I’m so glad baseball is approaching! Especially after, well, that happened in football… Anyway, on today’s show we break down the Rockies/Rays trade swapping Jake McGee and Corey Dickerson, I then hijack the show to talk Brewers trades, and we spend the bulk of our show talking Grey’s C and 1B ranks. Grey gets berated by some of JB’s homerism! And we also talk a deep sleeper in the 1B pool. They call him… Well, I don’t wanna give it away… Here’s our latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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Wooooo, Pod time is back, baby! Who doesn’t use the Razzball Baseball Podcast as an aphrodisiac?! Oh lord did I have to look up how to spell that! On today’s show we discuss Grey and I’s (did that grammatical error just for you, commenters!) body images, but mainly focus on closers who have changed teams. A lot of the elite guys are in new unis – Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel, Ken Giles… Makes you wonder why anyone would WANT to be a Major League reliever, you’ll change teams more often than Grey’s diaper for his new business venture! I’m sure that makes no sense if you haven’t listened yet… That’s call a tease! Here’s our latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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The Razzball Baseball Podcast returns with our second off-season Pod recapping the big starting pitcher moves during the Winter. Winter finally got here if you live on the East Coast, sheesh what an awful weekend! Grey and his lavish SoCal lifestyle has no idea what perils exist over on this side of the world! But I huddle for warmth next to my love for Jeff Samardzija‘s new home, we discuss a great new park for Wei-Yin Chen and his value, and also break down the Justin Upton signing that went down since our last show. We also debunk a sleeper argument for a pitcher that is seemingly over the Hill. Do you get it?! You get the joke!? This is why I leave the comedy writing for Grey… Schwatev, here’s our latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast for 2016:

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2016 is here! 2016 is here! Grey and I hop, skipped, and jumped all the way into the Razzball Podcast Studio for our first Podcast of the 2016 season. Hail to the 40-win Brewers! Oh wait, I promised Grey I wouldn’t derail everything for Brewers talk, but I did it on the Pod anyway! On today’s show, we recap the biggest free agent and trade moves amongst hitters and their projected draft spots in upcoming fantasy drafts. Grey loves himself some Jason Heyward! We also talk 3B tiers and where Todd Frazier fits in, and a mutual love for a very late-round sleeper. That’s what we call a tease! Here’s our first edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast for 2016:

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Baseball is over!  Wait, um, what World Series?  My Brewers aren’t in it, so I’m not watching…  i.e. I never watch the World Series…

2015 was a very interesting year for pitchers with a lot of unique things – guys coming out of nowhere, a lot of TJ surgeries, a crazy amount of Ks…  Wait, OK, never mind, it was about the same!  Hopefully with the doldrums of winter upon us for fantasy baseball, you hopped into some fantasy basketball leagues and can join us for an indoor fantasy sport!

Recapping February ranks can be pretty eye-opening.  As in, seeing my Chris Archer rank makes me want to gouge my eye out!  Maybe that would be eye-closing then…  Anywho, for the second straight season I went through my top 100 from Spring to see what went right and what went Chien-Ming Wang.  I think I did a little better than last year, especially when you consider James Paxton was easy to drop and didn’t just pitch bad all year…

You’ll find below in this War and Peace-esque recap SP sorted by my initial SP ranks in February, Grey’s SP pre-ranks in the top-400 sortable ranks post, ESPN’s SP pre-ranks based on whenever that list came out (I tried to find their most standardized ranks), then compared them to their Razzball Player Rater finish amongst SP.  I also mention a few times my ranks edit right before the season, since it’s not really fair to grill me on Yu Darvish.  No, Yu’re injury prone!  With all those numbers thrust together to showcase best and worst calls, I review each pitcher and include which top-40 pitchers I failed to rank.  I cut it off at 40 to make me look better, there were like 7 I didn’t rank between 40-50 and I’m lazy!  Haha.  And I promise, no more hyperlinks in the open!  Here’s the recap to 2015’s starting pitching ranks:

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Through Grey and I’s manipulation of modern physics, the 2015 podcast season has finally ended for us and we’re here to wrap up the year!   We each give each other the high-pitched chuckles looking back at the Razzball Staff Picks and where we both went horribly wrong, talk a few of Grey’s Razzballies where he awarded the best and worst of 2015, then a few stat oddities amongst the league leaders.  Then the podcast goes into hibernation while Grey will be here doing what he do, and I’m over on the fantasy basketball side of things!  (Grey’s note:  Draft James Harden.  A) He looks like a black Justin Turner.  B) Without a Kardashian, he’s in store for big things or he will become a woman.  C) There’s no C.)  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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The season is over, but when you’re listening it wasn’t quite over for us!  So we still have a wrap up show on the docket, and on today’s fine programming we grace the airwaves with possible 2016 bounce backs, another edition of Higher/Lower, and players ending the year hotter than Devonta Freeman!  Wait, ummmm, no I’m not thinking about football right now!  “Say something I’m giving up on you!”  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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Sure there’s roto leagues wrapping up, some final H2H matchups, but the Pitcher Profile isn’t going to help too many owners scout for the remaining 6 days of this season.  We are doing a little more looking ahead!  Progressive scouting is my term for this edition – makes me feel all front-office-y!

So I decided to find another off-the-map “prospect” to break down – Rays maybe long-term long-relief/maybe full-time starter next year, Matt Andriese.  I know what you’re thinking…  Blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!  But what really intrigued me was his AAA numbers this year.  In 12 starts (13 app.), 3-3 with a 2.35 ERA and 69 K in 65 innings.  He did have a 1.15 WHIP, but then in the deeper numbers it’s even more intriguing – 9.55:1.38 K:BB and all with a .344 BABIP, giving him – wait for it – a 1.94 FIP.  Whoa!  Given it’s a pretty small sample, but he’s been decent in 62.2 innings in the Majors as well.  I don’t really remember seeing any of those innings this year in the Majors (and I don’t think I saw him the few Durham Bulls games I’ve been to this year), so I decided to break down his spot start yesterday to see if there’s some deep league sleeper appeal for 2016:

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Every time I think of Brandon Finnegan, I envision a long-storied lineage of Irish pub purveyors.  “Have a pint, laddie!”

A very big name prospect with the Royals, the Reds hit on the luck of the Irish by dealing a really awful-looking Johnny Cueto – whose numbers are getting walloped by an ugly stick – and picking up some nice prospects with Finnegan the centerpiece.  Man, both the Reds and my Brewers got some nasty returns for vets that have been atrocious in the AL…  The NL Central is going to be unreal in a few seasons…

Back to the point!  Hell, I’m all over the place – I’m writing this open while watching football, and while taking a break from putting together basketball ranks in position tiers.  Oh yeah!  Play in an RCL Basketball League, it’s like Fantasy Baseball but without rainouts!  Yikes, get me some Adderral…

Even with all the hype, and even though he’s made a few relief appearances, I don’t think I’ve ever watched Finnegan pitch.  So I decided to break down Finnegan’s first career MLB start at the Brewers last Friday night to see if he’s worth an add over the final two weeks, and/or a buzzy sleeper pick in 2016:

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It’s never too early to start scouting sleepers (from the seashore) for 2016!  Grey and I talk some names that could be impact late-rounders in 2016 and possible dynasty pickups as we near the 2015 finish line.  We also play another round of Higher/Lower and mention a few prospects to keep an eye on.  Plus a breakdown of the league leaders in BABIP!  Grey constantly says “that seems high” which is probably a consensus review of this Podcast…  So much high-pitched cackling!  Mmmm, cracklin…  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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