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I volunteered for this assignment, which if you knew me, would be considered a very extraordinary event. Just to give you some context, I find it difficult to volunteer out of bed. But I feel, scratch that, I know I have a compelling reason to write of our subject and I would like to share that reason with you, the reader. That reason is because… I am half-Korean. Dun-Dun-DUN!

My half-white side is Irish, but physically, is more like a grizzled Canadian trapper with frostbit toes wearing a bearskin coat. Combine that with my Korean side, which spoils cabbage in copious amounts, well then, you are now seeing the beauty that is me. Also, ef the armistice, ain’t nobody got time for that.

That’s how you and I have met at this wondrous place. Having a unique perspective (being the same race, err, sorta) might help frame the subject of today’s post, for you, the readership. THAT’S RAYCESS!!

Now, a lot has been put out there about Hyun-jin Ryu*, and quite frankly, there is a lot of volatility on where the consensus lands. Is he a bullpen piece? A number 3 starter? An ace? A back-end pitcher? Obviously, we can make a long story short and throw a dart in the middle and call it a day. But I want the beefy middle part. I want the what AND the why. Why, you may ask. Why samgyeopsal son! Yeah, okay, you’re right. BBQ Pork belly is not really a reason. But it is a scrumptious digression.

*Please note, in Korea, surnames are actually used as the first name. So the correct connotation for Hyun-jin Ryu would be Ryu Hyun-jin. But since we’re in America, we’ll play it fast, hard, and with diabetes. 

First, let’s establish some rapport with our subject. Ryu, nicknamed Dr. K, since all Korean mother’s want their children to either be a Doctor or a Lawyer, totally not a fantasy baseball writer, is a left-handed pitcher standing at 6-1 and a wide 215 lbs. He’ll be 27 on opening day and was one of the best pitchers in Korean history. Ryu is a seven-time KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) All-Star, a ROY winner, and an MVP winner. There are different summations on what the level of competition the KBO can be compared to, but the most generally accepted equivalent is something in between the MLB Single-A and Double-A talent levels. Just like how the NPB’s (Nippon Baseball League) equivalent would be around the MLB Triple-A level. These are loose comparisons, to be sure, but it can give us a general idea of what the environment was, and how well that talent might translate to the MLB.

As far as his repertoire, Ryu has an excellent change-up to go along with a good curveball and average slider. His fastball velocity sits in the 87-92 range, and while its been reported he can get it up to 95 in certain instances, I doubt you’ll see him get out of the high 80′s much. He does have a smooth and clean delivery, which bodes well for his health. Ryu had Tommy John surgery in High School, but there haven’t been any reports of significant injuries otherwise.

So that’s the who, now’s the what and why.

Really quick, let’s get that dirty elephant out of the living room. Unless you like it, which would make you weird and odor averse. If so, watch for crazy hobo’s as they can sense that in you. I know people are concerned over the Ted Lilly vs. Hyun-jin Ryu battle extravaganza for a spot in the rotation that’s waging right now. Trust me, the Dodgers didn’t pay Ryu $36 million to play second fiddle to Ronald Belisario. Plus, my grandmother could beat Lilly out for that spot, and she’s been dead for 10 years. For what its worth, he is being projected as the #3 starter as of this writing. In addition, as part of this obligatory really quick things to talk about that really have no forbearance on the situation, but you’ll want to know anyhow section, we shouldn’t make comps that Ryu is the next Yu Darvish. He’s not even the next Daisuke Matsuzaka, though I think he’ll be measurably better than Dice-K. He’s not even Wei-Yin Chen, but that comp may have a better case if expounded upon. And no, he is not Chan Ho Park. Truth be told, whenever you read something like that out there on the inter-webs, know that it’s lazy analysis. The only concrete thing these players have in common is that they have epicanthic folds. So let’s go about this the right way.

