As the fantasy baseball season is all but in the books, we’ll have to transition into to hypothetical league. One-day gambling is now your best option, maybe to win cash for losing your regular season league. Starting with the National League Wild Card, we will take a look at the fantasy standouts from the Rockies at the Diamondbacks.
The winner-take-all wildcard game will be decided by a Zack Greinke vs. Jon Gray matchup. Gray has been a bit of a roller coaster this season, but down the stretch he’s been lights out. He posted a 2.30 ERA and a 2.57 ERA in August and September, respectively. He missed all of May and most of April and June due to a broken bone in his foot. Despite all this, I think the edge has to be given to Greinke. He has not had the stretch that Gray has, but Greinke has a longer track record. At home, his WHIP of 1.07 will relate to a more dominant start than Gray.
One name from each team comes to mind when it comes to infielders: for the Diamondbacks, Paul Goldschmidt; the Rockies, Nolan Arenado. Those two are obvious. Two players that aren’t as big of stars could make just as big of an impact. Jake Lamb, Goldschmidt’s fellow corner infielder, has game-changing power. The 26-year-old only batted .248 during the regular season, but hit 30 home runs in a vaunted D-Backs offense. In the other dugout, DJ LeMahieu will set the pace for the Rockies offense. He is almost the total opposite of Lamb. The Rockies’ second baseman batted .310 during the regular season, but with limited power. Both of these players will have an unexpected impact on the game.
The outfielders that will have the biggest impact on the game are exactly who you think they are: MVP candidate Charlie Blackmon and NL Player of the Month JD Martinez. These two will have the greatest impact on the outcome. Blackmon batted .331 and led the National League in average. The most impressive thing about Blackmon’s season was his 104 RBI, which is the most out of the leadoff spot ever. While Blackmon is an MVP candidate, JD would be too had he stayed in one league and didn’t miss the first month of the season. Despite not playing until May 12th, Martinez still hit an astonishing 45 home runs.
I would give the edge to the Diamondbacks to move on at home, but it should be a good matchup between two division rivals.