Welcome back to our year-end awards show! If there’s any issues with the award ballots, don’t look at me. These were all tabulated at the accounting firm of Fried, Tellez and Bregman. Stop giving them the evil eye, German Marquez! You might be wondering why I’m hosting. Well, at the last minute our other host had to back out. Sadly, Joe Buck couldn’t be hair. I mean here. HAHA…Wait a second! Why is Will Smith, the catcher, coming on stage? *smack* Ow! It was a joke about Joe Buck’s hair. Damn! Now, before we get to our first award, I just want to thank everyone. I appreciate all of you, except Jonathan India. Okay, now onto the awards, without which you’d have no idea who was the best and worst hitters and pitchers this year, and you’d be left giving out your own awards and no one cares if your “Low sodium tomato soup in a sourdough bowl” won your “Whitest Lunch Of All-Time” award. Stop making up fake awards! Leave that to me. Anyway, here’s the year-end awards for the best and worst of 2022 fantasy baseball:

Fantasy AL Most Valuable Player – This was one of the hardest awards to give out. It was either Aaron Judge or twisting myself into contortions to try to give this award to Shohei Ohtani. For real baseball, I think Ohtani has a real case, because of the two top players in one guy thing. Ya know, the whole “WHAT ON EARTH IS HE DOING? HE’S A GREAT PITCHER AND HITTER? HOLY CRAP,” stuff. That actually plays against him for fantasy, or at least in 99% of leagues where you have to decide between Ohtani, the pitcher, and Ohtani, the hitter, and that gets even worse in weekly leagues. If you started Ohtani every time he pitched, you lost some hitting stats. How many stats? I don’t know, I didn’t feel like doing the math. Any hoo! This should be about the greatest fantasy season we’ve ever seen. Aaron Judge hit $62! That’s not homers — though, he hit 62 of those — that’s dollars on the Player Rater! We have a Historical Player Rater that measures every fantasy season since 1903, and Judge is the top fantasy season of all-time. That’s right, you drafted Trevor Story instead of the top player season of all-time. Pretty fair to say this was the top season in history for fantasy value, too. The difference between Judge and the next highest AL player was like the difference between Judge and me in height. There was over a $26 difference between Judge and Jo-Ram. That’s the same as Jo-Ram and the unrosterable like, say, Nelson Cruz. So, Aaron Judge gets the AL Fantasy MVP. He wasn’t able to be here to accept the award, because my mother’s basement ceiling is so FREAKIN LOW! Ma!

Fantasy NL Most Valuable Player – The NL Fantasy MVP, like the AL one, doesn’t take into account team wins and “intangibles.” Nope, here at Razzball HQ, we look at tangibles! And those aren’t fungible! This is commonsensible. Uh-oh, I’m stick in an ‘ible loop, what can I do? Listen to the Bible on Audible? What’s this in my pocket? A rookie card of Oddibe McDowell? Okay, I’m done. The winner is… Paul Goldschmidt. I’ll go over each position recap starting on Monday, but a pretty cool takeaway this year: You could’ve screwed La Pooch with your 1st round pick and baced into some crazy valuable guys later on. Not crazy late, but Au Shizz, Lindor, Albombso and others were available to everyone after the 1st round. Those were also some of the names vying for this NL Fantasy MVP award. Freeman, Treat Urner and Betts were the other names vying, and I’m not just listing the Dodgers’ lineup card. That Au Shizz still edged out others to finish as the top NL guy on the Player Rater, and 2nd overall behind Judge really shows how great he was for the first five months, because his September was downright Voit-y and almost voided-y his April thru August.

Fantasy AL Cy Young – For those of you who drafted a starter in the top 10, not one pitcher made the top 10 this year. Justin Verlander, fantasy’s best pitcher this year, and the Fantasy AL Cy Young winner, just missed the top 10 overall, so if you drafted him in the top 10 overall, that wasn’t that bad. What’s that? You didn’t draft Verlander in the top 10 overall? You didn’t draft him even in the top 10 starters? Not even in the top 30 pitchers off the board, according to NFBC’s ADP? Oh, geez. Very surprising. I thought I had to draft pitchers early. Very confused and-DAH! You’re making me overwork my sarcasm muscle! Now I need a nap to get the energy for an eye roll. So, I’m not going to claim I had any idea Verlander would return this great. He was a pitching Zombino. You can huff and puff that he’s old as shizz, but don’t call him a modern-day Charlie Hough.

