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We like baseball.  We might even love baseball.  But we love fantasy baseball more.

If you read this site at all, this should not be news to you.  We do not pretend to be a general baseball site.  We do not pretend to write like general baseball writers or general baseball fans.   Our focus and point of view has been irrevocably bastardized through the tainted prism of fantasy baseball fanaticism (and the fact that we are smart asses).

Much like you, the vast majority of our baseball-related surfing is focused on day-to-day management of our fantasy baseball teams.  Over the years, I shudder to think how much time that Grey and I pored through player news, game logs, player stats, etc. trying to find information that could help our teams.

Over the past year, about the time I started fiddling with Stream-o-Nator and the Player Rater, there has been something gnawing at me as I pored through all these pages – particularly all the player pages.

I could do better.

Not in the sense of creating a better ‘general baseball’ player page.  There are plenty of great baseball player pages out there.  But at the end of the day, most of these player pages are all from the ‘general baseball’ perspective.  They are for education and reference versus making day-to-day fantasy baseball decisions.  (There are some fantasy baseball sites with player pages but none of those have caught my fancy either)

So this offseason, I kicked off a project to create the ultimate fantasy baseball player page.  A player page whose sole purpose would be to help fantasy baseball fanatics make their day-to-day decisions.  A player page that fantasy baseball fanatics can look at and say, “Wow, this was made with me in mind.”

I suppose time will tell whether I succeeded or not in my goal of making the best fantasy baseball player page.  I certainly hope I did because it required a significant investment in time, tech/design help and data feeds.  And we have no desire right now to create a subscription model to try and bilk the subset of you who are uber-fanatics.

So if you like the Player Pages, I have just one ask (besides use the pages early and often):  Pass it on in some way.  If you are writing a comment on Facebook or Twitter about a player, link to his Razzball Fantasy Baseball Player Page.  If you are commenting on another site and you are making an argument gleaned from our data, link to his Razzball Fantasy Baseball Player Page.  Even hitting the ‘Like’ button helps a little.

Okay, enough frigin’ setup.  Here are some highlights on what we’re launching…

Player Pages

  • Accessible by clicking on player names throughout site and the site search (top right of page)
  • Available for all players on MLB 40-man rosters
  • For hitters (example:  Ryan Braun)
    • RHP vs. LHP – Figure out instantly whether a hitter has great success or trouble against an RHP or LHP.  All hitters have $ values and projected stats based on projecting 650 PAs vs. RHP and vs. LHP.  This data is based on leverage 3-years of data and a big dollop of regression.
    • Projections for Next 7 Days (aka Hitter-tron) - Identify hitters worth a short-term pickup or optimize your bench hitters.
    • Rest of Season Projections / $ Values - Coming very soon
    • Game Logs – Last 10 and 30 day game log with Points per game (based on H2H)
    • Positional/Total Ranks, $ values, and Stats for:  Season to Date, Pre-Season, Last 7 Days, Last 30 days, Month, and 2010-2012.  For Season-to-Date, there are $ values for many different roster formats including those using OBP and OPS.
    • Career major/minor league stats – Available courtesy of a pop-up grid courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com
    • Expected In-Season AVG - Easily identify what a player’s AVG would be if his BABIP was as projected in the pre-season.
    • Menu to navigate to other players based on their eligible position(s)
  • For pitchers (example:   Justin Verlander)
    • Starter Projections for Next 7 Days (aka Stream-o-Nator) – Evaluate streaming candidates, 2 start pitchers in weekly leagues and make decisions on when to start/sit rostered pitchers
    • Rest of Season Projections / $ Values - Coming very soon
    • Game Logs – All games started for the year (with $ values) and Last 30 days for relief appearances
    • Positional/Total Ranks, $ values, and Stats for:  Season to Date, Pre-Season, Last 7 Days, Last 30 days, Month, and 2010-2012.  For Season-to-Date, there are $ values for many different roster formats including those using QS and Holds.
    • Career major/minor league stats – Available courtesy of a pop-up grid courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com
    • Menu to navigate to other players based on their eligible position(s)

