Zach’s Postseason Musings (10/23)
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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.
World Series Game 1 – Giants @ Royals
-Ever since he broke into the big leagues back in 2007, Hunter Pence (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI) has been one of the most consistent fantasy producers in the game, and his performance this year added yet another positive data point to his already exceptional track record. Expect 20-plus homers, 180 R+RBI and double-digit steals and you won’t be disappointed. Guys like Bryce Harper and Yasiel Puig might carry more upside, but there’s nothing wrong with waiting another round and taking Pence instead. In baseball, nothing is for certain, but Hunter Pence is about as close as it gets.
–Salvador Perez (1-for-3, HR) wasn’t quite as productive this season as he was in his breakout 2013 campaign, but any fantasy owner would be pleased with 17 homers and 70 RBI from their No. 1 backstop. Yeah, his .260 batting average was a bit disappointing, but a rather low .278 BABIP is at least partly to blame. Keep in mind that Perez’s career AVG is .285, so we should see an improvement in that department in 2015. Still just 24 years of age, Perez has plenty of time to take his overall game to the next level.
World Series Game 2 – Giants @ Royals
–Billy Butler (2-for-3, 2 RBI) is coming off the worst full season of his career, which was preceded by the worst full season of his career. Can Butler reverse this troubling trend in 2015? Who knows, but I find it hard to believe that a player who put up a .313-29-107 line as recently as 2012 can all of a sudden fall off the map like this, though the 29 homers were most certainly a fluke. If I can get Butler for less than five bucks next spring, especially in an OBP league, I might just take the plunge, assuming that he has a starting job. But I’m not overly excited about him. Note that the Royals hold a 12.5 million dollar club option on Butler for 2015, which it’s safe to say they will decline, so there’s a decent chance that Country Breakfast will be donning a different uniform.
–Omar Infante (2-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) is a better real-life player than fantasy player, but in a deep mixed league or preferably an AL-only, you could do worse for your starting MI slot. At least there’s double-digit home run and stolen base potential. He’s more of a last-ditch option though.