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 innings pitched (IP), wins (W), ERA, WHIP, strikeout rate (K/9), and walk rate (BB/9). For relief pitchers there will be saves instead of wins.
Comments for each post will remain active until the night of Sunday, April 5th, 2015.
Carlos made the rotation early and lost his spot very quickly, but a trip to the pen was just what he needed last year. When he reemerged, he had finally turned his potential into results. Very, very good results. The question going forward will be, can he sustain that success? On the rotation, you can see more here.
Courtesy of FanGraphs
Now Steamer is the more optimistic, but neither show the pitcher we saw in the 2nd half of 2014. The silver lining here is that both are showing a serviceable and productive pitcher. The bad news on ZiPS is that they see half of it out of the pen. I'm not if they mean to say he'll pitch poorly and be moved and his results in the pen will bring his numbers back around or that those types of numbers will get him demoted, because I'm not sure they would. Steamer is at least showing 28 appearance, all starts. Looks like he's missing time for something, but that's not really abnormal for a major league starter.
What I Think
Boo, I saw to the projections! The future is here and it is sporting a terrible goatee! Carrasco has real talent and a live arm. He's always shown pieces of what he could be, he just couldn't hold it together with consistency. I would understand if you didn't view his 2nd half as a long enough stretch, but I do. And I'm all in on Cookie.
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