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.
In 2012, Cody Allen showed flashes of what he could become. In 2013, he sustained that success and showed why he would eventually be the Tribe's closer. In 2014, he became that man. The Indians now have one of the top closers in baseball anchoring their bullpen until at least 2019, if they're willing. For a guy with K rate near 12, WHIP flirting with 1.00 and who saved 86% of his chances last year, that's not too shabby. Read more about his 2014 here.
Courtesy of FanGraphs
The predictions must think he was lucky, very lucky last year. But they sure aren't smiling on in him this year. I'll let you decide exactly what irks you the most, but I do find it curious that ZiPS still has him getting into 75 games, despite the poor (for Allen's standards) showing.
What I Think
Well, how many different ways can I disagree? I'll let my predictions speak for themselves. You're not going to ruin my optimism of having a full year's worth of a top flight closer, ZiPS and Steamer!
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