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Momma Weaver has a mullet too.  Has to, right?  I mean, Jeff and Jered both look they’re on the way to the gun show.  When Jered Weaver comes in from the bullpen, he should be driven in an RV.  Okay, but his stuff is not trashy.  It’s nasty!  Hello, I am Almost Poet, I make almost rhymes.  They are enough to stymie! Doesn’t it seem that pitchers with mullets overwhelmingly pitch sidearm or from a 3/4 angle?  Both Weavers, Randy Johnson, Bronson Arroyo.  Which comes first?  Does having a sidearm delivery make mullets seem like a more attractive hairdo?  Or do pitchers with mullets adjust their pitching style to avoid the mullet wearing down their shoulder and rotator cuff?  Business in the front, party in the back, pitching from the side.  Okay, so what makes Jered Weaver a keeper for 2011 fantasy baseball?  Wouldn’t you like to know!  Oh, wait, I’m about to say.

Last year, Weaver’s K-rate jumped to 9.35 after a 7.42 rate in 2009.  He not only led the majors in Ks, but he was sixth overall in K-rate.  Only pitchers above him were Lincecum, Filthy Sanchez, Lester, Gallardo and Liriano.  Man crushes for one and all of them.  In 2010, the amount of pitches Weaver caused an opposing hitter to chase outside of the strike zone was 33.5%, up from 25.2% the previous year.  He threw his curveball 5% more of the time this year, which may be attributed to the ‘chasing outside the zone’ increase and his swinging strike increase.  The stuff didn’t get better, Weaver just threw more of the good stuff.  He also cut his walks down to a minuscule 2.17 per nine.  His K/BB rate was the third best in the majors, behind Cliff Lee and Halladay.  Yup.  Since Weaver pitched plenty of innings in 2009, there was no huge increase in IP from 2009 to 2010.  He faces the M’s and A’s a lot.  Not exactly scary hitting teams.  Finally, he’ll only be 28-years-old next year.  In regards to Jered Weaver for 2011, he’s a great bet to continue to progress, there’s no need to mullet over.

  1. Bronson Arroyo says:
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    Dude!
    There’s a difference between a mullet and long hair!

    Cut me some slack

  2. Tony says:
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    weaver is defly a guy who kinda flew under the radar this year, i was watching him on other peoples teams this year, he’s pretty sick… defly looking at him for 2011.

  3. Bartaksu says:
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    What about his Home/Road splits and the amount HRs he gives up, being an extreme fly ball pitcher? Love the guy, and he can be kept at a discount in most leagues, but worried about some regression in 2011…

  4. Valid points Grey. East Bound and Down should also take note. In an effort to make that most amusing program all the more representational, they ought to have Kenny exaggerate the sidearm motion. U watching that train wreck?

  5. Earl Battey says:
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    You mentioned that one of the guys with a superior K rate was Yovani Gallardo. I could keep him for essentially the minimum keeper salary. I like the Ks, but he despoiled my ratios on more than one occasion last year. . .

    Is he a keeper for next year, or is he just too inconsistent to trust?

  6. Tony says:
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    @Earl Battey: he’s a keeper especially at a min salary

  7. big o says:
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    file this under “how am i going to survive the off-season” :

    weaver’s K rate = 9.3477
    kershaw’s K rate = 9.3377
    kershaw’s K rate = 9.3819 ….. IF clayton had struck out ONE more batter

    kershaw does not have a mullet (yet) , but considering the age difference of about 5 yrs + 5 months , clayton certainly has time to grow one .
    who knows ? maybe his arm slot will drop a bit , too .

    cust kayin’ .

    (cust faced weaver 9 times last year , struck out 3 times , but batted .444)

  8. johnbutte says:
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    Grey, keeper question. Aren’t they all at this time of year? I can keep two later round guys. I can either keep Weaver at the cost of a 9th round pick, or Bautista at the cost of a 23rd rounder. I know there is no way Bautista comes even close to his ridiculous year this year, but I kinda feel like I have to keep the homerun leader when it only costs my very last pick. Your thoughts? Work that mustache magic!

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bronson Arroyo: Lucky I didn’t call you Brandon.

    @Tony: Yeah, I owned him in one league and very much enjoyed it.

    @Bartaksu: I wouldn’t worry about home/road splits and homers his homers came down last year and aren’t that much of a concern.

    @zombie: Actually should be watching but haven’t been. Has the new season been good?

    @Earl Battey: He’s a keeper.

    @big o: Interesting Cust kayin there.

