I’m popping a cherry of sorts here…  I’m double-dipping in my first ever Pitcher Profile on a hurler already profiled.  But things change!  People change!  Hairstyles change!  I’ll miss you the most, scarecrow!  (bonus points if you know that movie!)

Two years ago, I broke down Chris Archer‘s first career complete game that Summer…  Look at how much we’ve improved!  No weekly rankings, no GIFs, it’s like that was written in the stone age!  At the time, Archer was a young-up-and-comer who even surprised the most die hard of Archer fans, but after going complete twice in a three game span in 2013, really hasn’t shown uber-dominance in any long stretches.  Well, looking back at 2014 he did go on a huge roll starting at the end of May, but never more than say 6 or 7 starts.

After a meh opener, Archer has been a stud the last four, and at age 26 may be finally settling in to an ace-like season.  So I decided to break down his outing yesterday hosting the Blue Jays to see if I think this is a new Archer that is going to maintain dominant numbers all year:

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In the immortal words of Dave Chappelle, “turn the left speaker up!”  Speaking of Chappelle, at least we weren’t drinking during this Podcast!  Well, probably not…  We’ve got even more new equipment in our new studio, so Grey is a little quiet which may or may not be because his hyena laugh breaks everyone’s stereos…  We’ll have it perfect next episode!  On today’s show, we talk buy/sell targets in the outfield with Nelson Cruz‘s value, if Shane Greene‘s horrific 4th start makes him droppable, and we mention our RCL Perts league way too much.  Grey just likes making fun of Aramis Ramirez any chance he gets!  He’s Grey’s walking punchline, kinda like fantasy baseball’s version of Amanda Bynes.  We still love you, Manders!  Maybe she’s a notorious slow starter too, but she gets really excited-then-confused when you mention a Mendoza line…  Here’s the newest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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“Wahhhhhh, Shane Greene doesn’t strike anyone out, he’s useless, wahhhhhh!”  That’s Sky on the Podcast a few hours ago…  “The Fifth Element sucked!”  That’s Grey before I socked him!

Since my initial ranks in February, I’ve been a Greene champion.  In my blurb, I mention a high K-rate finish to 2014 (52:16 K:BB his last 41.1 innings), along with an unlucky 2014 BABIP (.330).  The starts I saw from him last year had me encouraged with his stuff, plus the move to a much better pitcher’s park in Comerica had me “thrilled”.

But even with the rank looking spiffy and everything going right, the low K-rate does seem a little concerning.  He’s turning into Rick Porcello, noooooooo!  While his ERA and WHIP (along with 3 wins) are all change-your-pants worthy, he’s got a measly 11:5 K:BB in 23 innings.  Regression is screaming like Ruby Rhod after he counted ten!  I of course hope not since he’s on all my teams, and watching him so far this year in my normal bouncing-around-through-all-the-games he looks like a strong strikeout capable guy.  So I decided to watch his start yesterday hosting the White Sox, and give it the ol’ full attention and Pitcher Profile treatment.  Here’s how he looked:

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We’re back with the Razzball Pod in a new studio!  Well, by new studio I mean through new equiptmunk, and we’re still working out the kinks; my apologies that Grey’s cackle laugh now has an added layer of raspiness.  Raspy cackle!  Grey and I chat a little Kris Bryant and Danny Salazar, before Sky hops on the Pod with us for the stretch run in order to make fun of Shane Greene‘s K rate.  Who cares when he’s winning games with only 1 ER through 3, amiright?!  Sky – it’s not nice to make fun of someone else’s size…  It’s not the size that counts, it’s how he uses it!  Here’s the newest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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The season is here baby!  Well, that’s kinda old news at this point, but I’m pumped for the first Pitcher Profile of 2015!

Every Monday this season, we’ll be breaking down fringy mixed-league starters (usually) to get a better gauge on their value and if they’re worthy of a valuable roster spot.  And I certainly like suggestions!  Add into the comments a pitcher that’s projected to start next weekend and I very well might end up Profiling them.  Wait, not like that!

