We don’t want to lead off every podcast by bashing the New York Mets, but they leave us no choice. Grey Albright and I get right into it with the Matt Harvey fiasco, before moving on to discuss the merits of Luis Severino, Freddie Freeman, Gerrit Cole, Andrew Benintendi, Corey Kluber, and many more. I then talk about MattTruss razzing me over winning last week’s Razzball Only FantasyDraft Contest due to a lack of competition. He’s stepping up to the plate and playing this week too, so make sure to JOIN THIS WEEK’S CONTEST and take both of us down. Finally, we close the show by dreading the ramifications of Arizona’s prospective humidor, and ponder what kind of anti-gravity chamber Elon Musk would come up with if he turned his focus to baseball. It’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast.

   
  1. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Haha, no razzing man, it’s all good. Can’t blame a guy for going after that paper. Hopefully we can get some more competition in there tonight though!

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @MattTruss: haha … looking forward to going up against a real DFS expert tonight :)

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Use that “expert” term lightly

        • Halp

          Halp says:
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          @MattTruss: haha … I like playing the underdog

    • VictoriaB

      VictoriaB says:
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      @MattTruss: So. In. Don’t know how I missed this last week!

      • Halp

        Halp says:
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        @VictoriaB: Nice. Now we got some competition going

  2. Clogged Rosterman says:
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    About to listen. Do you guys talk about Gregory Polanco at all? Guy’s managing to put up easily his best career BB% and K% and his BABIP is up 20 points, all while being pretty much unplayable.

    • Halp

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      @Clogged Rosterman: We didn’t cover him. Interesting observation though. He is hitting the ball on the ground 53% of the time, which is up from about 40% last year. That right there is the cause of his lack of damage done. I’m not sure anybody is making this type of adjustment out of choice, so my guess is he might be playing through injury and forced to change his approach to help the team out however he can. Purely a guess though.

      • Clogged Rosterman says:
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        @Halp:

        Thanks! I guess this means that if he gets healthier he could be better than ever. Or… if the rest of his peripherals collapse he’ll be worse.

        • Halp

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          @Clogged Rosterman: haha … I still have plenty of hope for Polanco. Guys have a poor couple first months for whatever reason and then come on like gangbusters in the 2nd half all the time.

  3. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Hey Halp! How’s it going?

        • Halp

          Halp says:
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          @Grey: haha … we do. A zencastr one every friday

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Halp: Unfortunately it’s like being a webcam couple everyone knows what happens in that room.

        • MPGA says:
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          @Grey: Steamy

  4. Bryan says:
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    Hey,

    Got a trade offer question for you. 20 team dynasty league with 4 keepers per year.
    Giving: Encarnacion, Kemp and Crawford
    Getting: Verlander, McCutchen, Francisco Rodriguez

    Pitching has been my downfall this year and have Bell as my other 1B plus some good backup OF.

    Thoughts?

    • Halp

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      @Bryan: I do prefer the Encarnacion side, and wouldn’t want to touch Rodriguez right now, but if you need pitching, and this is the best offer out there, I can see pulling the trigger. I would try to replace Rodriguez with any other piece of value first though.

      • Bryan says:
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        Agreed Rodriguez is having a rough couple weeks. I will see what i can work out instead of him. Thanks

        • Halp

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          @Bryan: The velocity is down, he is getting killed by lefties, and he is up there in age. Would want to see some signs of life before buying him in a trade.

  5. Would you trade Yelich & Holland or Maeda for McCutchen/Duffy?

    10 team H2H categories with OPS and QS in addition to standard categories.

    • Halp

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      @Jeffrey Datikashvili: I would stick with Yelich. I’m just not buying on McCutchen or Duffy right now. Their value might be even lower in a month.

  6. Pager24 says:
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    Halp,

    Saw the Cubs are bringing up Candelario today. Given their injuries and offensive struggles this year, what are the chances he stays up with the team?

    Thanks!

    • Halp

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      @Pager24: I would say very slim. I think they are calling him up for the doubleheader today, and doing so by using the MLB rule that you can add a 26th player to your roster for doubleheaders.

