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We’re two days from first pitch. Who wants predictions?!

Here are our predictions for the 2018 Phillies and major leagues. The questionnaire is at the end of the post; if you’d like, copy and paste, then fill out your responses in the comments.

2018 Phillies Predictions
1. How many home runs will Rhys Hoskins hit?
  • Tim Malcolm: 31
  • Michael Sadowski: 36
  • Brendan Sample: 33
2. What will be Carlos Santana’s final triple-slash line?
  • Tim Malcolm: .262/.371/.488
  • Michael Sadowski: .255/.365/.430
  • Brendan Sample: .265/.370/.475
3. What will be Maikel Franco’s final triple-slash line?
  • Tim Malcolm: .271/.348/.517
  • Michael Sadowski: .235/.290/.410
  • Brendan Sample: .240/.295/.415
4. What will be Jorge Alfaro’s final strikeout to walk ratio?
  • Tim Malcolm: 159/22
  • Michael Sadowski: 140/30
  • Brendan Sample: 125/30
5. How many games will Aaron Altherr start in right field?
  • Tim Malcolm: 33
  • Michael Sadowski: 85
  • Brendan Sample: 32
6. What will be Aaron Nola’s final ERA?
  • Tim Malcolm: 3.19
  • Michael Sadowski: 3.30
  • Brendan Sample: 3.15
7. What will be Jake Arrieta’s final ERA?
  • Tim Malcolm: 3.87
  • Michael Sadowski: 3.59
  • Brendan Sample: 3.40
8. What will be Nick Pivetta’s final ERA?
  • Tim Malcolm: 4.81
  • Michael Sadowski: 4.95
  • Brendan Sample: 5.20
9. How many innings will Vince Velasquez pitch?
  • Tim Malcolm: 93
  • Michael Sadowski: 95
  • Brendan Sample: 127
10. How many saves will Hector Neris earn?
  • Tim Malcolm: 22
  • Michael Sadowski: 28 (+10 after being traded)
  • Brendan Sample: 22
11. How many times will Scott Kingery start at second base?
  • Tim Malcolm: 31
  • Michael Sadowski: 100
  • Brendan Sample: 135
12. How many positions will Scott Kingery play?
  • Tim Malcolm: 6
  • Michael Sadowski: 5
  • Brendan Sample: 3
13. How many times will Gabe Kapler switch outfielders for an at-bat?
  • Tim Malcolm: 67
  • Michael Sadowski: 70
  • Brendan Sample: 22
14. How many times will Odubel Herrera be pulled from a game?
  • Tim Malcolm: 1
  • Michael Sadowski: 0
  • Brendan Sample: 4
15. Who will be the first starting pitcher called up?
  • Tim Malcolm: Tom Eshelman
  • Michael Sadowski: Tom Eshelman
  • Brendan Sample: Tom Eshelman
16. When will the Phillies win their first series?
  • Tim Malcolm: April 6-8 vs Marlins
  • Michael Sadowski: April 6-8 vs Marlins
  • Brendan Sample: March 29-31 vs Braves
17. Who makes the NL all-star team?
  • Tim Malcolm: Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Nola, Cesar Hernandez
  • Michael Sadowski: Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta
  • Brendan Sample: Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Nola
18. The Phillies play the Nationals 19 times. What’s their final record against them?
  • Tim Malcolm: 9-10
  • Michael Sadowski: 7-12
  • Brendan Sample: 8-11
19. What will the Phillies record be on before their game on July 31 (117 games played)?
  • Tim Malcolm: 57-60
  • Michael Sadowski: 57-60
  • Brendan Sample: 61-56
20. Will the Phillies make any trade deadline moves? And if so, who leaves or comes in?
  • Tim Malcolm: Aaron Altherr is traded; Marcus Stroman is acquired
  • Michael Sadowski: Cesar Hernandez and Hector Neris are traded
  • Brendan Sample: Maikel Franco is traded; Danny Duffy is acquired
21. What will be the Phillies final 2018 record?
  • Tim Malcolm: 83-79
  • Michael Sadowski: 80-82
  • Brendan Sample: 84-78
2018 MLB Predictions
22. American League MVP
  • Tim Malcolm: Mike Trout
  • Michael Sadowski: Mike Trout
  • Brendan Sample: George Springer
23. American League Cy Young
  • Tim Malcolm: James Paxton
  • Michael Sadowski: Dallas Keuchel
  • Brendan Sample: Chris Sale
23. American League Rookie of the Year
  • Tim Malcolm: Dustin Fowler