What are the naysayers spouting anyways? Well, basically, the fastball won’t play in the Major Leagues, and that will limit his upside and transition. That’s okay, it’s a fair argument. But what we are forgetting is that control plays anywhere. If he can locate his fastball, his off-speed stuff plays. And, since he already has the ability to keep the ball in the ballpark, these things are a good recipe for success on a global level. Just to show you some data on his elite control, take a look at my nifty chart, which will illuminate his last three years in the KBO.

Year ERA IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9
2012 2.66 182.2 10.4 2.3 0.6
2011 3.36 126.0 9.1 2.7 0.9
2010 1.82 192.2 8.7 2.1 0.5

Note: The innings total in 2011 might lead to the conclusion that he was injured, but all I could find in my research was the Hanwa Eagles were trying to limit his innings. If there was an injury, 2012 was a good indicator that all was well. He has made no fewer than 25 starts and no fewer than 165 IP in his career besides that outlier.

It’s interesting, since when you try to think of legitimate comps, only one guy screams, or in this case, eats and drinks beer, in my mind, and that’s David Wells. Now, Ryu is pretty stocky, but he has nothing on a 6-3, 248 lbs David Wells. That’s a two-inch and 30-pound difference, which geometrically equates to Warwick Davis. Hey, 25th anniversary son! What’s up? (Which means that if you are talking with a 20-year-old, they know not of Willow. I’ll let that sink in for the older audience out there.) The kicker here is that Wells was able to have sustained success and carve up a pretty nice career with a fastball that topped out around 87 mph, an excellent change-up, a good curveball, and an average slider. Sound familiar? INCEPTION BWWWAAAHMMM! (You know you want to hear it for realz.)

And to drive the point that Ryu could call Wells a brother from another mother, take a look at these GIFs. Yes, that was no typo. WE HAVE MUTHAFUDGIN GIFS NOW! AWWWW YEAAAH! That was me having a word-gasm there. I would apologize, but I always aim for the hair, so, you know, use the appropriate conditioner.

Comparison #1 – Fastballs look fast if you set them up properly. THIS CANNOT BE DENIED!

Comparison #2 – Curves are like peaches. I can eat a peach for hours.

Note: If these images look pixelated to you, say ‘enhance’ a few times into your monitor and the resolution will get better.

So now that we have a comp, the image of what Ryu can do becomes that much clearer. If you didn’t listen to the last podcast, I described Ryu as a David Wells clone, circa 1997-2000. No, you don’t have to look those stats up, I’ll help you out, but just this once. When you make a David Wells sandwich out of those 4 years, which I’m sure he would eat, since I’m sure if he was a hot dog, he’d eat himself in that format too. But if you take those years, he pretty much was a 200 inning work horse that provided a high-3 ERA, 15 wins, and 140 K’s.

But there is something here to ponder upon before we reach a final verdict — Wells pitched in a different run-environment in several aspects. First, he pitched in the AL and dealt with the DH. Ryu does not. Second, during the Wells era, he had to face Ken Griffey Jr. and Albert Belle, who combined to hit 105 HR’s in 1998. We are certainly in a different offensive era. I doubt you could point to any two players right now and project 100+ HR’s. And, thirdly, as the special cherry on top, Ryu gets to pitch in a division that has two ballparks that deflate offense in an extreme manner (AT&T and PetCo), and a home park that deflates offense at a slightly above average clip. Heck, Coors might not even hurt him that much, since when on, he induces weak contact and fly-balls combined with good control. Three things you can actually survive with in altitude.

What does that leave us with? I’m glad we’re finally here. Hyun-jin Ryu is a mystery, no doubt. But using the markers we’ve set, even with somewhat arbitrary methods, we can at least try to surmise what is to come. And we should also try to accept the concept that a big fish in a small pond isn’t necessarily a small fish in a bigger pond. So here’s me putting skin into the game. If he is who I think he is, expect: 13-10/3.59/1.24/168. You know what I think that makes him? A mid-rotation starter. BAM!

