Hey gamers glad you could join us! It’s been a fun season everyone. Glad you could join us here at Razzball. I’m stepping in for Mr Pants one last time for the final Friday of the season. We all added a few more gray hairs and Grey lost a few hairs, but hey! Baseball is fun. I hope you found my work helpful this year and that it helped you do better in your leagues than in years past (deep dives postmortem coming next week). I’m gonna keep this one short and sweet so let’s fast-forward and dive into what I saw around the league Friday night…

Logan Gilbert – 8 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 4 Ks, an exclamation point on a solid season as his ERA comes down to 3.20. He ended up with a 8.4 k/9 which is not great but fine considering the 3.20/1.18 ratios. He lines up for one more start this year against the Tigers. Yes, it’s a good one.

Cal Raleigh – 1-1 pinch-hit HR, to send Mariners into the postseason. I just wrote about him last week! It feels like he homers every day. Cal has 26 HR on the year; yes, that’s more than you thought.

Reid Detmers – 6 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 9 Ks as he dominated the Rangers. ERA ends at 3.77 for the season. Not a bad season for the kid as after being sent down to clean up mechanics, he came back a new man and pitched like one too. Yes, I like him for next year. Deep dive coming this winter!

Luis Rengifo – 1-5 HR, his 17th of the season and hitting .272 in 122 games. If you have followed me for hot minute, you know I’ve been talking about him for the last couple months. He’s different, he’s improved, new man. Not only that, but there has been a clear path of building consistently better contact for him that makes me believe in an encore. Another deep dive coming!

Jo Adell – 2-3 HR, let the kids play!

Jack Flaherty – 6 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 6 Ks. He missed most of the season so it will be hard to peg him for next year. This was a nice start, but was against the Pirates. Looks like he might have one more season start against the Pirates again, so keep your eyes out for how he looks in the postseason.

Albert Pujols – 1-3 HR, his 22nd of the year in only 298 ABs, OMG. That one was for child support!

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-4, hitting .319 on the year. Strong chance for winning NL MVP. What is going on in St. Louis???

Framber Valdez – 5.1 IP 6 ER, ERA at 2.89 on the season. Framber got scrambled. He was doing so well and then, wall. Worth noting that he’s currently at 196.1 IP and last year he only had 134.2; so yeah, he’s gassed. I’ll be back in next year.

Alex Bregman – 1-4 HR, his 23rd of the year. This is the real Alex Bregman. He’s a decent hitter and good for about 20-25 HR. That’s all you should expect, even with the new dad power.

Drew Rasmussen – 7 IP, 2 ER, 3 Ks. 2.84 ERA on the season. I wrote about him, here. And yes, I like him for next year. The Rays know how to get the most out of their pitchers as they look for certain types they can mold.

Yandy Diaz – 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI. And killed many worms on the way to a .296 season average.

Taylor Walls – 1-4, 2 R, HR. The 8th time this season a wall hit over a wall.

Corbin Burnes – 8 IP, 4 hits, 7 Ks. Season ERA at 2.98 as he ends right about where you’d expect him to. As I told some in the offseason, there’s only like 2% chance I’d ever take a pitcher (not named Ohtani) in the first round and that would only be Burnes. Back-to-back sub-3.00 ERA seasons is going to make that harder as I’m sure he’ll get pushed into the top 8 for nest year.

Hunter Renfroe – 1-3, hitting .252 on season. Pointing him out because I did a dive in the spring, here. Not quite what we wanted but 28/70/.252 is a pretty good rebound considering the rough start he had.

Sandy Alcantara – 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks, season ERA at 2.28. Blair has talked about him endlessly. He’s given elite volume this year and his luck has also been elite, thus premium pitching stats. Peaking under the hood, I wouldn’t expect the same results next year though.

Max Fried – 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 Ks, 2.48 ERA for the season as he outdueled Jacob deGrom (6 IP, 3 ER, 11 Ks). I’m amazed as anyone, a rusty deGrom is still a 3.00 ERA pitcher that can hang 11 Ks on the Braves lineup. LOL.

Matt Olson – 2-3, 2 R, HR, his 31st of the season as he led the way on the deGrom bomb squad with Dansby Swanson (1-4, HR) and Austin Riley (1-4, HR).

Jeff McNeil – 2-4, R. Holy Smokes! He’s batting .322 this year… but not many counting stats.

Joe Ryan – 6 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 8 Ks. Season ERA down to 3.55. He’s been as advertised and I have a feeling I’ll have a lot of him next year on my teams. Not enough clamoring for him. More clamor!

Carlos Correa – 2-5, HR, 2 RBI. His 22nd of the season. Go buy that at the Doir store! His fantasy value, much like everything at Doir, is overpriced.

Giovanny Urshela – 2-4, 2 R, RBI, hitting .283 on the season. Not a bad rebound season for him after getting out of New York.

Aaron Civale – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 Ks. Haven’t had time to dig in yet, but since coming back from the IL on 8/10 he has a 3.48 ERA and 3.26 xFIP with a 9.29 K/9 in 31 IP. I smell a discount for next year!

