Grey and I are back!  On today’s show, JB grills Grey on some of his preseason calls that we had debates on including Jonathan Lucroy, Grey grills JB on an awful trade he made earlier this season, then Grey explains why his brain is getting grilled in 120 degree heat.  Grey is Fear and Loathing in the California Desert!  We also discuss some pitchers who had near no-hitters the past week, a very surprising velocity uptick from a very veteran pitcher, and catch up on the red hot Blue Jays offense.  Stupid Google changed what the dance mix song was when I Googled “dance music” at the end too!  Ugh, maybe it’s a sign Joe Ross just being OK lately is a sign of things to come…  Here’s our latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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  1. Burt says:
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    start Paxton vs Det today?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Burt: Yup! I am in all my leagues

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Burt: I wud NOT start Pax today, Tigers crush lefties..J UP is on fire as well..

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Burt: @Malicious Phenoms: Hmmm, that’s a good point. I dunno though, I think Pax has reinvented himself enough to blow away their bats in this start

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @JB Gilpin: I hope so for your sake..lol

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Malicious Phenoms: Me too! Please big Pax, don’t kill my ratios!

            • Malicious Phenoms says:
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              @JB Gilpin: OUCH, on the ratios!

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Burt: @Malicious Phenoms: Hah I KNEW you would be back on this one. This was a great start, the LUNACY of throwing him back out there in the 8th was preposterous and he got BABIPed to death. Sooooo many groundball singles through the infield. 10 singles, 1 double, and 2 ER until the 8th inning. I was encouraged even further with this start.

  2. napster says:
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    You fellahs are not funny btw. Greg and yourself laugh together because you indulge in the insider winky-winky communication. No one cares to listen to the spinoffs on why Greg or his mail will melt in the 120 degree Mojave desert. No one cares when you spend the first 10 minutes wondering why Greg’s cat didn’t give Greg a father’s day present. It would be one thing if these antics were the same caliber as “Saturday Night Live” or “Comedy Central” — but it’s actually more annoying because it’s not entertaining to listen to insider winky-winky communication. And the analysis of baseball is okay, but unfortunately you interject the ego to the point of defeating the analysis. Where is the data and the scouting report? Spouting an irrelevant jocuse attitude is not the same thing as making a point. The self-inflated egotistical antecdotes don’t do you fellahs any good anymore. I used to listen the “razzball podcast” for a few years on occasion, but I find it a waste of time nowadays. CBS, fangraphs, ESPN and Yahoo do a much better job, and I don’t have to put up with the pointless juvenile antics. Stick to the blog posts.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @napster: I guess we need to kick Greg off the Podcast!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Greg’s the worst!

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Grey: Greg’s cat? I thought Greg had a dog named Ted!! LOL

          Any the HOO, keep up the GREAT work “Greg” and JB.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @napster: @Grey: @Malicious Phenoms: Hah appreciate it! Using words like “jocuse” has me thinking he’s looking for the “Frasier” Podcast and accidentally listened to this one… Certainly can understand the disappointment if so!

            • Christian Herman says:
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              @JB Gilpin: lol a Frazier reference

            • JakeTPE says:
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              @JB Gilpin: Haha JB! If we’re thinking of the same scene, Frasier and his love interest du jour are making out in the basement or in an elevator and decide, in the throes of passion, to be brutally honest with each other.

              He tells her that she is unsophisticated or naive and uses the word “jejune” and then she counters that he “uses way too much French in everyday conversation”! It was awesome. Thinking about the scene more, I recall that she’s kind of a pop psychiatrist (like he is) and she asks him to write the foreword to her book and he’s ethically conflicted because he considers her a crock.

              I swear I didn’t look any of that up but think I’m remember it correctly. How come we can remember the stupid stuff and the more important things we forget?!

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @JakeTPE: “Frasier, your balding mullet is tickling my neck!” Well, that’s what I think about envisioning this scene haha.