  1. The Founteeners says:
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    Great write up, the gif’s really illustrate the comparison well. I like where he is falling in drafts and hope to have him on my staff…er well not on my staff…anywhoo

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Founteeners: Thanks! I love GIFs as a tool to illustrate certain points. This is the first time I’ve used them, so I hope there is a good response. I totally want to keep using them for you guys in the future. Surprisingly, they are pretty fun to make as well.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Nick the Podcast Host: I’m still trying to figure out how to make it fantasy baseball relevant.

          I can always email you my personal collection.

  2. Dan Pants

    Blairtch says:
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    Obligatory “Hadouken!”

    Wow, cool post man, especially liked the side-by-side comparison with Boomer, and I can always appreciate a good Willow reference.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Blairtch: Thanks Blairtch! And you are right, I totally should have put a Hadouken reference in here. Good rescue.

      Willow=me feeling old. 30 is not old in context, but its a comin’, I can feel it, as they say. Not sure if that’s what they say, but its what I say. So yeah.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Tom Jacks: Hah! Awesome. I Imagine that’s also how my grandmother feels after the exhuming process…

  3. papasmurf says:
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    A word of caution on his control – and this is coming from a smurf who jumped the gun and picked him before 150 before doing homework… and I have never felt so bad about a pick before – it came in a much weaker league. I.e., he could get away with challenging hitters with that 89 mph fastball on 3-1 counts in Korea, but probably not here.

    What happens when MLB hitters knock him around for a few games? Does he start losing confidence and start to nibble and all of a sudden, the BB rate gets bumped to 3.5, to 4?

    I think we can rule out ace. If he’s a serviceable number 4 or 5 on the Dodgers, I think we have to book that as a win.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @papasmurf: Its a fair point. As the post describes, I don’t believe he’s an ace.

      You don’t have to necessarily challenge hitters with a fastball. The goal is to keep guys honest. Ala Jaime Moyer, or Tim Wakefield. They never ever had good fastballs, but they were able to locate them to setup their offspeed stuff.

      Or even look at Boomer, the guy I chose as a comp. His fastball has the same plane, same release point, and same movement. He also had ups and downs, but the end product was a prototypical 3/4 workhorse. And that’s what I think Ryu will be.

      And in terms of confidence and what not, I usually don’t comment on intangible stuff like that, its just really hard for me to quantify it, or have any expertise on it. I can say that pitchers go into funks, and they come out of funks. I think any player that reaches this level understands that part of the game, and has enough talent to always return to their mean.

      • papasmurf says:
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        I agree that you don’t need a blazing FB to succeed, but you do need control and command of that FB, which Ryu hasn’t proven in MLB. My point was that you can’t extrapolate his low BB totals in Korea to MLB because his low BB total may have been because of weak competition, not because of top command. (I don’t think I made this point clearly enough in my initial post.)

        Daisuke’s BB/9 rate was consistently below 3 in Japan also: 5 straight seasons before he came to MLB, twice below 2, and once at 2.05. And his BB rate soared in the US because the hitters are much tougher so he started to nibble.

        The more I think about Ryu and the more I know about him, the less optimistic I am.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @papasmurf: Well, yes, I will concede the point that he hasn’t proven anything in the MLB.

          Part of my post talked about stats, and referenced the fact of the leagues talent levels and how they differ. But it’s hard to measure that.

          If you look at a player’s stats as based on ‘above league average percentage’, you’ll notice that Ryu was basically just as dominant in the KBO as Darvish was in the NPB. What does that tell us? Maybe not everything we’re looking for. Because again, as you correctly refer to, context matters.

          So, we went over his actual tools. The fastball is average, no doubt. But, as I mentioned, his off-speed stuff plays, beginning with a change-up that’s considered a plus pitch by many scouts. The slider is there as well, and the curve should help with the platoon splits if RH see the change better.

          Granted, not every analysis is going to be perfect. So it’s going to be worse for players who have no data whatsoever in the MLB.

