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.
Carlos, by the standards of what we have all hoped and expected, has a down year last year. That isn't to say he still wasn't very productive, especially in the walks department, cresting 120+ BBs for the second year in a row.
Courtesy of FanGraphs
I think Carlos will finally see a rebound in production this year. I can't tell you exactly why and I can't really point to any specific stat and go "ah ha!", but it feels right to me, so I'm sticking with it! Also, because I forgot to run his prediction article originally, I feel like I have to treat him kindly.
You can just totally make up random numbers but if you'd rather a more statistically accurate approach, you can use these calculators to help you get there:
To submit your entry, simply copy and paste the text below into a new comment and fill in your predictions!