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Expectorators Lead at the Break

Posted: 2007-07-10

Expectorators may lead at the break but the Cyberzahm Roto Baseball crown is still up for grabs.

You asked for it (or at least Ike did) ... a 2007 all-star break CZ roto baseball update.

The current standings are
Team Total
Expectorators 62.0
Ballbusters 56.0
PussJackers 56.0
Mazins 56.0
Red Foxes 55.5
Tamales 53.0
Paper Cutters 46.5
Bombers 44.0
Panzas 40.5
Leathernuts 25.5

Check how tight it is 2nd through 6th, in fact only a half point separates the four teams in 2nd-5th.

Many categories have subsets of teams very close to each other so we see a lot of day to day movement in the standings, sometimes drastic movement. One night last week I checked the "live" standings at about 11 pm and the Foxes were in 2nd place. By morning we were in 5th.

Terry's lead is not as comfy as it looks; in the last few weeks many teams have spent time at the top.

I can't really say who are the biggest busts or surprizes among the players - someone want to take a shot at that? I know Hans' Pujols (001) started out slow but has picked things up. Andy's Carpenter (039) was injured right outta the gate.

The institution of unlimited DL moves and reversals, plus weekly move periods has resulted in a lot of activity - altogether there have been 84 DL moves, 48 DL reversals, and 20 NR moves so far.

NR (non-restricted) moves are where you release your player and pick up a free agent. Each team is allowed only 4 NR moves. The first NR move was made April 22, by Gabes, who dumped Encarnacion (195) and picked up Eric Chavez. Gabes is also the only owner who has utilized the DL into NR move. And while we are speaking of Gabes and NR moves, here was an intelligent sequence of moves:

May 20 Busters NR Corey Hart and pick up Jeremy Hermida
June 24 Busters NR Jeremy Hermida and pick up Corey Hart

Here are all the moves so far, broken down by team:
Team DL DL-Rev NR Total
Bombers 8 6 2 16
Busters 5 3 4 12
Cutters 7 5 4 16
Expectorators 7 4 3 14
Foxes 13 9 2 24
Jackers 5 2 1 8
Mazins 9 4 3 16
Leathernuts 10 4 0 14
Panzas 7 4 2 13
Tamales 12 7 0 19

Note that Gabes and Hans have used all their NR moves, and Prep and Gary haven't used any yet.

Here are the moves broken down by the round the associated player was taken:
Round DL DLRev NR Total
01 0 0 0 0
02 2 1 0 3
03 1 0 0 1
04 4 3 0 7
05 3 2 0 5
06 4 1 0 5
07 3 2 0 5
08 1 1 0 2
09 1 0 1 2
10 6 4 0 10
11 1 1 0 2
12 4 1 0 5
13 3 2 0 5
14 4 3 0 7
15 3 2 2 7
16 4 2 3 9
17 3 1 0 4
18 2 1 2 5
19 2 2 2 6
20 3 3 2 8
21 7 5 2 14
22 9 5 3 17
23 6 1 2 9
24 7 5 2 14

Not sure what that tells us .. all NR moves except Terry's replacement of 9th round pick Rolen with Braun were made to players taken in the 15th or later rounds. Not exactly surprising.

No first round picks have been DLed and only 3 DL moves in total for players taken in the first 3 rounds. That's nice.

We have also had three trades. None earthshaking as far as I can tell.

1. Bombers trade J.D. Drew to Mazins for Chris Duffy

2. Mazins send M Ensberg to Foxes for A Gordon

Foxes released Ensberg shortly afterward and the Mazins followed up in a few weeks and released Gordon .. who then started to hit a little bit and in fact has significantly outplayed his replacement Dan Johnson.

3. Panzas send Giambi to Bombers for Delgado

Neither was playing lights out although after the trade Delgado picked it up a little bit and Giambi got hurt and in trouble.

That's it. Good luck to all in the 2nd half.

Fox



Fox,

Great job on the website and with the halfway point writeup.

My good suprises have been: Larry (Chipper) Jones in the 11th round and Jr. Griffey in the 20th round. Took a chance on the old guys and so far so good. Of course, #1 pick A-Rod with 30 bombs is pulling his load. Brandon Phillips in the 10th Round with a chance for a 30/30 year was also a good 2B pick.

Disappointments have been: Joe Nathan in the 6th Round with 16 saves - Prep, beat his ass for me! No Sweet Music from him yet. Lidge between poor start and injuries - hoping for a better 2nd half

A great race this year. The DL option makes a difference!

Jack



Fox-

Nice recap.

Re: biggest bust of the year, Bret Myers has to be a prime candidate. My first P taken (should have stuck with Webb) he goes from Opening Day starter to the pen in less than a month and then the DL a month later. Phucking Phillies!!

Sobo