When Chuck conceived his son Daniel Norris, he was working on set in Asia with Mrs. Norris still living in the US!  Wait, did that make any sense…  I’ll leave the Chuck Norris jokes to the frat boy posters…

Traded to the Tigers along with another nice upside pitcher Matt Boyd, Detroit got some pretty good arms for a rental and they wasted no time throwing Norris right into the rotation.  And that’s with 12 walks over his last 21 AAA innings!  But throw caution to the wind, don’t look both ways before crossing, run with the scissors and see what ya got, amiright?!

I had Norris all the way to 61 right before the season, getting a little too rookie nookie and slack-jawed at his Minor League stats.  He wasn’t awful through 5 appearances with the Blue Jays pitching his way to a 3.86 ERA, but he was a little too wild and his pitch counts got out of hand.  So with the move to a better ballpark and to a team ready to unleash him right away, I decided to break down his debut with the Tigers to see how he looked:

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The Razzball Podcast is back, this week with a major peek behind our proverbial curtain!  Man we had a crazy record day with Windows 10 bouncing around some settings in the Razzball Podcasting studio, Grey putting out fires to keep Razzball running, and a bajillion trades to try and get through…  On today’s show we catch up on all of the trade deadline deals, changes to bullpens, and hot performers from the last week including Adam Eaton and Aaron Hicks.  Now with more Grey rapping!  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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It’s hard to pick which Ross is hated more: the one in Friends whose character is so annoying David Schwimmer could never get work again, or the dynamite starter for the Nationals, who even after pitching mad impressive through his first few starts, wasn’t even the first SP to get the call when Stephen Strasburg went back to the DL yet again.  Why wasn’t he the first call?!

After Joe Ross‘s first run in June, I kept him in the ranks a few more weeks even without a for-sure rotation spot, and when Strasburg tweaked the oblique, I was ready to vault him into the top-50.  But nooooooo, instead they use, I dunno, Taylor Jordan or someone who doesn’t matter?  C’mon Nats, what did Ross ever do to you?!  Finally the Nationals got Ross back up to face the Mets last week in a decent – albeit underwhelming – start given the matchup, so I decided to break down his 5th MLB start at the Pirates, in a pitcher’s duel Sunday afternoon against Gerrit Cole.  Here’s how Ross looked:

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A bonus edition of the Razzball Pod is here – well – bonus as in we brought the length this week!  I don’t know about the girth…  Don’t ask me about girth…  On today’s show we talk Scott Kazmir and Johnny Cueto‘s new teams (yes, to Grey’s chagrin in that order), Preston Tucker staying hot, and if Grey puts any credence on splits.  Hint – Grey isn’t flexible at all!  We then play another edition of higher/lower, discuss Cole Hamels‘ no-no, and A Rod hitting another bajillion homers.  Plus some extra Grey singing!  I have no idea what song that was…  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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I’ve been sitting on a title like that for months!

I still can’t believe Grey shat on The Fifth Element a few months ago on the Podcast, then followed it up with he hadn’t seen it…  Well ya know what?!  War and Peace is an awful book!

Patrick Corbin was an absolute G for me in 2013, as I streamed him in several leagues for a Padres start and decided to never look back.  Although looking at his game log again, that certainly seemed like a no-brainer!  He came out of absolutely nowhere and was shrugged off, but turned out to be a top-10 pitcher for most of the season.  Then he really fell off in his final 7 starts before tearing up his elbow in 2014’s Spring Training.

Now back in the rotation, the consensus seems to be pretty low on Corbin doing much this year, treating him like he’s a meat popsicle.  Maybe my 2013 love for Corbin has biased me, but I was excited to bring him in the ranks over a month before his debut.  So with middling numbers thus far despite good velocity, I decided to break down his third start off the DL to see how he’s looking pitch-by-pitch:

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Second half Podcasts, wooooo!  Grey and I catch up after his All-Star Break trip to Seattle to talk the remaining prospects Aaron Nola and Kyle Schwarber getting called up, Grey’s hatred of Mitch Moreland, and a surprise pitcher available nearly everywhere in 10 or 12 team leagues that we both like.  Shocker!  Grey picked him up while I read him the availability %…  Pickup number 245!  Seriously.  We then play a little Price is Right higher/lower, and discuss a few hitters with multi-HR games over the weekend.  I’m sorry in advance for this Podcast, residents of Seattle!  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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I’ve just never been a Matt Moore guy…

Uber-talented Moore has always gotten praise for his clean mechanics and smooth delivery, plus fastball, and solid slider, but it never materialized into good control and solid numbers.  Those horrible, horrible walks…  Moore’s K zone looks like a star chart!

After never ranking him favorably the past few years because of a 4.5 walk rate, yes 4.5, I thought the buzz for him off the DL from TJ recovery was too… buzzy.  I’m at a loss for words I’m so confused!  But I hadn’t seen him pitch since hitting the DL after two starts last year, and maybe a reconstructed elbow can help.  “He’s more machine now, than man!”  Well let’s hope it helps the horrific walk rate!  Here’s how he looked yesterday hosting the Astros, along with ranks for pitchers for the second half:

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The Razzball Pod is back, I’m back, BABY WE GOT BACK!  I survived the bachelor party with just enough time/remaining brain cells to catch up with Grey on his second half buy lows and first half fantasy MVPs.  No, one wasn’t Joe Blanton!  I then run quiz Grey on some stats trivia, including some surprising league leaders.  I love that Grey drops a “reading USA Today” reference.  Nice one gramps!  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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Geez, what is it about Steven Matz?!

The puns have been outpouring faster than illogical movies by Christopher Nolan.  Maybe it’s because he pitches for the Metz?  I don’t know!

I’ve been… well, naive to not rank Matz to this point.  Even with my standing concerns coming into his debut, he likely should’ve been ranked the last few weeks.  I thought it would be at least July until he was up, and I questioned how many innings he’d really get through in the Majors.  His peak is 140.2 IP last year across high-A and double-A, and he entered the Majors at 90.1 innings before yesterday’s debut.  Innings concerns are a big question mark after his career started with major elbow issues (TJ and complications).

And after that debut with 4 RBI at the plate, the mythical legend might be one of the biggest gaps from perception to reality.  Then again, I’m saying all this before breaking down his first start without seeing much of him beyond the numbers.  What Pitcher Profiles are all about!  You can’t know for sure on a guy until you really get a chance to see him pitch.  So without any more noodling, here’s how Matz looked in his debut:

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The Razzball Pod is back, this time with more misused French frases (and more misspellings!)…  On today’s show we talk Giancarlo Stanton‘s injury, Stephen Matz‘s callup, and our most annoying players so far.  Grey gets so annoyed he makes this an R-rated Pod!  We then jump into how pitchers have changed the fantasy landscape this season, and a surprise pitcher JB loves.  Grey spoiled it halfway through!  Way to toot everyone’s horn with the goods before I could!  Here’s the newest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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