          But I know what I was getting into, and as I responded to another comment, I’ll happily eat crow if I’m wrong. This is my conclusion based on my research and my gut, from what I’ve seen, what I’ve read, etc.

          There is no problem with disagreeing here.

          Thanks for the great comments too. I enjoy conversations like this.

  4. Wake Up says:
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    Yeah, I think he stumbles out of the gate…but, then rallies, and closes nicely…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Wake Up: Wait, are we talking about Ryu or my love life?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @jaywrong: I was talking about my drinking style…

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Wake Up: Oh, you just broke my heart. Buy me a drink.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @jaywrong: Guinness, with a Soju back?

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Wake Up: Sure.

              That’s not really going to happen, is it…

  5. attgig says:
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    A-AA level? is that cuz they got knocked out so early at the WBC this year?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @attgig: Heh. No, I don’t think its good to gather any opinions on such a format.

  6. HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatballs says:
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    In my upcoming draft, i expect to be choosing between Ryu and Marco Estrada… Thoughts? Both seem capable of 8ish K/9 and BB/9<2. Maybe a tip of the scales toward Ryu (unintentional pun, i swear) due to home/divisional ballpark factors?

    Thanks man, good column again. GIFs were excellent to illustrate your points.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatballs: Thanks!

      I actually think Ryu will have a 7ish K/9 and maybe a BB/9 around 2.0-2.5ish. That’s what, a difference of 30-40k’s I think from what Estrada could do?

      But you’re right, homeruns can be an issue at Miller. Estrada’s rate was right around league average, for what thats worth though.

      In the end, maybe its a flip of the coin for me. Blah! That’s not a good answer…

      Okay, I actually like Estrada by a hair, just because of the higher K potential. However, I have the feeling that Estrada’s perceived value may be higher at this point than Ryu. So you might see him come off the boards earlier.

      • HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatballs says:
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        @jaywrong: hey man, i’m not here to lob softballs! i ask the hard questions!!! Hahaha, glad i’m not the only one having trouble deciding. I’m just going to keep hoping to be lucky enough that i even have the decision. Thanks for the input. Good to see a fellow Irish man doing so well!

      • Eric says:
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        @jaywrong:
        Darvish had a BB/9 of 1.9 in the NPB from 2007 to@jaywrong:

        I wouldn’t count on Ryu’s control being good in LA.

        • Eric says:
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          uh, I mean 2007 to 2011.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Eric: Right, it still get’s iffy.

          The NPB might be a step above the KBO. But then you have to account with what type of pitcher each guy is. Maybe there’s also a different trend with the hitters too. And how big really is that gap?

          There are just so many things to mix in this soup, so just limiting it to BB/9 of one other pitcher from a different league likely doesn’t do much.

          Case in point, Travis Blackley played in the KBO. He had a K% of 21 in Korea. Last year for Oakland, it was 16%. Ryu’s K% over his career was 24%. Does that tell us anything? Maybe. Maybe it doesn’t.

          Does it bother me I don’t know for sure? Yes. Could I have gone another 1500 words and still find stuff to talk about? Totally.

          But looking at all my research, going with my gut and what I see, this is my conclusion. I’ll happily eat crow if I’m wrong.

  7. Backstabbers Inc. says:
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    Usually it’s tough for me to read a full article. I learned how to read by memorizing each of the profiles of every Street Fighter character. But I have to say…your article grabbed my attention like something that grabs people’s attention really well. I just picked up Ryu in my 12 and 14 teamers and I feel really confident that I made fantastic, mediocre pick up. Thanks for the laughs and the memories.

  8. Lerry says:
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    Be honest — did you google search “what is the scientific term for slanty eyes” for that awesome zinger about lame fantasy writers making lazy comparisons about all Asian pitchers?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Lerry: Hah. Actually, a long time ago, I asked the doc at a routine eye exam what the scientific terminology was for slanted eyes. I want to correct all my white friends in a snarky manner. I will admit to double checking the spelling via Google.

