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My name is Riley, and I play drums and write music for a band called Thrice.

This is where I ramble about music, sports, food, books, the interwebs and whatever else I deem worthy of sharing.

In addition to my ramblings here, I'm also the co-founder of a baseball-specific twitter feed podcast and blog with my good friend Ian, called Productive Outs.

I also have a bandcamp page and a soundcloud page that I'll be posting my own music and remixes on every once in a while.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions presented on this blog are mine and mine only, and do not reflect the position or views of Thrice as a whole.

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Random Start: Gaza, “The Crown”

I’m fairly certain that I’ve listened to No Absolutes In Human Suffering more than any other record over the past two years. It’s a shame Gaza doesn’t exist any longer, but I’m excited to hear the new Cult Leader EP that comes out Tuesday, April 15th on Deathwish.

This is Cloudkicker + Intronaut playing together for the first time last Saturday.

I’m gonna need some help picking my jaw up off the floor. I cannot wait to see this in-person in 10 days. Not sure there’s been a band on the planet who’s inspired me more over the past four years than Ben Sharp/Cloudkicker.

And holy crap, Danny Walker is absolutely killing behind the kit on these songs.

A-FREAKING-MEN.

Productive Outs - PRODcast 74: Kenley Jansen's One-Pitch Filth

Now that baseball is back, we’re bringng you marginal takes, and handful of emails from lunatics, 80-grade tunes and a whole bunch of other garbage that you probably don’t need. HAVE SOME.

productiveouts:

Yeah, this podcast is dedicated to all the teachers that told us we’d never get past episode fitty. It’s all good, baby.

- It was all a dream: Not Jose Mota welcomes back the baseball season (0:00-7:12)

- We read your crazy-ass emails (7:45-28:45)

- Salt and Pepa and Animals as Leaders up in the limousine (29:2-34:15)

- Every Wednesday night, Evan Funk Davies, not Marley Marl (34:15-53:55)

- Baseball talk til my tape popped (54:42-1:20:11)

  • BASEDBALL IS BACK
  • Mike Trout is rich (and very good at baseball)
  • Miguel Cabrera is also rich (and good at baseball) and the Tigers are dumb
  • DICKSTAND
  • Our respective divisional picks, wild card teams, NL & AL champs & WS champ

- Peace to Puig DCult Leader, KWC (1:21:05-1:27:55)

And if you don’t know, now you know…

My 2014 MLB Predictions

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I’ve done this each of the past three seasons, and figured (despite no longer being a baseball blogger/writer — contracted, freelance or otherwise) I should probably do it again because I’m horrible at it, just like almost everyone else who writes about baseball. It nothing else, this annual ritual is a great opportunity to pretend that I know what the hell I’m talking/writing about in April and totally refute that six months later.

And if you needed proof, well, here’s your proof:

Exhibit A: Revisiting my 2011 MLB Predictions

Exhibit B: Revisiting my 2012 MLB Predictions

Exhibit C: Revisiting my 2013 MLB Predictions

Told you. 

How bad is it gonna get this year? Let’s find out … 

AL EAST

  1. Tampa Bay 90-72
  2. Boston 87-75
  3. New York 83-79
  4. Baltimore 80-82
  5. Toronto 78-84

AL CENTRAL

  1. Detroit 93-69
  2. Cleveland 82-80
  3. Kansas City 81-81
  4. Chicago 74-88
  5. Minnesota 68-94

AL WEST

  1. Oakland 92-70
  2. Los Angeles 88-74
  3. Texas 84-78
  4. Seattle 79-83
  5. Houston 61-101

NL EAST

  1. Washington 91-71
  2. Atlanta 83-79
  3. Philadelphia 76-88
  4. New York 74-88
  5. Miami 67-95

NL CENTRAL

  1. St. Louis 90-72
  2. Cincinnati 87-75
  3. Pittsburgh 81-81
  4. Milwaukee 80-82
  5. Chicago 72-90

NL WEST

  1. Los Angeles 96-66
  2. San Francisco 85-77
  3. Arizona 82-80
  4. San Diego 82-80
  5. Colorado 76-86

AL WILD CARD PLAY-IN: Red Sox over Angels

ALDS: Rays over Athletics

ALDS: Tigers over Red Sox

ALCS: Tigers over Rays

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NL WILD CARD PLAY-IN: Giants over Reds

NLDS: Dodgers over Giants

NLDS: Cardinals over Nationals

NLCS: Cardinals over Dodgers

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WORLD SERIES: St. Louis Cardinals over Tigers

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AL MVP: Mike Trout - LAA

AL CY YOUNG: Max Scherzer - DET

AL ROY: Xander Bogaerts - BOS

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NL MVP: Buster Posey - SF

NL CY YOUNG: Jose Fernandez - MIA

NL ROY: Chris Owings - ARI

I always appreciate healthy baseball discussion, so please tell me why my picks are awful, either in the comments here, on Twitter, or you can email the Productive Outs Podcast

Homemade burgers w/ @jennclouds. Tried to improve in the In-N-Out model with some organic beef, Tilamook cheddar, heirloom tomatoes, grilled onions, lettuce and russian dressing on a potato bun. We did OK, but fell short in the key ingredient at In-N-Out … crack.

This Crystal Ball Sucks: Revisiting My 2013 MLB Predictions

It’s that time again, time to engage in what has become an annual ritual of self-loathing and shame, in which I look back at MLB predictions I made back in March of last year, feel stupid and remind myself that I should really never predict anything. Ever*.

*You’re totally getting a 2014 MLB Predictions post this week. And that’s exactly why this is getting posted now.

Let’s cut the shit and get down to business.

What follows is evidence of my suckitude, followed by the team’s actual record, followed by a +/- (wins) from my projection. I’m no Nate Silver.