Hitter-Tron

  • This tool is designed to identify attractive short-term hitter pickups and to determine when to start/sit hitters on your roster.  The higher the $ value, the more attractive the start.  
  • Hitter-Tron projections rely on Steamer projections as a foundation and then adjust based on several game-specific factors that include quality of opposing starting pitcher, hitter’s performance vs. the handedness of opposing starting pitcher, park factors, whether the game is home or away, and predicted batting order spot (for Runs, RBIs, and Plate Appearances).
  • Available for up to the next 7 days as well as a ‘next 7 day’ total suited for weekly league roster decisions
  • Sort or filter by any statistic – including greater than (>) and less than (<) requests
  • Will be adding a ‘% Start’ predictor soon (currently set at 100% for all rostered hitters not on the DL)

Rest of Season Projections & Player Rater (available in next couple days)

  • Projections brought to you by Steamer
  • Playing time projections + Saves + Holds + QS produced by Razzball
  • Leverages previous season and current season data to make the best predictions on player value for rest of year.
  • Will have Rest of Season rankings available on a near-daily basis.
  • Uses the same $ methodology as the Season-to-Date Player Rater
  • Will be leveraged for Stream-o-Nator and Hitter-Tron upon release

Other Notables

  • In-Season Stats – Available for Hitters and Pitchers.  Includes 12-team MLB $ values + RCL Ownership %
  • FIP vs. ERA – Identify which pitchers are getting ‘lucky’ vs. ‘unlucky’
  • Best 100 Starts of 2013 – See who had the most valuable fantasy baseball starts of the year
  1. That should be “shudder to think”.

      • Mike says:
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        @Rudy Gamble:

        Still shows it that way in the preview on the main razzball.com page.

  2. Mike

    Mike says:
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    This is really fantastic stuff. Thanks for putting the work into creating it and for keeping it free for all of us to use!

  3. OaktownSteve says:
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    Neato! Congrats Rudy. I’m sure it’s a great feeling to have gotten something like this together.

    • @OaktownSteve: Yeah, it does feel good. Didn’t quite know how much work I signed up for when I wrote out the requirements. Probably best I didn’t know or I might’ve chickened out.

  4. Great stuff, Rudy. Thanks for all the hard work.

  5. royce! says:
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    Holy crap that’s amazing, Rudy. Do you not sleep? I mean, of course you don’t, you have a young daughter, but don’t you want to sometime? All this shizz is making me feel insanely lazy…Also, it’s hilarious that the first response to this announcement was about “shudder” v. “shutter.” God bless the internet. Also, Shudder to Think was a great band. So thanks for all the work and reminding me of a band that I haven’t listened to in ages. Now get some sleep!

    • @royce!: Thanks. The daughter is 18 months now so I could sleep…but I definitely sacrificed some Z’s to work on this and avoid the doghouse.

      • royce! says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: My daughter is 15 months old and has only recently started to sleep until 6 am…I keep missing out on late inning, west coast games because I’ve been trying to get enough sleep. When my wife tells her the “I was in labor with you for blah blah blah” story years from now, I’ll be chiming in with “I lost my fantasy league in 2013!” That oughta make her behave!

  6. Dawn of the Dread says:
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    Good work!

  7. Cheese says:
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    I love you.

    • @Cheese: I still haven’t forgiven you for killing Prop Joe.

  8. Shawn of the living says:
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    Wow. Fantastic gentlemen

  9. Drew says:
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    @Rudy: Really digging the player page…

    Some requests that, admittedly, might already be planned but are pretty simple-

    1. Injury Status – Big and red and right up front (sounds like I’m describing something not so ideal in the nether-regions).

    2. MLB Team (perhaps hyperlinked to a “Team Page” that lists the appropriate MLB roster with player links).

    Keep up the good work, have really come to expect the best from you and the whole Razzball crew!

    • @Drew: Thanks. MLB Team is in the top-left of the player page. Debated having DL status as part of the Player Info box but got constrained. If a guy is on the DL, I don’t project hitting stats (and they typically aren’t a probable pitcher) so there’s that.

  10. MasterofGrond says:
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    Wow, just wow.

    Starting coming to Razzball just for the snarky analysis, but I suspect now I can never leave. It’s just too damn useful.

    Thanks Rudy!

