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BYRD WATCHING

  by BallparkBob (Paul Byrd look-alike nominee)

Byrds of a feather flock together and Paul and Marlon (Byrd) have been downright dirty Byrds lately.

Paul Byrd, SP, Boston Red SoxPaul Byrd high flying fantasy starting pitcher.

Paul Byrd had been flying high since being traded on August 12 from Cleveland to Boston.  And, it appeared as though Paul Byrd, 37,  flew into the Fenway nest at just the right time as one of the hottest pitchers in the American League. 

The Byrd man had won his final four starts with the Tribe and saw his ERA drop from 5.28 to 4.53 during those four victories.   Including two starts with Boston, Byrd is 5-1 with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in his last six starts.  He faces the Yankees tonight.

Editor’s Note — Paul Byrd went six quality innings tonight, August 27, for the Red Sox, giving up two runs, and striking out five against the Bronx Bombers.

Marlon Byrd, OF, Texas RangersMarlon Byrd, Red Hot Ranger in fantasy baseball

Texas Rangers’ outfielder Marlon Byrd has also been chirping lately.  Marlon hit .308 with 10 HR and 70 RBI last year–his first good season since he showed outstanding potential in 2003 when he hit .306 with the Phillies.

Marlon Byrd has sizzled in August with a .402 average (37-92 through August 26) with 3 homers and 18 RBI in the month.  He’s at .297 for the year with 9 HR and 40 RBI.

BYRD SEED

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Paul Byrd.  He’s not an Early Byrd.  His best career month has historically been August when he’s 3.67.  Paul’s a clutch player as evidenced by his 6-4 win in game four of the ALCS last year that almost vaulted the Indians into the World Series.  With Paul Byrd, you’ll get some more wins now that he’s with a better hitting team, a tolerable ERA, a slightly better WHIP due to his excellent control (2.11 walks/9 IP career), and not many strikeouts due to the fact that he’s a soft tosser.  If you used to have Tim Wakefield on your squad, you’ll like Paul Byrd more.

Marlon Byrd loves to hit at home; he’s at .325 at Rangers’ Ballpark in Arlington this year.  Marlon should benefit from home field advantage in September as the Rangers play 15 games at home versus just 9 on the road.  Marlon is a serviceable outfielder who can help your team batting average down the stretch.  It’s just a shame that he hasn’t developed more stolen base prowess over his career, because he has decent wheels.

BYRD DROPPINGS

Paul Byrd has played with nine clubs.  Marlon Byrd has played for three clubs.  Both have played for the Phillies, so combined, they’ve been with 11 teams in their careers.

It’s just a shame neither of these two Byrds have ever played for the Orioles, Jays, or the Cardinals.

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