Fantasy NL Cy Young – Talked about this on the podcast last week, and mentioned it a few times here, but Sandy Alcantara is the best example of it. Strikeouts were down for pitchers, and lots of top pitchers were driven by ratios vs. strikeouts. I don’t know why. The dead ball had hitters trying to make contact vs. swing for fences and strikeout? Possible, but averages were down, too. No tacky stuff all year? Seems more likely, but I don’t know. I’m doing, as they say on game shows, guessing. Either way, Sandy Alcantara won the Fantasy NL Cy Young without a flashy strikeout rate, and a team who gave less runs support than an adult diaper.

Fantasy AL Least Valuable Player – For the fifth year in a row, this goes to Anthony Rendon–Hold on, the accountants are signaling me. I can’t hear you from seven feet away! Walk across my mom’s basement and the beautiful shag carpet, and whisper it to me! It’s not Rendon? Okay, Spencer Torkelson–Not him either? I can’t read that name. Shake the envelope in front of my face as many times as you want but I can’t say his name as the AL Least Valuable. Fine! I’ll say it! Wander Franco won this award and we all lost! Are you happy? I hate this. Can I please give it to Yasmani Grandal? How about Jarred Kelenic? Please! I’m begging you! Not Wander!

Fantasy NL Least Valuable Player – Could’ve gave this award to Ozzie Albies, but he got injured, and you could’ve replaced him. Though, I guess you could’ve done that some for the actual winner of this award, but Jonathan India was on the field more than Albies, and produced about the same. India put the bomb in Bombay. India’s season had me calling for my Mom-bai. India wasn’t Hindu, he was Him-don’t. If not for Reds manager Dumb Bell’s dumbness, India might’ve been moved down in the order, because, while the Reds aren’t good, India was very bad. Not Hyderabad, but Hyperbolically Bad. I will be sending India his award, but first I’m using it in my bathroom where I’m acting out a cosplay of Slumdog Millionaire.

Most Valuable Player Based On Draft Price – As I’ve mentioned a few times above, there was a lot of value to be had this year. You could’ve drafted the first four guys on the Player Rater in some leagues, and, if you did, congrats on having the best season ever, it’s all downhill from here. What’s that, you have your whole life ahead of you to marry and have kids? Sure, like that’s better than having a great fantasy season. Speaking of best seasons ever, I don’t know how you can’t give MVP based on draft price to anyone except Aaron Judge. He was worth almost twice as much as Trea Turner, who was drafted number one overall in a lot of leagues, and Judge was drafted 32nd overall. Honorable mention goes out to Adolis Garcia, who I wrote a sleeper post on late, because I saw he was going around 150th overall, and I thought, “That’s so silly; he’s a top 50 player,” and, even I was wrong, he was a top 15 player.

Fantasy POS – We have a tie! Jose Berrios and Lucas Giolito. This was a photo finish between the two, and they weren’t worth trying to figure out who was worst. Watching Lucas Giolito and Jose Berrios was like watching The Ring. Only instead of you dying within seven days of watching The Ring, your fantasy team died every fifth day.

Fantasy Hitter You Most Likely Dropped and Picked Up A Dozen Times – “You really think this year’s breakout is gonna be Rowdy Tellez? Meh, that April was kinda boring, I think I’m dropping him…Wait a second! This May is great! I have to pick him up, right? Wow! What a ride! This guy is almost as good as he is bad at hide and seek! Welp, the honeymoon’s over, I guess. Good bye, Rowdy, your batting average is bottoming out…Hold on! Grey, not sure if you noticed but Rowdy is hitting again. …Hey, Grey, Rowdy’s stopped hitting…Hey, Grey, is Rowdy hitting or not hitting? …Hey, Grey, Rowdy!!! GREY!!! ROWDY!!! GREY!!! ROWDY!!!” *smoke rises from your ears*

Player You Had Forever and Most Likely Should’ve Dropped – This year Nick Castellanos became Nick Can’tstandyouranus.