    • @MasterofGrond: Yeah, maybe one day people will say I came for the dorky stat stuff and I stayed for the snark :)

  11. Jvh4 says:
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    This is incredible. I might get fired because if this. Only problem is I don’t want to share! This is such an advantage! By the power of Rudyskull. I have the power!

    • @Jvh4: Ha. Would hate for you to lose your job and not share this with people. Do the opposite on both.

  12. Big Magoo says:
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    This is really great stuff. The Hitter-tron and 7-day SON projections are especially useful for a chronic rosterbator like me.

    Speaking as a father of a 17-month-old daughter, how the hell do you sleep, Rudy? You must have a caffeine IV hooked up or something.

    • @Big Magoo: Thanks! I’ve been working on this on/off since November (there’s a learning curve with MySQL) so was able to work 1-2 late nights a week without resorting to the IV drip. Luckily, my daughter sleeps through the night…

  13. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    R.A.Z.Z. rules everything around me, player screen is the money, holla holla at Rudy now!

  14. Nico

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    Rudy, this is a Fantasy/Stat guy’s dream come true! Seriously, this is great. I have already put a lineup in for a daily fantasy league tonight using the tools. This kind of information is not available anywhere else. There is one problem though… If I tell my friends in my league about all these tools (and the site), it might eliminate my ridiculous advantage… Using everything available to me at Razzball. i.e. War Room, Streamonator, articles, etc. I was able to put together the best fantasy team in my league, hands down. I don’t think the daily ESPN podcast my friends are listening to is doing them any favors. You guys rock!

      • Bada Bing says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Hahahaha. Best comment ever.

          • Longbeachyo says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: they used to be so cute… what happened?

            • Cheese says:
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              @Longbeachyo: cocaine happened

          • The Vaporizers says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: hahaha ,very good.

            And VERY well done on these player pages, Rudy!

  15. Moose Out Front says:
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    This is unbelievable. I had already made razzball my prime A1 site to come to for fantasy team management. Between the write-ups and the comments, I am steamrolling a competitive league that I’ve been in since 2006 and never placed higher than 4th in.

    Now this…player info page, hitter-tron, an ever improving S-O-N… I’ve often wondered how you guys do what you do and have come to the conclusion that it is purely for love. Well I love you too. Thanks for such a great resource.

    • @Moose Out Front: That’s really nice to hear that we’re helping you do well in your leagues. Appreciate the positive feedback!

  16. Scrimage says:
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    Just awesome….. One of my favorite web sites, the info is stellar and the analysis is by far some of the best in sports., Thanks !

  17. Tom Jacks

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    This is one giant leap for mankind.

  18. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    great work, I know Grey is getting all the love in his article for your work. If you guys could just figure out a way for me to play my fantasy leagues from in here i would never have to leave.

    Were split stas ever considered for this?

    • @Jack Full of Hate: I considered it but I think the LHP vs. RHP stuff I did is WAY better. The in-season splits are too small of a sample size and require a lot of regression against the league average. So a guy going .400 against LHP and .200 against RHP….won’t do that in the long-run. The reality is he might be .280 vs. .250 or something like that.

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        @Rudy Gamble: gotcha, i was thinking parks, but, in season it’s too early, I do like that E$PN does the 3 year average

        This is really cool, it’s like Christmas for FBB junkies

        • I use 3-year averages for parks (with a little bit of regression) and some LH/RH park splits for HRs

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: you are getting added to the christmas list!

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        I love it. When evaluating splits, my routine is to pull up the yahoo player profile page, look at this season, look at least season, look at career, and then kind of draw a conclusion in my head about what I’ve just seen. No more scro. I’ll just use this 100% and take my effin brain out of the equation.

        • Yeah, I put the RHP $ vs LHP $ right at the top to help ring the bells for guys who have bad splits. I’ve been rotating De Aza and Joyce a lot when either faces a lefty (granted, Joyce sits but De Aza is blech against LHP – doesn’t help they are harder to steal on too)

  19. Fish says:
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    God I hated high school math classes due to the pointlessness of trig or pre-calc, but now I can’t get enough numbers. Thank you for indulging me.

    Out of curiosity, what was your rationale behind using BABIP for “Expected In-Season AVG?” Jaywrong and I have had various discussions about when various categories reach a stabilization point and the most recent research indicates that BABIP is fluctuates widely and takes 820 BIP to stabilize.

