Saturday, April 17, 2010

NL King - Latest Thoughts During Week 2

- Brandon Webb threw from 70 feet this week and the D-Backs are now hoping he is ready to go June 1st. This is very eerily similar to what Webb went through last year. At this point, if he's on your team you cannot count on him.

- Ted Lilly makes an important rehab minor league start today. If all goes well he could be pitching in Wrigley by May 1st. He needs to get through a couple of rehab situations.

- Mike Leake got off to a pretty good start with his 1st MLB start on Sunday April 11th. Only gave up 1 run in 6 2/3 innings but would like to see more control (gave up 7 walks). Leake has a good pedigree as he was the 8th overall pick in last years draft and he comes from a strong college program in Arizona State. If he is on your waiver wire grab and stash him on your bench and see how he progresses.

- Watched the Mets earlier this week and the Met announcers mentioned that Carlos Beltran has not started baseball activities. Sounds like don't expect to see Beltran until at least June 1st.

- Jimmy Rollins was put on the DL with a calf strain and is out 2 to 4 weeks. These kind of injuries are slow healing so it probably will be closer to 4 weeks than 2. Don't waste your time with Wilson Valdez (he is there to catch the ball). Shane Victorino now goes from batting 7th to leading off. This is huge for Victorino owners.

- Looks like Miguel Montero will be out until late May. I feel your pain I am a Montero owner. Chris Snyder will give you some power numbers but I would be more worried about him killing your batting average.

- Jason Heyward looks like the real deal. If Heyward went $17 or less in your draft I hope you took my advice (article I wrote over the winter) and grabbed Heyward.

- Remember be patient. Monitor and keep close eyes on your team and the waiver wire but don't rush into any crazy trades. It's a marathon not a sprint.

NL King - C.Lizza

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