REL baseball logo newWe’re heading into arguably the biggest week of the inaugural REL league! Trade deadline… Is it just me, or is the rumor mill louder every year? Everyone loves just throwing thousands of strands of pasta on the wall in the hope that one sticks so they can feel smart. I never understood that method for pasta, it’s a waste of friggin’ food!

With real-life trades having an impact on REL rosters, there is still plenty of time for fortunes to change and runs to be made. However, it’s going to be tough to unseat the NL leading Nats from their stranglehold on the standings. The AL is much more wide open though, with 5 teams at 100+ points and the Tigers in striking distance as well at 98. Here’s how week 17 went down in the 2016 REL League:

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We’re back with an all new “GREY GREY GREY! … and JB” Podcast, where Grey again struts his stuff like he’s the cock of the walk. On today’s show we discuss the Chris Sale situation, Aroldis Chapman getting traded to the Cubs, and two huge prospects making their debuts on Monday night. Then we get into some flavor-of-the-week pitchers like Tyler Skaggs and Sean Manaea, as Grey and I get into a shouting match that makes his neighbors Mr. Heckles him. “You’re disturbing my oboe practice!” We also hit on some hot sluggers like Ryan Schimpf, and run through some set-up guys who could be getting saves after the trade deadline. Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Pod, now with more swearing!

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Junior 2

When you have to tell people your favorite team’s ace is a 31-year-old rookie, you kinda make a face like Arnold Schwarzenegger right there…  It’s as uncomfortable as a dude getting pregnant!  But for a rebuilding team, I guess nothing is inconceivable after all!

As an unabashed Brewers homer, and owner of the REL Brewers where I have to own a certain amount from my parent team, I’ve been a big follower of the Brew Crew beat, and there’s been buzz for Junior Guerra ever since we picked him up.  I even brought him up on the Pod when he was promoted, much to Grey cackle-ment.  I of course never saw anything like this coming though…  I knew he had a fastball and a great splitter, but that splitter hasn’t been just “great”.  It’s been the best splitter in baseball.  His other stuff is pretty good, but he hit 98 MPH in his last start against the Pirates, and if he can throw gas like that, it’s going to make him a dynamic guy ROS.  So I decided to double up on my Sunday afternoon baseball watching by breaking down Guerra’s start against the Cubs, while watching my Brewers like I would’ve anyway.  Two birds one stone!  Sue me!  Here’s how he looked:

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REL baseball logo newI know I used a similar open a few updates ago, but dayum!  Next week we’ll be over 100 games into the season!  That’s right, I plagiarized myself.  Is that in fact plagiarization?! Is it bad I had no idea plagiarize had that first “i” in there?! I can’t even plagiarize the word plagiarize!

The NL continues to be a boring domination by the Nationals, who keep adding younger and sexier talent somehow.  Their Minor League system is some sort of oligarchy.  Don’t know if I’m using that term correct, I never studied for History class…  At least the AL is much more interesting, with the Blue Jays in the driver’s seat with the surging Tribe moving into second.  The Orange Birds, who led for most of the season in the AL, are still clearly in the mix, as are the Red Sox and Astros with over 100 points.  Here’s how weeks 15-16 went down in the 2016 REL League:

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We’re back with a hot-off-the-presses Razzball Pod, and on today’s show we recap the past week including the Drew Pomeranz trade, Michael Conforto getting called back up, and how Yulieski Gurriel impacts the timeline of Alex Bregman. We then go through some hot, hard-throwing pitchers including Chad Kuhl, and Dylan Bundy‘s stock in dynasty. Lastly we review some hot schmotato bats, with one schmotato totally making Grey change his tune. And if by tune you mean Joe Ross music, it makes another appearance! Even though it’s more like going to the club with a massive hangover rather than dropping Molly, stupid Joe Ross’s shoulder… Here’s out latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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Ohhhhh, an MLB debut on Sunday!  Perfect for the Pitcher Profile!  Starting the second half with a bang!

Even though he was likely not throwing too many pitches, I decided to take a flier on Dylan Bundy in most of my redraft leagues.  He was the talk of the prospect community way back in 2012 where he terrorized the Minors and actually picked up 1.2 innings in the Majors that season, progressing all the way from A ball.  Unfortunately, as is the case with a ton of pitcher prospects, injuries reared their ugly head with a TJ surgery and shoulder issues, and he hasn’t pitched 100 professional innings since.  I remember going coocoo for Cocoa Puffs for him back in the day, so I was all decked out in my proverbial Bundy gear to prepare for his first Major League start.  Here’s how he looked yesterday afternoon at the Rays:

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The second half is here! Ya know, people always gripe about how long baseball is, but it seems like every season we always say “it’s flown by!” I should become a baseball psychologist. Although I guess Grey would be one of my patients… I immediately rescind this idea! On today’s show, we break down Grey’s Top 100 for the 2nd Half where I nitpick the hell outta all of Grey’s work. His rankings make no sense! Everyone wants more Grey and JB arguing, and we deliver on this show! We also talk about how team needs play into value ROS and how the Razzball Player Rater differs from the ESPN Player Rater. Our numbers Sherpa Rudy can explain better than us cackling morons! Here’s out latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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The sexy prospects are finally making it baby!

It’s good to be back to the Pitcher Profile, with so many hot options out there to break down as we head into the ASB. While Lucas Giolito (who I was always spell wrong with two T’s the first time I type his name) has more “overall” prospect buzz, I think I might have been more excited that we finally got the Tyler Glasnow callup. I had continually been ranking him very favorably in my ranks in the 60s, and I’m not gonna lie, when I saw Steven Brault got the call before him (and this is even after Chad Kuhl too), I was dismayed. But alas! Glasnow made his debut last Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals with a lot of encouraging stuff coming out of it. Not too surprisingly, he was sent back down as he wasn’t needed for another start before the All-Star Break, but will he be back soon sooner or later? Well, here’s how he looked in his MLB debut, and an analysis on if you should be holding onto him on redraft rosters:

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REL baseball logo newNearing the break! Unlike the lunacy of MLB front offices, teams in the REL have been buying and selling in rebuilds and postseason aspirations since the first few weeks. I still don’t understand why rebuild teams in real life don’t start trading guys right away! I’m mostly mad the Brewers didn’t sell Chris Carter when I did in the REL… Why I should be their GM! Not some nerd who played Rotisserie baseball at Harvard

Nothing too huge in the standings, with the Nats still steamrolling the NL, but at least my Brewers gave em a 0-1 loss when I saw them play on July 4th! The AL is much more interesting, with the Blue Jays perched atop the standings. The Orange Birds and The Tribe both are within striking distance, while co-commish Slim has pushed the Astros into contention. With all their younguns, this should be quite the race! Here’s how week 14 went down in the 2016 REL League:

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REL baseball logo newAnother week is in the books in the Razzball Elite League, as we’re right at the halfway point through the first REL season. Hard to believe! Two teams are fighting for World Series appearances to become the fabled inaugural REL champ, and after ceding the top spot last week, The Orange Birds reclaimed their throne over the Blue Jays in an epic battle of the birds in the AL. The Aviary League! Bada bing. I have dad jokes! In the NL, the Nationals continue to dominate, with the San Fran Giants still clipping at the Cubs heels [paws] jostling for second place. Here’s how week 13 went down in the 2016 REL League, plus a look-in at the REL 2 League with how it’s shaping up:

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