Yesterday, Adrian Beltre and Stephen Drew both hit for the cycle. Hadn’t happened on the same day for two players since 1920 when George Burns (Yes, that George Burns) and Bobby Veach did it. But back then there were five bases, everyone wore aviator goggles and most played because they thought it would help them avoid scurvy. For fantasy baseball purposes, this means very little. In the very deep third base pool, Adrian Beltre’s wearing water wings and sitting on the diving board while everyone else wonders what his problem is and why he won’t just go in. He’s always been a 2nd half hitter and he hit two home runs on Sunday, so maybe this is a sign that he’s going to be hot for the final month. Meanwhile, fantasy owners for two years have been trying to solve the Stephen Drew mystery. Will he be good or what? Since the All-Star break, he’s hit .320 but he’s lacked power. If he can just put together solid average and power, he could be a huge breakout in ’09. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Adam Jones – HR yesterday in his first game back and celebrated with a Phillie Blunt and a cup of Golden Seal Tea.

Justin Verlander – 1.2 IP, 5 ER. I was about to smack my pug, Arfer Woofruff, with a newspaper, but that was actually Verlander who defecated in my living room.

Randy Johnson – 8 Ks in less than four innings, but was hit for 5 runs. Blame the four HRs. I’m holding him for his next game against the Dodgers. Might bail after that. Recognize!

Johan Santana – If he pitched into the extra innings, the Mets would find a way to win the inning after he came out.

Shin-Soo Choo – 3-for-4 yesterday and in the last week he’s hit 3 HRs and a .450. Might stay hot for another week or two, which could make all the difference in H2H playoffs.

Jason Schmidt – Shut down for rest of season. Some of you might be wondering if this is news from April and I just forgot to post it. You wouldn’t be entirely wrong.

Ryan Zimmerman – HR yesterday. I give Zimmerman a lot of crap, but it’s only fair to point out his successes too. So if he had any success, I would point it out.

Ben Sheets – Left his start after the top of the fifth with a tight groin. After the game Sheets said. “I think it’s gonna be fine. I really think I’ll be OK. I’ll just pay a little more attention to it, hopefully move forward.” Is it me or does he sound like Rainman right before he starts banging his head with his hand?

Joba Chamberlain – Set to return to the bullpen on Tuesday. He’s not going to start until the end of September. I think if the Yankees are out of it, Joba won’t start at all, which is to say he’s not starting again this year.

Cliff Lee – Goes to 20-2 and the magical season for Cliff Lee and Comatose Indians Fan continues. Next stop for Cliff Lee is Cy Young. Next stop for Comatose Indians Fan is a haircut.

Chris Young – 5 IP, 4 ER. This may as well be spring training for him, but worth rostering for his home games.

Dallas McPherson – Wasn’t mentioned in the September call ups post, but would’ve been if I mentioned him. How’s dat logic?  He’s worth a pickup in NL-Only keeper leagues just in case he gets some playing time.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Going for an MRI with elbow soreness. Fun fact of the day, I can’t go for an MRI because I have a metal plate in my head. Yes, I hold notes to my head with magnets.

Paul Byrd – 7 IP, 4 ER and a win. That’s so Byrd. (BTW, wouldn’t it be great if Marlon was traded to the Sox so their jerseys could say, Pa. Byrd and Ma. Byrd?)

  1. yak says:

    If Adam is half as classy as mòi, he rolls up White Owls, not Phillies.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:

    @yak: No Swishers for you? BTW, did you get those football trade suggestions from the other post?

  3. Shogun says:

    Any chance Al Reyes will close games for the Mets down the stretch? I know this is as unpredictable as Stephon Marbury’s next off-court antic (new face tatoo? new airplane that even Puff Daddy says he couldn’t afford? drugged-up appearance on local television show? double-teaming a Knicks female employee with Isaiah Thomas? why not?). Anyway, I’ve got Reyes stashed, but I haven’t been hearing any murmurs about him getting a chance to close games. Does Ayala have that position locked up?

  4. yak says:

    I sure did, but was gonna wait til after the holiday weekend to respond. I mis-spoke I guess. We just moved to an open bench. My team is now…Favre and Rivers at qb…SJax,Grant,Edge,Forte, and Ricky Williams at RB. Steve Smith,Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings, and Derrick Mason at WR. V. Davis at TE, Kaeding at K, and Detroit D/St.(note-only grabbed Det b/c they play ATL in week one. I’m a def day trader). So with 6 pts per passing TD, I liked the upgrade at QB and would feel fine with Edge,Forte,Ricky and Mendenhall backing up SJax. He says he would consider Favre/Grant/Jennings for Peyton/Mendenhall/Chambers. I countered with Favre/Grant/St. Smith for Peyton/Mendenhall/Fitz. Am waiting to hear back. I doubt he accepts though, cuz he’s one of those guys that got abused in a trade a few years back, and now always feels like people are out to get him. So we shall see.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Shogun: As you say with your apt analogy, you never know. Reyes would’ve got save opportunities last week this time, but Ayala’s been solid recently. This could all change by the end of this week and then Reyes would get save chances, so if you’re prospecting for saves, Reyes is someone to look at.

