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6 minutes ago, WicketMaiden said:

Upton - on the basis that a 'good year' is a given for Fletcher, Trout and Rendon, so if Upton is hot too then this line-up is much longer.

Raisel Iglesias - lots of saves = lots of wins.

Ohtani - because that will mean we finally have an ace! (Who just happens to hit homers four days a week.)


Upton is a good one. Our offense is lethal if he is back near his normal numbers.

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16 minutes ago, tdawg87 said:

Upton is a good one. Our offense is lethal if he is back near his normal numbers.

I think he's a solid bounce-back candidate. He finished 2020 hitting really well and has looked good at the plate in spring, and without the pressure of being Trout's main protection in the line-up he can hit a little more freely at 5 or 6 in the order and just be himself. On a good day with Upton on a tear and either Albert or Walsh hitting well at 6 and then Iglesias at 7, and Stassi at 8, this line-up is going to end games early.

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The key to this exercise isn't to pick someone who should have a good season, but a player who you have low expectations for to succeed. 

If you're doing this right, you're probably picking from this group: Cobb, Buttrey, Ohtani (on the mound), Canning, Quintana and Fowler. 

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Walsh, Cobb, Ohtani. 

I trust Quintana will be reliable, same with Bundy.  Walsh is a curious one, considering he could've just been on a long streak of better than usual hitting last season, I'd say if he maintains 85% of what he could do last year that would be a success.  Partly because pitchers will have updated scouting reports on him, expecting regression is expected.  But he still needs to prove himself to be reliably good.

Ohtani is an obvious one but the most important player we need to play well to gain the most wins, he will have to succeed at both pitching and hitting to do that.  Well beyond a reasonable request by baseball standards, and a Herculean task he has proven he can take on, but can he do it again? And can it last most of the season?

Cobb will need to prove he can keep us in many games,  a 4.00-4.25 ERA in that range should work.  However, he could also not keep us in many ballgames and give up the long ball a few too many times.


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