Oh man, what a week of pitching!  Filled with intrigue, romance and murder!  Eh, a little carried away there, although poor Jarrod Parker might indeed have his MLB life cut short.  Get well soon, J-Park!

Then yesterday afternoon Michael Pineda swiss-cheesed the Orioles bats in a near-historic K-fest.  He hasn’t ever had shoulder issues, let him throw 150!  Johan Santana is like, “…not the best idea…”

Also this weekend, we finally got to see Carlos Rodon start a game, his first in his MLB career Saturday night hosting the Reds.  I bet he got all confused facing the Reds since he pitched for NC State and all…  North Carolina bias!  I didn’t see him pitch at all through Spring and only a highlight or two in his bullpen stints, so I was excited to break down his debut and see what he can bring to fantasy owners in 2015.  Here’s how he looked:

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The Razzball Baseball Pod is back!  This time with an audience!  On today’s show, we wish our mothers a Happy Mother’s Day as only we could, then get into Bryce Harper‘s homer-binge.  Guessing how many he hits this early is a clown’s query, kinsperson!  I had to class it up there…  We also get into Kris Bryant‘s first homer and our thoughts from a Cubs fan, plus Tim Lincecum‘s ridiculous start and how hard the regression fairies are going to sprinkle his stash with angel dust.  I didn’t know you liked to get wet!  Here’s the newest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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Sometimes a news story falls through the cracks, but Lewis Black is there to catch them in a segment we call Back in Black!  Oh wait, got a little carried away there…  I mean:

Sometimes a pitcher falls through the cracks, and Grey is there to catch them!

Now, I have somewhat of an excuse…  Due to the MLB and regional networks wanting to stick it up the rear of their viewers and black out however-the-hell-far their national maps can reach, I can’t watch Orioles or Nationals games live in my region.  It’s so frustrating that I sold high on Adam Jones in my keeper just because I couldn’t see the homers right away!  I’m an instant gratification kinda guy, wink wink.

It’s easy to follow the hitters from these teams and see the highlights, but I never see big samples from either teams’ SP unless it’s on national TV.  Or in this case, in a Pitcher Profile!  Grey has been all about some Miguel Gonzalez on the Podcast, and I guess it’s easy for me to be a little dismissive as he’s never had “huge” numbers and I can’t ever watch him.  Plus, how good could he be anyway, he’s not even the only starting pitcher named Miguel Gonzalez!  Mmmmmm, Alfredo.  But not the Simon kind!  Anyway, since I’ve seen so little of Gonzalez and he had a very under the radar 2.09 ERA in the final 3 months last year and a 2.59 ERA this year with nice Ks, I figured it was a good time to break down his last start hosting the Rays to see how he’s doing pitch-by-pitch:

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We’re finally settling into the new digs!  This week on the Razzball Baseball Podcast we welcome Jay to the show to talk everything Padres and the perfect decibel level for Grey’s cackle laugh, JB and Grey discuss Masahiro Tanaka‘s value after the oft-injured pitcher hit the DL once again, then chat about over-achieving guys like Jake Marisnick and how to value breakouts.  We even brought back the butter/margarine scale!  And for the first time this season, we limit the talk about the RCL Perts League and Brewers to under one minute.  Progress!  Here’s the newest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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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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