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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Productive Outs - PRODcast 75: Metallica ft. Barry Zito



We’re back to a weekly schedule because baseball is back! The Lord giveth and then she taketh away, or something. 

But we’re here to celebrate the mediocrity that is Barry Zito X late-period Metallica:


In other, less painful (we hope) audio news, here is a prawncats!

- The open (0:00-7:35)

- The emails. Weird, as usual. (8:15-29:45)

- The music: feat. Get Pure, the new album from MOUNT CARMEL. (30:30-32:30)

- The baseball talk (32:30-1:02:20)

  • Coffee is for closers and closers be blowin’ it: Nathan, Holland, Parnell, etc.

  • PuigGate 2014

  • Emilio Bonifiacio es bonafide?

  • Ryan Braun done lost his mind
  • MLB.tv/AtBat commercials

  • Replay review: Can you dig it?

  • Seven-inning baseball games?

- The musical advice: the vagaries of record-label contracts, sales, reissues, and the like. (1:03:05-1:13:40)

- The self-promotion (1:13:40-1:17:55)

- The farewell

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.


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)

  • Mike Trout is rich (and very good at baseball)
  • Miguel Cabrera is also rich (and good at baseball) and the Tigers are dumb
  • 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


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 … 


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


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


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


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


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


  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


NL WILD CARD PLAY-IN: Giants over Reds

NLDS: Dodgers over Giants

NLDS: Cardinals over Nationals

NLCS: Cardinals over Dodgers


WORLD SERIES: St. Louis Cardinals over Tigers


AL MVP: Mike Trout - LAA

AL CY YOUNG: Max Scherzer - DET

AL ROY: Xander Bogaerts - BOS


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

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.


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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


ALCS: Angels over Tigers



NL WILD CARD PLAY-IN: Giants over Cardinals

NLDS: Nationals over Giants


NLDS: Reds over Dodgers

And nope.

NLCS: Nationals over Reds



WORLD SERIES: Washington Nationals over Los Angeles Angels

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


AL MVP: Mike Trout


AL CY YOUNG: Yu Darvish


AL ROY: Wil Myers



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. 

Just drafted this squad in an eight-team, mixed, head-to-head league, while wearing a three-piece suit (because I got home from work two minutes after the draft had started). Thank the fantasy gods for landing the #1 pick.

Productive Outs - PRODcast 73: Ricardo Rincon (Dick Corner) & The Death of the UCL

We took a little break and came back with a vengeance.


We’re back after yet another li’l break. Sometimes life just happens, y’know? 

- The open feat. Dick Talk (0:00-6:40)

- Canada-free emails (7:15-30:00)

- Musical guest: DEAD RIDER (30:45-34:35)

- Baseball talk! (34:35-1:02:20)

  • TJ surgery for everyone!
  • Aroldis Chapman, ugh.
  • Australian ballbase?
  • Ian’s Cactus League recap!
  • Holy shit, Mike Trout.

- Musical advice (1:03:05-1:26:05)

- See you next time! Thank you! 

Productive Outs - PRODcast 72: Carlton Fisk, Captain of the Fun Police

Lean and mean this week.


In honor of Carlton Fisk, we bring you what may be our shortest episode ever! We hope you enjoy it.

Also, we love Hunter Harvey now

- The open (:27-5:00)

- The emails. (5:40-39:38) Wanna email us?? productiveouts@gmail.com!

- The musical guest: BEARCUBBIN’ (41:00-44:48)

- The baseball talk (44:48-1:02:40)

  • Mike Trout’s $1 million deal (he’s still really good at baseball)
  • Expanded replay and the new home plate collision rule
  • Jake Peavy hurt himself fishing
  • That horrendous Cleveland Indians lid #hatchat

- Spring training, Puig Destroyer, book proposals, and fares well (1:03:10-1:14:00)

Productive Outs - PRODcast 71: PRODcast 71: Gonzalez German Germen's Germane Germing

We done did it again. 


YOU GUYS. IT’S ALMOST BASEBALL. So we made a show for you. Here’s how it went. 

-Open (0:00- 3:45)

-Emails from Canadians (4:15-23:25)

-Musical Guest: VULGAR TRADE (24:15-25:50)

-Human Guest: Will Sharp, pro scout with the Houston Astros (25:50-1:09:00)

-Baseball Things! (1:09:55)

  • Baseball Is Back! (sort of)
  • A Mike Trout Extension?
  • Braves Be Spendin’ (Freeman, Kimbrel, Heyward, Teheran, Simmons … )
  • The Face of MLB
  • Mark Mulder’s Improbable Comeback Is Over (Achilles Heels)
  • Gratuitous Jeff Karstens Discussion

-Musical Advice:  How does someone who’s never played an instrument start in adulthood? (1:25:30-1:30:20)

-What’s Next? BP annual, Puig Destroyer write about baseball for Decibel, spring training trips… (1:30:20-1:37:20)

-We out 

Productive Outs - PRODcast 70: George Kontos Has The Worst Birthdays


Clever intro goes here.

- Open (0:30-3:30)

- Emails (4:00-28:00)

- Musical guest: DAUGHTERS (28:30-33:00)

- Human guest: Sarah Colonna (33:00-1:03:00)

- Baseball talk! (1:03:25-1:19:10)

  • Pitchers and catchers are about to report (to play golf) 
  • 2014 PECOTA projections
  • Lingering free agents 
  • Freedie Freeman extension

- Musical advice: re. artists you follow and trailblazers who don’t get the credit they deserve (1:20:00-1:33:30)

- What’s coming up: BP Annual and Puig Destroyer (1:33:30-1:37:00)

- If you made it this far, thanks!


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