Zach’s Postseason Musings (10/15)
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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.
NLCS Game 3 – Cardinals @ Giants
–Tim Hudson (6 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) has been one of the more underappreciated starting pitchers in fantasy over the past few years, despite his lack of consistent strikeouts. We’re talking about eight straight seasons of a sub-4.00 ERA and a sub-1.25 WHIP in seven of those eight seasons. Hudson turns 40 next July and his current contract expires at the end of the 2015 season. He could very well decide to retire at that point, and let’s hope that he can hold off Father Time for at least one more year and finish off his career on a high note.
-When it comes to Pablo Sandoval (1-for-3, R) we too often focus on the negatives, mainly that he’s injury prone and usually overweight. But the Kung Fu Panda played in a career-high 157 games this season, and though his final stat line was far from elite caliber, the guy can hit, and he’s still only 28. Maybe he will never duplicate his tremendous 2009 numbers, but is a .290 AVG with 20 homers and around 85 RBI too much to ask? I think not. If you decide to pass on the top-tier third basemen this coming spring, there’s nothing wrong with instead grabbing Sandoval at a very reasonable price.
ALCS Game 3 – Orioles @ Royals
–Jeremy Guthrie (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) hasn’t been mixed league relevant in quite some time, and that likely won’t change in 2015. He’s your typical innings eater. Every real-life team needs one of those. Every fantasy team doesn’t.
-On the other hand, I’m a big fan of Wei-Yin Chen (5 1/3 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Aside from the mediocre strikeout rate, he’s coming off his best season to date (16-6, 3.54 ERA, 1.23 WHIP). But the thing I like most about him is that he doesn’t hurt himself with walks (2.3 career BB/9). Chen remains a fine back end of the rotation option in deeper mixed leagues.