Matt Olson left Thursday’s game after fouling a pitch off his right hand. While we will have to wait until the Athletics return back home from Japan for a diagnosis, there’s been some speculation that the injury could be of the hamate bone variety, which would force Olson to miss months. Mark Canha was his immediate replacement during the game, so is he worth a pickup if Olson does indeed miss significant time?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Martin Perez had a 5.48 K/9 last season in 85.1 innings pitched. His career rate is 5.46. Yuck. Last week, I wrote up Frankie Montas, who had a 5.95 K/9 last season. I guess I know what my type is. Yes, I’ve provided click bait for you. My daughter needs some new shoes, so I would very much appreciate if you clicked the Montas article a million times each. Thanks. Anyways, I’m bullish on Montas. Could the same be said for Perez?Please, blog, may I have some more?
FML can mean many things, usually of the negative variety. Here at Razzball, though, we turn those frowns upside down and spew nothing but positivity, unless you submit rankings at you know where by you know whom. FML at Razzball is short for Fantasy Master Lothario, which is another name for the man, the myth, the legend, Grey Albright, our fearless leader. Too many acronyms and commas are making my head spin. Anyways, we are now branching out in the FML game: Frankie Montas Love.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Jose Martinez is a great hitter. He has batted over .300 the past two seasons, has some power, exhibits wonderful plate discipline, utilizes the whole field, and hits the ball hard. Yet, he’s being selected as the 225th overall player according to NFBC ADP since February 1, 2019. Screaming value or fool’s gold?Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’ve been mental masturbating over Jurickson Profar since way back when many considered him the number one prospect in all of baseball. Great makeup, potential face of a franchise, elite hitter, and hard worker were all phrases thrown about. And a switch hitter to boot. Unfortunately, injuries derailed his career early on and knocked most of the shine off.Please, blog, may I have some more?
I love my wife. I love her so much that I’ll even go shopping with her from time to time. It’s an arduous and debilitating task, but love hurts, right? She will go down an aisle, survey every item on the rack as if she were mapping out undiscovered lands, then turtle over to the next section. After four sections have been mapped out, she will decide to go back to quadrant one in order to compare or make sure she didn’t miss anything. This process rinses and repeats for an inordinate amount of time. It’s unbearable, says the guy that sits his fat ass in a chair for hours on end and mental masturbates over baseball players for a fantasy team. Anyways, as much as it drives me nuts, I respect it because of the attention to detail and motivation to find the best deal possible. And that’s what it’s all about. Finding the best deal. Since February 1st, Jorge Polanco is being drafted, on average in NFBC drafts, as the 217th overall player and 21st shortstop. Should we jump on expecting the bull to thrust its horns upward?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Edwin Diaz is an amazing pitcher. His fastball averages 98 mph, while his changeup is faster (94 mph) than the fastball of most MLB pitchers. The swinging strike rate was an absurd 18.9% last season while the K/9 was 15.22! He saved 57 games for the Seattle Mariners last season. Yet, he’s getting waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay overdrafted this year. The current NFBC ADP is the 48th overall player!! That’s insanity. Since you read Razzball, you all know about SAGNOF, but just in case ED was giving you some tingly Viagra sensations, let me stop the flow of blood and get some more oxygen into the brain. First of all, the 2018 season for ED was one of epic historic proportions. Only one other pitcher in the history of MLB, Francisco Rodriguez in 2008, posted a season with more saves when he notched 62. There have only been 17 instances in which a reliever notched at least 50 saves in one season. Only Mariano Rivera and Eric Gagne were able to be on the list twice. So, the chances of ED replicating last season are very slim. If that didn’t convince you, how about the fact that he got traded from Seattle to the New York Mets. Last season, Seattle produced the most save opportunites in the league with 81. The Mets were 21st with only 59 save opportunities. In 2017, Seattle produced 65 SVO, while the Mets produced 54. Unless you think the Mets will be over .500 this season, fewer than 60 save chances seem to be in the works. That’s a far cry from the 81 ED had last year. Rudy has ED down for 65 innings and 35 saves. Rudy also has Blake Treinen, Kenley Jansen, Craig Kimbrel, and Aroldis Chapman all down for 35 saves. ADP for those guys are 61, 74, 68, and 77 respectively. Raisel Iglesias, who is projected for 30 saves, has an ADP of 102. TRASHPlease, blog, may I have some more?
I grew up playing 720 Degrees by Atari. If any of you are unfamiliar with the game, you skate around, collect money for doing tricks, and try to earn enough tickets to enter a skate park. The best part of the game was when the timer would run out when you weren’t in an event, and a swarm of bees would chase you down while a narrator would narrate, “SKATE OR DIE!!” in a menacing narrator voice. Fast forward to 2019, and skate or die has been replaced with ride or die with scooters. I have to admit. Riding the electric scooter is fun, and in a city like Los Angeles, it’s very useful. Side sociological observation: While they are prevalent in most places, drive to the hood and you won’t find too many. Hmmmm. Anyways, besides the “shit they leave behind,” as Grey so eloquently described them in his Top 20 2nd Basemen, the electric scooters have become very dangerous. There have been hundreds of injuries and even three fatalaties. Yikes. But this is a fantasy website, so I’m going to talk about a different scooter, as in Scooter Gennett. Do we ride or die with him in 2019?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Virtual reality has been hailed by many as the next great technology. I enjoy playing games and watching porn, so I fully endorse that last sentence. Even if you’re not a gamer or porn “watcher”, though, the technology could have profound impacts, from how we train to how we study to how we interact with […]Please, blog, may I have some more?
….but I just can’t help myself. Baseball is almost upon us, Grey is creating literary gold, and I get to write about guys that play with tiny white balls. It’s good to be back. Anyways, in this weekly piece, I’ll highlight one player and see if I’m bearish or bullish on their prospects going forward. For those who are new, bear or bull is an expression used in the stock market to convey optimism or pessimism. A bull attacks with its horns in an upward motion, while a bear swipes its claws downward. Hence, being bullish is good because value goes up, while being bearish is bad because value goes down. As I was scrolling through the rankings (Razzball and FantasyPros), one player immediately jumped out to me: Eugenio Suarez.Please, blog, may I have some more?