“Naquin the Chef looks determined without being ruthless.  Something heroic in his manner.  There’s a courage about him.  Comes across so calm.  Acts like he has a dream.  Full of passion.  Well, you know why.  Knock homers out of the box all the time.  Pitches know his repertoire, big fly.  Yeah, straight up, Naquin mess your whole team up.  It’s for real though, ball connect with stick, ditto.  We could trade places, ball lifted run around the bases.  Word up, peace, infatuated redfaces.”  I almost didn’t write the title of the Naquin the Chef song, Infatuated Redfaces, but then I was like, “There’s a team named Redskins and a mascot named Chief Wahoo, I think I’m all right.”  Yesterday, Tyler Naquin kept it going with the insane run he’s been on — 3-for-4, 6 RBIs with two homers (11, 12).  He now has six homers in the last ten games.  That’s six homers in July to go with his six homers in June.  As I said back in spring training when I saw Naquin play, he had a nice stroke against righties, but looked kinda gnarly vs. lefties.  Looks like a 17/17 player that needs to platoon.  Right now, his power’s way above that, but will likely come down to earth at some point.  Of course, I’d still own him now.  Word up, peace, infatuated redfaces.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mike Napoli – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .249.  On our Player Rater, he’s top 35 overall.  Ya know, about as valuable on the season as Bryce Harper.  Oh, and for all you people who think the earth is still flat, our Player Rater is the best in the business.

Carlos Santana – 1-for-3 and his 21st homer, hitting .255, as he continues to hit leadoff.  The Indians are winning in spite of Francona.  In fact (Grey’s got more!), I’m sure Bill James has figured this out already, but how many wins does a manager really affect?  Like Francona’s winning without Carrasco, Salazar and Kluber.  Yeah, a’ight.

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-4 and his 16th homer, hitting .285.  Has been on fire since the break.  Multiple hits in four of his last five games, with two homers and two steals.  Guess I should’ve put him in my top 100 for the 2nd half.  Oh, well, I still have a mustache as handsome as Ron Dressler.

Carlos Carrasco – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.31.  Guess how many wins he has.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  *taps finger, clicks on TV, watches DVR recording of The Barefoot Contessa*  He only has seven wins!  Wins = stupid.  Stupid = loses at bar trivia.  Hmm, interesting math.

Ian Kennedy – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.28.  Fitting that Cleveland destroyed Kennedy.  No Kennedy should be anywhere near a Cleveland right now with it swamped by Republicans.

Koji Uehara – Hit the DL with a pectoral strain.  Fun fact!  A pastoral strain is when you put plastic animals on the lawn in an urban setting.  Brad Ziegler will take over the Sawx closer job.  Heil Ziegler!  Which is something no one should ever say.

Drew Pomeranz – 3 IP, 5 ER vs. the Giants in Fenway.  Wait until Pomeranz is facing an AL team in Fenway.  *phone rings*  “Hello?”  “Hey, it’s James Shields.  Can I talk with Pomeranz?”

Hanley Ramirez – 3-for-4, 6 RBIs and his 9th, 10th and 11th homers.  Oh, boy, could be the start of one of those Hanley streaks where he carries a fantasy team for a month.  Or at least one night.  Last night.

Sandy Leon – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .435.  That’s in 23 games, so, uh, yeah, you can grab him at this point.  Of course, his Billy Hamilton-on-a-case-of-Red-Bull BABIP might come down a little.

Travis Shaw – 1-for-5 and his 11th homer, hitting .264.  No joke, on another major league team, Travis Shaw is Cheslor Cuthbert.

Brock Holt – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting near-.400 in the last week.  For what it’s Werth, I grabbed Holt for the short schedule day today.

Matt Cain – 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER as he was activated from the DL.  Looks to be right back where he left off.

Mac Williamson – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Unfortch, the Giants have played four games in that time with Williamson getting the Shaft.

Ryan Braun – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 8th steal, hitting .316.  Make Ryan Braun great again!  Or at least secure his borders.

Jameson Taillon – Headed for concussion tests.  Really?  But he pitched five innings after taking a 105 mile per hour Gallagher off his melon.  Hunh, big surprise.

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 4.60.  This game was in Coors.  Sonavabench!  In hindsight, things couldn’t have been much worse, so I should’ve started him.  Hindsight is stupid.  I’d like to take hindsight out for dinner at a fancy restaurant, offering to pay, then duck out through the bathroom window when the check comes.  I hate hindsight almost as much as I hate Archer.

Tim Beckham – 5-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  Did I mention they were in Coors?

Anthony DeSclafani – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.50.  Don’t take this the wrong way, I would own him, but his peripherals scream a 3.70-4.00 ERA pitcher vs. the one he’s been so far.  Yeah, that’s right, like a nice Jewish boy, I’m blowing the ‘so far.’

