Originally posted on Razzball  |  Last updated 6/5/12

Trini (Psychic Friends Network – RCL 22) held onto first place in the Master standings, adding a point to make 108 total. Carlos Gonzalez hit .500 with 4 home runs and 9 RBI to pace the Psychics’ offense, while James McDonald gave up just 1 run in winning 2 games to anchor their pitching staff. Grunge Ball (RCL 16) and captainpyper (RCL 3)  gained 10 and 4 points respectively to move into a tie for second with 107 points.  The Schmo Hawks (Beef SAGNOF!) and NYC Matthole (Ones are GOOD right) are next with 104 points, followed by 4 teams with 103: The Fredsies (ECFBL), The Gaylords (Conshellation Prize), Tennessee Mash (RCL 25) and Big Magoo (Matthew Berry is a Tool). EVIL EVIES crept up a spot from 11th, giving the ECFBL 2 teams in the top 10. Defending champion Random ItalicizedVoice (Cracking The WHIP) moved into the picture, jumping 57 spots to 23rd place with 94 points. Now I Am LeMaster (RCL 44) made the biggest move this week, gaining 16 points to improve from 452nd to 264th place in the standings.

RCL 9 and the ECFBL continue to battle for the “Toughest League” title. Each has a competitive index of 104. It should be noted that 10 teams in RCL 9 are at least 10% ahead of the games started pace, compared to 3 teams in the ECFBL. This leaves the East Coast League in position for gains on the pitching side as the season progresses. With the season approximately one third completed, 60 starts would put you on pace for the 180-start limit.

Earned run averages continued to rise in the RCL. 109 teams had ERAs over 5 this week; 409 teams now have a season ERA of 3.50 or worse. 14 teams do have an ERA under 3, with Achilles’ team, Tennessee Mash, sporting  an RCL-best 2.63. Ones are GOOD right? is leading all leagues at 3.56. The overall average is 3.73, up from last year’s final league average of 3.58. Meanwhile, batting averages are holding steady at .268.

Expert League: The see-saw battle continued as Dalton Del Don (Rotowire Del Don) took back first place, pushing Rudy into second. The Rotowire team sits 32nd overall. Rudy actually moved up a spot to 50th. Grey continued to struggle at the plate, ranking 573rd for the week with a .211 average.

Trades: There were 8 trades this week, with the ECFBL again taking center stage with 2 big deals. The Fredsies, trying to hold on to first, decided they couldn’t wait for Matt Kemp to heal and sent him to Evil Evies for Andre Ethier. Fred had just traded Ethier last week for Dayan Viciedo and Emilio Bonifacio. The other trade saw Giancarlo Stanton, Desmond Jennings, Joel Hanrahan, and Rafael Betancourt dealt for Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Santana, Fernando Rodney, Casey Janssen, and Huston Street in a massive exchange. Elsewhere, Dan Haren was used to acquire a bat in 2 leagues, RCL 22 (Nelson Cruz) and Ones are GOOD, right? (Adam Dunn). Cruz was also traded for pitching in RCL 39, where Justin Verlander was the prize. You can find all the trades in the fantasy baseball forums. Look for the RCL under “Everything Else.”

Weekly Leaders

Philly Goblins (RCL 15) hit .316 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI to win the weekly hitting award. They scored 62 runs and stole 12 bases along the way. The Goblins got big weeks from Carlos Gonzalez (4 HR/9 RBI), Michael Cuddyer (.364/9 RBI), Delmon Young (.345/2 HR), and Jason Kipnis (6 RBI/5 SB).

Average: .362 (Afghani Buzkashi — Fausto or Roberto?)
Runs: 62 (Philly Goblins — RCL 15)
HR: 20 (Steamer Dome — RCL Experts)
RBI: 63 (Philly Goblins — RCL 15, Baby Gorillas — Robust Herd, Partyin’ Partyin’ — Conshellation Prize)
SB: 19 (Kemp Keep Me Down — Yu Ain’t Goldschmidt)

I Hate This @*!#$ Team (The Fantasy Booze Cruise) led the pitching  with an ERA of 1.98 and 1.07 WHIP with 73 Ks, 8 wins, and 6 saves. Shawn Marcum (17 K/1.29/0.93), James McDonald (13 K/0.64/0.79), and Carlos Zambrano (12 K/2.63/1.10) each won twice, while Madison Bumgarner (11 K) and A.J. Burnett (0.00/0.57) had 1 win. Joel Hanrahan saved 3 games.

Ks: 154 (Vas Deferans — Sphinctory Staff Inflection)
Wins: 14 (Vas Deferans — Sphinctory Staff Inflection)
Saves: 14 (The Canucks — RCL 21, Team Beardown — Epic Beardmen Division)
ERA:0.96 (The Melk Man — Yu Ain’t Goldschmidt)
WHIP: 0.83 (Mr. Duck Fat — RCL 39)

TEAM OF THE WEEK – May 28 – June 3
Partyin’ Partyin’ (Conshellation Prize)
98/293 (.335)
55 R/18 HR/63 RBI/7 SB 46.0 IP
43 K/2 W/1.76/1.20/12 S Partyin’ Partyin’ gained 16 points and moved to 118th in the overall standings from 290th to earn Team of the Week honors. Hanley Ramirez hit .500 and pounded out 4 home runs to lead the way. He also stole a base. Michael Cuddyer (.364/8 Runs/2 HR/9 RBI/1 SB) and Josh Willingham (.348/5 Runs/2 HR/8 RBI) were also key contributors. Prince Fielder added 7 RBI. Heath Bell was definitely Partyin’ Partyin’ this week, recording 5 saves without giving up a run. Matt Capps and Jonathan Broxton each added 3 saves. Yovani Gallardo and Dan Hudson picked up the wins.

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