And there we have it; the regular season is over. For all of the preparation, analysis, and work we put into the 2019 season, it has come to a close. There are multiple adjectives we can come up with to describe how this season went, but I think the one that best suits it, is FUN. At the end of the day, that is what this hobby is all about, but hopefully you are celebrating championships and counting your winnings.
Before we take a small break to enjoy the playoffs, alright we probably won’t take much of a break but at least we don’t have to worry about FAAB and setting lineups, lets take one more look back. It was a busy slate of action on Sunday, so let’s take a look at some of performances that stood out. We also have to note that a lot of fantasy relevant players either got the day off or didn’t play a full game yesterday.
And then, onto 2020 it is.
1) Miller Picks up Four Hits
In the second half of the season, we got to see a lot of Brad Miller with the Phillies. He is no longer much of an impact player, if he ever was one, in fantasy circles, but Miller did get his share of playing time. He likely won’t be back with Philadelphia next season, or have a regular role with another team, but he will factor into the fantasy discussion at some point next season; likely as a very late round draft and hold selection. Miller went 4 for 5 on Sunday with three RBI and two runs scored as he brought his average up to .260 for the season. Miller went deep twice, which gave him 13 home runs and 25 RBI in 154 at bats. In his last 15 games, Miller finished the season strong with seven home runs and 10 RBI with a .349 batting average.
2) Hill Looks Healthy
As long as you aren’t counting on Rich Hill for anything substantial and you have plenty of Injured List space, the southpaw is worth a look. As the Dodgers get ready for the playoffs, Hill threw three shutout innings yesterday while allowing just one hit and two walks and striking out four. Hill brought his ERA down to 2.45 in just 58.2 innings this season. The left-hander was efficient with a 1.13 WHIP while striking out 72 batters.
3) Lynn Closes the Season Out Strong
There was no slowing down Lance Lynn on Sunday as he finished up 2019 just as he started. Lynn picked up his 16th victory of the season with 7.1 innings of one run ball while allowing just two hits and a walk. The right-hander struck out 10 as he struck out 10.63 batters this season. That played a large part in his dominance, as his ERA sits at 3.67 for the year, and with a 3.13 FIP, we can feel comfortable with Lynn as a mid-rotation starter entering 2020.
4) Hernandez Goes Deep
It was less than a banner season for Teoscar Hernandez, and his future prospects remain unclear, but he did end 2019 on a positive note. Batting lead-off on Sunday, Hernandez went 2 for 3 with a walk and his 26th home run of the season. That production, along with 65 RBI, came in just 417 at bats, but the problem, is Hernandez’s streaky nature and also his inability to made consistent contact as he hit just .230 on the season. Hitting .315 in his 15 games, Hernandez needs to continue that production next season, but there is no denying his power.
5) Cole Reaches 20
For the first time, teammates each picked up 20 victories, as Gerrit Cole was victorious in his last start of the season. As they prepare for the playoffs, the Astros took Cole out after five innings and he certainly earned the victory. Cole struck out 10 batters while allowing just one run on four hits as he finishes his season with a 2.50 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 326 strikeouts. It is very likely that he is the first pitcher off the board next season.
6) Look Who is Back in Arizona
Taijuan Walker was out all season, in fact the last two seasons, but he is back. While it was just one simple inning, seeing Walker take the mound in the regular season as he is coming off Tommy John surgery was a good sign. The right-hander is going to be a name to keep in mind in the late round of drafts, as before the injuries hit, Walker was a talented pitcher. In his inning of work, Walker allowed one hit while striking out a batter.
7) Seager Drives in Two
On the surface, there is nothing about Kyle Seager’s season that really jumps off the page at you. The first thing, is we have to keep in mind that the third baseman battled some health issues and had just 393 at bats. Seager had just one hit on Sunday, but it was his 23rd home run of the season. That batting average is a concern, .239, but Seager did drive in 63 runs for the season as he projects to be a solid corner infield option in 2020.
8) Syndergaard Strikes Out Nine
Wherever Noah Syndergaard pitches next season, the first thing, is that he needs to fix his slider. The right-hander is too talented to struggle in the manner he did at times this season, a 4.28 ERA, but he is capable of more. On Sunday, he allowed three runs in seven innings on five hits and two walks, but he did strike out nine. It is good to see things end on a high note for Syndergaard, as his ERA in his last seven starts checks in at 6.69. In fairness to the right-hander, his FIP for the season is 3.60. Bet on the talent, but don’t overpay.
9) Goldschmidt Goes Deep Again
It wasn’t a perfect first season in St. Louis for Paul Goldschmidt, but things could have been worse. The first baseman finished the season off on a high note as he went 3 for 4 yesterday with his 34th home run of the season. The .260 batting is a long ways from his career mark of .292, but with 97 RBI and 97 runs scored, all was not lost. In fact, if you bought low on Goldschmidt at some point this season, even better.
10) Kennedy Gets the Victory
Talk about one of the most unlikely closers of the season, but Ian Kennedy finished with 30 saves on the season. Yesterday he picked up the win in relief, as he finishes the season with 3.41 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 63.1 innings. It’s not exactly pretty or conventional, but the results were there, and it is one of your annual reminders that saves can come from anywhere.