Tucker Barnhart – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in the last ten games.  Also, the 2nd homer in the month of July, so I would leave the door open for someone else if I owned Barnhart.

Joey Votto – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .271.  He’s now tied with Eugenio Suarez (2-for-3, 1 run, and his 7th steal) for homers.  Who’s going to end with more homers?  Votto?  You betting a lot on that?

Adonis Garcia – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  I said to pick him up two days ago.  Today, I’m saying, why didn’t you trust me two days ago?  *breathes into hand, smells breath*  Oh, I see.  My bad.

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer, to go with his 35 RBIs.  Adam Dunn, sitting at a Buffalo Wild Wings with a family pack of BBQ’d chickens in front of him, lifts his head, his ears ringing.  See, Dunn’s ears ring when someone only hits solo homers.

Michael Saunders – Left the team for a personal matter.  No idea the issue, but we shouldn’t be nosey, which is really hard for Jon Niese.

Marcus Stroman – 8 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA a 4.90.  But the 4.90 ERA isn’t telling the whole story.  Once upon a time–Okay, cutting to the meat of the story.  Stroman’s in the middle of his best month of the season.  He was still roughed up on July 15th (4 2/3 IP, 6 ER), but has two gems outside of that and one Quality Start.  His Ks are still bleh, but I could see grabbing him for his next start and the Stream-o-Nator agrees.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer.  F5!

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer.  In related news, Jose Bautista’s owners grumbled.

Tuffy Gosewisch – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  For those that don’t know Tuffy Gosewisch, it is a name of a trawler in Maine.

Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.25.  *shrugs*  I have no idea with Pineda.  It’s appropriate his name anagrams to NP idea, which stands for No Phuckin’ Idea.

Mark Teixeira – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer as he returned to the lineup.  Don’t worry, he’ll be injured again soon.

Carlos Beltran – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Just gotta laugh at the Yankees’ lineup.  Why don’t they sign Casey McGehee already?  The 2010 All-Stars beckon you, Casey.

Prince Fielder – Hit the DL with a herniated disc in his neck.  Too bad he doesn’t speak with his father, they both could discuss being washed up at 32.

Mitch Moreland – 2-for-4 and his 13th homer, hitting .235.  There’s more room for, uh, Moreland without Fielder, but Moreland seems like a platoon guy no matter what.

Ian Desmond – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 18th homer, hitting .319.  Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!

Jefry Marte – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .227.  Hey-fry!  That’s how I pronounce his name.  Don’t believe me?  You haven’t been listening to the podcast.

Carlos Martinez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.83.  Yesterday’s game was vs. the Padres, so, like Matt Adams likes to do at night, that’s a cakewalk.

Matt Holliday – 1-for-3 and his 17th homer.  Holliday’s having exactly the same season as he’s had for the last five seasons just without the crazy runs and RBIs.  Seasons of 2011-14 produced seasons of 22 HRs, 27, 22 and 20.  Only huge difference, his average bottomed out with his BABIP because he got old.

Ryan Schimpf – 2-for-6, and his 6th and 7th homers, with six homers this month.  Hot schmotato alert!  True story, I made garlic Schimpf for dinner last night.  Here’s my question, why do people put parsley on everything?  Is that supposed to be pretty?  Cause it makes a perfectly decent dish nasty tasting.  I don’t understand parsley.  As for Schimpf, he looks like a 2nd baseman that grew up idolizing Bret Boone.  Has some pop, and will be lucky to hit .220.

Matt Kemp – 1-for-4 and his 20th homer, and 4th straight game with a homer.  C’mon, Yankees, you know you want Kemp!

Jedd Gyorko – 4-for-7, 5 RBIs and his 9th homer, 10th and 11th homers.  He pulled the doubleheader Hanley!  Gyorko is enjoying hitting against his former team.  That’s some bully shizz right there.  How ya gonna pick on the Padres?  Of course, he also seems about as hot as that girl in Neighbors 2, so, yeah, I’d grab him.

Wilmer Flores – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  You’re not seeing the forest due to the trees if you think it’s a coincidence that Flores got hot right around the trading deadline to prove his worth to the Mets.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 23rd and 24th homers.  “Human resources to the Rizzo!”  No, Siri, it’s just HR to the Rizzo.  “Sorry, Grey.”

Javier Baez – 2-for-4, 1 RBI.  Continues to swing a hot bat — that’s what she said!  Not really. — but now Baez is batting eighth.  Reverse Baezinga!

Kyle Hendricks – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.27.  I believe someone asked if they should start Hendricks yesterday.  Do you, Random Razzball commenter, not start guys with a 2.27 ERA often?

