I already explained what this series of entries is about in last week’s article. If there’s one thing we stalkers hate, it’s locked doors… but if there’s another thing we hate, it’s paper shredders. My point is, somewhere on that list of things we hate is having to explain ourselves, so click that link if you have no idea what’s going on here. And if you still have no idea what’s going on after that, stop by Grey’s Buy/Sell and ask him why he’s publishing this nonsense.
02/26/2012 – People are paying Bunny Ranch prices for Stephen Strasburg in my mock drafts; Iām not. Sure, I wouldnāt mind the experience, but I think I can get something similar for the cost of a few drinks instead of a weekās paycheck.
04/17/2012 – St. Rasburg, the patron saint of ticket scalpers (which is just a step above being the patron saint of beggars), has kindaā been living up to the hype. 3 ER, 19 K, and 2 W from 19 IP over 3 starts. Yeah, it was against the Cubs, Mets, and Astros, which is a pretty weak sample, but thereās no need to be a doubting Thomas.
04/29/2012 – I was just looking at Strasburgās WHIP, but then I was about to sneeze and I think I inhaled the tiny thing. His ERA mustāve blown off my desk when I sneezed, too. Wait, is that it? No, thatās his FIP… they look very similar. Iām using his K/9 to hold my car up while I change the oil, so I donāt really have access to any of his stats right now, but Iām pretty sure heās pitching alright.
05/03/2012 – Okay, Iām looking over the Razzball Player Rater right now and itās telling me that St. Rasburg is better than… hmm… Halladay, Kershaw, F-Her… pretty much everyone I would have drafted ahead of him… except Verlander – There Can Be Only One.Ā Random thought – I’d like to see a Razzball Player Hater, where commenters get one vote per week on which player they most wish they didn’t draft.
02/25/2012 – I only have enough auction money for one new import, and I believe Cespedesesesā hype more than Yu Darvishās. Luckily I donāt care for the possessive form of eitherās surname, which will help me rationalize stealing possessions from their respective trash bins. Iām probably biased because of something silly… like the failures of so many Japanese aces compared to the relative success of imported sluggers.
04/09/2012 – Darvish looked absolutely filthy today, but Iām sure itās nothing a shower and hair cut canāt fix. His pitching, on the other hand, was awful (maybe he shouldnāt be pitching with his other hand). 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 12 base runners (4 BB) and only 5 Ks. āYu ruined my ratios!ā Thatās you talking to Yu through yur computer. Itās not me… ācause I didnāt draft him, suckers!
04/24/2012 – Good thing Iām a brilliant writer, because it seems like Iāll be dining on my words for some time. Iām watching Darvish make the Yankees look stupid as I write this. Damn, did he just pull 97 MPH out for the first time today… in the 7th inning? Thatās one hell of a sneak attack. Hmm… canāt think of any jokes that tie āJapaneseā and āsneak attackā together right now.
04/31/2012 Oy vey, Yu. Doode just keeps lowering his ERA (from 7.94 to 2.18) and raising his K-rate (now an even 9.00). Hulky Crystal says, āYU LOOK MARVELOUS!ā
02/02/2012 – Grey likes Tim Lincecum this year… a lot. Ranked him as the #5 SP overall, which I find surprising. I mean, Grey even talks about all of Timmyās downside (āfalling K-rate,ā āburgeoning walk rate,ā āhighest xFIP since his rookie yearā) in the blurb, so he must be A.) hedging his bets B.) slightly blinded by the brand C.) āCā is usually a placeholder to catch people guessing D.) not all that impressed with the rest of the Top 20.
04/12/2012 – Lincecum with 11 ER in 7 2/3 IP. Thatās not good, right? Does it help that this was over two starts, not in one? He had 10 Ks… thatās something. Cāmon, a good buddy paid $37 at auction for Timmy; Iām scrambling for anything positive to scream up to the ledge.
04/17/2012 – Wow… another 5 earned in 6 innings for Lincecum. Itās good that the Ks are there (6 more). Itās good that he lowered his ERA… no, wait, itās not good when an outing like this lowers your ERA. Maybe the Giants should start paying him with dollar bills placed in front of him on the mound. Just a thought.
04/24/2012 – Only 1 ER over 5 IP. Look at Tiny Tim threatening to bust out a quality start! Yeah, letās just ignore those 5 free passes and focus on the 8 Ks. Serenity now!
04/29/2012 – Looks like Timmy will finish April with a… passable 5.74 ERA. Itās really only āpassableā if youāre comparing it to the 12.91 he was rockin’ a few weeks back. The 2.52 differential between his FIP and ERA probably makes it a bit more palatable. The fact that he hasn’t given up a dinger since his first start is nice. Also, I hear there’s been some incredible advancements in the toupee industry of late. Things are looking up!