We still haven't been through most of the starters, but I figure we'll save the rest of them for last. All except Paul Maholm are in competition for jobs, at least theoretically, and the longer we wait the more we'll know about who's actually likely to be in the rotation.
So, next up is Matt Capps. Predict his 2009 innings pitched, strikeouts, walks and ERA, in that order, in the comments. As a bonus, you can guess Capps' saves total for the year. If you're new to Bucs Dugout, community projections are an easy way to start getting involved.
Here are the results of the projections so far, including the Maholm projection, which is closed:
|Ryan Doumit||C||.289/.346/.477||115 games played||.287/.343/.463|
|Adam LaRoche||1B||.279/.350/.508||10th HR on June 11||.268/.343/.485|
|Freddy Sanchez||2B||.300/.332/.419||548 PAs||.285/.324/.398|
|Jack Wilson||SS||.271/.313/.360||Last 2009 game w/Bucs: August 13
|Andy LaRoche||3B||.264/.361/.436||124 starts||.232/.325/.363|
|Brandon Moss||OF||.260/.333/.460||48 extra-base hits||.251/.312/.403|
|Nate McLouth||CF||.276/.355/.480||First CS on May 21||.261/.342/.459|
|Nyjer Morgan||OF||.274/.318/.348||43 games at leadoff||.262/.315/.318|
|Paul Maholm||SP||184.3 IP, 132K, 58BB, 4.00 ERA||12 wins||180.7 IP, 120K, 60BB, 4.53 ERA|
ZiPS is on board with the community's guesses about innings pitched and walks, but not so much for the strikeouts and ERA. Both ZiPS and the community agree that there will be some regression in comparison to last year's 3.71 ERA, and I agree, since a smaller percentage of balls in play fell in for Maholm last year than for others who had to pitch with the Bucs' atrocious defense behind them. The issue is how much. A lot could depend on Andy LaRoche's health, actually. He had a very good defensive reputation with the Dodgers, and if he's healthier this year, he could be a big improvement over both the 2008 version of himself and over Jose Bautista. That might mean a lot to a left-handed groundball pitcher like Maholm.