Alex Wood – Will have elbow surgery.  I sure hope the Dodgers are filing up their stamp card.  They should be getting a pitcher exam free soon.

Clayton Kershaw – Dave Roberts said of Kershaw, “Hoping he can avoid the knife.”  I’m guessing they’re not in a production of West Side Story or reenacting the Beat It video.  On a serious note, it is bad news when they start talking about not having surgery for a pitcher, because the next thing that comes is he needs surgery.

Bud Norris – 5 IP, 6 ER.  Don’t worry, Dodger fans, Brandon Beachy was seen lacing up his cleats–Sorry, misread the news.  He was lacing up an elbow surgery.

Ben Revere – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .220.  Or six homers if you count Denard’s four, too.  Retire that number!

Anthony Rendon – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games, but there were three Nats’ games between those two.  Unless you’re a very sound sleeper.

Jayson Werth – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer, hitting .244.  He’s been pretty atrocious all year.  But, yeah, he’s been more valuable than Jose Abreu.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .249.  He’s about three months overdue for a fireworks show like when Bobby kisses that girl in The Brady Bunch.  Hip reference!

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.53.  Nat-Gio made for a beautiful pitcher yesterday, but I wouldn’t trust him safari as I could throw him.

Doug Fister – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. Oakland, ERA at 3.42.  An A’s/Fister meetup is usually much messier, so props to him.

Rich Hill – Doubtful for Sunday’s start.  That must be one helluva blister on his hand.  If he’s not careful, he’s gonna miss his next start because he’s blind.

Felix Hernandez – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER as he was activated from the DL.  F-Her owners are more like F-this.

Leonys Martin – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 12th and 13th homers.  There you are, Leonys.  I was beginning to think you were a figment of my imagination like Meredith McIver.  Leonys hasn’t done anything recently, but a two-homer game, with one homer being a walk-off jobber, goes a long way to building confidence, and baseball hitting is all about confidence and this is a really cool run-on sentence.  I could see reacquiring Leonys from waivers in case this is the start of another streak.

Adam Lind – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 15th homer, and third homer in the last seven games.  He’s basically Moreland with the Mariners, which I think is ironic.

Dan Vogelbach – Traded from the Cubs to the Mariners for Mike Montgomery (bullpen depth).  Vogelbach looks like Schwarber.  I mean, really looks like him.  Like they could do a baseball version of Orphan Black.  He’s also shown power in the minors (16 HRs in 89 games in Triple-A), but likely will do no more this year than platoon, even if called up.

Mike Zunino – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and third homer in last three games.  *covers mouth so you can’t hear*  Three games that were eighteen days apart.

Todd Frazier – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 28th homer.  Since I traded Prospector Ralph Jose Abreu (0-for-4) for Frazier, Abreu has fewer runs than Frazier has homers.  Oopsie.

Melky Cabrera – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 1st steal, which comes a day after he homered, hitting near-.400 since the All-Star break.  In this case, a hot Melky won’t put you to sleep.

Jeremy Hellickson – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.84.  F-Her or Hellickson?  I know, it sounds bizzonkers, but that’s the kind of crazy moves you need to make to win leagues.  You trade F-Her for a piece and grab Hellickson off waivers.

Tyler Goeddel – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam (4) and legs (2).  Member in March when the smart money was on a Goeddel breakout?  Smart money be broke.

Max Kepler – 1-for-3 and his 10th homer.  Holy schmotatoes, Batman, balls are flying out as the humidity and crime rate rises.  Well, more just the humidity, but this game was in Detroit.

Joe Mauer – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, a day after I made fun of his home run total.  Someone must’ve heard me busting more chops than Shari Lewis having a mental breakdown and trying to arrest her puppet.  Not a stretch of an analogy, at all.

Eddie Rosario – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Eddie, are you okay?  You are okay, Eddie.  Eddie, are you okay?  You are okay, Eddie.

Ervin Santana – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.93.  How does Ervin keep doing it?  Piscotty doesn’t know!  Piscotty doesn’t know!  Wait, that’s the wrong go-to answer.  Oh, I know, it’s magic!

Ian Kinsler – 2-for-4 and his 19th homer.  When Kinsler got back to the dugout after his homer, Ausmus lifted Kinsler up in a chair and Hava Nagila’d around the dugout.

Justin Verlander – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.74.  Well, he’s doing better than I thought he would in the preseason.  Or is he?!  Damn, I almost got whiplash on that reversal question.  Is he rushing or dragging?  Rushing or dragging?  Rushing?!  Or dragging?!  I projected Verlander in the preseason for a 3.68 ERA, so he’s basically doing what he now does.  A solid number three.  WebMD defines a solid number three as ‘one who is suffering from hypothermia that vomits frozen puke.’

