Zach’s Postseason Musings (10/17)
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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 5 – Cardinals @ Giants
-Travis Ishikawa’s walk-off homer is the one that will be remembered ten years from now, but the game-tying pinch-hit home run by Michael Morse is what made Ishikawa’s heroics possible. Morse has grown quite familiar with the DL over the course of his big league career, as he was limited to 131 games this year after playing only 88 games in 2013. But when healthy, he’s a nice cheap source of power for fantasy owners. Although expecting him to repeat his 2011 career season (.303 AVG, 31 HR, 95 RBI) might be too much to ask, 25 homers and 75-plus RBI is well within the realm of possibility provided he avoids the infirmary. He’s a worthy late-round lottery ticket.
-Last postseason, Michael Wacha was the talk of baseball. Last night, Wacha again made the postseason headlines, but for the wrong reasons (1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K). The promising righty was limited to just 19 starts this year due to injury, but he still managed to post a stellar stat line. Yeah, it was an ugly outing, but keep in mind that Wacha had not pitched in nearly three weeks, so he deserves a mulligan. Whereas heading into this season, Wacha might have been a little overrated in fantasy circles, I think he will be underrated at the 2015 draft table. Most fantasy owners have short memories, so don’t forget about this guy.