This preseason is weird.  Games have started, but not really.  Due to the unlikely nature of the preseason, I’ve decided to delve into the wholly unlikely with some bold predictions.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever done a bold predictions post before, because, it is a very stupid post.  Do you say things like, “Cameron Maybin will hit 175 homers?”  Which is bold, but absurd.  Or do you say Daniel Palka will be a top 40 outfielder, which, I guess is bold, but I’ve already written a Daniel Palka sleeper post, so, while bold, I think it’s more realistic.  In other words, whose definition of bold are we using?  Some pussyfooters strutting around like they’ve got Brad Peacock’s plummage and saying Bryce Harper will be a top 10 outfielder or some legit peacocks who are brushing back their feathered hair in their El Dorados saying Ronald Guzman will hit 30 homers?  I honestly don’t know.  This is also why when people go back in October and say, “So, um *clears throat* I had three of my ten bold predictions come true.  The first one was Realmuto won’t be the number one catcher.  Yadda blabba bloo!”  *farts into hand*  It’s total nonsense.  Realmuto won’t be the number one catcher has like a 90% chance of happening and is not bold.  I’m gonna go crazy bold!  Let’s get ready to grumble!  Anyway, here’s some 2019 fantasy baseball bold predictions:

1. Ronald Guzman will be a top 10 1st baseman.

Will he hit 30 homers as Intro Grey alluded to?  Yeah, this is bold, so what the hey!  It doesn’t mean anything.  If I’m wrong, I was being bold anyway.  However, I do like Ronald Guzman as the last guy on a team in a 15 team league.  This is a crazy late flyer and a $5 on the Marlins winning the Series-type bet.  No, you should not drop Rhys Hoskins for him.  I’m Cust kayin’ I could see an out-of-nowhere scenario where Guzman is a top 10 1st baseman.  1st basemen are not good this year; the Rangers are not platooning Guzman much if at all; he has said he worked on a new launch angle to hit for more power; semi-colons are fun.

2. Domingo Santana will be a top 20–Nay, horsie, a top 10 outfielder.

I guess some less embolden boldies who are going prematurely bald might say Domingo as a top 20 outfielder is a bold call, but I am rocking a full head of hair and going for a top 10 outfielder season from Domingo. As I’ve said numerous times on the aforementioned tip, the last time Domingo was a full-time outfielder he was a top 20 outfielder.  Sure, Milwaukee is a better park, but I think Domingo can excel again with 500+ ABs.

3. Leonys Martin will have a year comparable to Aaron Hicks’s year in 2018.

It will all finally come together for Leonys as he hits leadoff for the Indians and stays healthy for 145 games.  Or he will be hurt by April 15th–Actually…

Psyche!  My real 3rd bold prediction is Greg Allen will become the Indians’ leadoff hitter and have more value than…hmm…who would be bold — how about Greg Allen will have more value than Whit Merrifield?  Yeah, that’s bold!

In perhaps the most bizarre bold prediction you will find anywhere, my bold prediction is a psyche-out and about 200 words long.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say I have the longest bold predictions by word count.  Greg Allen does not even have a starting job, but it will happen.  If we know anything about Leonys, he never stays on the field.  CarGo’s signing?  Bleh, like he stays on the field.  Allen stole 21 bags last year in only 265 ABs, and the Indians will need his speed to produce offense.  As for him being better than Whit?  I don’t like Merrifield at all this year.

4. Johan Camargo will outproduce Josh Donaldson.

I’m no fan of Josh Donaldson. Haven’t been for a long time, maybe ever.  Why do I hate him and his stupid face?  Meh, his face isn’t stupid, and I don’t personally have anything against him, but I don’t buy him, his power or his ability to stay healthy.  Camargo, though…*chef’s kiss* He hit 19 homers last year, and will see plenty of at-bats, outproducing Donaldson.

5. D.J. Stewart will be owned in 70% of ESPN leagues at some point this season, which means people who follow Klara Bell will even know who Stewart is.  Okay, this isn’t a prediction since it’s hard to quantify.  How about D.J. Stewart will have a better fantasy season than Michael Brantley?  That I like!

Stewart has 20/20 ability and the Orioles have a team that would struggle to beat the Washington Generals, so Stewart should get playing time.  Steamer even gives Stewart a 20/14/.241 season if he sees 140+ games.  Y’all can go ahead and sleep on Stewart, but I’m cozying up next to him.

6. Jeff McNeil will be Mets’ best fantasy hitter.

This bold prediction is with a heavy heart because it might mean Michael Conforto sucks eggs and shats the bed once again.  But, who knows, maybe McNeil and Conforto can both be good.  They’re the new HoJo and McReynolds.  Only MiCo and McNeil.