 
  1. muskysmell says:
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    Steve Pearce qualifies at 2B in my league. So does Logan.

    Pearce or Forsythe ROS?

    • Lincecuminmypants says:
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      @muskysmell: Interested in this as well. Is Pearce playing as regularly as Forsythe? To piggyback on this, are either of them better than Travis, Castro, or Baez?

  2. The Theory says:
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    # of leagues I play in: 4
    # of leagues I own Hanley Ramirez: 4
    # of home runs hit by Hanley Ramirez that I left on my combined benches: 9.

    Well, at least I have a terrible enough outfield in one league that I actually started him…

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @The Theory: need to be in slightly deeper leagues to have to use him most days, yesterday i was lucky to have enough off guys in each league to play hanram (which i do mostly anyway in those leagues). Tron absolutely adored him yesterday, i mean cain c’mon.

  3. Hayden says:
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    “That girl” is Millicent

  4. Reed says:
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    Funny you mention Hellickson and Felix together…it was Hell vs F-Her for The King’s el Perfecto a few years back…

  5. Noam says:
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    Grey! Trumbo and Matz for D. Price? Price right? Is it close?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Noam: Sounds fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Noam: Agree with F

  6. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Great intro but clearly you lifted it from Bauer’s rap classic, “Only Built 4 Napoli Mom’s Nips”

  7. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    a. On Bud (S)Norris, Los Doyers still have Brandon McCarthy holding down the fort!

    b. On Abreu, what’s the reverse of steroids called? Can we check if he took it? WTH is going on? I read Magoo’s Bull/Bear article but this is an awful stretch. He did hit that 2B last week. Sweet!

    c. On Kinsler and Desmond, man if you owned both Ians it would be a great season!

    1. The law firm of Ian, Ian, Kinsler and Desmond!

    2. Ian and Ian, I wonder if they get together for a teleconference and plan their next move – a chain of Tex-Mex restaurants that will fail or a new line of underpants!

    d. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (July 21)

    Horatio: Let’s secure the premises. See if anyone’s in the house. Miss, can you hear me? Can you tell us what happened?
    Wolfe: She has a penetrating wound to the back. She’s lost a lot of blood. Pupils are sluggish. Nonreactive. She’s going into shock.
    SWAT Leader: – Clear.
    Horatio: – Got to get it packed.
    SWAT Leader: The house is clear.
    Horatio: – Stay with us.
    Paramedic: – Diminished breath sounds. I’m starting oxygen.
    Horatio: Stay with me, sweetie. Here we go. It’s gonna be all right. That’s it.
    Paramedic: We need to start a line.
    Horatio: Stay with us.
    Paramedic: She’s hypotensive. Let’s get some fluids in her. – Line’s in. – Okay. Pulse is weak and thready.
    Wolfe: She’s not going to make it.
    Horatio: Let’s get her out of here. We need to get her to the E.R., stat.
    Wolfe: We need the gurney.
    Horatio: I got her head.
    Wolfe: Okay, go. One, two, three.
    Paramedic: BP’s dropping.
    Horatio: We’ve got to stabilize her before it’s too late (cue the queue of sunglasses).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Some really funny stuff Ante!!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: Also are you the singer or the footballer of the same name..hehe

    • Scott says:
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      @Ante GALIC: I had both last year. Not so great. Love this game!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Yup B. Gotta love those weekly doubles! C. Totally D. Nice

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. You don’t so enthused about the McCarthy era in LAD!! Hopefully they take off the training wheels and let him pitch 8 INN!

        b. I just love those 2B!! He hit it off Shoemaker so it should count as a HR! FML.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. He has a good chance of pitching 8 IP in a week with 2 starts B. 2B are the new HR

  8. Wild Thing says:
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    Thanks for telling me to keep Naquin yesterday!

    And as an Archer owner… Hahahaha.

  9. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Sandy Leon or Evan Gattis? This is a 12
    Man mixed league, standard 5×5 cats. Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Josh-NYC: Leon

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Josh-NYC: Hey Josh. Leon may be a hot schmotato but you have to take him over Gattis until he cools off. The idea of Gattis is a lot better than actual Gattis I’ve determined.

  10. Garbage Day says:
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    Dump McCann for Leon?

      • Garbage Day says:
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        @Grey: Oh hey Grey…I meant Brian McCann…still drop for Sandy Butts Leon?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  11. Billy Tell says:
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    Ralph thinks Seattle could promote Vogelbach to the majors almost immediately. He also told me he likes Vogelbach more than AJ Reed ROS, because he has a higher floor, but he likes Reed better for dynasty. Do you agree with that?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Billy Tell: I do

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Billy Tell: If you’re asking if you should drop Reed for Vogelbach, sure, you can try it….