Editor's Note: Two years ago, Site Manager Ben Humphrey asked readers to provide predictions for Cardinals baseball players. Last year, he renewed that request, and although Ben is in blogger retirement, we at VEB are re-renewing the request to predict how the Cardinals will do.
We will not get to every player on the 40-man roster, but we will get to most. There will not be a defined order for the players, but players most assured of playing time will go first so we can let some of Spring Training play out. We will ask for standard stats. For hitters: Plate Appearances, Home Runs, RBI (gasp!), Runs, Batting Average, On-Base Percentage, Slugging Percentage, and WAR. As trying to figure wOBA on is very difficult, we will use a rough approximation based on OBP and SLG ((1.7*OBP+SLG)/3). For pitchers: Starts, Games, Innings Pitched, K/9, BB/9, ERA, FIP, WAR, and Saves.
Next up: Tyler Lyons
In quite a few organizations, Tyler Lyons would be a back-of-the-rotation starter, and probably would have been for a few years now. In St. Louis, he's often been the first call to Memphis when the Cards need a starter. Of his 149 innings of major league work, only 42 have come out of the bullpen.
That may change this season as Lyons - who is out of options - seems likely to serve a role in the Cardinals bullpen. What role will that be? Carlos Villanueva-esque long man? LOOGY? Combination Long Man / LOOGY? That's not really a thing, but Tyler Lyons may just invent it this season.
Second Editor's Note: I created the form so that all pitcher forms are identical. You see starts there for Siegrist. Presumably you will enter 0 for him. All the starters will have saves on their forms. This makes the data easier to collect. Thank you for your understanding. I did not include games/appearances because innings should suffice for these projections. Thanks.
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