Zach’s Postseason Musings (10/2)
Throughout the postseason, I’ll be sharing my fantasy-angled thoughts on a variety of noteworthy players from each game with the goal of helping you get a jump start on your 2015 draft prep! So keep checking back here every weekday for new posts.
NL Wild Card Game – Giants @ Pirates
–Edinson Volquez deserves a lot of credit for his surprisingly impressive 2014 season, but he’s still DTM. Last night’s performance proved why. A line of 5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K doesn’t quite qualify as a disaster outing, but it goes to show that this guy simply cannot be trusted long-term. An exceptional strikeout rate used to be the main reason why he was fantasy relevant. But the K rate has steadily declined each year since 2010. Drafting him in mixed leagues next season says that you are confident he will again post an ERA in the low 3’s. As for repeating his 1.23 WHIP, good luck with that. Volquez’s walk rate remains mediocre at best, so you would be counting on another sub-8.00 hit rate. Good luck with that.
–Madison Bumgarner (four-hit shutout) is good. In fact, he’s a no doubt fantasy ace. But you probably knew that already.
-The enigma also known as Brandon Belt had a big night, going 2-for-3 with three RBI. That said, it’s been another disappointing year for the former top prospect, who teases us with games like these only to let us down in the end. The good news is that he’s still only 26, so there’s some time left for him to get his act together. I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to target Belt in drafts next spring, but if he’s still hanging around in the last round or two of your 12-team mixed league draft, he’s a decent low risk/high reward pick.
–Brandon Crawford managed only one hit in five at-bats last night, but he made that one hit count, becoming the first shortstop in history to launch a postseason grand slam. Crawford is coming off his finest offensive season to date (.246 AVG, 10 HR, 69 RBI, 54 R, 5 SB), but that’s not saying much. From a pure production standpoint, he put together a year that was worthy of a starting MI spot in deeper mixed leagues, and he could very well post a similar line next season. But a middle infielder with a low batting average, minimal SB potential and limited upside simply doesn’t interest me.