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.
Cody Allen had a quietly dominant season in 2016. He may not have finished with the most saves in 2016, but he lead all relievers in FanGraphs WAR and carried a 1.82 FIP.
Courtesy of FanGraphs
Matt Lyons's Prediction
Some FIP regression is certainly in order, as the various systems project, but I believe they are also correct in having his ERA drop. Allen will probably not get away with only allowing 0.26 home runs per nine innings again this season, but he should have a much better defense behind him all season long.
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