  9. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Kimchi and Ryu…delicious addition to any fantasy roster.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Guru: ??!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Guru: that was actually ‘amen’ in Korean, but I guess the format messed up.

      • Traded a BJ for a Fister says:
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        @jaywrong: I really like that ??! Is how razzball translates the Korean word for amen

  10. Mike says:
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    Okay, that’s what I wanted to hear for my 22nd pick…Good stuff, I think he’s only going to turn 26 on opening day?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: You’re right, thanks for that. He was born March 25, 1987. Math fart!

      From an asian no less! I’m going to lose my street cred… or maybe I can just blame the white side.

      • Kangaroo Hops says:
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        @jaywrong: Maybe you can claim that your abacus lost a bead.

  11. rookraider says:
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    Can someone help me with the forums? I am trying to register but I keep getting the autobot question wrong. I have tried sports, baseball advide, etc…Does anyone know the correct answer? Thanks.

  12. wakeNbake says:
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    Desperate for a SP. I have an extra bat in Starling Marte to trade. The best offer Ive received for him was Alex Cobb… is he a good enough SP to get in return for Marte?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @wakeNbake: Yeah, if you need a pitcher, its okay. I think Marte doesn’t make enough contact. Cobb plays up from his stuff, but I trust the environment around him to help.

  13. Hoosier daddy says:
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    Is the size of the ball smaller in Korea as it is in Japan? I wonder how much that affected darvish’s time to adjust last year through the first half…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Hoosier daddy: I think Japan switched in 2011 iirc. As far as I can see, I couldn’t find any difference in ball sizes in the KBO.

  14. Kangaroo Hops says:
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    Songsangnym-
    Some guy in my 16 team dynasty H2H league is after my Taveras (git yer hands off my Taveras!). I’m not really eager to sell, but I thought I would throw out a return offer. My Taveras, Dickey (oops, not again), and Casey Janssen (he’s a Jays fan) for his Votto, Darvish and Miguel Sano. Seem like too much or just the right amount of unscrupulousness? Thanks and stay off the shoju.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Kangaroo Hops: Hah, funny stuff.

      On the trade, I think Votto might make he’s knees buckle. I like that deal on your end. But man, a lot of premium talent being thrown around… he might ask you for another piece on a counter.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Kangaroo Hops: Keep me updated, I’m intrigued.

  15. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I’ve been waiting for this since the podcast. Not in the way you wait for a hooker you got off the back pages anticipation, but in the waiting for a mediocre pizza when you are hungry anticipation. Speaking of the podcast, you sound like you are an 18 year old white boy. Must be the Korean in you, and speaking of being Korean, i thought all the mothers just wanted their sons to take over the liquor store so they can retire.

    as an LA local, i have to wonder if the Dodgers will wait until May to decide the 5th starter. They have question marks after Kershaw, Greinke, and Beckett. I would assume Bills is a lock if he performs and you would assume Ryu would be the fifth, who spends that kind of money on long relief? maybe the Dodgers. i could see them letting the competition continue through April as long as everyone gets a long relief appearance. The most physically solid one right now is beckett and may let their starters coast for a bit and keep them fresh for what they hope is a long season going deep into october. it might sound crazy but they have one hell of a unique situation. Or they trade Cappy and Harang to houston for their top 2 prospects. who knows. i wouldn’t over pay for Ryu, but if i got him cheep, and only cheep would i take a shot. he might be that guy that starts in the pen, gets dropped by someone, the goes on a holy terror from June till October and reward the waiver wire wizard.

    As a child my first introduction to Kimchi was this

    http://www.twaprowrestling.com/kamalakimcheeroster.html

    wow, was i wrong., but was I Jaywrong?

    • Kangaroo Hops says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: That Kim Chee is sort of an S&M Henry Morton Stanley. Dr. Kamala, I presume? Where’s the Korean Connection? And where the heck was that pic taken? In the kimchee warehouse?

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Kangaroo Hops: Yeh, that Kim Chee looks too spoiled.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Thanks Jack full of compliments.