    • @Fish: I used projected BABIP from Steamer which takes sample size into account (and would regress where necessary). So the only ‘in-season’ stats used is really K-rate and HR-rate.

  20. John says:
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    Unbelievable! Pinch me I must be dreaming.

    I don’t mean to look a gift horse in the mouth (yes, I am that old), but how hard would it be to allow me to specify a watch list (i.e. players on my roster) for my daily decisions?

    Looking down the road at the next version (yes, I know you just announced this version today!) it would be great to be able to upload rosters and YTD fantasy team stats from the big three (Yahoo, ESPN and CBS) to enable me to look at my roster vs available players and eventually be able to forecast category wins and losses in H2H weekly league and even projected standings in roto leagues.

    • @John: Thanks. It’s something we’ll consider but it’s a different level of work. Requires user permissioning, UIs to upload the data, etc. I’ve seen other companies try to do this (Bloomberg being one) and I don’t think it’s every truly taken off…

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        @Rudy Gamble:Does this answer go for the watch list idea too?

  21. Prezii says:
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    Beautiful. Its amazing how much you guys have grown over the years.. thanks for the hard work Rudy, you know this place is going to have a million readers eventually.. prolly still like 4 girl readers tho. Still, Well friggin done!

    • @Prezii: @Prezii: ha. thanks. if i added player pictures, could double the lady count…unless they saw Brett Wallace…

  22. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I like.

    Thank you.

  23. willclark says:
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    This is great. Thanks for putting together a great site. I realize I am looking a gift horse in the mouth but…any thought to a ‘Compare Players Page?’ I could see that as a logical next step after the some of the Player Page Projections.

    • @willclark: Good idea…will consider it for a future enhancement…

  24. Doc Pounder says:
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    Nice job Rudy. Almost too much to absorb at one time. Looking forward to how it plays out. From a quick look-through, Ike Davis could be the Joe Blanton of Hitter-Tron. [img]http://smiley.nowdararpour.ir/other5/10.gif[/img]

    • Ha. Interested to see what happens with Ike on Rest of Season projections. I’ve still got him in RCL but have Alonso, Chris Carter, and a DL’d Corey Hart so i’m giving him only so much more time to turn it around like last year.

  25. Dan Pants

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    Great stuff, Rudy! The strides RB has made in just the past year alone are amazing. Can’t wait to start abusing these tools to dominant all my non-RCL leages. Massive props.

  26. Long Bawls says:
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    You guys have set the internet back ten years. To when it was awesome!

    • Would you like me to add some buffering to the Player Pages?

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Tehol holds down the buff, or so he claims…

  27. Ryan says:
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    In a 20 team h2h dynasty league, would u trade morse and neil walker for everth cabrera and mclouth?

    • No. I like Everth for SAGNOF but you’d be buying McLouth super-high.

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        @Rudy Gamble: so if I deal morse, who are some speedsters to target?

        • @Ryan: i’d like Morse for Everth straight up. Maybe a guy with less speed who won’t kill you in other areas like a De Aza? Might be worth checking out the Season to Date Player Rater (under Tools) and sort for guys with positive SB contributions who won’t hurt you in other categories…

  28. Whatever says:
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    Fantastic Work, Rudy.

  29. Kwaz says:
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    Suggestions:

    1) The tables with a multitude of different league formats are a little too much info for me. It might be nice if you defaulted to only showing ESPN 12-team mixed with the rest of them collapsed and a link to expand to see the whole table. Or even better, if each user could set a default format to view.

    2) When I pull up a player’s page on fangraphs, the things I always look at first are the player’s BB%, K%, BABIP, LD%, IFFB%, HR/FB%. For me to think about using your player pages as a substitute, I would have to see that information on there.

    3) Might be nice to see more detailed splits.

    Thanks for putting out a nice product though.

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      @Kwaz: ya like on baseball reference they have an option to expand to the whole table or scroll with the main info sticking in place. That would be handy

    • @Kwaz: Based on our site surveys, our readers play a number of different formats. Only 23% even play 12-team ESPN (more play Yahoo!). The table up top is a summary with further drilldowns on the bottom – so did bury the majority of the player rater stuff since real estate at the top of the page is more valuable. Yeah, we could’ve had in-season stats there but every site has that….

