Snakes and Ladders

Posted: April 7, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball

Every week I will note some guys who have enjoyed value boosts or seen it plummet in the last week of play. Snakebitten men are falling down the rankings, and ladder-climbers are obviously climbing. (stats as of writing Wednesday afternoon)

LADDER- Jordan Walden is now the closer for the Angels. Look at 20 saves on the low end, with a very good ERA, WHIP and K/9.

SNAKE- Red Sox pitchers- Clay Buchholz 6.1 IP, 4 ER. Jon Lester 5.1 IP, 5 ER. John Lackey 3.2 IP, 9 ER. Daniel Bard 1.2 IP, 4 ER. Josh Beckett 5 IP, 3 ER. Lester will be fine, but you have to consider the others with some risk.

and Dan Wheeler just gave up three runs to give Cleveland a 7-2 lead in the 6th. What would Boston do at 0-5?

LADDER- Carlos Quentin 11 hits, six runs, 10 RBI. Leads the AL in AVG and RBI.

SNAKE- Closers. 20 blown saves in the first week of the season.

LADDER- Joel Hanrahan has four saves, five strikeouts and allowed only one earned run in 4.1 innings of work so far.

SNAKE- Manny Ramirez.. after all the hype about Manny being happy in Tampa Bay, he has one hit in his first 16 at bats.

LADDER- Howard Kendrick has 10 hits, three HR and seven runs scored in his first six games.

SNAKE- Shin-Soo Choo is one of 16 with eight strikeouts so far.

LADDER- Mark Texeira has four home runs in his first five games, looking like his August self. Texeira minus the slow start could be .315, 40, 130.

SNAKE- Did I mention the Red Sox are winless? Marco Scutaro and Jarrod Saltalamacchia have combined for one hit in 22 at bats. And Carl Crawford has two hits and no stolen bases or runs scored in 15 at bats.

It is still early. No reason to panic. But some of these might be more fact than fiction.

  1. step ladders says:

    A sporting snakes and ladders analogy. Kind of works I suppose.

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