The Pirates are in it to win it, y’all!  Maybe too aggressive.  Okay, the Pirates are in it to make it seem like they’re in it to win it, y’all!  Yeah, that’s probably a closer approximation.  If we’re sitting here in October and saying the Pirates couldn’t have won the World Series without the help of Marlon Byrd, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle and pay for my monkey nephew to go to college, which is a lot of money.  Luckily, I think they can win it with or without Byrd, as a Nikki Dinki-hosted show would say.  Thankfully, none of this matters for fantasy, so why are we even talking about it?  I don’t know, clunky expository question!  Byrd will likely prop up the bottom of the Pirates lineup when he plays and prop himself onto the mascot’s shoulder on off days.  Byrd gains a tad bit of value with this move since the Mess offense was nothing to write home about unless you were locked up abroad and ran out of things to write on postcards, and ‘Hitters Are Better Outside Of Metco’ is a bumper sticker I don’t own, but endorse.  Also, going to the Pittsburgh Bucs is John Buck.   Buck will change his New York nickname of “Midnight Cowboy” to “Swash,” and steal some looks behind the plate from Martin.  Going the other way is Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later.  Unless that player is Andrew McCutchen, there’s not a whole lot to talk about on the Mets receiving end.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brandon Beachy – Shut down for ten days after visiting Dr. Freeze.  Dr. James Andrews wants him to return to him in ten days for another check-up.  Dr. Andrews said, “This extension I’m building on my house in Boca is ripping my wallet a new one, so I might have to do the same for Beachy.”

Starling Marte – Can’t swing a bat for two weeks.  As his aunt scrambles to replace ‘swinging at a pinata’ at Marte’s niece’s quinceanera, I’d do the same to replace him because the chance you can count on him at all again this year is remote.

Jeff Locke – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.22.  Mr. Locke is smiling with an orange wedge in his mouth while giving all opposing hitters a ticket to walkabout the bases.

Pedro Alvarez – 4-for-4 and his 32nd homer.  Pedro from Pittsburgh is on the precipice of a terrific season vs. a very productive one.  If he can get his average up to .250 (it’s at .240), RBIs up to 100 (at 86) and homers up to 35, it will be terrific.  If his average falls to .230 and his power dries up, it’ll be just a very productive one.  I await your outcome, Pe-Al.

Neil Walker – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  And he sits directly on the precipice of a very boring season and a kinda boring season that was useful at times.

Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Just when you think they’re dead, the Zombinos rise up like some machine in a James Cameron-imagined future that the Hitter-Tron would try to fondle.

Jonathan Lucroy – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 5th steal.  I haven’t mentioned him much this year, but he’s been right there with the top five at his position on our Player Rater.  Pretty much guaranteed to be underrated again next year like Wilin Rosario was this year.  For some reason, it takes an extra year for people to trust catchers not over-hyped like Posey, Wieters or Mauer.

Robinson Cano – First, J.A. Happ breaks Granderson’s forearm, now he nearly puts Cano out of commission by hitting him on the hand with a pitch.  In December, a man wearing nothing but a Yankees cap is going to enter the Burlingame, California home of J.A. Happ and is going to do things to J.A.’s Chinese food leftovers.  Cano is listed as day-to-day with the x-rays coming back negative, which is a positive.

Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and two more homers (27, 28).  Could someone tell Rudy’s slightly younger self to draft us Soriano instead of Berkman?

Alex Rodriguez – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer, 2nd in as many games.  It must be nice to be playing with the fear of no repercussions for anything he’s doing since he’s already suspended.  If he’s like me, I’d be shooting up between pitches and, to add insult to injury, I’d be doing it with a Selig-inspired toupee glued to my helmet.  With the test tubes of PEDs, syringes, Bunsen burners, a bad wig and glasses, it would look like A-Rod’s doing a Jerry Lewis Nutty Professor impersonation.

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-4 and his 7th steal.  That’s in 32 games.  You gotta really appreciate guys who try to give you their 162-game projections in a quarter of a season.

Justin Verlander – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Game was called due to rain in the 6th, but Verlander was already out of it, having thrown 104 pitches.  What a shizzshow his season has been.  Stupid curse of being on the cover of Madden Baseball.

Paul Clemens – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Nothing to see here.  In fact, this Clemens’s nickname is Socket, because he gets lit up.

Matt Dominguez – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs.  From the files of Do As I Say And Not As I Do, pick up Dominguez.  The man is on fire.  Hit it, Alicia Keys…He’s on fiiiiiiiiire!

Robbie Grossman – 3-for-5, 1 run and hitting near .350 over the last week.  Note to self:  Don’t get excited about Astro hitters; no one wants to own them.  Note to self, II: Do as you do, Grey.  Your handsome, people will follow your lead.

