2021 Razzball Videos

Howdy, Razzfolks!

Thanks for stopping in for another update on all those dadblasted injuries going around. There’s some good news in the works for several players, but of course, we’ve had some Irritating List additions (can’t believe it’s taken me til mid-June to come up with that one) as well.

Trying a slightly tweaked format this week just to streamline the reading process a little. Organized by generic infielders/outfielders/starters/relievers subheadings and then alphabetized by first name.

And if you’re curious, it’s Four Roses neat bourbon tonight as I touch this up. First time having it, and I approve!

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Everyone’s always claiming world famous fried chicken, or world famous chili or world famous BBQ. If I had a restaurant, I’d do something that no one else is claiming… “Come on down for our world famous cauliflower — you like cauliflower sometimes? Well, you’re gonna love these florets!” Can I make extraordinarily tasty cauliflower? No, not at all! But it’s all about expectations. That’s Jonathan India:  World famous cauliflower, because it’s about expectations. By the way, Jarred Kelenic was trying to make world famous pizza, what a dope! Jonathan India went very late in deep league drafts, then he sorta was….Well, he just was, and no one cared. In April, India hit one homer and .239. In May, he once again existed: 2 HRs, .220. In June, India got hot. *long elaborate Bollywood dance* With time to make adjustments and less pressure than, say, maybe a Jarred Kelenic, India began to hit everything in the zone, and hard. He’s on everything with O- and Z-Swing% falling in line and Barrel% going way up. India also has a solid Sprint Speed, so he could get into some steals. Look at us, India and I just exceeding very low expectations! Now, I just need a name for my cauliflower restaurant. The Floret Florist? The Merchant of Florets? You Cauliflower, I Called It Delicious? Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

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The season is rolling along and the men are starting to separate themselves from the boys. Jessie Winker added 32 points this week bringing his season total to a cool 200. That’s good for top 5 among hitters. He’s really been a revelation this season and is showing no signs of slowing down. The power has been everything you could want and even better he’s hitting for a high average as well. That’s a fantasy star right there. Pretty dang good for a guy who was likely taken late in drafts. He has to be the fantasy MVP thus far and could end up being a league winner. Now on to some other hitters who are riding a good 7 day stretch.

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No clever pun, no dumb reference, simply put, I’m laying down the hard cold truth. Tyler O’Neill is a potential superstar. While this statement is becoming less and less controversial as the hours and homeruns stack up, I would note that while the window to be part of the O’Neill party is closing fast and makes it sound like you’re going to have dinner with him and his family at a fancy restaurant, there are still some red flags to take note of. But I thought he was a potential superstar? That’s right me, I am confirming to myself that I did say that and of course I believe it, but it would be folly just to expect the same results as the season progresses. Or is it? Asking all the right questions… uh, also me. And while I’m here talking to myself, why is the truth cold? A word can’t feel maaaan.

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Blue Jays leadoff man Marcus Semien ($3,100) can do some damage in an extreme hitter’s park in Boston. Semien already has 13 homers and eight steals on the season. He’s got a high floor batting .289 atop the lineup, making him a strong cash game play or a key piece of a Toronto stack. Opposing starter Garrett Richards has a 6.38 ERA in Fenway Park this year, so consider other high upside bats in Vladimir Guerrero Jr ($4,300), Bo Bichette ($3,500), and Teoscar Hernandez ($2,800) to go with him.

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This is an excerpt of a phone call Razzball intercepted during Thursday’s afternoon games. Since both states involved are two-party consent, we cannot reveal who recorded the call, but it rhymes with Fray Mallbright. Here, let’s listen in:

“Hello, this is the CEO of Spider Tack, the world’s stickiest, gummiest, craziest, shouldn’t-be-used-on-a-baseballiest stuff. Who’s calling?”
Our Commissioner Rob Manfred disguised his voice so he sounded raspy, and said, “I’m Kathleen Turner. I was wondering if you would sell me 7,000 cases of your Spider Tack, and send them individually to pitchers’ homes?”
“Body Heat’s Kathleen Turner? Romancing the Stone’s Kathleen Turner? Not to get all James Lipton, but I am a huge fan of your–”
“Okay, fanboy, if I get you 7,000 addresses, will you send the Spider Tack?”
“Can I ask why you want the Spider Tack sent to pitcher’s homes?”
Rob dropped the Kathleen Turner rasp and said, “So, we can bust them and they’ll all lose their arbitration cases!” Then cackled evilly for five minutes, finally adding, “Deal?”

