Zach’s Postseason Musings (10/22)
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ALCS Game 5 – Royals @ Blue Jays
Chris Colabello (1-for-4, solo HR) is unlikely to receive everyday at-bats in 2016, so his fantasy appeal will be limited mostly to AL-only leagues. But 15 homers in 333 at-bats should not be overlooked. Colabello will have the benefit of a favorable home ballpark along with an ideal supporting lineup, and for now at least, he’s behind only Justin Smoak on the 1B depth chart. AL-only owners should keep his name in mind heading into drafts next spring, and it’s not out of the question that he could surface on the mixed league radar at some point.
Edwin Encarnacion (0-for-3, RBI, R) has put up decent but not great numbers this postseason, and a bases loaded walk in this game isn’t much to get excited about. However, four straight seasons of at least 34 homers and 98 RBI is a lot to get excited about. I wouldn’t have a problem selecting Encarnacion in the first round of a 12-team mixed league draft next year.
NLCS Game 4 – Mets @ Cubs
Let’s see, Daniel Murphy (4-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) continues to do his best Joe Hardy impersonation, Lucas Duda (3-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI) finally contributes in the postseason and 24-year-old Steven Matz pitches well before running into trouble in the fifth inning and getting bailed out by 42-year-old Bartolo Colon, who strikes out 23-year-old Kris Bryant with runners on first and second to end the inning. Oh, and the Mets are heading to the World Series for the first time in 15 years.