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-4, 1 RBI.  He was day-to-day with something-or-other the other day (crack reporting right there!) and I dropped him, but I’m about to pick him up again.  Me likey.

Jordan Danks – 3-for-4 and his 6th steal (88 ABs) and had a homer the other day (3rd; not Thirdsday, you buffoon; his third homer).  I picked him up briefly on Monday, but saw the White Sox were facing a lefty and Danks sits for those, so I dropped him, but I could see streaming Danks in a deep mixed league lineup when he’s facing righties.

Matt Kemp – Ran with no issues.  Did he chew gum at the same time too?  Inquiring minds…

Jeremy HellicksonRays optioned him down to the High-A Charlotte Rae’s.  There, he’ll work on his pitches and help Blair and Tootie with their men trouble.

Desmond Jennings – 0-for-4, lowering his average to .248.  I’m giving him until Sunday and then I’m dropping him.  Jennings, you’ve been served!

Erick Aybar – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs.  I looked at his player page for signs from his most recent games but didn’t find any, so I’m gonna hold off on the hot schmotato talk, but I’m a cyclops with a monocle with this guy.

Mike Trout – 2-for-5 and his 23rd homer.  With MT, every glass is half-full.

Nate Eovaldi – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I’d be all over Eovaldi like a white glove on a lady named Muffy, but he tends to have these completely unforeseeable blow ups (3 IP, 9 ER vs. the Giants; 4 IP, 6 ER vs. the Brewers).

Christian Yelich – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer.  I’m trying to get a read on where Yelich will go in next year’s draft, but I keep looking at Yahoo’s new player pages and getting blinded.  A colored background with white font?  Who was the web designer who sold them on this?  Did they also get a free Geocities account with their order?  Unless Yelich goes completely Septacular, he will probably go around 150 overall next year, and will be someone I’ll be looking at.

Ross Ohlendorf – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.49 in 43 1/3 IP.  This is the best The Dorf has looked since the VHS tapes of The Dorf on Golf sold out in fifteen minutes.  I would not, however, trust him in any league.

Danny Salazar – 4 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  In this game between the Indians and Braves, the first 5,000 people dressed as racist stereotypes were admitted for free, the first pitch was thrown out by Ted Danson in black face and the 7th inning stretch featured The Vapors singing Turning Japanese.  Someone asked yesterday if I thought Salazar would go deep enough into games this year to be worthwhile in redraft leagues, and no, no I don’t think he will.  The Indians are being conservative with him, which is dandy for them, not so much for us.

Alex Wood – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  As you know, Razzball has grown leaps and bounds this year, so I was thinking it would be a good time to have our first media backlash.  Could someone do an ad in the spirit of Got Milk with Alex Wood, only it says “Got Wood” and his white mustache is not milk?

Shane Victorino – 3-for-3, 4 runs, 7 RBIs and 2 homers (10, 11).  This is the greatest day in Hawaiian history since King Kamehameha added sugar to his bread.  “We got sugar cane, we got pineapple, but those damn Samoans are still bigger than us.  We need sugar in our bread!”

Mike Napoli – 1-for-5 and his 17th homer.  As I’ve been maintaining for a few months now, he’ll get to 25 homers on the year or my name isn’t Grey Hashtag Albright.

Will Middlebrooks – 2-for-4, 2 runs.  Facing the Giants and Dodgers pitching staffs in pitchers’ parks didn’t help Middlebrooks over the last week, but I’d still continue to roll him out there now that they’re back in Fenway.

Felix Doubront – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA is at 3.74, which is about where I projected him when I named him a sleeper in the preseason, which kinda shows the absurdity of ranking 100+ starters.  I mean, I’ll still do it, but in most leagues, the top 40 starters are really all that matter.

Wei-Yin Chen – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER.  Um, ouch?  Well, his ERA was at 3.19 before this game which isn’t realistic for him, so it was bound to happen at some point.  He’s much more of a 3.75 ERA pitcher with a plus or minus of .25.  And that’s me weighing in on Wei-Yin.

Jon Niese – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I love Jon Niese (not really)!  I really, really love him (still don’t)!  He came up huge for me in a streaming capacity, looking a lot like the schmohawk I thought he was going to be this preseason.  I’m holding him for his next start (in Washington), but not confidently and may just drop him if someone else shows themselves.   FWIWerth, the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t love his next start, and I’ve nearly talked myself out of him already.

Alex Avila – 0-for-2 as he was activated from the DL.  If you just fist pumped because Avila is back, you’re either in a 12 team league that only uses Tigers or you are Tiger Woods.