Have you heard this latest? Pete Alonso has accused Rob Manfred of manipulating the ball, depending on the free agent class. He said it’s a fact. I’m 100% here for conspiracy lunacy. Rob Manfred, evil genius or dumbf*ck? So hard to say! Yesterday, Zack Wheeler (8 IP, 0 ER, 4 hits, zero walks, 12 Ks, ERA at 2.29) continued his fantastic season, and it appears he has no additional spin on his 4-seamer. His expected ERA is 2.55, and xBA is .202. Also, his velocity is up on his fastball (97+ MPH) and his 81 MPH curve has a .119 xBA, which is hilarious. Lots still can happen, but Wheeler looks like a Cy Young candidate, and top five starter in baseball, assuming he doesn’t get a mysterious package from Kathleen Turner. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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I was clicking buttons on YouTube last night when I came across Freerunning. Man, those videos are so mesmerizing, especially with the music and slow-motion graphics. After the third video, I considered myself a Freerunning expert. I knew how to run. I knew how to jump. I understood that E=mc2. I was good at math so I could calculate the proper angles and such. After tying my shoes, I kicked open the screen door and jumped on top of the porch fence to vault myself onto the sidewalk. Beep….Boop……Bop……”911, what’s your emergency?” I’ve fallen and I can’t get up. The amazing things we see being done on tv are the result of years of practice and honing a craft. What makes them more fantastic is the effortless nature with which they are done. To the point that you and I often think that we could pull off the same feats. For most things in life, though, patience and persistence are good guides. You want to practice and/or perform due diligence before committing to anything. Fantasy baseball is no different. Patrick Wisdom of the Chicago Cubs has taken the league by storm recently. He’s hit seven home runs in 40 plate appearances and has been added in 44.3% of ESPN leagues. Refrain and show some Wisdom or is the Wisdom in riding the horse until it rides no more?

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As I laid on the hospital bed recovering from my very painful bout with back spasms, I had a revelation. Maybe it was the morphine. Maybe it was the 4 nights in a row with less than an hour of sleep; or, perhaps it was my conscience and thoughts of my own mortality. Who knows. But I saw a vision of Jocko Willink before me. He challenged me to take full ownership of my life and own all my wins and all my losses. Especially the losses. Nothing is someone else’s fault. Nothing is chance, nothing is variance.

I am responsible for all my takes, and all my taeks. Whether they are good or bad… I am responsible. I am a capable person that can tilt the scale; if I fail, I need to learn from it and better myself. If I succeed, I need to learn from it and replicate it. I have no idea if anyone else in the biz does a post like this where they intentionally point out everything haha, but I’m going to give it a try and start now. Here. we. go.

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It’s week 10!  Yes my loyal readers, we have now reached the point of redundancy and rule changes.  I have no problems including the over 50% rostered, as well as I have no problem mentioning the same player week in and week out.  If you don’t want to pick up Lucas Sims, and you hate saves, I get it.  *side note, if you haven’t welcomed back @roto_wan for his SAGNOF series, give it a read.  Fellow bullpen guys need to stick together.  I digress….I can’t emphasize enough how much a couple category wins can mean for the entire season.  Category wins get tighter than Robbie Ray’s pants, and end of season standings get stickier than spider tack.  And with that, I hand down this article to you like previous generations before me.

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I see your value play today… Ty France (2B: $2,200) There’s more to like than just his bargain price. He’s really come on strong lately and seems to be delivering on the breakout promise he had coming into the season. The injury really cramped his style but he’s looking right as rain now.

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