Zach’s Postseason Musings (10/16)
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NLDS Game 5 – Mets @ Dodgers
I’m trying to avoid discussing any one player more than once in this Musings series, but it’s impossible to talk about this game without mentioning Daniel Murphy (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, SB), who is the biggest reason why the Mets are moving on to the NLCS. While I still don’t consider Murphy anything more than a decent starting MI in 12-team mixed leagues, it is a bummer that the Mets will likely let him walk in free agency this winter. Expect Wilmer Flores to slide over to second base in 2016 with Ruben Tejada manning shortstop.
David Wright (0-for-4, 2 K) picked up a two-RBI single in Game 1, but that turned out to be the only hit he would record in this entire series (1-for-16, 7 K). I wouldn’t pay too much attention to his NLDS struggles, however, as he was productive down the stretch in the regular season upon his return from injury. He’s actually an intriguing value pick if you wait on drafting your third baseman. There’s obviously injury risk here, but .280-20-85 isn’t out of the question if he can avoid the DL, though that line will be influenced by what the Mets do this winter with their offense.
It’s hard to believe that Jeurys Familia (2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, SV) began the 2015 season on the waiver wire in almost all fantasy leagues. The Mets righty rewarded his owners with a top-5 closer season, and while the case of Familia does support the “don’t pay for saves” philosophy, it’s important to realize that there are plenty of waiver wire closer cases that don’t work out well. Brett Cecil, anyone?