7. Kyle Gibson is a top 20 starter.

This isn’t that bold, but I want to wish it into existence, which is also why I just wrote this blurb and dropped my computer into a wishing well.  My Icelandic friend, Zelda the Bjork, who practices wishcraft says that’s the best way to make something come true.  Gibson has all the makings of this year’s Charlie Morton-old-breakout-type.

8. Jose Alvarado is a top 2 closer.

Roto Wan does our SAGNOF coverage, so I haven’t had the time or inclination to properly espouse how criminally low Alvarado is being drafted.  I think he might be on more of my teams than any other player.  How exactly is a guy with a 98 MPH fastball, 11+ K/9 and coming off a 2.39 ERA (3.15 xFIP) season being forgotten in drafts?  Not to answer, but to silently judge others who don’t draft him.

9. Zack Greinke wins under ten games, has an ERA over 4.50 and is officially cooked for the rest of his career like F-Her.

Damn, my bold predictions aren’t even bold for this year; they’re bold for the-rest-of-Greinke’s-career number of years.  This bold prediction can only be partially right this year.  We will have to wait until Greinke retires to officially call this bold prediction correct.

10. Juan Soto will be a top 5 fantasy player this year.

So, boo, this isn’t that bold.  This is like saying Clayton Kershaw won’t throw 75 IP this year (bonus bold prediction!).  Juan Soto is about to emerge on a global scale.  People in Mexico are going to start saying “Juan Soto” when they want a Dr. Pepper, and people in America are going to start saying Sexy Dr. Pepper when they Juan Soto.

Now, let’s hear your bold predictions in the comments, then we’ll come back at the end of the season and mock each other.

 
  1. Charlie says:
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    Seasons greetings!
    Any positive thoughts on my main team that I drafted last night?

    10 Team Draft H2H Points league.
    (I love that you love Soto as much as me. He’s mine you can’t have him!)

    C-Contreras
    1b- Votto
    2b- Shaw
    3b-Arenado
    SS- Seager
    OF-Stanton
    OF-Soto
    OF- Conforto
    OF- Miggy/ Vlad Guerrero

    SP’s:
    Cole
    Flaherty
    Taillon
    Wheeler
    Peacock/Foltynewicz
    RP-Vasquez
    RP- Hicks

    Bench:
    Robles
    Ohtani
    Eaton

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Solid team, light on SB’s.

      • pinkman says:
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        Points league tho…

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          ah,missed that part..still a solid team..

    • Cram It says:
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      Agreed, no speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Sending positive mojo your team on this team which is very solid, your hitting and pitching *chef’s kiss* I mean, you have Robles on your bench, not much bad to say

  2. Wisegreasybastard says:
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    Staying up too late late to watch the Tokyo game. My bold prediction is that Domingo hits three homers tonight. I just spoke it into existence.
    Bold prediction for the season: Ohtani-san gets 50 homers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You were close to your first bold prediction!

  3. c says:
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    that Ronald Guzman bold prediction does not jive with the -2 value you give him on the top-500.

    Cust Kayin’.

    • Cram It says:
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      You should know the difference between rankings and bold predictions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cmon, C, you know bold and realistic are not sameies

  4. Vack says:
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    Boldly Go….

    1) Where Brandon Lowe is a top 5 second baseman.

    2) Where Joe Jimenez is a top 10 closer.

    3) Where Hyun-Jin Ryu is a top 20 starting pitcher.

    4) Where Jesse Winker posts a higher batting average than all non-Rockies NL hitters.

    5) Where Kendrys Morales outproduces fellow DH-types E5, Khris Davis and Nelson Cruz.

    6) Where Luis Rengifo is more productive than Dee Gordon.

    7) Where Trevor Bauer is the ace of all aces.

    8) Where Jorge Polanco outproduces Corey Seager (not bold enough?)….and Xander Bogaerts.

    9) Where Kyle Wright is the top rookie starting pitcher.

    10) Where Dan Vogelbach is 2019’s Max Muncy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. The Rays committing to him is already a great sign, wish I owned him in a league or two

      These are all really good, tbh, especially like 4

      • TC says:
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        L. Guerriel or B. Lowe for this season? I have Hiura in the wings but need a 2b until then. Gambled on Muncy getting the 2b job and lost… Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lowe

          • Cubbie Blues says:
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            How about B. Lowe or R. McMahon at 2B for this year (and long term)?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Kinda interested in Lowe right now

              • Cubbie Blues says:
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                Interesting. I’ve got a decision to make.

