We’re back! And with a new season comes a new batch of bold predictions from us here at YCPB. You may be wondering why a site called You Can’t Predict Baseball makes predictions, but wouldn’t you say that’s rather… unpredictable?
Without further ado!
Blue Jays: Three or more pitchers throw 200+ innings for them.
Orioles: Tommy Hunter is a top-five closer in the AL.
Rays: Evan Longoria finally plays a full season with a .900+ OPS.
Red Sox: Grady Sizemore plays at least 81 games.
Yankees: The infield (C not included) will hit more total home runs than the outfield.
Indians: Justin Masterson doesn’t have the lowest ERA among starters.
Royals: Both Hosmer and Moustakas exceed an .800 OPS.
Tigers: Max Scherzer is better than he was in 2013, but he doesn’t win more than 15 games.
Twins: For the second year in a row, no Twins starter strikes out 8 or more in one game.
White Sox: Adam Dunn bats over .240.
Angels: Mike Trout has more runs scored than strikeouts.
Astros: They have more than one All-Star.
Athletics: Yoenis Cespedes hits 40 home runs, with an OBP under .325.
Mariners: Robinson Cano doesn’t hit .300, hit 30 homers, or drive in 100.
Rangers: Prince Fielder has a lower OPS+ than last year.
Braves: Despite losing half the staff to Tommy John surgery, their starters still finish top-5 in the NL in ERA.
Marlins: Jose Fernandez leads the NL in wins.
Mets: Matt Harvey wins at least two games.
Nationals: Strasburg strikes out 250.
Phillies: Ben Revere hits a home run.
Brewers: Ryan Braun has his best season by OPS+.
Cardinals: Matt Carpenter wins the batting title.
Cubs: Jeff Samardzija remains a Cub all year.
Pirates: The Pirates win no more than 85 games.
Reds: Billy Hamilton doesn’t steal 50 bases.
Diamondbacks: Bronson Arroyo gives up more home runs than Mark Trumbo hits.
Dodgers: Matt Kemp leads their position players in WAR.
Giants: Their team ERA+ is over 100.
Padres: Huston Street gives up more home runs than at least one regular starter.
Rockies: Michael Cuddyer bats .330 or better again.