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Saturday, April 01, 2017

2017 MLB Predictions | FiveThirtyEight

The Padres still have a chance.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2017 at 08:29 AM | 21 comment(s)
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Here are my good-for-nothing predictions for your team, 2017 edition | FOX Sports

Once again, I agreed to write a predictions column, but my editors rejected my request to post it on Snapchat, enabling it to disappear after 10 seconds.

So now the good people at FOX will take what I give them, realizing that some might interpret my defiance as evidence that I hate my employer as much as I hate all 30 teams.

Maybe I suffer from short man syndrome. Maybe I’m just a miserable lout. Whatever, I’m starting off the season angrier than Clayton Kershaw at a blown strike call — not that the umps, ahem, ever miss.

If you don’t believe that I hate all 30 teams, ask my ever-gracious followers on Twitter. And if you don’t believe that my predictions are worthless, ask my brother-in-law Brian, a devoted Orioles fan who has begged me to pick the O’s last, knowing that my selections are best read upside down.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 12:45 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ten Bold Predictions for the Coming Season

2. The Rockies will finally have the pitching to make the postseason.
At the top of the rotation, the Rockies may have one of their best pitchers ever this year. Jon Gray was already pretty good (15th in K-BB% last year), and then he learned how to throw his slider two ways, and then he started throwing the curveball more, and now he has a new changeup grip. He’s exciting as a young ace with velocity, an elite slider, and the makeup to continue striving for a better, more complete arsenal.

But this is more about the lesser-known names behind Gray. Tyler Anderson doesn’t have a ton of pitches, but his cutter/four-seam/change combo has proven itself to be major-league worthy at least. Chad Bettis only has average velocity, but his four-pitch combo has kept hitters off balance enough to call him a viable starter, as well. Tyler Chatwood may only have the two fastballs and a slider, but he throws the curve sometimes, and his sinker is all world. All three are adept at getting ground balls, and the rotation just put up their second-best rate since they started tracking that number.


 

 

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