Zach’s Final Postseason Musings (11/2)
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World Series Game 3 – Royals @ Mets
David Wright (2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI) launched his lone postseason home run in this game, and in 14 postseason contests, he managed just three extra-base hits to go along with a .185 batting average. In a Mets season that was loaded with positives, Wright’s year wasn’t one of them, as he missed most of the season due to injury. He put up solid numbers when able to take the field, however, and could turn out to be a bargain in 2016 drafts, even factoring in the injury risk. After going for $15 in Mixed Auction Tout Wars this year, I’m expecting his price to drop into the single-digits.
World Series Game 4 – Royals @ Mets
Wade Davis (2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, SV) got the job done yet again on Saturday, and he will have the Royals closer job all to himself in 2016. Considering his dominant numbers over the past two seasons, fantasy owners should not hesitate to draft him among the top-5 closers, despite the thin ninth inning track record.
Even though it was in a losing effort, the performance of Michael Conforto (2-for-3, 2 solo HR) in this game along with his performance during the regular season (nine homers in 174 at-bats) should get fantasy owners excited about his potential. The power is for real and Conforto hit .308 during his minor league career, so this isn’t a player who will be a batting average liability going forward. Look for Conforto to assume an everyday role in 2016, especially in the likely event that the Mets let Yoenis Cespedes walk in free agency.
World Series Game 5 – Royals @ Mets
Salvador Perez (1-for-5, RBI) wasn’t exactly a top performer in this game. But it wouldn’t be appropriate to wrap up this Postseason Musings series without paying tribute to the World Series MVP, who went 8-for-22 (.364 AVG) with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored in the five games against the Mets. Perez, who boasts averages of 19 homers, 70 RBI and 146 games played over the past two seasons, makes for one of the safer mid-round backstop picks in drafts next spring.
Few players improved their fantasy stock more than Curtis Granderson (1-for-4, solo HR, BB, 2 R) in 2015. This is a guy who went for $3 in Mixed Auction Tout Wars this season. Three bucks! Although Granderson is getting up there in age (he will be 35 in March), his steady production atop the Mets lineup this year is plenty impressive, perhaps the most notable stat being his career-high walk rate. Heading into 2016, I’d be more than happy to draft him as my OF3 in a 12-team mixed league.