AL EAST

  1. Tampa Bay 89-73 // 92-71 // (+3) EH?
  2. Toronto 86-76 // 74-88 // (-12) WHOOPS.
  3. Boston 83-79 // 97-65 // (+14) DAMN IT.
  4. New York 82-80 //85-77 // (+3) MEH.
  5. Baltimore 79-83 // 85-77 // (+6) GAH.

Horrific. I blame Canada … and an obscene season from the Red Sox.

AL CENTRAL

  1. Detroit 92-70 // 93-69 // (+1) SO CLOSE.
  2. Cleveland 82-80 // 92-70 // (+10) WHAT.
  3. Kansas City 78-84 // 86-76 // (+8) I CAN’T EVEN.
  4. Chicago 74-88 // 63-99 // (-11) SHIT, REALLY?
  5. Minnesota 64-98 // 66-96 // (+2) WHATEVER.

Seriously. I am awful at this.

AL WEST

  1. Los Angeles 92-70 // 78-84 // (-14) LOLLERBLADES.
  2. Texas 90-72 // 91-72 // (+1) SO CLOSE.
  3. Oakland 85-77 // 96-66 // (+11) WAIT, WHAT?
  4. Seattle 79-83 //71-91 // (-8) UGH.
  5. Houston 62-100 // 51-111 // (-11) THIS.

This marks the last time I get overly optimistic about the Halos and Astros, and convince myself that the A’s aren’t just gonna be the A’s all over again.

NL EAST

  1. Washington 94-68 // 86-76 // (-8) WELP.
  2. Atlanta 85-77 // 96-66 // (+11) LIKE I WAS SAYING.
  3. Philadelphia 80-82 // 73-89 // (-7) :/
  4. New York 77-85 // 74-88 // (-3) METS GONNA MET.
  5. Miami 64-98 // 62-100 // (-2) OPTIMISM IS DUMB.

Can it get worse? Stay tuned to find out.

NL CENTRAL

  1. Cincinnati 93-69 // 90-72 // (-3) BAD, BUT NOT AWFUL.
  2. St. Louis 87-75 // 97-65 // (+10) BECAUSE THAT’S AWFUL.
  3. Milwaukee 81-81 // 74-88 // (-7) AND SO’S THAT.
  4. Pittsburgh 80-82 // 94-68 // (+14) AND THAT’S EVEN WORSE.
  5. Chicago 74-88 // 66-96 // (-8) LOL CUBS.

Yup. It’s getting worse.

NL WEST

  1. Los Angeles 91-71 // 92-70 // (+1) SO CLOSE.
  2. San Francisco 86-76 // 76-86 // (-10) IN A MIRROR, THIS IS PERF.
  3. Arizona 84-78 // 81-81 // (-3) MEH.
  4. Colorado 77-85 //74-85 // (-3) CONSISTENCY!
  5. San Diego 75-87 // 76-86 // (+1) ALMOST NAILED IT.

But not enough to salvage the rest of the garbage picks you’ve already read.

AL WILD CARD PLAY-IN: Rangers over Jays

Uhh … 

ALDS: Angels over Rays

Not even.

ALDS: Tigers over Rangers

Kinda?

ALCS: Angels over Tigers

Pathetic.

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NL WILD CARD PLAY-IN: Giants over Cardinals

NLDS: Nationals over Giants

Nope.

NLDS: Reds over Dodgers

And nope.

NLCS: Nationals over Reds

And NOPE.

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WORLD SERIES: Washington Nationals over Los Angeles Angels

Aside from “Astros over Cubs”, I’m not sure I could have done worse.

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AL MVP: Mike Trout

Shoulda.

AL CY YOUNG: Yu Darvish

Coulda.

AL ROY: Wil Myers

NAILED IT.

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NL MVP: Ryan Braun

Drugs are bad.

NL CY YOUNG: Stephen Strasburg

So are arm injuries.

NL ROY: Hyun-Jin Ryu

Fernandez in a landslide. Should have seen that one coming.

Can it get worse this year? Probably.

Will it? I’ll post my predictions for 2014 on Tuesday and you can tell me how much worse it’ll be. 

Thanks for reading.

It’s been a long winter, but finally … FINALLY, the 2014 MLB season (stateside) starts at 5 p.m. PT tomorrow. If you’re a diehard like me, I’d like to kindly suggest shoving this into your earholes repeatedly until the first pitch is thrown at PETCO Park tomorrow night.

More tunes (25+, in fact) and exciting news from Puig Destroyer coming soon. please standby. 

Baptists - Rain City Session (Drum-Cam Video) 

JEEEEEEZ. I could watch this all day (and actually might). This is Nick Yacyshyn and he is a f—king monster. He’s probably my favorite metal/noise drummer at the moment — super creative, fluid hard-hitting and solid. The fill at 17:46 (and breakdown that follows) is just ridiculous.

There isn’t enough coffee/Red Bull/ZipFizz on the planet to get me to function at the speed/precision that Nick does. It’s unreal. I cannot wait to hear what this band does with their second LP.

If you don’t have Bushcraft, stop blowing it and buy it immediately.

Celebrated the Mike Trout contract extension by running the #Angels5K with a few thousand other Angels fans this morning. While I’m not all that stoked on my time, I’ll chalk it up to my first “race” experience ever (dodging walkers, strollers and thick packs of joggers) and keep working/training. Also: I dorked out on my race playlist and timed it perfectly so that Baptist’s “Betterment” came on right as I entered the stadium. And now I’m convinced that a MLB closer needs to use it as his entrance music ASAP. All in all, a very positive experience … good times, good tunes and a good cause. @nikerunning @stravarun (at Angel Stadium of Anaheim)

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