Jose Ramirez – 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, his 29th of the season, while hitting .274. Outside of Machado, I don’t know of anyone that’s been more consistent year-to-year than JoRam giving decent value.

Michael Massey – 1-3, 2 R, HR. Not quite the pop we were hoping for, but not a bad first run in the majors.

Drew Waters – 1-3, HR, 2 RBI. Splash daddy! Hmmm, need to work on that.

Alek Manoah – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 Ks, season ERA down to 2.24. King in the North! I love him and will next year too. He was my great debate this year as my #2 pitcher with Morton. Yikes! The teams that went Alek definitely turned out a bit better.

George Springer – 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI with a slam and legs. Ended up with a pretty solid year across the board. No wow factor but just solid.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1-5, HR, 2 RBI. Hitting .274 on the season. Another very solid year without the wow. I think you can draft mostly Blue Jays and can you’ll give yourself a solid floor for years to come.

Bo Bichette – 2-4, R, RBI. There’s a non-zero chance I have both Bichette and Guerrero on my team next year after round 2, and I’m totally okay with that.

Jordan Lyles – 7 IP 1 ER 9 Ks. Against the Yankees in NY. LOLwut.

Cedric Mullins – 0-3, R, 2 SB. His 33rd and 34th of the season. I said this last week, his power last year looks like it might have been a mirage but his speed is real. You had to pay a premium for his 30/30 season to get him this year but in the end, you didn’t get hosed too bad; but wasn’t great either. Next year his price tag will be a bit more palatable and I might be in for the speed.

Oswaldo Cabrera – 2-4, HR. Forget about the Judge, extend the Executioner! I kid. Maybe. Jokes aside, he’s been pretty impressive since being called up. I hope he makes the team next year out of camp, but knowing the Yankees, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Adrian Sampson – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks. ERA now at 3.10… I don’t know, feels like a trap. Hold that thought as he held it together better than Graham Ashcraft (2.2 IP, 5 ER, 1 K) Bleh! More like a$$crack amirite?

Nico Hoerner – 1-4, 2 R, 3 RBI and has been a nice “surprise” in the second half.

Jake Fraley – 3-4, HR. Doh! He was the Red you wanted to roster today, not TJ Friedl (0-3, BB).

Bailey Falter – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks. Great start but it was the Gnats.

Rhys Hoskins – 2-5, HR, 2 RBI. His 30th of the season. Solid rebound season.

J.T. Realmuto – 2-5, RBI, 3 SB. LMAO the catcher stole 3 bases??? But thats not all, Bryce Harper (1-4, SB), Alec Bohm (0-4, SB), and Bryson Stott (2-4, R, SB) each stole a base too. Fedde and Adams couldn’t stop paint from running.

Joey Meneses – 2-4, Just keeps hitting. He’s probably the best hitter on the Gnats. Not even joking.

Joc Pederson – 2-3, 3 runs. Wouldn’t it be funny if he became a slap hitter?

Mike Yastrzemski – 2-3, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI. Yaz Jr Jr is alive again! This year has been pretty rough for him.

Evan Longoria – 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI. “Just in time to win your league” And you thought I was joking!

Jake McCarthy – 3-5, R. I like McCarthy a lot for a “sneaky” pick next year. Hopefully, enough people forget about him over the offseason.

Clayton Kershaw – 6 IP, O ER, 4 Ks. Kinda seemed like he was just putting in work last night to get stretched out for the postseason and he just fooled around for 6 shut-out innings against the Rockies, lol.

Cody Bellinger – 2-4, HR, 3 RBI. Every time Belli hits a dong an angel gets a blunt… or something like that.

Trea Turner – 0-5, I’m tired. Instead of listing every Dodger that did something, let’s just point out Trea was the only one that didn’t. Tickertease!

Eloy Jimenez – 1-4, HR. His 16th of the year in 281 ABs, hitting .299. El Joy! Can we still say that? Yes? Okay. Thank goodness for Miguel Cairo. Damnit, I’m going to be in on him again next year, aren’t I?

Welp, that’s all I got for Friday. Have a good weekend, and see you for my final post of the season next week!

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Jimmy
Jimmy
2 months ago

Great stuff! 5×5 13 team dynasty still in the hunt! For next year Keep Brandon Pfaadt or Domingo German? Keep 1…Bubba Thompson, Will Brennon or Oscar Colas? Thank you!

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 months ago

Don’t agree with your first statement – it was not a fun season. In several leagues (we pick in early Feb), my 1st seven picks were Tatis, Albies, Robert, Franco, Tyler O’Neil, Eloy, and India. I was over-joyed! How could I lose!!

Even though I later pro-actively got several of the guys you mention today (McCarthy, Menesis, Oswaldo), it’s tough competing when you get nothing in 1st7 rounds.

Some years, you win; and others you lose.

Last edited 2 months ago by Norman Ginsberg