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I already explained what this series of entries is about in last week’s article. If there’s one thing we stalkers hate, it’s locked doors… but if there’s another thing we hate, it’s paper shredders. My point is, somewhere on that list of things we hate is having to explain ourselves, so click that link if you have no idea what’s going on here. And if you still have no idea what’s going on after that, stop by Grey’s Buy/Sell and ask him why he’s publishing this nonsense.

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02/26/2012 – People are paying Bunny Ranch prices for Stephen Strasburg in my mock drafts; I’m not. Sure, I wouldn’t mind the experience, but I think I can get something similar for the cost of a few drinks instead of a week’s paycheck.

04/17/2012 – St. Rasburg, the patron saint of ticket scalpers (which is just a step above being the patron saint of beggars), has kinda’ been living up to the hype. 3 ER, 19 K, and 2 W from 19 IP over 3 starts. Yeah, it was against the Cubs, Mets, and Astros, which is a pretty weak sample, but there’s no need to be a doubting Thomas.

04/29/2012 – I was just looking at Strasburg’s WHIP, but then I was about to sneeze and I think I inhaled the tiny thing. His ERA must’ve blown off my desk when I sneezed, too. Wait, is that it? No, that’s his FIP… they look very similar. I’m using his K/9 to hold my car up while I change the oil, so I don’t really have access to any of his stats right now, but I’m pretty sure he’s pitching alright.

05/03/2012 – Okay, I’m looking over the Razzball Player Rater right now and it’s telling me that St. Rasburg is better than… hmm… Halladay, Kershaw, F-Her… pretty much everyone I would have drafted ahead of him… except Verlander – There Can Be Only One. Random thought – I’d like to see a Razzball Player Hater, where commenters get one vote per week on which player they most wish they didn’t draft.

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02/25/2012 – I only have enough auction money for one new import, and I believe Cespedeseses’ hype more than Yu Darvish’s. Luckily I don’t care for the possessive form of either’s surname, which will help me rationalize stealing possessions from their respective trash bins. I’m probably biased because of something silly… like the failures of so many Japanese aces compared to the relative success of imported sluggers.

04/09/2012 – Darvish looked absolutely filthy today, but I’m sure it’s nothing a shower and hair cut can’t fix. His pitching, on the other hand, was awful (maybe he shouldn’t be pitching with his other hand). 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 12 base runners (4 BB) and only 5 Ks. “Yu ruined my ratios!” That’s you talking to Yu through yur computer. It’s not me… ‘cause I didn’t draft him, suckers!

04/24/2012 – Good thing I’m a brilliant writer, because it seems like I’ll be dining on my words for some time. I’m watching Darvish make the Yankees look stupid as I write this. Damn, did he just pull 97 MPH out for the first time today… in the 7th inning? That’s one hell of a sneak attack. Hmm… can’t think of any jokes that tie “Japanese” and “sneak attack” together right now.

04/31/2012 Oy vey, Yu. Doode just keeps lowering his ERA (from 7.94 to 2.18) and raising his K-rate (now an even 9.00). Hulky Crystal says, “YU LOOK MARVELOUS!”

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02/02/2012 – Grey likes Tim Lincecum this year… a lot. Ranked him as the #5 SP overall, which I find surprising. I mean, Grey even talks about all of Timmy’s downside (“falling K-rate,” “burgeoning walk rate,” “highest xFIP since his rookie year”) in the blurb, so he must be A.) hedging his bets B.) slightly blinded by the brand C.) “C” is usually a placeholder to catch people guessing D.) not all that impressed with the rest of the Top 20.

04/12/2012 – Lincecum with 11 ER in 7 2/3 IP. That’s not good, right? Does it help that this was over two starts, not in one? He had 10 Ks… that’s something. C’mon, a good buddy paid $37 at auction for Timmy; I’m scrambling for anything positive to scream up to the ledge.

04/17/2012 – Wow… another 5 earned in 6 innings for Lincecum. It’s good that the Ks are there (6 more). It’s good that he lowered his ERA… no, wait, it’s not good when an outing like this lowers your ERA. Maybe the Giants should start paying him with dollar bills placed in front of him on the mound. Just a thought.

04/24/2012 – Only 1 ER over 5 IP. Look at Tiny Tim threatening to bust out a quality start! Yeah, let’s just ignore those 5 free passes and focus on the 8 Ks. Serenity now!

04/29/2012 – Looks like Timmy will finish April with a… passable 5.74 ERA. It’s really only “passable” if you’re comparing it to the 12.91 he was rockin’ a few weeks back. The 2.52 differential between his FIP and ERA probably makes it a bit more palatable. The fact that he hasn’t given up a dinger since his first start is nice. Also, I hear there’s been some incredible advancements in the toupee industry of late. Things are looking up!

  1. chata says:
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    before he signed , i had him as a cy young candidate .
    somewhere in the forums , i predicted that the jays would win
    the A.L. East … IF they signed him (ok , so i may have over-evaluated
    their offense) , but the thing is …. with an import like YU , you can discount him for “cultural” adjustments , but his track record speaks volumes and shows a pattern of success .

    the trouble is , that unless you were a believer from the start , or willing to
    take a “flyer” , talent like Yu will never appear on your roster , unless you
    concentrate on re-draft leagues , in which case you have the luxury , like Grey , of being able to re-evaluate on a yearly basis .

    nice that you’re willing to expose your inner thoughts (dirty laundry ?) .
    obviously , you’re “comfortable in your own skin” .

    looking forward to more articles from you …. particularly after the season ends .
    i find the combination of year-end evaluation and new-year speculation to be quite revealing , and is , perhaps , the most exciting time of the year
    for player and self-analysis .

    • Awesomus Maximus

      Awesomus Maximus says:
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      @chata, Agreed… I’m looking forward to looking back through these posts at end of season and doing a comprehensive wrap up.

  2. Matt Damon says:
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    Razzball Player Hater – Robinson Cano. I know (hope) he’ll turn it around, but man he’s killing me right now with his Tulo impression!

    • Awesomus Maximus

      Awesomus Maximus says:
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      @Matt Damon, Grand slam… you know how to motivate a guy!

  3. Keith

    tomscuba says:
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    Like yer blurbs bro. Grey and Rudy chose wisely.

    • Awesomus Maximus

      Awesomus Maximus says:
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      @tomscuba, Thanks, much appreciated!

  4. Slappy says:
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    Max, when you next have occasion to communicate with Grey, well, bring up the part about dining on your words. Here that would be Grey’s Adam Dunn vanishes into oblivion like Boog Powell. The Dunnster (not dumpster) decided to “vanish” to the tune of 9 HR and 23 RBI.

    • Awesomus Maximus

      Awesomus Maximus says:
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      @Slappy, I’ll bring it up at the next staff meeting… nobody listens to me, though.

  5. Ryan says:
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    Need 2 pitchers to start this week..choices are
    Detweiller,smyly,dempster,hammel,McDonald,Edwin Jackson,volquez..
    Thanks!!

    • Awesomus Maximus

      Awesomus Maximus says:
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      @Ryan, I’ll be starting EJax @Pit and @Cin. I also like Smyly @Sea.

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