    • Halp

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      @Pager24: And by very slim, of course I meant 100% for sure :)

  7. Count de Monetball says:
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    Great pod cast guys, I’ve been wondering about Wacha too, short outings, etc.. Would you rather hold Wacha or Kenta Maeda. I have watched Kenta, but he appears to be turning it around… Worth the ol’ switch-a-roo?

    • Halp

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      @Count de Monetball: Thanks, Count. That is an interesting one. Dodgers are going to keep Maeda to short outings too with his past injury stuff. I still think I’m sticking with Maeda right now. He looked good last year and wouldn’t be ready to make the switch yet after only about 5 weeks. And like you said, he has been looking better already.

      • Count de Monetball says:
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        Cool, I’m rollin Maeda for now… Another question for ya, while addy russell has been sucking balls of late (ya know 2017 in total), I am looking for a short-term replacement at ss, who would you rather, Jose Reyes, Cozart, Galvis, the notorious DIDI, or rookie nookie in Christian Arroyo?

        • Halp

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          @Count de Monetball: I would probably go with the hottest bat right now, which is Cozart. Tough to deny .351/.440/.588

          • Count de Monetball says:
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            Done! Thanks for the double Halp-ing of advice!

  8. knucks says:
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    Topic request for next week’s discussion…

    This alleged python based computer prog that has taken over first in the overall RCL standings.

    • Halp

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      @knucks: That was interesting as hell to me too.

  9. Racehorse says:
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    Halp –

    The Marlins demoted Adam Conley to triple-A …

    Speaking from a dynasty perspective, do I wait and see if he turns it around after a few starts and is then brought back to the big club? It’s not like there’s allot of other starting pitching options on the Marlins roster …

    Or, do I drop Conely for Luis Perdomo?

    Whaddya think?

    Thanks!

    • Halp

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      @Racehorse: Yea, not that easy of a choice because I don’t think Perdomo is that great, but Conley was also more of a #4 type, so it makes sense to make the switch to the guy who is pitching in the majors. The velocity has been down all year for Conley, so it might be something more than just a rough patch.

  10. Razzflake says:
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    I and many others believe the Rockies were cheating for years using the humidor. MLB had no idea they were using it for some 3 years. It was a reporter that broke the story. I think it was mccovey chronicles who wrote an analytical article that states the Rockies were outproducing every other team at home until MLB got word they were secretly using the humidor. MLB now has an independent in custody of the humidified balls. If they weren’t cheating, why would they keep it a secret for years?

    • Halp

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      @Razzflake: Great information. Seems like cheating to me too. Even with MLB approval, it seems ridiculous that some teams are allowed to tamper with the baseballs, and even able to do it in the middle of the year.

  11. Daniel Moran says:
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    I’m curious who you might offer to trade for Kluber. I’m well behind in innings and would love to move some of my bats for pitching/consolidate value.

    12 team standard Yahoo league… can you tell I have a hard on for NY?

    C Austin Hedges SD – C
    1B Paul Goldschmidt Ari – 1B
    2B Jean Segura Sea – 2B,SS
    3B Anthony Rendon Was – 3B
    SS Carlos Correa Hou – SS
    OF Giancarlo Stanton Mia – OF
    OF George Springer Hou – OF
    OF Aaron Judge NYY – OF
    Util Michael Conforto NYM – OF
    Util Starlin Castro NYY – 2B
    BN Hanley Ramírez Bos – 1B
    BN Justin Turner LAD – 3B
    BN Mark Trumbo Bal – OF
    BN Aaron Hicks NYY – OF
    DL Greg Bird NYY – 1B

    SP Carlos Carrasco Cle – SP
    SP Drew Pomeranz Bos – SP
    RP Ken Giles Hou – RP
    RP Dellin Betances NYY – RP
    P Neftalí Feliz Mil – RP
    P Raisel Iglesias Cin – SP,RP
    P Luis Severino NYY – SP,RP
    P Robbie Ray Ari – SP
    BN Taijuan Walker Ari – SP
    DL Sean Manaea Oak – SP

    • Halp

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      @Daniel Moran: I would try to do something with Justin Turner or Anthony Rendon, and then if rejected, try to add a second piece to get the job done like Castro. I’m not sure I would be willing to give up your top hitting studs in a one for one for Kluber.

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