Brandon Belt – 4-for-5, 2 runs.  Belt’s power recently went the way of the drawstring pants, but he’s still hitting for average.

Hunter Pence – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Since he’s gone a while with fewer homers than steals, he played this game wearing tissue boxes for cleats and peeing into milk bottles.  Luckily, someone caught Pablo before he drank what he thought was Fanta pineapple soda.

Pablo Sandoval – 3-for-4 and his 10th homer.  Ever since I told you to drop his oval ass, he’s been hitting.  This was the first sign of power, but as anyone who watched the playoffs last year knows he can get hot.

Ian Kennedy – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  That’s what happens when you let a Hodgepadre start away from Petco or eat after midnight.

Jason Kubel – Designated for assignment, but the D-Backs are still on the line for $8.5 million owed to him.  Diamondbacks get rid of top arm prospects and throw away money on veteran bats.  In related news, Kevin Towers should be fired this offseason.

Brad Ziegler – 1 IP, 2 ER and the blown save.  Ugh.  It was bound to happen, but Ziegler’s reverting back to the marginal reliever he was every year prior that can’t get out lefties.  Their different shaped scissors scares him.  With Putz on the DL, there’s no one really to step in so Ziegler will probably keep the job for a little while longer.

Gerardo Parra – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting over .300 in the last week with two homers.  Rico Sauve is usually pretty yawnstipating, but I’d own him when he’s going well.

Adam Eaton – 3-for-5, 2 runs, hitting near .350 in the last week.   Yelp reviews are saying this Eaton is, “terrific” and “there’s always available parking.”

Ian Kinsler – 4-for-5, 1 run and his 10th steal.  10 steals?  Why so run shy?

Dustin Ackley – 3-for-3, hitting near .400 in the last week and had a homer earlier this week.  Cleanliness is next to Godliness so Dustin is trying to get to heaven, and he’s a hot schmotato.

Travis Wood – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Dodgers.  Got Wood?  Then you had more balls than me.  I wouldn’t have touched him in this start but he gets the MIA Marlins next, which is decent.

Joe Kelly – 6 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners, 1 K.  Only a Cardinals pitcher can get away with 11 baserunners, 1 K and only allowing one run.  Seriously.  I’m flummoxed.  I’m full of flummoxie.  I’m a lummox on the flummoxie tip.

Kevin Correia – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. Kansas City.  Then the communists took over.  You know, after Correia did away with the Royals.

Billy Butler – 2-for-5 and his 14th homer and 2nd in as many games.  His homer came off Ryan Pressly and, ironically, Butler had peanut butter and banana droppings on his jersey.

James Shields – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.14 and raising his record to 9-8.  Murray Chass would say he’s just barely trying.

Danny Duffy – The Royals are calling him up to face the Twins today.  That’s a great stream for Ks, but could either give you a 4 IP, 6 ER, 7 Ks game or a 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 Ks game, i.e., it’s risky to rock a Duffy to rock a Duffy that’s right on time, it’s risky.

Carlos PenaRoyals signed him to a minor league contract.  The Royals front office said some of their games were running long and Pena could help with that.

Mike Moustakas – Out a few games with strep throat.  Fun fact!  In the 1800’s, if a woman removed an undergarment for a man before marriage people would walk by her and do that thing where you cough, say ‘slut’ and cough again, so ‘strip throat’ then changed over the years to strep throat.

 
  1. gareth says:
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    You know who’s run shy? Brett gardner.

    I’m in a tight race in my roto league and steals is a category I need to gain ground in.

    So I look at the Yankees box score for sb’s. And this is what I see:

    Sb ichiro, sb soriano

    Next day : sb granderson, sb A-Rod.

    So All these veterans are running wild, but not a peep from the only guy on that team under 30 with genuine speed. Arggghh!

    Meanwhile the guy im battling for first place has jacoby ellsbury. Fml.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Yeah, I hear ya

  2. Joey B. says:
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    If you had to pick between Eaton and Khris Davis for rest-of-season performance, who would you go with? (Or would you try to roster them both?)

    • Hondo says:
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      @Joey B.:

      I’m in the same boat,I think I’m going with Eaton.

  3. Donald trump says:
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    The new yahoo blows. Especially on my iPhone.

    • Bunny says:
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      @Donald trump: Agree. Thrown me off my game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Donald trump: You mean, your iPhone, the greatest phone in the history of the world that is also sponsoring our next Celebrity Apprentice challenge.

  4. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Best Title!

