This post is part of a series allowing the LGT community to weigh in with their predictions for the 2015 season. Bragging rights are at stake! There will be two separate contests, one for hitters and one for pitchers. Last year's contest was scored against the field, however, this year's points system will work relative to the stats - the closer to final number in each category, the more points you can earn, despite what other participants predict. You need not submit predictions for every single player in order to win, but doing so will increase your chances to win.
For position players, you'll be asked to predict each player's plate appearances (PA), home runs (HR), stolen bases (SB), batting average (AVG), on-base percentage (OBP), and slugging percentage (SLG).
Comments for each post will remain active until the night of Sunday, April 5th, 2015.
Lonnie see-sawed back and forth between incredible and disappointing last year, but overall managed a productive, encouraging season. The Tribe front office is on record expecting improvement. It isn't strange to expect that, but maybe a bit rare to see it given a voice. You can read what LGT has already said on the topic here and here!
Courtesy of FanGraphs
They're taking his 2014 and just tampering expectations a bit. But if we're being honest with ourselves, I don't think we'd be disappointed with those results if it is done with a little bit more consistency and paired with something resembling average defense. They're essentially splitting the different in his OBP skills between 2013 and 2014 and seeing last year's power numbers as the roughly the new norm.
What I Think
I agree with them, I think they're about spot on. I fear that it won't be done with consistency though, which can be frustrating to a lot of us. I do think there will be a bit more power and a bit less in the way of getting on base, but really that is what most of us have been realistically expecting for awhile. I do think he'll miss some playing time, too, giving Giovanny Urshela a quick look, but he'll be good enough to keep his job for now.
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