  10. spayton says:
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    G – man,
    Thanks for keeping me coming back all through the offseason even though baseball has been over for my fantasy team for a few weeks and over for my real team since…well actually since 1914. I’m a better baseball fan because of fantasy sports, a better fantasy sports player because of razzball and a better lover because of Jamison.
    I love you man, and that’s not just the liquor talkin’.

  11. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: What are you doing up so early???

  12. Andrew says:
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    For what it’s worth, only Halladay had a better SIERA

  13. DrEasy says:
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    “You give me Weaver” cracked me up!

  14. @Grey: Caught just a few from season 1 & just started watching this season. The character is just so over the top; with a mullet to match the attitude. Worth tuning in, if starved for a little baseball in a few weeks. & post-season, remember to catch Lipstick & Dynamite the chick squared circle docu. Those old broads might just be up your alley.

  15. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Thanks for this post Grey! It serves to reassure my decision to keep Weaver in the 10th for next year, which I was still shaky on.

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @spayton: I like that you’re drunk at 7am.

    @ThE sHiT: I’m in Florida for a benefit concert.

    @Andrew: Nice…

    @DrEasy: Thanks!

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @zombie: Yeah, I gotta Tivo it.

    @Eddy: Cool…

  18. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Nice, have fun!

  19. Tarasco's Secret Stash says:
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    I have Liriano and Weaver in a keeper league, and three years to commit between the two of them. Who gets two years, who gets one?

  20. Ana-Jaime says:
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    “mullet over”
    You’re lucky you don’t live in Iran, they’d cut off your hand from making a pun like that.

  21. Steve says:
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    @Grey: In your trailer waiting to go on?

  22. johnbutte says:
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    Is it to save underpriveleged mustaches around the world?

  23. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    have been enjoying the “dear john” letters over at your friends @ big league stew .

    which reminds me to ask :
    will Razzball be doing anymore of those “imported bloggers” articles ?
    i have always found those to be fun reading , my only wish being that i’d like to see more questions asked of those guys .
    and , since i’m an A ‘s fan , it should come as no surprise that i’d like
    the questions to be a little bit more hard-hitting .

  24. big o says:
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    here we go , rangers ,
    here we go !

    here we go , rangers ,
    here we go !!

  25. vinko says:
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    @big o: you let the kiwi in our league? oh my, not another razz reader!

  26. big o says:
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    @vinko:

    yeah , but i didn’t reveal your identity ,
    since it took me a year and a half to figure it out !!

    i’m pretty slow on the up-take .

    for the longest time , i couldn’t figure out
    how i kept getting beat-to-the punch
    on the hottest drop/adds .

  27. Steve says:
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    @vinko: Mwahahahaha!

  28. big o says:
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    there’s an old morrison song ,
    (which sounds a bit redundant , since he died almost 40 years ago) ,
    anywho ,
    the pertinent line goes “the west is the best” .

  29. big o says:
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    @big o:

    open mouth ,
    insert 2 runs , bases loaded , no outs .

    damn . damn . damn .

  30. big o says:
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    i hate baseball

  31. big o says:
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    i hate ron washington

  32. big o says:
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    maybe his plan all along was to have neftali start game 2 .

  33. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Would like to see your rider. Bath filled with Evian? Cristal on tap? Sushi served off naked supermodels?

  34. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    must be rudy’s thing .

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: 8×10 pic of Matthew Berry and darts.

    @big o: You mean the thing where we’d link to other sites? Like a roundup of other sites?

  36. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    yeah .
    you guys invite team bloggers and then fire questions at them .
    ask them their opinions about specific players , expectations , etc .

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: The team previews? They come in the new year.

  38. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    of all the “dear john” letters , i enjoyed this guy’s the most .
    Tom Smith of Rum Bunter .

    this comment , in particular ,

    “Shortstop Ronny Cedeno(notes) has managed to be the sole survivor of the opening day infield an is currently setting a new MLB record by a No. 8 hitter attempting to bunt runners over so your pitchers could hit.”

    makes me hope that he is among your invited guests ,
    when the time is appropriate .

  39. drain says:
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    sent you $25, grey. daquiri buzz on me.

    also, you should re-open the razz store. i want a snarky shirt and/or hat.

  40. Steve says:
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    Even as a neutral, there is something pretty satisfying about seeing pitchers of the quality of Lincecum and Halladay getting to pitch in games that really mean something.

  41. big o says:
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    @Steve:

    are you trying to pass yourself as swiss ?

