Zach’s Postseason Musings (10/9)
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ALDS Game 1 – Rangers @ Blue Jays
Yovani Gallardo (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, W) got off to an outstanding start this season, pitching to a 2.62 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 19 first half outings. He faded considerably following the All-Star break, registering a 4.69 ERA and 1.72 WHIP across 14 starts. Having struck out only 121 batters in 184 1/3 innings this season, it’s hard to believe that this is a guy who recorded 200-plus strikeouts in four straight seasons. Gallardo is still fantasy relevant in deeper mixed leagues, but he’s more of a matchup-based waiver wire option than someone who you should target on draft day.
Rougned Odor (1-for-2, solo HR, 3 R) is only 21 years of age, but he’s already made a significant big league impact. Note that Odor is coming off a highly productive second half that included 12 home runs, 37 RBI, 38 runs scored and a .833 OPS. He’s clearly the Rangers second baseman of both the present and the future and is looking like a solid starting MI selection in mixed league drafts next spring.
Robinson Chirinos (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) spent the majority of the second half on the DL but still managed to hit 10 home runs in 78 games. Although the batting average won’t be pretty, there’s some deep mixed league value in a catcher with mid-teens home run power. Assuming that he opens 2016 in a starting role, he’s an acceptable second catcher who can be drafted in the final round or two.
ALDS Game 1 – Astros @ Royals
Colin McHugh (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, W) won 19 games this year but his peripherals were far from dominant. However, he did lower his ERA from 4.50 at the All-Star break to 3.89, so maybe we will see better consistency from him in 2016, though the 2.73 ERA and 1.02 WHIP he posted in 2014 is almost surely an anomaly.
George Springer (2-for-4, solo HR, 2 R) combined with the red-hot Colby Rasmus (1-for-3, solo HR, 2 RBI) to provide the majority of the scoring for the Astros. Springer, who missed a good chunk of the season due to injury, did not come close to meeting the expectations of his fantasy owners who spent an early-round pick to secure his services. But how could they have known that he would be limited to just 102 games? Projecting his final stat line over 162 games gives us 25 homers, 25 steals and 94 runs. Even in non-keeper leagues, Springer is a player worth drafting in the early rounds next spring, and he might even be available at a discount this time around.
Kendrys Morales (2-for-4, 2 solo HRs) was the entire Royals offense last night, and it’s only fitting considering his tremendous bounce back season. Purchasing Morales for $3 at the Tout Wars Mixed Auction draft proved to be arguably my best buy, and though I remain a big fan of Kendrys and wouldn’t be shocked if he finishes 2016 with a similar stat line, that is asking a lot. I’m not sure I will be willing to pay the price it will take to draft him again.