      I gotta say, it was the funnest write-up I’ve done in a while. I felt in my element.

      And I don’t know what to tell you about the voice. My cheek-bone structure still gets me carded at theatre’s at the nubile age of 30. But I can grow a beard like a champ, so its give and take.

      As for the Dodgers rotation, I just see it as Kershaw/Greinke/Beckett/Ryu/Billingsley.

      And if you are saying that Beckett is the most physically solid, that’s scary for them.

      Yeah, don’t overpay for the guy, but I think people were expecting an ace at first, then saw he wasn’t, so are running fast. I actually think he might be almost undervalued at this point. So target appropriately.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @jaywrong: careful about saying you are writing in your element, grey might assign you full time coverage of the Korean league.

        Good to know you are facially built like a boy, I’m picturing a Korean Bieber thing. It will help with the dolls i make to play razzball at home

        oh, and thanks for not calling me a racist with the whole Koreans owning liquor store thing, i have spent most my life in the greater LA area, so i have a stereotype excuse….damn, now I’m hungry for Korean BBQ

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: Hah, that’s a good point.

          Maybe not *that* young.

          Comb the dolls hair, they need it.

          I was actually worried that instead of liquor stores you meant laundry mats.

          I lived in LA for a bit (grew up in San Diego). Lived in Westwood, and a bit in Pasadena. And I’m always hungry for Korean BBQ. Which is why I do it at home now, about four times a week. Yum.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @jaywrong: its not the same as some hot young Korean babe bringing you a platter of meat.

            i comb the hair every night, BTW, yours has great abs

            I remember you telling me about your so cal roots. My dads office was in Pasadena growing up. Had healthy doses of Tops on the regular and i use to work ocasionally in old town in the mid 90′s. The orginal Rubios in San Diego was muy bueno, until i got a real fish taco, but what a great introduction. And street scene in the gaslamp when it was 21 over nights, oh the horror!…..whores!…..actually both

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: oh yeh, I remember that convo. Man, now I’m hungry for a fish taco.

              And that was nothin compared to hillcrest.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @jaywrong: speaking of tacos, you ever have a korean taco?

                where in pasadena were you at?

                • Jay

                  jaywrong says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate: Yeh, I just make em’ myself. I cook, therefore, I don’t buy.

                  Plus, the food trucks out here in the metro are tourist traps and for white people who think they’re hip.

                  Arroyo/Del Mar Metro.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @jaywrong: damn, i’m not hip!

                    the fact that you liked P-Funk’s, a hipster cig, does not look good in hateful eyes, I read the smoking discussion

                    • Jay

                      jaywrong says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: I don’t really like Dylan too much, so maybe we’re in the same boat.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @jaywrong: I made a Korish friend

                    • Jay

                      jaywrong says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: That’s a good one. Gotta remember that.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @jaywrong: ethnic portmanteaus!

  16. CadeWTM says:
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    I’m in a 14 team keeper league and drafted Ryu to be my 3/4 starter. I have Kershaw and Bumgarner to go along with Ryu and Wade Miley. I was hoping to have 3, maybe 4 solid starters and then just streaming week to week where I saw fit. I’m certainly going to troll the wire all year but do you guys think I’m fine with the Ryu/Miley situation (as 3/4 or vice versa) or do you think I should start pursuing trades for an upgrade?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @CadeWTM: Yeah, you should he okay here.

      But you’re right, always keep trollin the wire.

  17. Paddyman says:
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    Any love out there for Jake Arrieta? Flying under the radar striking out a ton in ST not that that matters much. Fiers has been just abysmal. Looking for other options…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Paddyman: Yeah, he could sneak up with some k projection. I like Arrieta in certain scenarios.

  18. Cole says:
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    Any advantage to the weight gain? Yes, power. Wow thi$ write-up is half Korean, half awe$ome. That’s what Ke$ha would say. Good stuff man.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Cole: Thanks!

