2021 Razzball Videos

Reading from the Book of Revelations in the 2021 Razzball Draft Guide, “When the ocean’s water rises–”
Job, “Why ocean’s water? Isn’t just ‘water rises’ enough?”
“I’m reading, not writing, and, when I’m done, I will smite you so hard you’ll wish you never corrected God about His word.”
Job stops chewing gum for a moment to say, “Heard.”
Continuing, “…When the ocean’s water rises in Miami, there will be two guys able to walk to work, Jesus Aguilar and Jesus Sanchez.”

There’s been a few hitters flat-out raking in the minors, and Jesus Sanchez is one of the top ones. In 33 games in Triple-A, he hit nine homers and .349. He’s not just a power hitter, though he is that with 70-grade power, he’s begun to hit for contact this year. Going into this year, as Prospect Itch said, “Sanchez swings at everything and always has. A corner outfielder with ideal size and crazy bat speed from the left side, he’ll get a lot of chances and have a long time to figure out pitch selection. More chances than Grey if I ever bumped into him.” What the heck, man? Pitch selection can come at any time, and Sanchez only just turned 23. He might’ve found his swing, and when to, uh, swing. Grab him in all leagues. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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As usual, this weekend in fantasy baseball brought a lot of ups, a lot of downs, and a little of everything in between.  Overall, though, it definitively proved one thing:  that Hector Neris and Rafael Montero have teamed up in an attempt to slowly but surely destroy my soul.  Sometimes this hobby of ours makes me want to run screaming for the hills – or at least unplug, abandon my teams, and enjoy this summer in my city in a way I haven’t been able to do in over a year.  Since I made a commitment to not only myself but the rare yet valuable Razzball reader who finds himself, as I do, trying to stay afloat in an ultra deep league or two, I decided to compromise. I spent the day sitting on the beach in Santa Monica yesterday (where I came up with this super witty lede), will be hitting Little Tokyo for some udon later, but in between, I’m putting my nose to the grindstone to try to find us someone out there that may be able to help our NL-only, AL-only, and other deep league teams.  (Spoiler alert:  the pickings, as they were last week, are a bit slim… here’s to hoping you aren’t spending as much of your time desperately chasing saves, speed, innings, or power in your deep leagues as I am).

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Another week and so much to talk about, starting with our greatest 2021 re-draft regrets at the halfway point. There’s many, and we air them out, because we are nothing if not an open book. We then dive into the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. coming of age story. Is Matt Olson a sell or hold? Carlos Rodon, is this for real? We then dive into a ton of “low-energy” waiver wire adds. It’s another week of the Razzball podcast!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful tenth week of fun in the Razzball Commenter Leagues.  It was at this point last season that we were all done with the RCLs and fantasy baseball.  I still can’t believe we played a 60 game season, stopping at this point in this season would just feel silly.  Some of my teams are just finally getting their shizz together.  Is it from this point forward we start seeing even more injuries than we already have?  Do even more pitcher’s arms start falling off?  As someone who recently traded for Jacob deGrom in one RCL and drafted Max Scherzer in another, I was holding my breathe this weekend.  Don’t worry though, the Mets say deGrom is fine for his next start after playing some catch.  If that doesn’t make you rest easy, I don’t know what will.  This, combined with the MLB attack on Spider Tack and we could be in for some major offense this summer!  I know my RCL teams that are currently batting under .250 will approve.  Let’s take a look at how offense and pitching alike faired this week and the rest of the week that was, week 10:

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On the surface, the pitching side of this slate looks pretty trashy. But once you dive a little deeper you’ll find… Ewwwwww! Gross! Yu Darvish is the only legit ace on tonight’s slate and he’s in Coors. On such a massive 15 game slate you’d expect to have at least a handful of solid places to turn for pitching. Tonight, however, that’s not quite the case. Trevor Rogers ($10,000) is the most expensive pitcher and should be a semi-solid option tonight in St. Louis. 

 

On such a large slate with a lack of solid pitching options, I expect offense will be potent tonight. Vegas thinks so as well judging by the fact that only 2 of the 30 teams (Marlins and Cardinals) have an implied run total under 4. Last night, we saw no real stacks that paid off as offense was down across the land. Tonight, I expect some teams to go off and the key is going to be getting some leverage by plugging in the correct lower owned stacks and pairing them with the right guy(s) on the mound. I guess that’s the goal every night, but, ya know. 