      FanGraphs is great and they provide some great stats. But where they provide ingredients, our goal is to provide the meal. We will have Rest of Season projections on top of next 7 day projections which take into account the important component skills. We have LHP vs. RHP $ values so you don’t have to pore through (often meaningless) splits and figure out how many grains of salt you should take them with.

      Appreciate the feedback!

  30. The Sheriff says:
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    But he did not shoot the deputy… Only me

  31. Dingbat says:
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    This is awesome, thanks!

    I imagine this would be more work than it’s worth, but would it be possible to have some fields allow for user input? For example, for the Expected In-Season AVG Calculator, what if I wanted to use Steamer’s ROS-projected BABIP values, rather than a preseason projection BABIP value?

    • @Dingbat: Well, I’ll be switching to ROS BABIP in a few days but I hear what you’re saying. Building ‘calculators’ might be an area we go – depends really on database performance and demand. Grey bugs me all the time for a Custom Player Rater but that clamor dies down once the season starts.

  32. Chowvonphatty says:
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    RUDY! RUDY! RUDY! Once again great stuff.

  33. fri-guy says:
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    the magazine ad wasn’t kidding about adding an extra 3inches in 3 weeks, just needed the right inspiration. if my hand wasn’t glued to the keyboard, i’d give you a high five!

    • @fri-guy: oh, so that is a banana in your pants…ok, well i’m happy to see you.

  34. Clint says:
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    How about a player trade analyze and/or an add/drop one to lessen your plethora of questions on here daily? And just you guys know, I’ll gladly pay to keep your pirate ship afloat if and when that happens because your advice has been great for me this year.

    • @Clint: Trade analyzer could be in the cards at some point. It doesn’t take much though to look at the players in the Rest of Season Player Rater to determine rest of year worth (coming soon!)

  35. Eric W says:
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    WOW, really cool defiantly makes the Hitter-tron/stream-o-nator much easier to use. Great work now just if you could add the goofiest picture possible of each player to his page…..

    • @Eric W: Ha…yeah, the photos make me laugh from time to time but i hate the room they take up on the page.

  36. Formerly Satsuma Mike says:
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    Congrats Rudy on getting this out to the masses. I’ll share with my league.

  37. Aero says:
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    This. Is. Solid.

    Thanks!! Can’t wait to dig in.

  38. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Oh this is nice! People who are ESPN insiders should cancel their subscription to that crap, and then donate it here every month. This is awesome Rudy!

    I could see this being very useful for a site like Draftkings. Pair it with SON and I might as well be printing money at my house. Not that I would do that, because it’s illegal…but you get the point.

    • @Shake N Bacon: Thanks…i don’t need you getting better at DraftKings…feels like you beat me every time…

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        @Rudy Gamble: Naw I don’t think I do. I have two lineups in every time. You only have one, don’t you?

        I see most people have success on there by choosing an entire team’s offensive lineup. For example, the people who chose the Rays last Friday night, probably scored extremely well. You pick people like Jose Molina or Yunel Escobar, who you wouldn’t choose in a million years otherwise and they end up getting a grand slam or something similar. But if you guess the wrong lineup, you get the low score.

        Anyways…love the new player pages. Can’t say that enough!

  39. The Guru

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    Really great work, Rudy. Spent first 45 minutes of “real” job messing around with it. I anticipate time spent “messing around” to increase along with my fake baseball success. *tips cap*

    • @The Guru: Doing what I can to kill what’s left of US productivity.

  40. raw_fee says:
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    Thanks for all the hard work and effort by you and your crew! Cheers!

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        @Rudy Gamble:

        Are you planning on leaving a Comment Section on the bottom of the player page where users can talk about each players upcoming or previous performances?

  41. Brian bushman says:
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    Thanks razzball you just changed my life!!

  42. Brian bushman says:
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    This may have diminished any social life I have this summer too, though….

