*rubs hands together, flour residue and sweat mix together forming pizza dough, places pizza dough in oven, pulls out pizza*  Hey, I got an excitement pizza for Aaron Sanchez!  Or maybe I should just wash my hands.  Nah, this is an excitement pizza!  Now, hold on, before you start stuffing your mouth with this excitement pizza, we should discuss why it’s so delicious.  Last year in a two-month-long foodie festival that is called, A Taste of the Majors, Sanchez had a 1.09 ERA with a 7.4 K/9 in 33 IP.  Hey, boring, drop your R because I have a boing!  Know what his fastball averaged?  97 MPH.  This is weird, I hate camping, but I’m sure pitching tents!  I kinda just want to stare at the words-slash-numerals “97 MPH fastball” for a little while longer.  Okay, kids might be reading so I need to move on.  I’m just feeling so frisky.  (Frisky should be spelled frisque; you messed up, English language.)  Unfortch, Sanchez was working in middle relief last year with the Blue Jays.  “Don’t play in a Holds league, Grey, let’s move on!”  Wait a second, Jumpy McJumpstein, Sanchez was predominately a starter in the minors, and the Blue Jays were trying to keep his innings down.  Jumpy McJumpstein, “Okay, I’ll calm down.  Plus, that Third Eye Blind song just came on ’90s on 9!”  Anyway, what can we expect of Aaron Sanchez for 2015 fantasy baseball?

Does sorta come down to in what role the Blue Jays are going to use him.  He could be anywhere from a lights-out closer with Janssen entering free agency, a Brain Freeze, a number three starter, a barely fifth starter or a middle reliever.  Blue Jays GM Anthopoulos said Sanchez will be stretched out in spring training and then Anthopoulos sprayed a cut on his hand with Windex, spit on the ground and threw a glass into his fireplace.  Geez, he’s such a Greek stereotype!  Sanchez’s value is tied to how he’s used.  I think he’s best used as a closer due to his stuff.  Not just the overpowering fastball, but also his control, which was a bit of a mess in the minors.  In Triple-A last year, he had a 4.7 BB/9 and 5.5 in Double-A.  Those are awful rates.  What I can infer from those is if he needs to throw six to seven innings, things go pear-shaped with his control and he starts to walk the house.  Okay, before the excitement pizza is completely cold, let’s mangia!  If he works as the closer, he can walk a guy or two, and still be effective since he only has to get out three guys.  Making him the closer, would be a huge move by the Blue Jays and would put Sanchez firmly on everyone’s fantasy radars.  No closers slip through the cracks, especially not ones with a 1-something ERA last year.  So, he’s a donkeycorn or a forgettable starter.  Who is, Bruce Jenner?  Pick a role!  This makes it hard for me to project him for 2015.  For the first time ever, I’m going to give you three projections.  As a starter:  6-8/4.22/1.38/134 in 150 IP; as a closer:  3-2/3.12/1.17/52 and 36 saves or as a middle reliever:  6-2/3.49/1.24/70.  Obviously, I’m hoping for closer, but am prepared to stream him as a starter or middle reliever.

 
  1. DrEasy says:
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    Nice write-up, Gray! I think Sanchez’s control problem are mostly limited to his breaking pitches. As a reliever they asked him to just throw his fastball. So I think if he can improve his curveball he could be used as a starter otherwise either he stays in AAA or he’s back as a one-pitch reliever, but either way we can project for an improvement in his BB rate.

    • DrEasy says:
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      @DrEasy: After all these years I still managed to misspell Grey’s name. Doh!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Eh, I don’t see him staying in the minors… I guess he could, but he’s likely a reliever or a starter…

  2. nick the dick says:
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    Mmm I dont know what sounds more delicious, the excitement pizza or the chicken florentine pause. Perfect meal would be both with a side of Hisashi dashi. Yum! #TopChefRazzball

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… Maybe I shouldn’t be writing these right around dinner time… You watch Top Chef last night?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: I did, awesome Thanksgiving challenge. I called Stacey going home, shes been so subpar the whole show. Ya boy Gregory has been slipping a bit the last two episodes, hes been going real risky and hasnt paid off a few times in a row. My guy Doug has been looking real good. Most suprising so far to me is Katie, cranberry borscht was super inventive and shes been executing well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Katie’s borscht may have been liked by Tiffany, but that shizz looked nasty, and her stuffing looked bonkers gross… Blueberries as a base for stuffing? With lobster? I’m feeling sick thinking about it… Gregory’s got shizz on lock, he’s just saving his game for when it counts… Is it weird I have no interest whatsoever to try Kasuji’s place and it’s literally a 1/2 mile from me?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: HA i thought the borscht looked okay but yeah the stuffing looked gross and was quite the odd combo. Those weird risks that work are what the judges like tho so more power to her. Im telling ya, Greg aint winning mark my words! And yes, that is weird you dont want to at least try it! Give him a chance to overload you with ingredients and ancho chiles…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The place looks just so whatever… Please, I might have some issues with kosher food from when I was younger… My grandmother was a terrible cook and kosher food gives me the willies… Not as bad as one of my friends, he passes out in a church of worship… He fell over during his brother’s wedding… Greg will win, I guarantee it… If not, maybe Mae, Dougie’s not winning…

