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We’re back with the Razzball Podcast, now with unfortunately less tickling!   On today’s show, Grey and I discuss some news out of Spring Training like Ian Desmond‘s injury and a hot start for Mitch Haniger, and also Grey’s celebrity meeting at Whole Foods.  Good thing Grey didn’t see him at the counter with a bunch of olives in his salad!  Then to the meat of the show – Starting Pitcher battle!  Grey and I debate our SP ranks, which you can compare in Grey’s ranks vs. my Top 100 SP.  Let us know who you think wins the battle!  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    It’s Al Fredo, man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Grey: Hahaha, I figured the ambiguity would be better.

      • Grey

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        Ambiguity? That’s on his birth certificate!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Grey: Al Ambiguity Fredo… Sounds like someone from The Village People

          • Grey

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            Didn’t they play YMCA at the game and The Womack?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Grey: “It’s ladies night, OH WHAT A NIGHT!”

              • Grey

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                Haha

  2. Rock D says:
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    Where are you now. Don’t listen to podcasts usually but that was some oooooh we.

    Based on bounce back potential who do you like more. Alex Cobb or Matt Harvey?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Rock D: Hah thanks man, appreciate ya listening! I def like Harvey more, I have no faith in Cobb at the least. Although I think I overranked Harvey looking back at my ranks, having him top 30. I will probably move him down my first update as the season starts

  3. Moneyball says:
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    The Rockies are getting hand-jobbed left and right.

    Don’t know what to do with Desmond now, keep for $18 in $300 auction league or throw him back with manager now saying maybe back late April.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Moneyball: Yea man, next thing we know, MLB will give opposing teams metal bats at Coors to even it out! $18 still feels pretty good, how many DL spots you have?

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      No DL spots but 8 bench spots so plenty of room. Its about having that $18/$300. Roughly equiv to $16 in normal $270 league. If he was $25 or $10, it’d be an easy call…

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Moneyball: Gotcha, hah yeah he’s right on that fringe. If no inflation, I kinda think keep him. Values for non-keepers always skyrocket since everyone is holding their values, so I could see him still going for a chunk of change

  4. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    I remember when Weird Al’s movie UHF came out, was 13, bought all sorts of candy at the theater and didnt touch any of it – gripped from beginning to end. Dude was my idol

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: Hah yeah I haven’t seen it… Shame on JB… SHAME!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: @JashFath: Hah yeah Ra’z has been a commenter a while, I get a grin still to this day :)

  5. LenFuego says:
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    Best quote of the Podcast:

    JD: “I’m all for solid number twos.”

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      @LenFuego:I meant, JB, of course, rather than JD.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @LenFuego: Haha hopefully JD Martinez will come on the show and agree! haha jk jk, thanks for listening man!

  6. Oppo Taco says:
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    Great pod! Our keeper deadline is this evening and I’m keeping Goldy, Rizzo, C Seager (schmohawk :( ), J Upton, McCutchen (schmohawk :( :( ), Bumgarner, Cole and I decided to go Moncada over Longoria as my last keeper. we have no costs for keepers. Do you think that decision is a mistake? I am in win now mode but young prospects like him are highly coveted. Buxton however will be tossed back. Do you think my first pick (9th round) is too early to grab Buxton? I am really light on speed. Other available players around him are : All the closers, Duffy, Franco, Rendon, Kemp.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Oppo Taco: Thanks for listening! Hahaha yeah I’m not quite as anti-Seager but Grey makes soome good points. I like the upside Moncada too! Nah I am a sucker for yourn power/speed. Gimme Buxton if he’s there too, especially with no inflation rules. Any time!

  7. Dougie says:
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    JB, where’s *your* top 300?

  8. vinodole says:
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    Hey JB and Grey! Love you both! Quick Maeda question for you guys as you’re both all-in this year… My second fantasy blog love affair is Pitcherlist (I swear Razzball is my first true love!!), and Nick is skeptical about Maeda’s room for improvement. Copy-pasting:

    What I see are three things: 1) Maeda’s Slider was ridiculously good last year despite average movement because he was able to perfectly place it along the outside corner and off the plate at will. Essentially, he tapped out last year, especially with just a 90 MPH Fastball. 2) That K/9 translated to under 6 Ks per game since his IPS was terrible at 5.5. 3) It’s hard to believe Maeda will dramatically improve his 3.69 SIERA and 3.70 xFIP this year given that I don’t see any room for improvement. What this all adds up to is a guy I expect to lower his K/9 while not changing much else and possibly getting hit around a little more with his average velocity – he needed his Slider to be impeccable to generate the numbers he did last year. Sure, he’s serviceable and I’m not saying AVOID AVOID AVOID, it’s simply a scenario where I’m waiting for his price to drop before considering him.

    Reaction/thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @vinodole: Thanks so much man, appreciate ya listening!

      Hmmm, well here would be my retorts – 1 – he has so many different pitches, that he can get by with lower velo and not a huge breaking slider. not like he has to RELY on his slider as his main off speed. Plus his control and mixing of speeds help the velo concern. 2 – Dodgers intentionally limited his innings, widely known. If he can just expand to like 190 innings, he’ll be great. And for IP Roto leagues, that’s not a concern at all. 3 -I think that’s way too pessimistic, and weird to pick one pitch as something that has to be “perfect” for a guy who throws 4 pitches over 10% of the time. And he’s one of the lowest fastball-usage guys too at only 42.9%, so whining about fastball velo I don’t think is a strong argument. I really don’t like his anti-Maeda arguments here haha

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