  5. Fungazi says:
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    If you think the yahoo baseball player pages are bad, you should see football. The league page, team page, everything has that stupid full football field in the background. There is no white space. It’s really messing with my head.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Fungazi: Agreed. A dark stationary background with electric blue font. Feels like I’m playing space invaders when I scroll around.

  6. goodfold2 says:
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    just noticing that ackley and parra were this hot. normally i’d say i need RBI’s rather than runs, but this week my team is playing ONLY against federalist/andrelton/morneau/donaldson/mclousy/carp/. others are injured or benched since this owner is very absentee here. so it’s more about ROS 4th OF’er here (and i’ve got 16 rbi’s already on 17 hits, and “only” 6 runs, (and this isn’t even the team that has victorino on it)). I’ll probably give Hoes another day or 2, maybe. Pick one
    joyce (can certainly bench against lefties)/parra/ackley/avisail

  7. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    Dominguez or Khristopher as UTL/sub ROS?

    Also, I still have some Wood (Alex) but recently lost some too (Travis) so I’m a little limp. I dumped Travis thinking he wouldn’t get many wins down the stretch and in the playoffs.. Did I Dickey myself over?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Sixto Lezcano: Looks like both Woods get Mia next…

      my sense is Khris is over…the Khris is over…booda-bye bye…

      • Sixto Lezcano says:
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        @Wake Up: Follow-up – Davis or Leonys

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Sixto Lezcano: if that’s your replacement..I’d hold…Avisail avail?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wake Up: The J-I-M-M-Y, it’s Jimmy…Rollins

      • Sixto Lezcano says:
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        @Grey: This absolutely sounds crazy but does it make any sense to consider going with Dominguez over Machado in a 5×5? I LOVE Manny but for this year his power just isn’t there yet.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  8. The Thumb says:
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    Are you stashing Taijuan? Looks like he might get the start Friday against the Asstros.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Thumb: I’m not as I said in yesterday’s post

  9. AP says:
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    Recently dropped Marte and Ziegler, and I picked up Niese for a streamer start yesterday. There’s no question here, just patting myself on the back for good timing. With my free hand, I’d also like to pat Grey on the back, as his advice all year has lead to me entering September with a huge lead in my league. THAT’S DOUBLE BACKPATTIN’, Y’ALL!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP: Ha! No problem

  10. Later Tater says:
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    don’t know if you all know, but yesterday was free Marlon Byrd T-shirt night at Metco

    • Hondo says:
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      @Later Tater:

      Free Marlon! (raises clenched fist in air)

  11. Five-On-One says:
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    I need to pick up two OFs for the stretch run. Options are guys like Ruf, Ethier, Dickerson, Morse, Garcia, Nava, Viciedo, Swisher. Which two do I choose (5×5 roto, all cats are still close)?

  12. Marv says:
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    Grey,
    Need to pick 12 keepers out of these guys:
    Locked in –> 1. Mauer 2.Votto 3.Goldy 4.Braun 5.McCutch 6.Bruce 7.Rizzo 8.Sale
    9. 10. 11. 12. – can’t decide (pick 4) – J. Altuve, S. Castro, I. Desmond, M. holliday, P. Sandoval, Kuroda, Kimbrel, Chapman, Samardzija

    Please help me out, I’m in a H2H 10-team keeper (currently in 1st place)
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marv: Desmond, Aroldis, Kimbrel, Sandoval

  13. Bunny says:
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    Drop Zeigler for Clippard? Note says they may use him to close. Anyone know?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bunny: I’d hold

  14. ashtray says:
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    Can anybody talk me down from picking up a bunch of Astros?

    Oberholtzer and Peacock pitching well and both facing nothing but Mariners, Athletics and Twins over the next couple weeks.

    Dominguez mashing taters all over the place.

    This can’t be good for my squad…. right?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @ashtray: I’m looking at grabbing Peacock too…

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Wake Up: you’re grabbing cock? eh too easy

  15. G’morning Grey. I had Wei-Yin Chen on the bench yesterday, so I didn’t end up taking that line on the chen. But seems he’s droppable, even in a 14-team redraft league. Are any of Chacin, Niese, Randall Delgado, Paul Maholm, Martin Perez, Kluber, or McAlisair an upgrade? Or am I better yet using that spot for the pick du jour from SoN?

    Thanks!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Enrique: When you’re that deep, it’s a streamer spot. I don’t know what Niese’s schedule is, but hard to want to roll with him compared to the other guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: Morning…Perez has a good matchup today…Agree with Cram, they’re streamers

  16. smegma says:
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    Drop Beachy for McCallister who gets 2 starts first week of playoffs (KC, @CWS)? I don’t think there’s any chance of Beachy returning this year and even if he does anyone would have to be half crazy to start him in fantasy playoffs, right?