  43. Duke says:
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    This is fantastic. I already instantly liked the site when I found it two years ago. The quality of improvements since that time have been continual and tremendous. The Symphony of 9 Er… Hott Kiss podcast song gets weirdly stuck in my head on a regular basis too. Thanks for all the hard work gang

  44. Van Hammersly says:
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    Awesome job! Rudy, can’t wait to get familiar with all these new resources.

  45. outstanding work. thank you Rudy.

  46. trick dad says:
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    amazing work!!! thanks guys

  47. JTR says:
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    There is no one better in the business than your guys at Razzball. Truly amazing. Thank you for all of the hard work. May great things continue to come your way!

  48. JoeC says:
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    You light up my life, Rudy. You give me hope, to carry on. You light up my days, and fill my nights, WITH SONG!

    Truly, this is the best FB site bar none.

  49. cubjet says:
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    This looks fantastic!! When I found your sight a couple years ago, I had a hard time sharing it with my friends because I wanted your guys insight all to myself. I have since divulged your exsistence to one of my closer friends, just so we could laugh about and discuss your articles. Now I’m not saying some of the guys in my league don’t know about Razzball, but I’m really not telling them now.

    Thanks again for a wonderful website.

  50. mauledbypandas says:
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    this is freaking awesome!

    great job Rudy!

  51. BigBaby says:
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    prettttttty prettttttty good. well done guys. in other news, dude in 1st in my league recently told the rest of my lazy ass league about this site and now everyone is on razzball. aside from waking up at 5 each morn to read the daily column what the hell am i supposed to do now?

    oh – and revere or pierre ROS?

  52. stynyr says:
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    Gee, Rudy. Anything to not have to answer our questions…

    Jay Kay!

    Nice work.

  53. SteveNZ says:
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    Oh my word. I think I might need to go and have a lie down. This is terrific, Rudy.

    Congratulations and thanks so much.

  54. Juan Lucky Pierre says:
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    You guys need to start charging for this shiz.

  55. Simply Fred

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    This begs a seminar in Vegas!

  56. abdoozy says:
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    Thanks a lot, Rudy.. I’m never going to get these required system upgrades done now..

    Seriously, this is awesomer than all the other awesomest stuff you have on your site which is full of awesomeness.

  57. Dkohn says:
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    Not to beat a dead horse, but…FUCK YOU MR. ED!!!

    I mean nice work Rudy. This is some next level shit.

    Whatever you guys would charge, I know I’d pay it.

    Thanks for making my life awesome Razzball.

  58. Will says:
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    This is awesome. I’m impressed.

    Where does the data come from?
    What kind of database are you running on the back-end?

    Also, I agree with Juan Lucky Pierre above, you could totally charge for Razzball Pro with the Stream-o-Nator and these tools once you get them dialed in.

    • @Will: data comes from a combo of daily data feeds that we pay for + historical data used as the basis for the projections (Steamer for Rest of Season, me building on that for Stream-o-nator and Hitter-Tron).

      SQL Database.

  59. The Red Cyclones says:
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    THANK YOU!

  60. ROLFAMLO says:
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    THANK YOU!

    whats the easiest way to use these toozl

  61. JB says:
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    This site kicks the shizz out of shizz – that is all – thanks for all you do!

    • JB says:
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      @JB: And I conveniently forgot to mention that your site is being named in my recent divorce case – the bitch wants my winnings…

  62. Robert says:
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    I will share with friends. Please keep it free. I spend enough on fantasy baseball as it is.

  63. Thrilla says:
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    I’ve wasted copious hours jumping page-to-page making mental player pages just like these in making daily decisions. This could streamline that. Looks awesome Rudy.

    In a 12 Team H2H league with OBP + SLG + K/9 +QS: who do drop for a Kinsler replacement (my DL slots filled with Eaton, Beachy)?

    C. Santana
    Pujols
    _________
    Longoria
    Rollins
    Jones
    Pence
    De Aza
    Rotating Util: Frazier – Lawrie – Arenado
    DL: Kinsler, Eaton

    Zimmermann
    Scherzer
    H. Bailey
    Tillman
    Milone
    Kendrick
    McCarthy
    Ryu
    Odorizzi
    Teheran

    Best 2B available: Infante, Betancourt, Gyorko, Uggla, Valdespin, Ellis, Amarista

    Thank you!