                • CMUTIMMAH says:
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                  McMahon is a tough read, he could be a monster, or he could do what he did last year and go from a starting spot (1B) and end up being a Util guy by June. (without the noncallup)

                  Lowe is intriguing… but they are both lottery tickets. I’d probably hold on to McMahon, because Lowe is probably likely to stay under the radar for a few weeks, but I think you could go either way.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    McMahon can’t field, Rockies won’t play him much

  5. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Laureano is hitting leadoff today on cough, cough, opening day in, cough, cough, Japan!???!! WTF

    NICE BOLD predictions MR BOLD..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I told you he was the leadoff hitter!

  6. Mex says:
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    14 team mixed league Roto, keep for this year and next. Which side do you prefer:

    Goldschmidt and K Bryant or Mondesi and Rizzo

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Goldy side

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’ll take the Mondesi side but it’s very close. Those steals are so valuable in a 14 team roto league…

      • peacecoast says:
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        agree with DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Mex says:
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        Thanks guys(assuming none of you are one of the 5 girls)…I keep going back and forth

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  7. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    NICE!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Featherbottom!

  8. Brent Briere says:
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    Another great one Grey!

    ….and Santana w/ the Grand Slam …Domingoing going gone…

    Quick q…does your outlook on Profar change seeing him bat 7th?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, no change after one game — DOMINGO!

  9. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Here’s a bold prediction. Domingo Santana hits a grand slam on “openning” day and it drives his price up to the point where he is no longer a sleeper.
    Aaaaaaaaaaah. It just happened!
    Stupid MLB

    • Jj says:
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      Yeah, that killed me

    • Brett says:
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      Hoping he doesn’t do much more this series I don’t need his value to go up with my auction next week

      • Db says:
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        Dude you guys act like he’s gojng to hit .300 with 40 homers chill out plenty of guys out there…

        Chad Pinder>Domingo my bold prediction

    • Dave D says:
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      Thanks God I have only one draft left and own him 3x already. Yeah, he’ll be soaring immediately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DOMINGO!

      • Dave D says:
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        Btw, I gotta give you credit where due RE: Laureano. Led off, versus a lefty at least. He’ll have to do better than 0/5 w/k’s if he wants to keep that opportunity though. Oh, Dustin, where art though?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It shows at least the A’s are thinking same thing

  10. MattH says:
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    Bold prediction #2 already looking good this fine morning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DOMINGO!

  11. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Domingo Santana’s price just went up! Would you do Mookie for Arenado and Eloy in a 5×5 roto ops instead of BA? Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      no, keep Mookie

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Phenom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DOMINGO! Agree with others

  12. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Wow, great bold predictions report. Enjoyed.

    Came down with something yesterday (virus or something,feeling better today). In my wife’s family they don’t drink tea unless you’re really sick, so there’s that. Drank about 0.5 gallons of tea so far this AM. Going for broke to drink the other 0.5 in the PM. Wow, bold predictions here too.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks, feel better!

  13. MattyIce says:
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    Help me, O Grey One. 5×5 OPS keeper league, can keep 6 forever. Feeling okay about my first 5 Keepers, but need help deciding on the 6th. Keeping

    Sale
    Bauer
    Corbin
    Stanton
    Correa

    Need to pick one from Haniger/Blackmon/Marte/Strasburg. Who would you keep? Leaning towards Strasburg which would give me a huge pitching advantage and I’m also down a bit on Blackmon/Marte.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You asked this yesterday, no? Blackmon

  14. The Great Knoche says:
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    You’ve been waiting for Greinke to fall off a cliff for 5 years. Might be right, he could Fall like Cliff Lee.

    My ten bold coming later in the program.

    Also god damn it Domingo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You toeing Rudy’s company line about Greinke? Domingo!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Based on the 88 MPH fastball high so far I’m in the Grey side

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup!

        • cg says:
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          he is up to 88??? i’m all in. Last year in spring training he threw one “fastball” 79, and had an entire game where he didn’t hit 86 (sat 82-84). I get he is going to break, but sometimes you see a guy with a genius level IQ and think he will age fine.

          with that said, votto? I am out on votto. Guy can’t even hit the ball as hard as the pitcher throws it 1x all spring training. I wouldn;t grab him off the wire

      • greinke on ONE team out of eight.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Surprised since you liked him so much

          • I don’t like Greinke. He’s the only SP i even drafted b/w the 4th and 7th rounds of snake drafts. liked hiim mildly more in Draft Champions given his durability.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Well, he’s no Robbie Ray — Hey, you Jerry Colangelo?

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                Only Nick Pivetta is Robbie Ray.