April 8, 2022

Debunking the DJ LeMahieu "problem"

I've heard many pundits sound baffled by Brian Cashman's decision to go into the season with no set spot for DJ LeMahieu. I'm here to shed some light into what I think Cash is thinking.

1. Injuries: To state the obvious, it was a miracle the Yankees actually left spring training with all 10 key lineup cogs intact, especially oft-injured Aaron Hicks and Josh Donaldson. The reality is, there's little to no chance the Yankees will make it through all season without a position player injury. As you'll see below, as soon as any starter goes down, DJ will have a secure everyday spot in the lineup.

2022 MLB Predictions: Judge, Donaldson, Gallo & Volpe

I'm just glad for the opportunity to make predictions on a full 162-game season this year.

AL East
1. Blue Jays
2. Yankees
3. Rays

4. Red Sox
5. Orioles

Results from my 2021 predictions

Outside of the NL Central standings, it was yet another rough go for my predictions. While my statistical predictions almost always exceed the players' performances, Gerrit Cole managed to surpass my expectations for his strikeout total, falling just five K's short of Ron Guidry's now 43-year-old record.

AL East
1. Yankees INCORRECT (Rays)
2. Blue Jays* INCORRECT (Red Sox)
3. Rays 
INCORRECT (Yankees)
4. Red Sox INCORRECT (Blue Jays)
5. Orioles CORRECT

May 4, 2021

2021 MLB Predictions: Judge, Andujar & Kluber

I know I'm late this year but we're basically starting a new season today with the Yankees at an even 14-14... right? But seriously, I'm chalking up the Yankees' sluggish start to their strength of schedule – almost half of their games were against the Rays and Blue Jays, who I think will battle it out down to the wire for the final AL postseason spot.

AL East – no changes from last year's picks
1. Yankees
2. Blue Jays*
3. Rays

4. Red Sox
5. Orioles

Results from my 2020 predictions

Other than picking the Dodgers in 6 and Gio Urshela's batting average nearly on the nose, this year was another wash.

AL East 
1. Yankees INCORRECT (Rays)
2. Rays* INCORRECT (Yankees)
3. Blue Jays 
CORRECT
4. Red Sox INCORRECT (Orioles)
5. Orioles INCORRECT (Red Sox)

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