Zach’s Postseason Musings (10/30)
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This is the final installment of my Postseason Musings series, where I shared 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!
World Series Game 6 – Giants @ Royals
-Yeah, Yordano Ventura (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) was given plenty of run support, but that shouldn’t take away from this gem. In fact, following his rough relief outing in the AL Wild Card Game, Ventura registered a 2.52 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across four postseason starts, capping off a strong rookie campaign in impressive fashion. His control could still use some fine-tuning, but there’s little reason to doubt that the 23-year-old can continue to improve going forward. If you’re a Ventura owner in a long-term keeper league, you have every reason to be pumped up.
–Mike Moustakas (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) was one of six Royals with multi-hits in this game. Although Moose wrapped up the postseason with a mediocre .231 batting average, he did launch five home runs while posting a .558 slugging percentage. Unless he can significantly improve his plate discipline skills, Moustakas will remain a batting average liability, but there’s 25-plus home run potential here. At a weak third base position, he’s well worth a late-round gamble next season.
World Series Game 7 – Giants @ Royals
-If it weren’t for a certain pitcher on his team, Pablo Sandoval (3-for-3, 2B, 2 R) would have been the obvious choice for World Series MVP, being that he finished the seven-game series with a .429 average, four RBI, six runs scored and a 1.002 OPS. The impending free agent will surely attract many suitors, though it would be nice to see him remain with the Giants, the only organization he has ever played for. Should you miss out on the elite third basemen next spring, Kung Fu Panda makes for a fine consolation prize.
-The more I think about it, the more I think that there’s no way Madison Bumgarner (5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, SV) lasts until the fourth round in a 12-team mixed league draft, like he did in our October Expert Mock. In seven postseason appearances (six starts), Bumgarner went 4-1 with a 1.03 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, two complete game shutouts and Wednesday night’s five-inning save. As crazy as it sounds, Madison’s historic postseason performance might have done more harm than good when it comes to his 2015 fantasy appeal. Whereas a month ago, I considered him a legitimate fantasy ace who could be had at a back end of the ace tier price, you will now certainly need to pay full price for his services. Also, his 270 total innings this season is a somewhat concerning number. But even if the heavy workload wasn’t an issue, the increased cost would at least cause me to think twice before drafting him. Be prepared to spend a top-35 pick.