  6. yak says:

    Oh, and thanks for all the help and advice everyone. Are there many offseason posts? This is my first post ESPN stop every morning. Another question, If you have no friends that play fantasy baseball(or no friends period, which is a matter for my shrink and I, thank you very much) is there a way to find/join a keeper league? I have never run across public keeper leagues, but in only my second year playing, I am hooked.

  7. yak says:

    Not to get off topic, but I love my Sp’s today..Hamels,Danks,Saunders. Am slightly worried my beloved Tigers will wake up and rake, but I have been waiting since April for that.

  8. Nick says:

    I’m starting Greinke tonight vs. Oakland…how about Zambrano against Houston? I have him benched right now…

  9. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @Shogun: I strongly doubt it.

    That is based on nothing except my Metsfandom and generally knowing how they treat their players. I am guessing at this point it is Ayala, and if he faulters, it will be Heilman and then matchups (Joe Smith for righties, Feliciano or Schoe for lefties).

    If Reyes comes up and throws a bunch of solid scoreless innings in big situations (7th inning is where I am guessing he will be used initially), they could give him a look if Ayala collapses.

  10. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @Grey: Long time hazethusiast and herbivore, I will never ever roll a Phillie. Due in two equal parts of distaste for the actual cigar and MOTHERFUCKING HATRED FOR THE PHILLIES.

    I am a dutchie guy myself. Vanillas.

    Razzball smokeout? Too creepy?

  11. Shogun says:

    @Grey & SaltyBiscuits: Thanks for the input. I’m thinking of dropping Reyes because I could use another hitter or stream pitchers for the H2H playoffs I’m in. My closers are weak (M. Gonzalez, F. Francisco, J. Lewis, and D. Wheeler, who is set to lose his job, like, today), but I still don’t see enough upside in Reyes to expect more than a save or two, if that.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:

    @yak: There will be posts three to four times a week in the offseason. Top twenty for position recaps, looking ahead posts, keepers, etc.

    re: keeper leagues — I believe ESPN runs keepers. There was also someone trying to get an owner for a keeper team in the forums:

    re: Tigers — They had a hugely disappointing season huh?

    @Nick: In leagues deeper than ten teams, I’m starting Zambrano.

    @SaltyBiscuits: You and Yak should get together at 4:20.

  13. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @Shogun: Yeah I have more faith in Wheeler losing the closers job, Percival getting injured again tomorrow, regaining the closers job and still ending with more saves than A. Reyes.

    Although the Mets now have 3 Reyes’ on their 40 man roster.

    Which is AREYZING! Reyes the Roof!

  14. yak says:

    I will bring the Funyons! And I also am a big fan of Backwoods! Sweet and Aromatic!

  15. Shogun says:

    @SaltyBiscuits: Yeah, I might hold onto Wheeler until Percival shows he can walk to the mound without aggravating his hamstring. Percy has been very surprisingly good when healthy, but damn if he doesn’t get hurt a lot.

  16. Shogun says:

    Who is the better pitcher to stream tomorrow, Pavano @ Rays, or Blackburn @ Jays? I’m thinking Blackburn because I don’t trust Hot Carl not to dump a Cleveland Streamer on me.

  17. knighttown says:

    Parra is a safe sit tonight vs. the Mets right? As I’ve been more selective since I’ve run into the innings overage, my ERA and WHIP are insane and I don’t want Parra to pull a Volquez.

    And if there are any Royals fans out there (what’s that echo?), any news on Aviles?

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @knighttown: Parra’s safer at home and I’d let him play.

    Aviles has a finger contusion and will be out a few days.

  19. yak says:

    New Glossary term???? Wake-n-Rake? Guys who should produce all year, but get off to a slow start, then realize who they are? Miggy Cabrera was a Wake-n-Rake this year.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:

    @yak: Funny phrase, but not crazy about the definition.

  21. Steve says:

    @Grey: Any chance you could pop over to the forum and take a loook at my lineup question before game time? Mucho appreciado.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Answered it. Looks fine the way it is.

