Rany Jazayerli Newsbeat
Sunday, April 07, 2013
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- Joe is a character in the new MLB: The Show video game. (So is Aaron Gleeman, BTW.) Since Joe isn’t a video game player, he doesn’t really know the details, but he’s happy.
- Playoff predictions:
Rany: TOR, DET, LAA, TB (wild card), TEX (wild card), WAS, CIN, ARI, ATL (wild card), STL (wild card); play-ins: TB d. TEX, ATL d. STL; World Series: WAS d. TOR
Joe: TB, DET, TEX, TOR (wild card), LAA (wild card), WAS, CIN, SD, SF (wild card), ATL (wild card); play-ins: TOR d. LAA, ATL d. SF; LCS: TB d. TEX, WAS d. CIN; World Series: WAS d. TB
- Award predictions:
AL MVP: Rany: Mike Trout (LAA), Joe: Evan Longoria (TB)
AL Cy: Rany: Justin Verlander (DET), Joe: Felix Hernandez (SEA)
AL Rookie: Rany & Joe: Wil Myers (TB)
AL Manager: Rany: Jim Leyland (DET), Joe: Joe Maddon (TB)
NL MVP: Rany: Joey Votto (CIN), Joe: Bryce Harper (WAS)
NL Cy: Rany & Joe: Stephen Strasburg (WAS)
NL Rookie: Rany: Julio Teheran (ATL), Joe: Kolten Wong (STL)
NL Manager: Rany: Davey Johnson (WAS), Joe: Bud Black (SD)
Joe sings an Animotion parody.
- Justin Verlander extension: Joe doesn’t like it because in the two years between now and the time the extension kicks in, there’s too much risk of injury. He likes the Adam Wainwright extension better because it’s only one year forward. Rany speculates that Verlander’s ability to “dial it up” within a game indicates that he isn’t a “max effort” pitcher and thus is less likely to be injured. Joe thinks that makes a lot of sense, but points out that there have been logical arguments why previous pitchers with solid health records would keep it up, yet they then proceeded to get hurt anyway. Joe compares late-era Bill James to late-era Gary Busey.
- Buster Posey extension: Joe thinks that the Giants “bought high” on Posey, paying him as if he will consistently repeat 2012, which is very unlikely. Rany thinks Posey is worth the money - “given where offensive numbers have dropped, [Posey] is very, very close to Mike Piazza as a hitter, and better as a catcher.” Joe clarifies that he likes it better than the Verlander deal, but does feel that the Giants overpaid.
- Ned Yost’s managing: Joe criticizes Yost’s decision not to pinch-hit George Kottaras for Jeff Francoeur against closer Addison Reed on Opening Day. Rany doesn’t like it either, but points out that most current managers also wouldn’t have pinch-hit with their sole backup catcher. Rany: “The state of managing in baseball, overall, generally sucks.”
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Sorry for the length, but I wanted to write summaries since I know not everyone will listen to these (it’s a little under 5.5 hours total).
• AL: HOU - Rany predicts 58 wins, Joe 52. Joe points out that previously historically horrible teams were worse defensively. SEA - Rany predicts 77 wins. Joe thinks the stadium dimension changes will hurt more than help; Rany is unsure, thinking that perhaps it will help their young hitters develop. LAA - Both like the re-introduction of Bourjos. They think Pujols will maintain his 2012 level, and that the bullpen will be good. Rany predicts 92-93 wins; Joe fewer. OAK - Rany is skeptical of Nakajima. They observe that it’s been difficult to project Japanese players. Both think the team will generally regress. Joe: “Jed Lowrie is not a shortstop”; “Tom Milone is Italian for Jeff Ballard.” TEX - Joe thinks they “lost the offseason”, but still likes their remaining talent a lot. Rany wonders whether the value of Profar and Olt will be wasted.
Rany picks LAA to win the division, Joe TEX.
• NL: COL - They hate the pitching. Joe thinks the organization has placed character above ability, e.g. Cuddyer. They’re skeptical of Weiss’ inexperience. Joe says he (Joe) could add five wins with managerial decisions. Rany predicts 72 wins, Joe 68. ARI - Both hate the team’s offseason moves. Joe calls Cliff Pennington “Chad.” They like the rotation. They discuss the unpredictability of “chemistry.” LAD - They question many of the veterans and agree that the payroll is being spent inefficiently, but hey, it’s a really big payroll. SF - Rany thinks they can win 90-92. Joe thinks they have the “highest floor” in the division. SD - Rany thinks they’re not much better than the Rockies. Joe likes Black’s managing, and the mid-20s average age; he loves the team’s upside. Rany thinks the rotation doesn’t cut it.
Rany picks ARI to win the division, Joe SD. Rany thinks it’s very close between ARI, LAD, SF. Joe thinks no team in the division will win 90.
• A weird discussion about a March Madness-esque single-game elimination tournament among MLB teams.
