Yes, the Razzball Baseball Podcast is back with me back at the helm (Helm to 108!) after the wedding and honeymoon, with hands down our best Pod on the year! We got to chat with JT Thompson, the Founder and Chairman of The Hip Hop Hall of Fame about the legends of Hip Hop and the soon-to-be-opened New York City Museum. Grey tried his best to ask the hard questions just to get hired as a tour guide! We also talk tons of baseball including the power binges of my Brewers (Domingo Santana and Khris Davis), where Jake Arrieta will rank next year, and play another edition of Higher/Lower. Now with even more of Grey’s game show theme music! Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s always good to try and see every pitcher that you can.
I’ve never seen Henry Owens pitch, but didn’t think much of him for 2015 with a horrible walk rate in AAA (4.12 per/9). “Is this strike zone regulation size, or what?!” But he is a top prospect, reportedly has good stuff, and was decent in his debut against the Yanks.
You never know what you can see at the eye level, and you never know what pitchers might have a fluky bad walk rate in AAA only to find dynamite command in the Majors (cough, Taylor Jungmann). So I decided to check out Owens yesterday, to see how he looked on the road against the Tigers in his second MLB start:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Razzball Podcast hath return, and on this week’s Pod we talk Jose Fernandez‘s shoulder, Joe Ross and the Nationals’ rotation, and my wedding and honeymoon where Grey gets mad personal. Hey Grey, this is a fantasy baseball podcast, not sexual healing with Lizzy Caplan! I guess my intro flub confused him… We then play another round of higher/lower, discuss where Carlos Correa and Manny Machado will be ranked for 2016, and a shocking run from an over-the-hill starting pitcher. Hint, he has no elbow ligaments! Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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:Please, blog, may I have some more?