Snakes and Ladders featuring Josh Hamilton

Posted: April 13, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball

Let’s jump right in, before Francisco Liriano gives up another run.

LADDER- David Murphy will get the at bats that would have gone to Josh Hamilton. He has some speed and should hit for a decent average.

SNAKE- Hamilton will miss 6-8 weeks.

LADDER- Brandon Morrow is getting close to coming back. He might need one more rehab start, but his numbers look good and he should be solid when he comes back. People tend to underprice injured guys, and Morrow should be back to 9+ K/9 when he comes back.

SNAKE- Liriano… but I am sending out offers for him in every league, except the 18-teamer in which I already own him. This guy is an ace, and its time to go capitalize on his disappointing start.

LADDER- Starlin Castro is hitting .367 and scored 10 runs so far. He could be around 15 steals and hit close to .300 but I also wouldn’t go nuts. In keeper leagues, he’s a top-10 shortstop, and could slide into the top-5 by the end of the season. In seasonal leagues, he’s borderline top-10.

SNAKE- Phil Hughes has moved beyond buy-low territory and into “stay away” territory. I watched his last start, and the stuff looked totally different than last season.

LADDER- Michael Pineda is 1-1 with 11 strikeouts in just over 13 innings, and he has looked good in the process. Wins won’t come easy on a team like the Mariners, but strikeouts should be there with a decent ERA.

SNAKE- Ryan Franklin, Matt Thornton have both blown multiple saves. I fully expect both to get 20-25 saves this season, but expect Jason Motte and Chris Sale to be second on their respective teams in saves.

LADDER- Hiroki Kuroda is as consistent as they come. He is persistently undervalued, so I would talk the the owner in your league.

SNAKE- Brandon Belt is moving to the outfield, with Aubrey Huff moving back to fist base. The only reason for the Giants to do this is to get Huff some extra games at first base, expecting to send Belt down when Cody Ross and Andres Torres are back in the lineup. Belt is an exceptional defensive first baseman. But he hasn’t hit, so he might be headed down.

That’s all for now. Keep the questions coming.


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