By: Brian Mangan (@brianpmangan)
I’m going to do something I don’t usually do in these pages and make some fearless predictions for 2015. I usually do predictions as they come, rather than go out on a limb, but I’ve had such a great track record recently I figured, “what the heck?”
As a little recap, here’s how I did in 2014.
- I was the most pessimistic about Curtis Granderson, predicting he would hit only .240 with 22 HR and post 2.5 WAR. He actually hit .227 with 20 HR and posted 1.2 WAR.
- I predicted that Travis D’Arnaud would hit only .242/.305/.400 last season, when everybody was crazy about him. He hit .242/.302/.416.
- I predicted Juan Lagares would hit .267/.312/.412, 5.5% BB, 20.5% K, and he finished at .281/.321/.382, 4.4% BB, 19.2 K%.
- I said that firing the hitting coach would do nothing, and the Mets batted .237 and scored 3.9 runs per game under Hudgens, and batted .238 and scored 3.8 runs per game under Johnson.
There are more, which you can read about here in my 2014 Predictions in Review article. Even my predictions this offseason were pretty spot on. I predicted the Mets would roll with Wilmer Flores at shortstop, and they have. I predicted the Mets would address their bullpen issues and they have. I predicted the Mets would send Eric Campbell to the minor leagues and they have. And let’s not talk about Zack Wheeler, ok?