      And which weight gain are you referring to? In terms of my ex-wife, its Tony the Tiger, GRRRReat!

      • Cole says:
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        @jaywrong: I was just referring to the voluptuous body types of both Ryu and Wells. When looking for a 5th starter i’m looking for big and beautiful

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Cole: Ahh yes, the ‘more pushin for the cushin’ xenotype. I’ve heard of such things.

  19. TheNewGuy says:
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    Forget Ryu, Blanka and E-Honda are the dudes you wanna be.

    The rapid handslap and electricution moves cant be beaten!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Haha, THIS CANNOT BE DENIED!

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @jaywrong: Though the hadokens and fire punches are admittedly awesome, yet dont often come off when you need them!

        Anyway what you doing up so early? I give Grey greif as a joke that he doesnt seem to get up until like 9am. I can do that as I live in England so am always one of the first in the day to ask questions.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @TheNewGuy: East coast guy that wakes up at 630am.

          And I’m self-employed. Riddle me this Batman!

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @jaywrong:
            You earn a living off fantasy baseball blogs then or a completely different business? Heck does Grey even pay you at all for your blog on here!

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              @TheNewGuy:
              That said I dont know how Grey earns a living from this site either. His work his great but I dont think many people give all that many daiquiris for what he does. Maybe he should think about a subscription service (shhh!)

              • Jay

                jaywrong says:
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                @TheNewGuy: Yeah, that’s more of a Grey area. Hah! You see what I did there?

                All I can say is that we are creating good and unique content for a good and unique audience. I’ll leave the rest to bossman.

            • Jay

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              @TheNewGuy: Oh, I don’t kiss and tell when it comes to money.

              Suffice to say, I’m about to open an art gallery in the metro area. Renovating the space myself now. That will be my *primary* source of income.

              • TheNewGuy says:
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                @jaywrong:
                Fantasybaseballers (Greys moms term) liking art? Bah! The only art I like is the one of the big boobies.

                • Jay

                  jaywrong says:
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                  @TheNewGuy: I don’t think Lara Croft is art.

  20. SteamboatPhilly says:
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    Besides the depth and comical values of the article, I very much also enjoyed the Super Troopers reference in the GIF comment. Thanks for the insight, sounds like Ryu could be a great value pick. Can’t wait to hear the tidbits Scully has on him.

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      @SteamboatPhilly: Thanks!

      Great movie with great stuff to draw upon for you guys.

      Yes, and I agree. I think his value has deflated during spring training, which is great if you know what you are buying. I don’t pay attention to spring at all. (Except things like major velocity loss or gain, injuries, you know, pertinent stuff.)

  21. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    2nd base option ellis, johnson, beckham or infante?

    i have bone face and need to wait till he gets 2B eligible. also looks like there might be a platoon going on in Toronto for the time being

    Is there another deep 2B sleeper emerging that I don’t know about.

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      @Jack Full of Hate: Out of the four, maybe Johnson.

      Deep options? I could see Eduardo Nunez getting some more ABs than normal, get some sbs, okay average.

      Not sure if they are available, but I’m higher on Murphy, Gyorko, and Ackley more then others.

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        @jaywrong: nope, none are there

        what about weeks, solano and carpenter? not great but if one lands in the two hole they might be worth it for mild counting stats. And they are all having solid springs

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          @Jack Full of Hate: Hmm, I’d rank it Carpenter, Solano, Weeks.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @jaywrong: carpenter ain’t 2nd base yet and solano is a little banged up. i forund it interesting that weeks has a 4:1 walks to k’s going in spring

            • Jay

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              @Jack Full of Hate: The Weeks brothers are best at burning people. It’s almost Sizemore-esk.

  22. XBT says:
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    Best part of this post is the ad behind the plate for the David Wells GIF.

    Driving drunk? Costly error.
    Pitching drunk? Get a perfect game!

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      jaywrong says:
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      @XBT: Hah. And then he gets the munchies, so Subway is there.

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