 

The way to go yesterday was to fade the highly owned Padres vs Austin Gomber. Tonight, that’s going to be very hard to do. The Padres have a 6.9 implied run total (my lord) and face Chi Chi Gonzalez on a mid 90 degree day in Coors Field. So make sure if you’re going the Padres route you differentiate as much as possible in your other 5 or 6 lineup spots. 

 

Good luck tonight, and remember to stay positive and visualize that bank roll spiking like Bitcoin in April. Visualize your success! You HAVE to believe it to be true before it can happen. Go with your gut and do it with confidence. Let’s go! 

 

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Shane Bieber is headed to the IL with a shoulder strain. Turns out his shoulder was being held in its socket with Spider Tack. Shane Bieber being touched up by the Mariners now makes more sense. Still not great to hear. I’m sure his owners would take a bad outing vs. an unknown-length-of-time IL stint. These injuries rarely just fix themselves, and most times they’re never themselves, until an offseason rest sesh. By the way, is anyone ever says “sesh” in any context in real life, you’re allowed to punch them. Those are the rules. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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I’m in this charity fantasy football tournament that names all the divisions after bands, and I was gifted my first choice for a division: The Cure. Actually, I wanted Periphery or Devin Townsend, but nobody knows about them, so they don’t get divisions. But now, I’m playing for the symbolic championship of the band that made the greatest album ever: Disintegration. Yes, I have heard BTS. Yes, their chicken nugget sauce is tasty. No, their albums are not great. Yes, I like Korean music and moisturizing face masks and bulgogi pizza. ENYWHEY. Grey’s never listened to Disintegration, and if you’ve got time today, stop by his post and give him hell for that. For all the rest of you, let’s get to the news and a bit of self-reflection on the rankings so far! 

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We have entered the zone of fantasy baseball sample-size settling, where statistics have gelled significantly. Managers in season-long leagues are feeling the heat if their teams have struggled thus far. Similarly, blurb site’s analysis will begin to change in their tone. You will catch actual whiffs of disappointment in their prose when regarding a player that has not delivered on statistical progress. Much like the comments on a report card next to the letter grade, it’s best to ignore the subjective opinions of blurb writers.

I recall getting “Talkative/Chatty” next to my fantastic grades in school for years. My parents eventually got annoyed enough to tell me that I needed to focus on not getting “Talkative/Chatty” next to my grades. I did as I was told because I was a small boy who avoided conflict like highway rest stop restaurants avoid making you feel at home on the road. Next report card, I received no “Talkative/Chatty” designations and my grades had plummeted. When my folks asked my teachers what happened, they said that I needed to speak up more in class. My parents agreed. I was left agog. Which was it? Talk or no talk?

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What a great looking Monday slate today we have on tap for our viewing pleasure. 13 games to be played 10 more than last Monday and I can’t wait to watch some of these games as the runs are coming fast and furious and I don’t see that letting up anytime soon. Some of these teams have woefully bad bullpens and with the weather heating up them balls will be flying out of the parks. Pitching is going to be extra important to get right so do your homework and make sure your pitching spot is locked in with a top pitcher that day and then hit on a couple of one-off bats potentially to get different in tournament play. Don’t be afraid to leave $ on the table sometimes and use that C/1B on a C as most people don’t like to roster a C. All right let’s dive into our profile pitcher Sean Manaea ($9,900). Manaea has always been a little underperforming in my eyes and kind of just blah but taking a closer look into his year so far offers some interesting takeaways. The first thing I noticed was he started throwing a curveball to go along with his sinker and changeup and has thrown the curveball around 15% so far this season which is just enough to keep the hitters thinking about it. Manaea got rid of his slider as well and if you remember last season Manaea was getting lit up at the beginning of the season and nobody was playing him and pissed off they drafted him. These changes he was working with was obviously affecting him and he needed time to work through it. This season his numbers have looked tremendously better and he is having one of his best starts to the season in his career. What you like to see his the barrel % is below average and his BB rate is low. Manaea is around the plate so batters will make contact but it’s ground balls and popups that are being hit and Manaea doesn’t seem to be getting into many jams and has been throwing nice clean games this season. Manaea faces the Angels today who he has faced 2 times already this year with good outings and Manaea has pitched well at home this year. The Angels are coming off a sweep of the Diamondbacks and although it’s not necessarily a far travel time from Arizona it’s still a road trip and Manaea had the benefit of staying in town all weekend and getting ready for his start. I think you will see a solid start from Manaea with the potential of it being outstanding 7 INN 5 Hits 1 ER 8 k’s today is what I’m seeing here.

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