Zach’s Postseason Musings (10/26)
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ALCS Game 6 – Blue Jays @ Royals
Wade Davis (1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, W) really should have entered this game at the start of the eighth inning. But Ned Yost decided to go with Ryan Madson, who promptly blew the lead for the Royals. Fortunately, Davis was his usual dominant self, keeping the score tied before Kansas City took back the lead in the bottom half of the eighth and then tossing a scoreless ninth to earn the win. After enjoying a breakout season in 2014 as the lockdown setup man for the Royals, Davis was just as good if not better this year, registering a 0.94 ERA and 0.79 WHIP and saving 17 games as the club’s ninth inning replacement for the injured Greg Holland. As it turns out, Holland will almost certainly miss the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, so Davis, assuming the Royals exercise his reasonable $8 million club option, will enter next season as the undisputed stopper. He could easily post top-5 closer type numbers, and you probably won’t have to pay a top-5 closer price being that he has yet to do it for a full season.
Ben Revere (2-for-5, 2B, R) swiped a modest seven bags in 56 games following his trade deadline move to Toronto, but I’m not too concerned about this. With a combined 80 steals over the past two seasons, the 27-year-old, who happens to be a career .295 hitter, carries plenty of fantasy value. The problem, however, is that his power is nonexistent. And I mean nonexistent, as in four home runs in 645 career games. If this doesn’t bother you, by all means go ahead and grab Revere in the middle rounds next spring. But this bothers me. With consistent power production so hard to find these days, it’s important to not be left behind when it comes to the HR and RBI categories. I prefer to spread out my speed sources. Relying on one or two players for all of your stolen bases is a dangerous strategy, especially if these guys have a negative impact with respect to the other hitting categories.