The 2013 season is finally here! Just for funsies, let's do what every faux-sports expert loves to do and make a couple of "official" predictions.
First, project the final W-L record of the Pirates, and the rest of the NL central.
My predictions are:
Cincinnati 90 - 72
St. Louis 86-76
Chicago Cubs 70-92
Next, let's predict some final numbers for a few important Pirate players. I'll spare you my predictions, but let's see how the esteemed BD community thinks each of the following players will perform. Give us your expert guess for the final BA, OB%, SLG%, HR, RBI, and WAR for each of the following players:
Andrew McCutchen (BONUS! predict his final SB success rate)
Pedro Alvarez (BONUS! predict his final K%)
ZIPS projections can be found here.
For for a couple pitchers, give us the final major league ERA, WHIP, K, BB, W-L record (useless, I know, but just play along), and WAR numbers for each of the following:
A. J. Burnett
Gerrit Cole (BONUS! Predict the date of his first ML start)
Finally, who are your 2013 World Series participants and WS winner? My picks:
Detroit over Washington 4 games to 2
Show us your expertise on any or all of these hot topics. Also, feel free to add a prediction for a player/topic of your choice.
Enjoy the 2013 season, and go Bucs!