Player On The Top Of Your Waivers That You Just Couldn’t Bring Yourself to Pick Up – “Christian Walker? Are you seriously considering picking him up? Isn’t he just the nonsecular Hunter Dozier?”

Pitcher You Streamed So Much You Ended Up Owning Him – “Okay, I’ll grab Tyler Anderson for his start vs. the Colorado Suckies, but I’m dropping him right afterwards.” *five months later* “Hoping Tyler Anderson starts the final week, he’s my most reliable starter.”

Player You Were Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop From, But Thankfully It Never Did – “Spencer Strider has the mustache of Grey and the fastball of Nolan Ryan. I want to make love to him, metaphorically. But he can’t really be this good, can he?” He can and he was.

Player You Were Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop From and It Ended Up Kicking You in the Groin – “You keep talking about selling Josh Hader, but he hasn’t given up an earned run through the first two months! Are you dumb? Real question.” Oopsie. Lots of honorable mentions, Taylor Ward comes to mind; Anthony Rizzo, who went from decent to meh to terrible; Trevor Story who went from pretty awful to extraordinarily awful and C.J. Cron, who looked like he was going to hit fifty in the 1st half to being 50 Cent trying to throw out a first pitch.

Player You Were Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop From and When It Did You Were Okay With It – It was almost like once we stopped expecting power, Steven Kwan blossomed into a true fantasy asset in everyone’s eyes. Also didn’t hurt that he was near the top of the best fantasy values in September/October.

Player You Traded Away That You Most Regretted – “Adolis Garcia is already 10/10, I’m playing with house money! I’m gonna trade him for Josh Hader. This is such a slam dunk I’m gonna win this year’s Dunk Contest!”

Player You Traded For That You Most Regretted – “Grey, I know you say don’t trade in the preseason, but I just got Javier Baez for Spencer Strider and Andres Gimenez. Just had to do that! I’m to winning what winning is to losing!”

Top SAGNOF – Jon Berti/Daniel Bard – Remember, the essence of SAGNOF is cheap saves and steals. No one came close to cheapness on saves than Bard. A rose by any other name would be Rojas, and he doesn’t close games. As for Berti, he was the most pure, distilled version of SAGNOF for steals. He was the everclear of SAGNOF.

Remember That Feeling You Had When You Walked In On Your Parents Having Sex, This Pitcher Gave You That Feeling Every Fifth Day – “Hey, mom, do you know where the remote control is–OH MY GOD JOSE BERRIOS WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY TEAM STOP!! GET OFF OF HER!!! THAT’S MY MOMMY!!!”

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granvillehouston
granvillehouston
3 months ago

Pitcher that gave me that feeling every 5th inning (and kept)—Robbie Ray

Oh you said 5th day—Lance lynn before I dropped him in late aug, easy

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granvillehouston
granvillehouston
3 months ago

Player I dropped, I was okay—Ryan Mcmahon

granvillehouston
granvillehouston
3 months ago

Player I dropped, regretted—Nimmo

granvillehouston
granvillehouston
3 months ago

Picked up and dropped most for me—Christian Walker and Nathaniel Lowe

papasmurf
papasmurf
3 months ago

Oh yeah, I got a ton of mileage from Bard when I picked him up in the first week. He saved my a$$ in fact. That’s the glass half full part. The half empty part is that I dropped… Gonsolin for him. LOL. Didn’t hurt my team in the standings though fortunately.

My entire drafted BP was gone by June, but my team still finished 2nd in SVs and tops in HLD. Finished first in 4 of 6 pitching cats and 2nd in the other two. Truly, SAGNOF is gospel. Wait to draft the pen. Nowadays especially there’s no point in wasting early picks on RPs.

My own smurfs’ team awards:

MVP: JROD
LVP: Mondesi… my own stupidity drafting him.
Cy Young: Helsley
Anthony Young: Davis Martin (streamed him on final day, gave up 9 ERs in under 2 innings hahaha)

toolshed
toolshed
3 months ago

I just read with the Padres advancing it reduces the amount of time Tatis will suspended in 2023 by a minimum of 3 games. Since I own him in dynasty, I hope they can stretch out their 2022 season as long as possible. The Dodgers own them though. It may not be much of a reduction, but I will take it.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
3 months ago

While I understand the argument for Judge as best value, I don’t think he should win both Fantasy MVP and Best Value. If he does, then that means the awards are kind of the same. I mean, whoever is the MVP is almost always going to be the best value if you think about it.

