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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The Razzball Podcast is back!  On this week’s show, it starts on a downer, but we pull it through!  We then let Grey stroke his brilliance and explain why he zagged instead of zigged in his Tout Wars draft and JB learns about Grey’s open interpretation of player name pronunciations.  Don’t draft Castilio!  We then chat about some of the big notes from Spring over the past week, including Kris Bryant hitting a bajillion home runs.  None of them matter though!  Here’s the new edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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We’ve got Grey on location in Arizona!  Grey fills us in about rolling with the Razzball crew in Spring Training, including Jack Full of Hate hoping to be Jack Full of Tristan Cockcroft!  Too far?  Probably!  But it’s early in Spring Training and I’m working on the full repertoire!   We then roll through all of the early Spring injuries including no Cy for Yu!  Then wrap up with a look at the noteworthy performances in the ultimate useless small sample of the first few games through Spring.  Here’s the new edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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The Razzball Baseball Podcast is back!  From the dormant winter, we have returned Game of Thrones north-of-the-wall-style (wait, so are we zombies or hot Scottish redheads?) to bring the fantasy legend of Grey’s mustache back to the airwaves.  Grey and I will be your hosts for this season, with Rudy peppered in making our well-seasoned soup.  We’ll have the Pods out every Monday morning, and on today’s show we talk about Nick Capozzi’s sex-suggesting voice, why “other” fantasy experts lie to their families, and Grey’s omnipresent (probably incorrect adjective use) love for Francisco Liriano.  Here’s the first Razzball Baseball Podcast of 2015:

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Pitcher Profiles are almost back baby!  Let’s get this shizz goin!

We’ve got another big year of GIFfing, Gamescore+ , breaking down every pitch to a tedium… it’s going to get my motor running about as hard as every Corey Kluber start!

I hope everyone has had a nice winter, and enjoyed an awesome year with us so far over on Hoops.  Good thing it’s an indoor sport!  Northeast getting more snow than Tony Montana’s desk.  But with the allure of the weather warming (it hasn’t yet), we can all get together and talk some starting pitching (it’s deep, convo over).  With depth comes two interesting schools of thought – should you go with aces early because there’s so little distinguishing the mid-tier and breakout guys?  Or wait entirely and build your whole staff late?  Of course there’s 50 Shades of Grey, which is still my usual approach.  Hopefully Grey’s next book will be 51 Shades of Grey Albright.  Shade 1 – mustache play.

If you missed the wrap up at the end of last year, you can check out how my 2014 pre-ranks fared against Grey and ESPN.

Enough foreplay, below are my top 100 SP ranks!  With the great pitching depth, comes great responsibility a lot of guys out of the 100 that are probably in other ranks here and there.  Pitchers 70-130 are so hard to differentiate…  But as always, please shoot your comments below on what ya think, and happy pitching 2015!

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Razzball Nation!  Hopefully the musings and GIFfings (man that sounds dirty) of this friendly, big-ol baseball nerd helped bring you low ERAs and WHIPs in 2014.  And shameless plug, if you need some JB love-n-rubbin’ and/or looking for Fantasy Basketball talk, come over and join us at Hoops!

As I always like to do with rankings, it’s fun to go back and see what went right.  What went wrong.  Especially when you get to say “Member in preseason when Grey wanted everyone to get Justin Masterson Top 25?  Yeah, no fun to make fun of wrong ranks/calls to everyone, is it Grey?!  Hell, everyone knows I’m only writing this since I’ve been talking about Corey Kluber since May 2013!  (True story, I watched these two innings and had him in my line-up in a ton of leagues while either 0 or 1% owned, game went into a 2 or 3 hour rain delay, but those two innings got me hooked on the firebeard!)

So what I’ve put together are my 2014 Preseason Starting Pitcher Ranks (be sure to look at my 5 sleeper picks in the intro – saucy!  Better than last year, HUH GREY?!) in the order I had them mid-March, followed by Grey’s rank, ESPN’s pre-season rank (since RCL Baseball was played there and using this list), and the Razzball Player Rater Final SP Value to establish the final rank.  Here’s how Big Biscuit did:

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We’re so close to the finish line!  The marathon is nearing the final push; your legs are weakening, you’re starting to feel incontinent… Well, Jonathan Papelbon sure was yesterday!  But we’re looking at the starting pitchers here in the Pitcher Profile corner, and the emergence of Carlos Carrasco since re-inserted into the rotation has been carrying fantasy owners in tons of leagues.  C&C Pitching Factory!

In six starts from August 10th to September 7th, C&C has had the fastball dancing now, with a 0.70 ERA and 42 Ks in 38.2 IP.  The fastball averaged well over 96 MPH, easily his predominant pitch.  Unfortunately for Carrasco owners, he struggled a bit against the Tigers last Friday, giving up 4 runs with the fastball velocity down.  It’s actually dipped under 96 MPH his past two starts, as well as a progressive trend of more-and-more sliders with less heaters in this late-season run.  So I decided to break down his start at Detroit and see if he’s a guy I’m going to trust in down the stretch:

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