  • Michael Sadowski: Willie Calhoun
  • Brendan Sample: Shohei Otani
24. American League Manager of the Year
  • Tim Malcolm: Bob Melvin
  • Michael Sadowski: Terry Francona
  • Brendan Sample: Alex Cora
25. National League MVP
  • Tim Malcolm: Bryce Harper
  • Michael Sadowski:  Trea Turner
  • Brendan Sample: Nolan Arenado
26. National League Cy Young
  • Tim Malcolm: Jacob deGrom
  • Michael Sadowski: Clayton Kershaw
  • Brendan Sample: Clayton Kershaw
27. National League Rookie of the Year
  • Tim Malcolm: Ronald Acuna
  • Michael Sadowski: Lewis Brinson
  • Brendan Sample: Scott Kingery
28. National League Manager of the Year
  • Tim Malcolm: Mike Matheny
  • Michael Sadowski: Joe Maddon
  • Brendan Sample: Craig Counsell
29. American League Wild Cards
  • Tim Malcolm: Red Sox, Athletics
  • Michael Sadowski: Red Sox, Rangers
  • Brendan Sample: Red Sox, Twins
30. American League Division Winners:
  • Tim Malcolm: Yankees, Indians, Astros
  • Michael Sadowski: Yankees, Indians, Astros
  • Brendan Sample: Yankees, Indians, Astros
31. American League Champion and Runner-Up
  • Tim Malcolm: Red Sox d. Indians
  • Michael Sadowski: Astros d. Yankees
  • Brendan Sample: Indians d. Astros
32. National League Wild Cards
  • Tim Malcolm: Cubs, Mets
  • Michael Sadowski: Cardinals, Rockies
  • Brendan Sample: Brewers, Diamondbacks
33. National League Division Winners:
  • Tim Malcolm: Nationals, Cardinals, Dodgers
  • Michael Sadowski: Nationals, Cubs, Dodgers
  • Brendan Sample: Nationals, Cubs, Dodgers
34. National League Champion and Runner-Up
  • Tim Malcolm: Dodgers d. Cardinals
  • Michael Sadowski: Nationals d. Dodgers
  • Brendan Sample: Dodgers d. Nationals
35. World Series Prediction
  • Tim Malcolm: Dodgers d. Red Sox
  • Michael Sadowski: Nationals d. Astros
  • Brendan Sample: Indians d. Dodgers
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Reader Questionnaire: Copy and paste and write your responses as a comment.
2018 Phillies Predictions
1. How many home runs will Rhys Hoskins hit?
2. What will be Carlos Santana’s final triple-slash line?
3. What will be Maikel Franco’s final triple-slash line?
4. What will be Jorge Alfaro’s final strikeout to walk ratio?
5. How many games will Aaron Altherr start in right field?
6. What will be Aaron Nola’s final ERA?
7. What will be Jake Arrieta’s final ERA?
8. What will be Nick Pivetta’s final ERA?
9. How many innings will Vince Velasquez pitch?
10. How many saves will Hector Neris earn?
11. How many starts will Scott Kingery have at second base?
12. How many positions will Scott Kingery play?
13. How many times will Gabe Kapler switch outfielders for an at-bat?
14. How many times will Odubel Herrera be pulled from a game?
15. Who will be the first starting pitcher called up?
16. When will the Phillies win their first series?
17. Who makes the NL all-star team?
18. The Phillies play the Nationals 19 times. What’s their final record against them?
19. What will the Phillies record be on before their game on July 31 (117 games played)?
20. Will the Phillies make any trade deadline moves? And if so, who leaves or comes in?
21. What will be the Phillies final 2018 record?
2018 MLB Predictions
22. American League MVP
23. American League Cy Young
23. American League Rookie of the Year
24. American League Manager of the Year
25. National League MVP
26. National League Cy Young
27. National League Rookie of the Year
28. National League Manager of the Year
29. American League Wild Cards
30. American League Division Winners:
East:
Central:
West:
31. American League Champion and Runner-Up
32. National League Wild Cards
33. National League Division Winners:
East:
Central:
West:
34. National League Champion and Runner-Up
35. World Series Prediction
9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Matt

