I hope you had an excellent weekend. I finally saw Stephen Strasburg pitch on Friday and was not disappointed. Then I watched Team Mexico and Team Korea work out at Petco Park on Saturday in preparation for their WBC games here this week. If you don’t mind dropping $50 for a $19 seat, you might want to get in on that action.
Meanwhile, here at Ducksnorts we are in the midst of our IVIE community projections. So far we’ve done catchers (23 precincts reporting as of this writing), infielders (13 precincts reporting), and outfielders (13 precincts reporting). We could use a little more help on those last two, so if you haven’t yet represented, please head over there and do so before proceeding.
Done? Good. Now we turn to the starting pitchers. This is fugly:
|Cha Seung Baek||160||4.73|
Peavy will do what Peavy does, at least as long as he remains with the Padres. Young should improve on last year’s numbers but he still won’t work a lot of innings. Baek will be the worst #3 starter in MLB.
Then we get to the fun part.
Correia has had moments of utility, although primarily as a reliever. Geer is an injury risk, and even if he stays healthy, he’s likely to get hammered (that 5.6 K/9 ratio in the minors just isn’t working for me). Long term, I like LeBlanc at the back end, but he relies on changing speeds and I expect him to take some serious lumps before establishing himself.
Those are my best guesses. What are yours? Feel free to include projections for others you think might get a shot (Cesar Carrillo, Mark Prior, Cesar Ramos, your aunt Mildred, etc.). We’ll get to the relievers on Thursday.