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Haha whats this passing out in church story have to do with trying a restaurant? Give it a shot man, maybe it will renew your faith in kosher cooking. I can see Mae winning, she’s the truth, but stop sleeping on Douggie!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You just like Dougie because he sounds like he’s named after an old school rapper… Yeah, I’ll give it a shot at some point, maybe even today…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: HA maybe that is it. Dougie makes Fresh food! Im partial to bearded men also so that helps…yeah man give it a shot, to satisfy my curiosity if anything

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It looks like Chipotle with kosher food…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: wowza that sounds awful…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s what Yelp makes it seem like

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s an insanely Jewish neighborhood so I bet it does really well…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: location, location, location

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup, yup, yup

  3. royce! says:
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    What’s up with the disgusting food references lately? Carob, and now “excitement pizza”? Maybe include a warning for those of us who are a bit hungover and haven’t eaten yet…

    Anyhoo, the origin of of frisky’s root word, frisk, is actually the Middle French “frisque.” So, you’re right, English did just screw it up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I mentioned this to Nick the Dick, I need to stop doing these right before dinner time… I might need to do them prior to Cougs cooking too… Really? That’s awesome! I want to name a girl Frisque, and watch her become a stripper…

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I think you should take Viagra right before you write these, should make for some interesting references

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha…I’m kinda curious to try a Viagra, but at a really weird time…Maybe before Thanksgiving dinner with my in-laws…

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Ha..im curious too but i would be one of those guys who gets a five hour erection and has to go to the hospital

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I know, right? I wonder if there’s a lot of guys in the ER with a 3 1/2 hour erection and then they go home with a false alarm…

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Ha ha

            • Mordacious Levator says:
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              @JeF With 1 F: a friend of mine years ago took some of those on a dare at a party; it was a pool party and he didn’t want to come out for yep, like 5 hours due to constant erection. might have damaged his blood vessels in there too. dumb bastard

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        @Grey: Yeah…personally, when I’m hungry, I don’t think of mixing bodily fluids into food…to each his own!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t knock it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I want one of those donuts from downtown San Diego, right now…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I didn’t, until you mentioned it…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, get on that shizz!

  4. Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    this has nothing to do with baseball but it’s another story of child abuse, except very funny
    from rotoworld:”Jack Johnson filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 7.
    Johnson reportedly had given his parents power over his finances and they took advantage of the situation by taking out a series of loans against his contract and used it to purchase cars for themselves, a house, and other things. It got so bad that Johnson reportedly had more than $10 million in debt and had assets of less than $50,000. “I’d say I picked the wrong people who led me down the wrong path,” Johnson said. “I’ve got people in place who are going to fix everything now. It’s something I should have done a long time ago.”

    • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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      @Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season: jack johnson is an NHL player, gets paid fairly highly at his position, used to be an LA player.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, I thought it was the singer, Jack Johnson… This sounds like a story of a child star, how old is this guy? 12?

        • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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          @Grey: it does sound like that. dude is 27 years old and makes 5 million a year.

          • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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            @Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season: somebody needs to make a campaign to keep kids off “going down the wrong path” and not letting their parents influence their fiances.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, he should put on his big boy pants

  5. J-FOH says:
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    did you get to the outkast videos last night?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, which ones?

  6. de nachos says:
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    Top Chef is playing on the DVR, T minus 30 minutes until I can scroll up read comments. Immunity for WUT? Is this Russia?

    • nick the dick says:
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      @de nachos: If you’ve been watching the whole season you could guess who’s going home

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Commenter Wake Up?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: he got talked about in a football post. that sobered him up really quick

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  7. de nachos says:
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    Of course. Adiós chubby Abby Donovan. But Tom looked píssed when they brought the bottom out so I briefly entertained the thought that Gregory was going home against his wishes. I do miss the old format of talking to the bottom three, sending them back, “arguing” some more, then calling them back out to drop the Padma axe. I don’t miss that stupid TV judge preview they used to do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When they were eating I thought briefly they were going to pull the ol’ no-eliminations this week because you’re all great, but it’s really just a because we’re off next week for the holiday…

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