Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights
Even previous to his playoff heroics, Madison Bumgarner’s 217 inning effort propelled him to fantasy ace status. Buster Posey reestablished himself as the top backstop in fantasy while Hunter Pence continued to be Mr. Consistent.
What Has Changed?
Well, for one thing there’s more jewelry floating around the clubhouse, or last there will be after the team is presented with their third championship ring in the last five seasons. Offensively, Pablo Sandoval left for Boston and is replaced with Casey McGehee while Norichika Aoki takes over in left field for the departed Michael Morse. Ryan Vogelsong has left with Matt Cain hopefully returning to fill the gap.
What to Expect:
Barring a major acquisition, the defending champions appear weaker than when Bumgarner saves Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. They’re going to need to scratch out a few runs while hoping Brandon Belt’s power matures. After Bumgarner, the rotation is a question and even Bumgarner’s effectiveness if questionable coming off a season where he tossed more than 260 frames including playoffs.
This Year’s Surprise:
After improving his control at Triple-A Sacramento. Kyle Crick is promoted mid-season to rescue an injury-depleted staff and finishes in the top-5 for Rookie of the Year voting.
|1||Los Angeles Dodgers||89||35|
|4||San Diego Padres||56||69|
|5||San Francisco Giants||51||77|