Anyway, I think Adolis Garcia deserves that award because he was being drafted around 150th and he returned the #12 ranked stats according to my league’s settings. That’s pretty damn impressive. That’s basically 138 spots of value. And even with the Judge argument for the award, Judge only provided 31 spots better than where he was drafted. I know the numbers Judge provided are astronomical and he was definitely the MVP. But I’d go with Garcia in this category.

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Crazy J
Crazy J
3 months ago

The wasted draft pick goes to … Raul Mondesi Jr.

Dave D
Dave D
3 months ago

Nice writeup. I hope you won a few! What a strange season. What a strange last few seasons. Didn’t own Judge anywhere. I just had 4 NFBC teams and got prize money for 2nd in one. Ironically that team I drafted BOTH Giloto and Berrios. No joke! How the hell did I still do well? I drafted Tyler Anderson, Merrill Kelly and Lodolo on that team. Ironically, it was the only team in the past few years that I took a pitcher in 1st round (Burnes), and I never do that. A true Razzballer. My best pick was probably Dansby in round 11. Trout in rd two didn’t hurt. Will Smith the C was good as well.

Looks like DC drafts for 2023 are starting already. The less healthy side of me is tempted to join one. I still have a hockey draft or two left though.

Dude
Dude
3 months ago

Thank you for all of the great insight and input! One last question…. Would you trade Story in a 14 team dynasty for Kirby, Keegan Thompson and maybe Mateo? I may have to throw in Duvall…

Funny Name
Funny Name
3 months ago

Won my h2h league this yr thanks to your advice. My keepers and a bunch draft picks were terrible/hurt (India, Story, Mondesi to name a few) and I was farting around 8-9th for most of the season. Snuck into the 6th spot on the final day of the regular season and took out the 3rd, 2nd and 1st place guy to bring home the title. As much as roto is a better gage of the best team, h2h gives you that real life playoff underdog chance of winning (think the Giants won the WS with a under .500 record recently). Anyway, thanks again for the advice all season, on to 2023 draft prep.

Funny Name
Funny Name
Reply to  Funny Name
3 months ago

Also I started reading Razzball 9 yrs ago, year one was a rebuilding yr, since then Ive won 4 of 8 titles

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LittleJerrySeinfeld
LittleJerrySeinfeld
3 months ago

Just thinking, I’ll bet Davis Martin lost a lot of people their leagues on the last day, yikes.

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

I owned him in a league, but mercifully had him benched.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  LittleJerrySeinfeld
3 months ago

Yes and no. I picked him up because I was 1 K behind. He got me the K. OTOH, that start cost me WHIP.

Keegan
Keegan
3 months ago

Appreciate everything you do Grey, can’t wait for next season!

Will
Will
3 months ago

Anyone else moping around feeling like a huge part of your life is missing right now? #SixMoreMonthsUntilFantasyBaseballSeason

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Might have to sign up for that!

VinWins
VinWins
3 months ago

Ohtani in games he pitched:

26/101 (.257) 10 Runs/ 2 HR/15 RBI/2 SB

Rest of the games:

134/485 (.276) 80 Runs/32 HR/80 RBI/9 SB

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Sure, but at least you weren’t kicking yourself when you used him as a pitcher.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Yep, this was true last year too. He has a bit of a drop-off when pitching; but then, of course he does. He’s busy thinking about pitching strategy rather than being a reactive fielder. Once again… why is his hitting production penalized in WAR when his defense contribution is more difficult so if anything his WAR adjustment should go up like it does for Catchers not down. Babe Ruth did both for a partial season in 1919 and then said he didn’t want to do it again because it was too hard.

toolshed
toolshed
3 months ago

I expected so much more from Franco. He was doing well initially but injuries hit him. He played through the quad injury which was obviously affecting him for a while. The wrist injury was just another blow to a disappointing season.

Questions still remain about him and his fantasy value. He is 21. I am betting on the talent. Will I be in on him next year? YES! Hoping we get a nice discount. Once everything clicks I want to be on that train. Not sure if it will next year but I am willing to invest.

toolshed
toolshed
3 months ago

Player On The Top Of Your Waivers That You Just Couldn’t Bring Yourself to Pick Up:

Two guys for me at the top of the list are stripling and m perez. I still look at stripling and see a lot of meh on that statcast page and don’t believe how well he did. The ball helped him since his ground ball rate was below average at 43%.