  42. pjtres says:
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    grey…do you trust jose reyes going into next year? can you give me some idea of what you expect from him going forward? top 10? top 20?

  43. Steve says:
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    @big o: Well, my swing is full of holes.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Hehe

    @drain: Thanks! When I get home on Tuesday I’ll hook you up with the daiquiri glass in the forum.

    @big o: Ha

    @pjtres: He was the third ranked SS last year and he missed a month. He’s still, still think he can take a step forward.

    @Steve: Well played.

  45. pjtres says:
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    so in a keeper situation would you rather have j-up or reyes?
    ive always operated under the assumption that OF is deep and since SS is soooo shallow, i should concentrate on positions like that…

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @pjtres: I’d prefer Upton.

  47. Steve says:
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    Jesus – Cody Ross again!

  48. big o says:
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    am thinking about offering a-rod , braun , & crawford for cody ross ,
    but am worried that i may be giving up too much speed .

  49. Steve says:
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    Yet another reason to like Roy O – He ran right through a stop sign at 3rd in the 7th.

  50. Steve says:
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    Hehe.

    “That was comical,” Rollins said. “Roy’s got those stiff hips and he looked like he was cardboard running down the line but he got it done tonight.”

  51. big o says:
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    what if Grey never makes it back from florida ?

    what if he falls for a widow who’s wowed him with
    her spicy tuna roll making skillz ??

    is this the end of Razzball , as we know it ???
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Xrlf3taEo

    tune in next tuesday for answers to these
    and other vexing questions .

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: That’s an awesome quote, is that for real?

    @big o: Don’t worry, I’ll be back tonight.

  53. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    the paparazzi will be waiting for you @ lax .
    ours will be the one without the camera .

  54. big o says:
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    on tuesday , cody ross will face cole hamels @ at+t park .

    in previous encounters , ross has posted this line :
    30 AB’s …. .300 avg. …. 4 HR’s …. 6 rbi .

    nick the (still) dead greek has posted the following odds :

    HR over/under … 1/2 ….. 115 to win 100 .

  55. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Every word.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Cody Ross is having an Ecksteinian October.

    @Steve: That’s a top ten quote.

  57. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Roy is dangerously close to becoming my favourite player, inasmuch as I have one.
    Apparently he gave Manuel the ‘what the hell are you doing here’ look when he came out to get him.

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, he’s pretty badass. I’m gonna have some serious video watching to do to catch up with what I missed.

  59. Steve says:
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    I find it hard to believe that, with all the resources at their disposal, Yahoo can’t update the cap in The Adverb’s headshot.

  60. big o says:
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    why is granderson in the line-up tonight ?

  61. Steve says:
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    @big o: Hits Lee tolerably well. 12-42 in his career.

  62. Steve says:
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    Thats all I got, though.

  63. cyrus says:
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    @grey: great site. here’s my virgin question, we have a dispersal draft for a keeper, i have 1st pick; m. cabrera, votto, tulo, lee, lester, jj are out there?? i need an SS.
    thx

  64. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Some things over there are oddly off like the site has no owner.

    @cyrus: I’d take Miggy, but from how you framed it it seems like you want Tulo. Not sure why him over Miggy.

  65. Steve says:
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    Man, when this Lee fella regresses it’s going to be ugly.

  66. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: That’s hilarious.

  67. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Heh. I was about to search the site for the Cliff Lee: Fantasy Schmohawk post, but I’m sure you’ve removed it (emoticon).

  68. big o says:
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    and for red sawx nation ,
    sleep comes easy , tonight .

  69. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Hehe… The good and bad are all over here.

    @big o: Ha

  70. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ah, it’s probably on me anyway. As previously discussed, I dropped him after streaming him for a complete-game shutout back in 08.

  71. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    @Steve:

    say something to convince me that
    ryan braun should be drafted before josh hamilton .

  72. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: At least it wasn’t a keeper, right? I mean, was it?

    @big o: Braun was barely off Hamilton’s pace this year and he’s played in a 150+ games for 3 straight years. Hamilton’s great when healthy, it’s not guarantee by any stretch.

    EDIT: Letters and words.

  73. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    pace ?

    well , i guess 100 less AB’s kept things close .
    like that rear-view mirror thingy .

  74. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Rest easy. Was the ol’ H2H.

  75. Mattchew says:
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    I’m normally anti-mullets (sorry, just speaking the truth) but I’m pro-Weaver.

    So…straight up – who’d you take: Verlander or Weaver?

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