  64. Terrence Mann says:
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    Excellent work. I’m currently drinking at the Jackson’s Hole across from Coors Field at a birthday party. Everyone here has tickets to the game. The third inning is almost over. I’ve never felt like a Dodger fan until just now.

  65. BERK says:
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    I jizzed in my pants.

  66. MattH says:
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    Great job, Rudy.
    This is awesome.

    Thank-you!

  67. Ned Shakeshaft says:
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    This is just incredible. Thank you!

    Ok, I promise no more hiding you from the Luddites.

  68. yeshcheese says:
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    What a resource! What a labor of fantasy love. You & grey are the absolute best. The best!

  69. El Guapo says:
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    I hope some a big sports site (not BR or ESPN) buy Razzball and make Rudy and Gray rich… They deserve it.

  70. Coach Gonzo says:
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    Razzball is the best fantasy baseball site hands down. Great everything. Thank you. My question is ….is Ian desmond for shelby miller fair? Or should I get more for shelby

  71. Ro_Bauti says:
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    All things even, Goldy vs. Machado in a keeper. Who ya got?

  72. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Holy crap this is insane! If I was one of the four lady readers, my panties would have dropped. Well…who am I kidding, they did drop, but that’s a story for another time and place, probably involving a lot of hard liquor…
    For the time being, I can just say that surfing through these player pages, the amount of work put in is abundantly clear. Thanks for putting in all that work and for making this invaluable tool available to us all. Great work guys!

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Alky Sobrera:

      Oh, and I’ll be sure to share this with my buddies…yes even the ones I’ve been beating on thanks to this site. You guys deserve a wider audience!

  73. raul says:
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    Would you do BJ Upton+Medlen+Moreland for Gio+Kenly Jansen?

  74. Frank White says:
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    Sup Man… Everybody told me to talk to you about the stream o nator.. So I was streaming a couple pitchers for this week and I mostly look at for SP’s winning% to L%, QS% and someone told me to look at the $ but I don’t know what it means. Is that pretty much right?

    • @Frank White: The $ reflects the value of the pitcher based on 5×5 12-team format (W,K,ERA,WHIP). It is definitely the most valuable stat (hence it is the default sorting for the chart). The Win % is probably the least ‘accurate’ projection (it’s really hard) so I don’t really focus on it. I tend to skew toward K’s over ERA/WHIP so that’s what I look at 2nd and then balance vs. ratios. Typically, ‘average’ pitchers who are high on SON are high b/c the opponent + park help their ERA/WHIP. But I started Ubaldo the other day b/c I liked his K-potential.

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        Thanks Rudy… What about any of those guys i mentioned. Do you like any if them?

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks brotha!! Yeah i’m in a 10 people h2h points league so Idk if it’s the same ?

  75. Frank White says:
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    When I was looking at the pitchers for this week, I’ll show you the ones that look good that are in my league. I’m looking for 2 of them so can you tell me which ones you would go for? Hughes on 5/26, Porcello DET, Gomez PIT, Teheran ATL, and Vogelsong SF… They all have good stats pointing to them to win or do real good.. Who do you like?

    • Frank White says:
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      Or Nicasio CO, or Niese NYM

  76. Steve says:
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    I debated about commenting on this Rudy because it will take 5 seconds of your precious time to read it… time you could be spending on your next ingenious endeavor… Awesome!!!

    • Frank White says:
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      u talking about my comment?

  77. Don't Jump Kendrys says:
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    This tool is great.

    However, what makes this tool (and Razzball as a whole) truly unmatched is the evident joy you have for the game.

    I have been reading this site for at least 3 years now. Your wit and analyses is refreshing on so many levels.

    Thanks.

  78. Redonk says:
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    COT DAYUM. RUUUUDDDDDDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!! You’re the man.

  79. Charles says:
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    What’s your mechanism for dealing with injured players? I ask because I noticed Pierzynski doesn’t show up on the weekly list. Would you rather have him or Lucroy to replace Ruiz (6×6 w/ Ks and OBP – no AVG)?

  80. Junior Ortiz says:
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    Holy crap this is awesome, thank you so much. I will endeavor to pass on the word as much as possible.

    BTW, if it’s OK with you guys, I’m going to refer to the Hittertron as the “Schmotatonator” in my own internal monologue.