    March 27, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    1. How many home runs will Rhys Hoskins hit? 32
    2. What will be Carlos Santana’s final triple-slash line? .270/.370/.470
    3. What will be Maikel Franco’s final triple-slash line? .245/.295/.419
    4. What will be Jorge Alfaro’s final strikeout to walk ratio? 145-35
    5. How many games will Aaron Altherr start in right field? 51
    6. What will be Aaron Nola’s final ERA? 3.45
    7. What will be Jake Arrieta’s final ERA? 3.75
    8. What will be Nick Pivetta’s final ERA? 4.22
    9. How many innings will Vince Velasquez pitch? 138
    10. How many saves will Hector Neris earn? 25
    11. How many starts will Scott Kingery have at second base? 40
    12. How many positions will Scott Kingery play? 4
    13. How many times will Gabe Kapler switch outfielders for an at-bat? 55
    14. How many times will Odubel Herrera be pulled from a game? 1
    15. Who will be the first starting pitcher called up? Eshelman
    16. When will the Phillies win their first series? March 29-31 Braves
    17. Who makes the NL all-star team? Hernandez/ Herrera
    18. The Phillies play the Nationals 19 times. What’s their final record against them? 9-10
    19. What will the Phillies record be on before their game on July 31 (117 games played)? 60-57
    20. Will the Phillies make any trade deadline moves? And if so, who leaves or comes in? Hernandez out/Archer in
    21. What will be the Phillies final 2018 record? 84-78
    2018 MLB Predictions
    22. American League MVP- Trout
    23. American League Cy Young- Verlander
    23. American League Rookie of the Year- Calhoun
    24. American League Manager of the Year- Scioscia
    25. National League MVP- Harper
    26. National League Cy Young- Kershaw
    27. National League Rookie of the Year- Crawford
    28. National League Manager of the Year- Kapler
    29. American League Wild Cards- Red Sox/ Angels
    30. American League Division Winners:
    East: Yankees
    Central: Indians
    West: Astros
    31. American League Champion and Runner-Up- Angels and Astros
    32. National League Wild Cards- Phillies and Brewers
    33. National League Division Winners:
    East: Nationals
    Central: Cubs
    West: Dodgers
    34. National League Champion and Runner-Up: Cubs and Nationals
    35. World Series Prediction: Cubs over Angels

  2. Ken Bland

    March 27, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    I’ll take the under on the 3 guesses at Pivetta’s ERA. Fingers crossed. 4.2 or lower.

    TM has DeGrom for the CY. I keep seeing Syndergaard amongst pro NYers. When K’shaw is dead, I’ll pick against him.

    All 3 predictors went elsewhere than Cole Hamels with their deadline trade picks. Whether the Phils get him, I don’t know, but I expect the Rangers to be gone from realistic post season races, and Cole to be dealt.

    Brewers get respect as a playoff contender with these picks. Did they solve their starting pitching enough to get there? Maybe, but iffy.