                Crazy how memory works! I’m always remembering useless trivia (useless until I watch Jeopardy), but forgetting to wash my beard shavings down the sink and driving my wife NUTS!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Ha! This is fantastic! This should be the description of all future Razzball podcasts. Effin Greg and his icat! Razzballers know what they’re getting with the pod, if you don’t like it, I would suggest not listening. I want to hear about Greg melting Salvador Dali style as he goes to get his latest Amazon.com cat toy for Jed the cat. I read enough stats and shizz, sometimes it’s good to laugh. LAUGH I SAY!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @napster: @MattTruss: Thanks man! Yeah if there’s one thing we don’t wanna do, is sit down for an hour and read off Fangraphs stats. MAKE BASEBALL FUN AGAIN!

        • MattTruss

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          Word. Had no idea the “B” in “JB” stood for Bryce!

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @MattTruss: We’re a clown Podcast, bro!

  3. Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:
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    Really going on a limb there with the 4.20 projection for Lincecum. I bet that’s why it took so long for teams to sign him, he just kept muttering 420 under his breath. Damnit! Just got to the part of the podcast where JB called out Grey for this, well done

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Odor’s Odor-izzi spray: Hahaha yeah Grey was going insane with all the 4.20 ERA projections!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I seem to remember reading somewhere that Timmy has medical pot now cause of his injuries..hehe

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          @Malicious Phenoms: hahaha that’s probably why he was insisting on a Cali team! What if this ends up being like Crush getting his hands on legal adderall and going back to, well, crushing

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Malicious Phenoms: @Odor’s Odor-izzi spray: Hah, he was holding out only to stay on the West Coast! Love it. Can MLB players – if they have the prescription – really smoke ganja and not get suspended?!

            • Malicious Phenoms says:
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              @JB Gilpin: I doubt it, it is still illegal according to the feds and MLB..NOW, if he had chosen the mile HIGH city, who knows..lol

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                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Malicious Phenoms: So THAT’S what Rockies are using the humidor for!!!!!!

                • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: ahahaha, BRILLIANT!!!

  4. GMoney says:
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    Should I drop Profar…to pick up Contreras?

    Just for a potential bat….down the road…ROS
    They are both in a similar… playing time situations…
    BUT, I am thinking that a catcher value is best(so rare)

    Thoughts??

    • JB Gilpin

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      @GMoney: Hmmmm. It’s close, I’m a little biased with Contreras – own him on my fav dynasty team – so I kinda think you can go for it as long as C is kinda a need

  5. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Hey JB, Not sure if you can help me on this and not sure if Ralph would be able to awnser before the morning. But here goes, I need to cut one of:

    Delino DeShields
    Arismendy Alcantara
    Raul Mondesi
    Michael Taylor
    Mallex Smith

    This is a 10 team roto forever keeper..

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Malicious Phenoms: I can def try! Hmmm, probably between Alcantara and Mondesi for me, neither able to hit for enough average in the minors. Mondesi being 4 years younger has me thinking Alcantara is the cut

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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB, I had to cut no one, as I lost out on the waiver claim, but Alcatara was going to be the cut..

        cheers man

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Malicious Phenoms: Of course he gets called up this morning too haha. But I still think he’s the least exciting one.

  6. King Andrus says:
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    Great stuff as usual…

    10-team Mixed H2H 6×6 w/OPS & QS

    Battters:
    C- Martin
    1B-Miggy
    2b- Odor
    3B- Donaldson
    SS- Desmond
    MI- Murphy
    CI- Valencia
    OF- Betts
    OF- Marte
    OF- Polanco
    OF- Braun
    OF- Ellsbury
    UTil- Profar

    Kinda wanting to drop Ellsbury for Travis or even Dickerson..am I crazy? Valencia and Desmond both qualify at OF which could help make it work…Any thoughts?

    Thoughts? Any advice is awesome!!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @King Andrus: Thanks man! Def not crazy, Ellsbury hasn’t been that good at all. Dickerson has some signs he could go on a binge at some point and looks like you have good enough speed, I’m good with that!

  7. Fister Furbush says:
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    Awesome podcast today. I even downloaded it this time!
    Trade offer

    My Matz and Chapman for his Kimbrel and Carrasco.
    Fair?
    Which side would you choose?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Fister Furbush: Hah thanks man, thanks for listening AND downloading!

      Ohhhhh good one. Keeper or redraft? Redraft I want Carrasco side. Keeper I think Matz side. Very even both ways in both scenarios

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