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Cleveland Indians predictions contest 2015 - Brandon Moss

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The biggest off-season upgrade for the Indians looks like he'll be good to go on Opening Day. How will he fare?

Put your left hand in and your lead your team to a division title!
Put your left hand in and your lead your team to a division title!
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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.

Click here for previous entries in this series.

Brandon Moss

Moss took a slight downturn last year, weighted heavily by what we now know was an injury riddled second half. I'm not going to be able to expand with any grace in a few sentences the digital ink that has already been spilled on the matter, so here you go!

MossPrediction

Courtesy of FanGraphs

The Predictions

One of the few players here that both systems are actually projecting an improvement for 2015. Some of it will have to do with getting out of Oakland but some of it should also have to do with being healthy. They're also willing to wager that 2014, even with injury, is closer to the norm than 2013.

What I Think

It's interesting to not that despite being the worse overall year, his walk rate and his strikeout rate were both an improvement last year. Because of this, I think his numbers will come closer to 2013 overall, which would mean big things for the Indians. The average will normalize when the BABIP does, but his plate discipline should remainmore intact from his improved numbers.

PA: 590
HR: 31
SB: 1
AVG: .251
OBP: .344
SLG: .480

Your Turn

Feel free to make numbers up if you'd like but, if you'd rather be more scientifically accurate, you can use these calculators to help you get there:

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