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1) Cameron Maybin looks like an unrefined five-tool stud like a young Burt Reynolds. Yay or nay? 15 homers and 20 steals in 2010, you taking the over or under for each?
I’d say a push on those numbers for Maybin. I think 15 homers is a very good possibility, but may be around his upper limit for this season. I have a feeling like he won’t be pushing the basepaths so much this year, so I may take the under on those 20 steals. His spot in the lineup will be low in the order, and probably won’t give a whole lot of SB opportunities.
2) Josh Johnson showed up on the Verducci list. We have our own take on Verducci. I’m sure this gives you pause on Johnson in 2010, but how much?
I have a little concern for Josh Johnson, but not enough to label him a major injury risk. He did seem to tire at the end of last season, but the peripherals were solid into the late months, and I would not take any month splits too seriously anyway. I think you’re looking at another excellent year for JJ.
3) Ricky Nolasco’s K/BB is a thing of beauty. His FIP last year says he’s extremely unlucky. I think if he avoids injury, he can be great. What’s your prediction for Nolasco for 2010?
My thoughts on Nolasco’s 2010 performance? 3.80 or so ERA, strikeouts on 22% of his batters faced, walks in 6% or so of his batters faced, and a very happy fantasy owner. I share your sentiment on Nolasco being very good in 2010.
4) Is Gaby Sanchez the opening day starter? What kind of numbers do you see from him in 2010?
Gaby Sanchez is likely to be the Opening Day starter at first base, but I don’t expect a whole lot. Projections have him at around the same wOBA as Jorge Cantu, but he won’t have the RBI opportunities to rack up good numbers in that respect. I also don’t think he’ll play the full season, since I think the Marlins will find someone to hit righties occasionally for him. Expect some 450 PA and maybe 12 home runs and a solid average and OBP.
5) The Marlins seem to change their stadium’s name every year. This year they will play at Sun Life Stadium (subject to change depending on post time), which was previously Land Shark Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Pro Player Stadium, Pro Player Park and Joe Robbie Stadium. What do you think the name of their 2011 stadium will be? A) Mets South Stadium B) The Very Humidor C) Obama’s Health Care Park D) Does it matter, no one goes anyway.
I’ll take the last choice. I’m going to a game or two this year, but I don’t live down there, so I have an excuse. Get out there and watch the Marlins at (insert name here) Stadium!