• AL: NYY - Joe is depressed about the Boesch signing. He predicts a 3rd place finish, and contemplates a rebuild. They have confidence in Cashman. They think it’d take a ‘12 Orioles unlikely scenario to contend. BAL - They think the team might be better than ‘12, but have a worse record. Rany says 79-83 wins. BOS - Joe isn’t sure Bradley Jr. is ready, and doesn’t like Middlebrooks (comparing him to Shea Hillenbrand). Joe doesn’t think Gomes and Victorino can hit righties, and doesn’t buy that platoon splits have to be hugely regressed. He does like Lester. Rany: The front office “has earned my derision.” Joe says 82 wins, Rany 76-80. TB - They like Hellickson and the pitching, not so much the offense. Joe thinks Myers needs to be in the lineup; Rany suggests locking him up long-term now. They think claims about runs saved by pitch-framing are exaggerated, and that the Jaso/Lueke trade was a disaster. Joe: “Roberto Petagine is the Anne Hathaway of Quad-A hitters.” TOR - They love the offense and rotation. Joe likes Gibbons as a manager.
Rany: TOR, TB, NYY, BAL, BOS Joe: TOR, TB, NYY, BOS, BAL
• NL: MIA - Joe: “The natural byproduct of the last three or four CBAs.” Rany: An “atrocity.” Rany makes Costanza-esque proposals where KC acquires Stanton. NYM - Joe: Their financial shenanigans are “criminal.” The team stinks. PHI - Amaro, Zduriencik and Colletti are nominated as potential worst GMs in MLB. Joe loves the Revere acquisition, but they hate their other moves. Will the team “sell”? WAS - They see no weaknesses; Joe says 102-105 wins, Rany 98-100. No lefty RP shouldn’t be a problem. They love Davey Johnson (and compare this team to the ‘86 Mets), as well as the Span acquisition. Joe likes Harper for MVP. Rany predicts 300 PA for Rendon. ATL - They love the OF, of course. They are huge Simmons fans; Joe says best IF arm since Shawon Dunston. Joe gets into his usual thing about how horrible it’d be if an 88-win team beat a 97-win team in a play-in game.
• Spring training: They both think it’s too long.
• Vernon Wells: Rany thinks the Yankees are panicking. Joe defends the move for the Yanks, pointing out that Wells has a salary that can be structured not to affect the 2014 salary cap, and that, once everyone is healthy, is well-suited to be a platoon outfielder who is amenable to being on the bench. Joe screams like a crazy person about Russell Martin being irrelevant to the issue because Martin had left before the Yankees’ injuries hit. Joe thinks re-signing Ichiro was a bigger mistake than either acquiring Wells or not re-signing Martin.
• NL: CHC - Rany thinks they’re improving slowly; Joe projects them to be just a bit below .500. Rany compares Starlin to Garry Templeton; Joe suggests Nomar Garciaparra. Rany thinks Samardzija is “for real”, Joe doesn’t. PIT - Rany likes the upside of their young talent and has them at about 78 wins. Joe likes them in a couple of years, but thinks they’re currently worst in the division. MIL - Both are down on them, citing the right-handed tilt of the lineup, and baffled by Alex Gonzalez at 1B. Joe at least likes their hitting and OF defense. STL - Joe questions Matheny’s managing; middle infield; starting pitching depth. Rany likes their organizational talent, but not necessarily this year’s squad. CIN - Both agree that the organization should have committed to Chapman as a starter before spring training. They dislike Choo’s defense in CF, like the bullpen and offense.
Rany: CIN, STL, CHC, PIT, MIL Joe: CIN, STL, MIL, CHC, PIT
• AL: DET - Joe sees them as similar to last year, 86-88 wins. Rany thinks 90-93, due to full seasons from Infante and Anibal Sanchez, and improvement by Scherzer and Porcello. Neither likes the infield defense or bullpen. MIN - Both dislike promoting Hicks, and view the team in general as nearly Astros-bad. CHW - Both question the starting pitching depth and offense. Rany says 75 wins, Joe a little less. CLE - Joe likes the defense, hates the starting pitching. KC - Joe guesses 82 wins, Rany 86. (It bothers Rany that the Royals still can’t be projected into the playoffs even despite the Shields trade.) Rany expects improvement at C, 1B, RF. Joe hates Yost’s managing.
Rany & Joe: DET, KC, CHW, CLE, MIN
Thursday, March 07, 2013
After a few months’ layoff, a new episode. Subjects:
- Hall of Fame: Shockingly, neither Rany Jazayerli nor Joe Sheehan supports Jack Morris’ candidacy. They both agree that the PED pile-up has rendered the HOF impossible to predict, and that it’d be nice if the Hall elected some living people. Joe suggests that no one whose career ended before 1969 should be eligible for election. (“Michael Bourn, if you just magically transported him back to the 1955 Phillies, would be like a super-pumped Richie Ashburn. He would be one of the best players in baseball.”)
- Yankees: The two discuss the Yanks’ luxury tap maneuverings and the team’s near-term future. They agree that the effort to “reset” the luxury tax makes sense, but (even prior to the Mark Teixeira injury) that the team could be ugly this year. Rany points out that the 2014 Yankees will be spending $77 million of the $189 million soft cap on a non-overwhelming core of Tex/A-Rod/Sabathia/Ichiro, and have a lot more spots to fill. Yankee fan Joe hopes that, if the 2013 team is indeed going to end up bad, it falls out of the race early, making it plausible to “sell.”
- World Baseball Classic: Joe is a convert to the WBC cause. Both agree that, regardless of the WBC’s appeal in America (or the success of the U.S. team), the value of the tournament is that it’s a long-term attempt to increase the international appeal of the sport. Joe suggests that the WBC finals be held in July instead of the All-Star Game.
- Fantasy sleepers: Rany nominates Carl Crawford. Joe is obnoxious about it. Joe nominates Rick Porcello and Eric Hosmer.
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