Perez too was one who I thought would crash. He had success before for stints only to fall off of a cliff later.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

I stayed away and regret it now. I am sure the roof would have caved in if I added them.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
3 months ago

Drafts are always weird in hindsight. In the Cougs R Us league, I thought I had my worst draft, but ended with a spine of Logan Webb, Sandy, Gallen (who I got at 264), Judge, and Arenado. That with some meaningful waiver pickups was good enough to win the league and put me near the top in the RCL overall standings.

And, yes, I do think there is some luck involved in drafting a really good player (Judge) and having him put up a season for the ages. The absolute cake taker in his season were the SB’s.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
3 months ago

I also had Trea on that team.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

I got Judge in the mid 20s in the above league and I took him around 40 in another. I don’t know what the circumstances on that board were where he fell to 40ish, but I was all about it.

As far as draft pick placement, I’m quickly coming around to not liking to pick first. I think 4 is probably the sweet spot for player quality, and boredom neutralization.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

I stayed away from Soto this year, luckily. I did grab a couple shares of newly avowed fly ball hater Acuna.

Which brings me to a way too early keeper question: I can only keep one of Bichette, Acuna, or Judge. I’m leaning toward the Tildaddy. Who you got?

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Piggybacking off this reply … I felt like this season, more than most, your draft slot made a huge difference in RCL style roto redraft leagues. Specifically, drafting in the top 4 (#1 – #4) made a big difference as it likely meant you got one of {Trea, Bo, JRam, Shohei} in the first and one or more of {Machado, Judge, Alonso} in R2/3. And if you grabbed some of the value SP that you and Razzball were promoting (and SAGNOF throughout season), that’s one tough team to beat this season!

[EDIT: Ooops, saw your later reply where you refer to drafting #3-#5 as being great … I’d argue the sweet spot was #1-#4 this season ]

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Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
3 months ago

I played in an ESPN head to head where Ohtani was eligible as a hitter AND a pitcher. He was so freaking valuable to that owner who could flip a Top 10 between positions, it made me want to cry, and I’m a freaking Angels fan, although I still managed to win. Which is more than I can say for Arturo and Minasian’s band of pathetic losers.

Speaking of which, I’d modestly like to put myself at the bottom of the medal stand for winning four out of my five leagues, along with a second, including an Original Recipe 11 point win, finishing around 12th in the overall standings.

Thanks are in order to Rudy’s Streamonator and Hittertron and Grey’s great advice for those visits to the promised land. I’m still sore from all of Sunday’s geek white boy dancing. I wish you hadn’t dropped that video of me. You guys are the greatest!

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
Reply to  Schmohawks Bob
3 months ago

BTW, in the second place league, I owned Berrios AND Giolito, which raises the question, how the hell did I still manage to finish second.

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Agreed, I’d like to see Trout get to the play-offs and Ohtani stay, but neither will happen as long as Arturo is there.

Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades
3 months ago

THANKS GREY !!!!

For burning the vision in my head of Jose Berrio’s on top of mom.
What is double ‘ EW ‘ disturbing about this is my mom passed years ago. That Jose Berrio’s is a sicko with his necrophilia tendencies and disturbing K/BB rate.

I tried to tweak this vision. I hit rewind to where it was before I opened the door to ask for the remote, and I mentally turned Berrio’s into Verlander to make it more palatable.
Much to my surprise, I opened the door , and it was Verlander on top of Kate Upton ( as it should be ) .
So I wondered, as I temporarily forgot to ask for the remote, if that means that Kate was now my step mom?

This made me think of modern internet type porn. Allegedly , so I have heard from other people, that one of the biggest porn searches these days involves step moms and step sisters and step cousins….etc.
So if Kate is my step mom….

Because I am one of those gullible types that believes that all of these porn scenario’s are for real.

For example, back in my teenage days, when there was no internet and porn was available on VHS tapes only, I thought they were instruction tapes on how to get lucky.
So I got a job as a pizza delivery guy.
I was deeply disappointed when housewives would tip me with a dollar bill. I would say, ” Wait, are you sure you have money to tip me? Why aren’t you not able to find your purse and offering to tip me in other ways? ”

The job didn’t last very long.