Now to our debut this year, and I’ve just never really known what to make of Carlos Martinez.  Power stuff, destroys righties, but left-handed batters have crushed him.  I had Martinez 74 in my original ranks amongst SP,  but dropped him out in my re-ranks as he was heading to the bullpen.  Then Jaime Garcia blew out his 5th or 6th shoulder – I’ve lost count – so it’s back into the starting five, Carlos!  Made him as excited as I was when I stumbled upon his Twitter a few years ago…

So I decided to tune into his 2015 debut as a starter (he threw an inning of relief on opening night last Sunday), and break down how he looked against the Reds pitch-by-pitch:

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Baseball is here – welcome to the grind!  We got prospect expert Mike to hop on the show to go over his Prospect Power Rankings and the post-apocalyptic wasteland that is his neighborhood street.  Quick honey, grab the taser!  Then Grey and I talk about the highs and lows from week one; number one high is the pitch of our cackle laughs and number one low is Grey’s B-side material on how he looks at Billy Hamilton‘s steal total.  Swayze fans, don’t listen to this one! Here’s the newest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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The season is here baby, wooooo!  Let’s get this noise goin’!  On today’s podcast, Grey and JB recap the final pieces of news before the season hits, but recorded before the Braves sold everything that wasn’t nailed down!  Speaking of nailing, we then recap our RCL Perts league draft where Grey nailed all his picks and JB didn’t get any action (story of my life in high school), picking last.  Nice guys finish last!  At least, that’s what I imagine the draft automator thinking when pulling that ish.  Then we go through The Official 2015 Razzball Picks with our seasonal calls, wrapping up with our World Series picks.  Sky, before you listen, know that I love you…  Here’s the opening day edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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Man, name a starting pitcher and there’s a 50% chance he’s hurt!

It’s been a brutal Spring – Tommy J’s, ACLs, dead arms, demotions, sports betting on Twitter…  It never ends!  It feels like we’re just another few injury-plagued Springs away from having pitching machines on the mound.  Would spell a devastating end to Krispie Young, that’s for sure!

So as we’ll update every Monday through the season, below is an update to my first edition of the Top 100 SP Ranks, which you can find through the magic of clickity-click.  Standard in-season-esque green for risers, red for fallers, additional notes at the end, and my principle is usually to not rank pitchers in the bullpen unless it’s highly anticipated they will join the rotation in the immediate future.  So Sayonara Cingrani!  Sounds like an episode title of The Sopranos…  Here’s my updated Top 100 SP:

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We’re going Meta on the Razzball Pod!  Well, not really at all, I mean did you read the title?!  Grey and I chat about our thoughts on social media and the little bit of trouble it might cost Jared Cosart, go over the news from Spring across the MLB including the scoreless 18 innings from Taijuan Walker, then our kit-and-caboodle (does that mean main segment?): our favorite un-sexy picks this year.  Looking at you Aramis Ramirez!  Grey then laughs at me and accuses me of Brewers Goggles.  If only he knew how sexy I look in rec specs in the Saturday afternoon YMCA pickup hoops game!  I’m like Kurt Rambis mixed with Milton from Office Space.  Here’s the hot-off-the-presses edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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So many guests, so little time!  We’ve got a busier-dan-all-hell Podcast with John Rotondo, the co-founder of RotoDerby.com, catching us up on their version of the fantasy game, playing a season-long HR derby format.  If only this was going in the mid-90s!  Gimme Bonds and Sosa!  Then our overlord Grey hops on and shakes his moneymaker, including at least 20 mentions of a baked good.  We chat up every position with a guy ending up on most of our teams and a player we’re avoiding.  Then I finally get to chat with Rudy as he runs through all of the baller improvements to the Razzball tools including the Streamonator, Hittertron, and DFSBot.  Our tools are slowly becoming smarter than us!  Who am I kidding, that happened like 3 years ago… Here’s the new edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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