MLB Thoughts: Playoffs 10/08/16

There is nothing like playoff baseball and we saw that the first few days. The Indians surprising the Red Sox and the Cubs winning in dramatic fashion. Today should showcase two games that should come down to the wire and I’m here to give you my thoughts. Let’s go!

Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals

What caught my attention before these playoffs began were the odds Vegas was giving on World Series chances. The Dodgers at +800 seemed like a ridiculous line and I said someone will make a fortune. Yesterday that held true, the Dodgers have the best bullpen in baseball and once again carried the Dodgers to victory. Pitching is clearly what wins’ ball games in the postseason and the Dodgers have near elite arms in every part of their rotation. I expect more of this tonight where Rich Hill should go 6 or 7 innings and the bullpen comes in to lock up the game. Dodgers bats will be king in this 2-game slate and possess the most upside. Although the Nationals look great on paper, it’s tough for me to see them winning this series even with home field advantage.

San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs

This was a phenomenal game yesterday and a heartbreaking loss for Cueto and the Giants. I was all over Cueto as my GPP choice yesterday and one little mistake cost them the game. The Cubs have holes in their lineup, especially with strikeouts as most of these guy do strikeout at a high rate. Cueto was able to rack up 10 strikeouts and lead all pitchers in fantasy points yesterday. We could expect a toned down version of that today from Samardzija who’s been pitching much better lately. In what I expect to be another low scoring affair, it’s better to pick and choose bats to pair with the Dodgers studs. Guys like Rizzo, Zobrist, and Heyward all make the list for me. Kyle Hendricks has been elite this season and wouldn’t feel comfortable stacking against him in any slate, but will say that individual plays from the Giants make great contrarian options.

Overview

Great pitching is always a common theme in the playoffs and that should continue tonight. Picking the best hitters from each lineup isn’t a bad idea as stacks shouldn’t perform all that often in these situations. As I said last time, stick with your favorite pitchers and hitters from both these games and just be a fan. There’s nothing like playoff baseball and it’s much better to enjoy it than sweat it. Till next time, party animals!