So, because I am a huge fan of ‘ Everything, everywhere, all at once ‘ I attempted to jump to an alternative universe where I open the door looking for the remote, and only Kate Upton is in the room.

Unfortunately, when I jumped the alt universe thing, I went to a place where my mom was a slut and I was so used it that it didn’t phase me to open the door and again, Jose Berrio’s was on top of mom.

” Sorry guys ” I said, ” I cant find the remote ”
Mom replied, ” No need to apologize son. Jose cant find the strike zone tonight either”
Anyways, the reason I am posting is that I would like to add a couple of rewards to the Razz awards.

Best Mustache NL: Strider
Best Mustache AL: Nasty Nester.

Best commenter : Galica1234

There were over 50 contenders for this one but I gave it to Ante.
Some would argue that Ante is just a compiler, but I see that as a strength. This guy is here commenting everyday. Always has good questions and he is a dual threat like Ohtani. Question AND quotes on a daily. Ante has been a daily read for me ever since, a few years back, he did the whole Rambo movie script over the course of the season. I was hooked.

Worst commenter: LOL Mets

This guy always thinks he catches Grey in ‘ Gotcha ‘ moments , but in the real world that lol mess is unfamiliar with, he never does. What he does do is show the other razz commenters what a feminine cleansing product sounds like when posting on this site.

I did have more rewards, but it looks like Tony LaRussa can live another day without my wrath because all of a sudden I am hearing the ‘ Wrap it up ‘ music and my mike was just cut off.
Time to jump to an alt universe where Boba Chette won the MVP and I finished in first for the tenth year in a row.

everywhereblair
3 months ago

Please explain why there is no “Tightest Pants” award, with the finalists being Robbie Ray, Spencer Strider, and me after Thanksgiving.

Frank Drebin
Frank Drebin
3 months ago

Great Write up as always! Thank you for making this fun to read!

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
3 months ago

Franco+Albies+India+Moncada certainly was not a formula for success this year. Drafting Goldschmidt and Bell and picking up Mateo for most of the year helped my infield not totally suck.

My Outfield you ask? (Yes, you did.) O’Neill, Eloy and Lourdes more than balanced out the greatness that was Arozarena.

Not sure how, but managed to finish third anyway. Thanks for all the advice this year. Already looking forward to your sleeper posts for next.

Enjoy the playoffs and the offseason.

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
3 months ago

As someone who drafted Franco and Albies on one team, and replaced the latter with India, this laughter is all I was left with.

However, on another team, I did steal (as in, by one steal) a title after you wisely advised me to bench my remaining pitchers. Therefore, and as always, I wanted to offer you my sincerest thanks and appreciation for all the work you put in, and all the time you spend replying to comments. I think Razzball is as informative or more than any other site, but what really makes it unique is that it’s easily the most personal and fun. Thank you, Grey!

Dickie Tee
Dickie Tee
3 months ago

Grey

Thank you for helping me to 2nd overall. Aside from trades needed to make minimal roster moves all year. I owe you lunch next time you’re back East.

Dickie Tee
Dickie Tee
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Sure. If Seaport Diner has it.

VinWins
VinWins
3 months ago

Here are the final numbers for the Best 100 Starts. I was waiting for Verlander’s latest no-hit effort to appear, but it didn’t happen.

10 April 317 GP 3.15%
10 May 420 GP 2.38%
18 June 404 GP 4.46%
17 July 390 GP 4.36%
24 Aug. 420 GP 5.71%
18 Sept. 401 GP 4.49%
3 Oct. 78 GP 3.85%

63 Home
37 Road
12 CG
27 8- 8.67 IP
46 7- 7.67 IP
14 6- 6.67 IP
1 5-5.67 IP

TEAMS
8 HOU
7 LAA
6 ATL
6 MIA
6 SD

1 COL
1 KC
1 PIT
0 DET
0 OAK
0 SEA
0 WSH

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  VinWins
3 months ago

Every team appears at least once as a victim of a top start:

6 ARI DET LAA
5 HOU MIN STL
4 MIA OAK PIT SF TB
3 ATL CHW NYM
3 BAL LAD NYY SEA
3 CHC MIL PHI WSH
2 BOS COL SD
2 CIN KC TOR
1 CLE TEX

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  VinWins
3 months ago

64 different pitchers populate the Best Start list, with 22 having multiple appearances:

5 Justin Verlander

4 Carlos Rodon Corbin Burnes Shohei Ohtani

3
Aaron Nola Dylan Cease Sandy Alcantara
Triston McKenzie Yu Darvish

2
Blake Snell Joe Ryan Pablo Lopez Spencer Strider
Clayton Kershaw JT Brubaker Patrick Sandoval
Zac Gallen Michael Wacha Cristian Javier
Luis Severino Hunter Greene Max Scherzer

1
Bailey Ober Chris Bassitt Gerrit Cole Jesus Luzardo
Cal Quantrill Dane Dunning Ian Anderson Jon Gray
Chad Kuhl Drew Rasmussen Jacob deGrom Jonathan Heasley
Charlie Morton Freddy Peralta Jameson Taillon Jordan Lyles
Jordan Montgomery Kyle Gibson Max Fried Nestor Cortes
Jose Urquidy Kyle Hendricks Merrill Kelly Nick Pivetta
Kevin Gausman Kyle Wright Michael Kopech Reid Detmers
Kyle Bradish Lance Lynn Miles Mikolas Rich Hill
Ross Stripling Shane McClanahan Tyler Anderson
Sean Manaea Tony Gonsolin Wade Miley
Shane Bieber Trevor Williams Walker Buehler Zack Wheeler

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PDXExpress
PDXExpress
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

The talent of the guys with two or more is pretty high – Brubaker sticks out. Reason to dig deeper for next year?? Or just small sample size luck? Very cool compilation.

galica1234
galica1234
3 months ago

Grey!!

Awesome!!

a. No regrets! See y’all in 2023. Except the quotes, they’re here until the last day of the WS. No idea on 2023 quotes, don’t think I can top George Carlin. We’ll see.

b. George Carlin quote of the day for October 7, 2022

Help me find some shoes I really like. Help me also to find a nymphomaniac coke connection who owns a Ferrari dealership.’

From, Carlin on Campus (1984)

Cheers,
Ante

VinWins
VinWins
3 months ago

I regret all my trades the minute I make them. But, the only one I’m still regretting is giving Rizzo for Nelson Cruz and Robert Suarez in April. I didn’t think Cruz would be better than Rizzo, but I thought he would be better than he was. And, I was getting a closer!!

The one I was worried I would regret was trading Adolis (and Nolan Jones) for Strider, Oneil Cruz, and JD Martinez in August. But Strider kept dealing and Cruz hired a hitting coach and JD hit a HR every 26 ABs (that’s good, right?)!!

My trading partner didn’t do badly, as Garcia hit .262 with 31 runs, 9 HR, 38 RBI, and 10 steals.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  VinWins
3 months ago

Some regrettable RCL preseason trades:

RCL #4 Wang’s Dang Doodle traded Jo Adell & Julio Rodriguez to Forget Corona Give me a Bud for Robert Suarez & Jesus Sanchez

RCL #1 Lake Titicaca Bungholes* traded Joey Votto to Srbanator for Blake Snell (Bungholes won the league with Srbanator 2nd)

RCL #24 The Dude traded Yasmani Grandal to Shoopy for Gregory Soto

RCL #9 Say Hey Kids traded Tony Gonsolin to Crazy Legs for Brendan Rodgers (The Kids still took the title!)

toolshed
toolshed
3 months ago

I’m glad you mentioned India. He earned that award.

You also mentioned strikeouts were down. Great timing, I was going to post some year over year stats tonight.

K’s down 3.2%
HR down 12.3%
SB up 12.4%
ERA down 7.0%
QS up 12.1%

Pitchers not hitting certainly helped drive K’s down. Batting avg was basically flat. Walks and OBP decreased.

SB up more than I expected which was nice to see.

No surprise on HR and runs being down. ERA down also isn’t a surprise given the ball and HR decrease.

I was very surprised to see QS go up based on how the game has changed and how relievers are deployed.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Yeah agreed. Runs were down about 5%. 729 total yoy hr reduction.