This post is part of a series allowing the LGT community to weigh in with their predictions for projected starters and key bench players for the 2016 season. As usual, there will be two separate contests, one for hitters and one for pitchers. Following last year's scoring model, the 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 3rd, 2015.
Tomlin's career to this point has been minefield of effectiveness, ineffectiveness and a few big injuries strewn about for good measure. He found some very promising success last year but his FIP would seem to tell a different story, though xFIP is more kind to the tune that Tomlin was singing.
Courtesy of FanGraphs
I've never fully trusted Tomlin to become a successful starting pitcher in the bigs, though that doesn't preclude him from being useful. And an MLB team needs more than 5 useful starting pitchers. Heck, even the 2005 Tribe needed 6!
I think Tomlin will find more usefulness out of the pen as Cody Anderson expands on the some the success he saw last year. He won't be hapless and his time in the bullpen will be useful, but the transition, once complete, will be permanent.
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