  23. Steve says:

    @Grey: Saw that – thanks. Hope I didn’t interrupt your dinner.

  24. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: No worries, I don’t eat for a few hours.

  25. Steve says:

    @Grey: Indeed. Some time zone confusion there. Unless you go to the early sitting at Denny’s with the senior citizens.

  26. chuck says:

    Is anyone buying into the Dana Eveland resurgence? I know hes got a new delivery angle and has good matchups coming up, but can I afford to take that chance in the playoffs?

  27. Grey

    Grey says:

    @chuck: I wouldn’t buy into it right now if you’re not strapped for pitching.

  28. Steve says:

    Am I right? That’s over 220 pitches Lincecum has thrown over hist last two starts?


  29. p0rk burn says:

    RCL update finally posted in the forums.

  30. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, but 132 came last time out. I do agree that the Giants are playing for nothing, other than to hurt Lincecum for next year.

    @p0rk burn: Thanks!

  31. royce! says:

    Still working on putting together a group of 2 starters for next week, and right now I have Petit, but given his performance tonight (4 IP, 5 ER so far) I am thinking about dropping him for, of all people, a TEX starter, Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy’s starting next week at OAK and SEA, both of whom have OPS against RHPs under .700. Should I do this? (Btw, I won’t necessarily start him– it would just be for insurance against the possibility that my opponent has 2 or more 2 starters).

  32. Steve says:

    @Grey: Last two starts have totalled 12.2 innings I think. Read somewhere that he has never thrown a CG – maybe they are fixated on getting him to that milestone.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, no CG. And you’re right on the inning count, that means those pitches must have been high stressed pitches. Really bad pitch-management.

  34. Doug Ault says:

    I finally cut my ties with Young and Marcum,Marcum had a good start against WB yesterday,but it’s nitty gritty time,too risky

  35. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @royce!: If I win this week and make it to the finals next week, I am gambling on McCarthy as a two-starter. I think working with The Ryan Express down on the farm gave him confidence and a more refined delivery or some such jazz. Against those offenses, I will be rolling the dice. That is if I make it. Please knock on wood.

    @Grey: Again, if I end up playing in the finals next week I want to start Pelfrey at Home (2.66 ERA, 3 HRA in 101 1/3 IP) against Washington (Bergmann) over Dempster on the Road vs St. Louis (Lohse). I am much more worried about the Cards than the Nats despite their recent winning streek. Is this too much of a homer move to justify for the Finals?

  36. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @SaltyBiscuits: Winning streek. I’ve been spending too much time with Adam Jones.

  37. knighttown says:


    Victor Martinez has hit a fucking home run. I draft you in the second round, put up with your John MacDonald numbers for a few months and park you while you recover on the Disgraceful List. And you finally reward me with a 1 for 5 night with a solo shot. Oh well, its’s better than the Anal Snool you gave me for the first 5 months.

    ****we now return you to your episode of The Women’s Murder Club, starring Jason Seahorn’s wife**************************

  38. royce! says:

    @SaltyBiscuits: Good to know that someone’s going for it… and thanks for the Ryan Express info- I didn’t know about that.

    Just knocked on some good solid oak for you.

  39. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @royce!: From

    What Nolan Ryan told Brandon McCarthy in a special bullpen workout session a few weeks back wasn’t revolutionary stuff in the spectrum of 100 years of pitching technology.

    But it was revolutionary to McCarthy, who is expected to make his season debut for the Rangers on Saturday against the Cleveland Indians.

    When the injury-prone 25-year-old spent time with the Rangers president, as well as new pitching coach Andy Hawkins and new bullpen coach Jim Colborn, he heard the same thing a lot of pitchers have heard throughout the years – push off your back leg, use your lower body, take the pressure off your arm.

    Check the article for more, not trying to hype him up too much, but this should make you a little more confident in starting him. Kind of.

    He also pitched very well today and in his starts since coming off DL.

  40. Steve says:

    @Grey: You told me to pick up Andre Ethier while Pat looked for his Bat.

    And I did.

    You’re a f****** legend.

  41. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Doug Ault: Yeah, that makes sense.

    @SaltyBiscuits: It’s a bit of a homer move, but they’re both good matchups.

    @knighttown: Ha! That’s a solid VMart rant. Nice.

    @Steve: Cool, glad it worked out for you.

  42. Steve says:

    Go Padres! Let’s get deeper into that Dodger pen!

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Hoping to disturb the status Kuo?

  44. Steve says:


    If the Padres score another they might have to drag Broxton away from the hot-dog stand.

  45. JonBBT says:

    Adrian Beltre is a monster on the road. Just sit him at home.

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