Like many of my fellow RotoGraph writers, I attempted some bold predictions before the season began. Here is how I failed.
Brennan Boesch will be a Top 30 fantasy player.
I missed big here. Using ESPN’s player rater, it has him at #190 among just hitters. I liked the idea of the player before before Fielder and Cabrera having a good season. The problem was that no one on the Tigers wanted to step up. Eight Tigers batted in the #2 hole with Berry, Dirks, Boesch and Infante all hitting there in at least 20 games. As a group they hit .258/.313/.400. What a wasted opportunity for some fantasy player to be a Run producing machine. 0-1
Jacoby Ellsbury will be better in 2012 than in 2011.
Another swing and miss. He was only able to play in 72 games and then produced at a subpar level. I like him as a buy low candidate in 2013. 0-2
Zack Cozart will be a top five shortstop
Not close again. He is probably around the #20 fantasy SS. Runs and HRs were good from a SS. His AVG and SB were horrible. His inability to get on base via hits or walks limited his total Runs and SBs. His AVG will be a drag for years to come. 0-3
Zack Greinke will be a top three fantasy pitcher.
I had a feeling that he would be lights out this year. I was wrong. Again. He was a top 20 pitcher, just not elite 0-4
Josh Willingham will hit 35+ home runs.
Holy cow, I got one right. The key for putting up good number for him is staying on the field. 1-4
Joakim Soria will end up with 40+ saves.
Tommy John Surgery took him out before the season began. It will be interesting to see where he possibly ends up in 2013 (I am about 90% sure the Royals will not pick up his option) and at what level will he pitch. 1-5
Morneau – 134 games
Mauer – 145 games
Doumit – 134 games
I am amazed at how many games these 3 played. I would have like to have seen the person that would have bet that each of the 3 would play in 134 or more games. 1-6
Norris, Pineda and Dempster all ended up on the DL. Sweet, I double the number of correct picks 2-6
Volquez: 4.14 ERA
Latos: 3.52 ERA
Volquez improved quite a bit, but Latos didn’t worsen enough. 2-7
Injuries bit me again. Perez made it as the closer throughout the season (I really don’t know how), Guerra didn’t and Capps got hurt and therefore I lost the prediction. 2-8
I batted .200. Mendoza would be proud.