.68 (40 IP min) (Waco Night Terrors – Imposing Sea Creatures)
WHIP: 0.70 (40 IP min) (Team Big Fun – It’s Raining On Braun Night)
Daily and full season stats are available, and in the RCL forum there are team and league of the day threads, as well as the top batting and pitching lines.
Operation Shutdown
93/307 (.303)
50 R/7 HR/50 RBI/12 SB
51.2 IP
44 K/8 W/1.74/0.85/9 S
Operation Shutdown (Myrtle’s Acres) moved up 121 spots and into the top half of the field overall with a great week. Kendrys Morales hit .577 with 5 RBI and Andrew McCutchen hit .379 with 7 RBI and 2 stolen bases to pace the offense. Josh Hamilton added 8 RBI while Ian Desmond chipped in 4 steals. Francisco Liriano (14 K/0.64/0.93) and Ervin Santana (13 K/2.08/1.00) each won 2 games to lead the pitching staff. Mike Minor added a sparkling 7 shutout innings for another win. Chris Perez also won 2 games, and added 3 saves. Jim Johnson pitched 3 scoreless innings for another 3 saves.