  81. Rock says:
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    How is your NFBC teaming doing? Can you give an update and your opinion on the league itself. You inspired me to register for a $125 NFBC 15 team league The biggest challenge for me is getting use to the way the league handles the waiver wire($1000 auction-like wire). Keep up the good work.

    • @Rock: league updates coming up shortly – we do it every quartermark of the season. doing well in NFBC – bouncing b/w 3rd and 6th. definitely in contention despite Stanton’s injury/shit April

      • Rock says:
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        My Jose Bautista for his Shelby miller or Max Scherzer? If yes which one?

  82. Mariner Mike says:
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    Do you like Eaton? My OF is Cespedes,Ellesbury,Marte, Swisher, and Cuddyer. Not the most productive but maybe they will ALL come out of there slumps. By the way picked up Eaton last night. Thank you for our help!

  83. Pacochu says:
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    I’m heavily basing my Draft Kings lineups for today on your Hitter-tron. I hold you responsible for any failures. OF course if I win, it will be my mad genius that is responsible.

  84. chad l says:
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    Wow, amazing stuff here, I recently found razzball.
    Ive been killing my leagues since i found this amazing site.
    Thanks rudy

  85. Hi all –

    Thanks again for all the compliments. Really appreciate it. Sorry I couldn’t get through all the comments. For those about specific players, please post in one of Grey’s posts.

    Thanks!

  86. woodzler says:
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    heisser scheiss!

  87. Swat290 says:
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    I’ve told a couple of my friends who are in my league about Razzball but they are all like, whatever, cause they want to believe that their own sources are superior…. LOL is all I have to say. I showed them the war room and stream-o-nator. Their eyes glazed over. Tried to explain why it was so great but I might as well have been slamming my head against the wall. So I have done my part, just know that some still prefer the dark ages where ignorance and whimsy ruled the day.

    • Swat290 says:
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      @Swat290:
      oh, and of course, thank you sir!

  88. Padrecracker says:
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    “Our focus and point of view has been irrevocably bastardized through the tainted prism of fantasy baseball fanaticism (and the fact that we are smart asses).”

    I can’t decide if this is poetry or genius. Rudy, you are a magnificent bastard.

    • @Padrecracker: Troy Patton just said the same thing to Jason Hammel in the Orioles bullpen yesterday

  89. Miguel says:
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    Rudy,
    I know I’m a little late to the party, here, and, like you, I don’t want to comb through every comment. However, I feel like I need to say something important about these new tools as regards player projections, or tack on to such comments if already made: please go into full-disclosure mode for any numerical analysis. That is, please publish somewhere on Razzball the algorithms, math or otherwise, that back the projections.

    • @Miguel: I hear you. I’m personally boycotting KFC until they reveal their secret spices.

      • Brian bushman says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: hahaha atta boy Rudy!! Love the comparison to KFC-and Miguel quit being such a lawyer and just sit back and enjoy and the new shizz…right now your reminding me of the guy that saw creation and asked for an 8th day to question the man upstairs as to why spiders don’t have mustaches like grey…

  90. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey buddy… Sorry I’m just having a ruff time understanding the stream o nator in a10 team h2h points league.. For a SP in a 10 team should i all look mostly at the QS, K’s and the higher the money the better?

    • @Frank Lynch: For H2H, just focus on the $ estimate. That takes Win %, K, ERA, and WHIP into account. The higher the $ value, the better. For H2H, I’d just grab as many $0+ starters as you can. You can also look at the next 7 day streamonator which will add up the $ for 2-start pitchers.

      • Frank White says:
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        Sorry I thought you said the higher the $ the better then why should I grab as many $0 starters as I can?? Yeah I was gonna grab, then drop the next day for another pitcher, like 3 pitchers this week… Or do you mean if I want 3 pitchers, I do the $0 dollars + 3.. So I should look for a ballpark of $3 dollar pitchers or do each one separate or do I have it all wrong? My bad I ‘m trying to get this. I only need my pitchers with 1 start in this week

        • Frank White says:
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          Please help me out with the question I just asked cause i’m so close to learning it???

            • Frank Lynch says:
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              Thanks brotha i appreciate!!!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Take your questions to my newest post…

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