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A Strategy that Promotes Consistency
In the “5 Reasons the Blue Jays Should Fear the Rangers” article from the ALDS, I referenced how many IP and AB’s the total Rangers team had, and how valuable that could have been to their success. As I was watching the series I thought to myself ,“Experience in the playoffs means absolutely nothing unless it’s QIP or QAB (Quality Innings Pitched and Quality At Bats).”
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Prince Fielder batted .305/.378/.463 in 2015. Although Prince has 185 Post Season PA’s, he’s been a consistent under performer in the post season,(batting .189/.276/.311). It must be tough to fathom as a Rangers fan, when one of your biggest bats in your lineup puts up Ryan Goins-like post season numbers. The problem with that comparison; Prince Fielder doesn’t play defense…
This problem does not apply to the Royals since the Royals are more built around the strengths of their defense and bullpen. This worry should be more about the Royals preventing the Blue Jays from starting too many rallies, along with the lockdown bullpen. Players like Eric Hosmer (.308/.379/.487 Career in Post Season), Lorenzo Cain (.313/.318/.425), Salvador Perez (2015- .286AVG 2HRS 4RBI), and Kendrys Morales (2015- .236AVG 3HRS) are good post season performers both offensively and defensively. The Royals big bats like Morales and Perez got hot in the right times in the ALDS. With the defense and lockdown bullpen, the Royals don’t need to score a lot of runs to beat you. They say baseball is all about getting timely hits, it seems the Royals are always on the winning end of those hits.
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