    No selections for Altuve as AL MVP. Tough chore with Trout around even though he doesn’t win all the time as he should, but no Altuve support? All I’ll say is I don’t think he’s had his career year yet.

    • Tim Malcolm

      March 28, 2018 at 11:15 am

      I wanted to say Thor for Cy Young, but I feel he’s good for a 4-5 start absence every year. Kershaw is amazing and easy to pick, but I can also see him being shut down more often, etc. The Mets NEED their pitchers to do well; one will step up, and I’m giving it to deGrom.

      Yeah, I don’t see us getting Hamels. I see a measured move for a young, controllable pitcher. Plus Hamels’ peripherals scare me.

      I get the Milwaukee hype but I don’t love the pitching. That bullpen is an experiment in scary (also I just looked back and saw I wrote in the Brewers as a wild card … which wasn’t my intention! I’m giving the second to the Mets [they’re being slightly underrated]).

      Altuve is also amazing, but as long as Mike Trout plays baseball, he gets my vote.

  3. Andi

    March 27, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    1. How many home runs will Rhys Hoskins hit? 37
    2. What will be Carlos Santana’s final triple-slash line? .261/.365/.431
    3. What will be Maikel Franco’s final triple-slash line? .258/.329/.438
    4. What will be Jorge Alfaro’s final strikeout to walk ratio? 121/30
    5. How many games will Aaron Altherr start in right field? 42
    6. What will be Aaron Nola’s final ERA? 3.38
    7. What will be Jake Arrieta’s final ERA? 3.69
    8. What will be Nick Pivetta’s final ERA? 4.11
    9. How many innings will Vince Velasquez pitch? 124
    10. How many saves will Hector Neris earn? 23
    11. How many starts will Scott Kingery have at second base? 35
    12. How many positions will Scott Kingery play? 5
    13. How many times will Gabe Kapler switch outfielders for an at-bat? 97
    14. How many times will Odubel Herrera be pulled from a game? 2
    15. Who will be the first starting pitcher called up? Eshelman
    16. When will the Phillies win their first series? Braves – 1st series of the season
    17. Who makes the NL all-star team? Nola/Hoskins
    18. The Phillies play the Nationals 19 times. What’s their final record against them? 8-11
    19. What will the Phillies record be on before their game on July 31 (117 games played)? 61-56
    20. Will the Phillies make any trade deadline moves? And if so, who leaves or comes in? Stroman or Archer come in, one of Williams/Altherr/Quinn leave
    21. What will be the Phillies final 2018 record? 84-78
    2018 MLB Predictions
    29. American League Wild Cards Bos/Min
    30. American League Division Winners:
    East:NYY
    Central: Cle
    West: Hou
    31. American League Champion and Runner-Up champ: Hou runner-up Cle
    32. National League Wild Cards Col/Stl
    33. National League Division Winners:
    East:Was
    Central:CHC
    West: LAD
    34. National League Champion and Runner-Up CHC/ Was
    35. World Series Prediction CHC over Hou

  4. Nick

    March 27, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    1. How many home runs will Rhys Hoskins hit? 38
    2. What will be Carlos Santana’s final triple-slash line? .262/.365/.475
    3. What will be Maikel Franco’s final triple-slash line? .265/.320/.455
    4. What will be Jorge Alfaro’s final strikeout to walk ratio? 150/33
    5. How many games will Aaron Altherr start in right field? 65
    6. What will be Aaron Nola’s final ERA? 2.90
    7. What will be Jake Arrieta’s final ERA? 3.20
    8. What will be Nick Pivetta’s final ERA? 4.65
    9. How many innings will Vince Velasquez pitch? 135
    10. How many saves will Hector Neris earn? 20
    11. How many starts will Scott Kingery have at second base? 70
    12. How many positions will Scott Kingery play? 4
    13. How many times will Gabe Kapler switch outfielders for an at-bat? 40
    14. How many times will Odubel Herrera be pulled from a game? 2
    15. Who will be the first starting pitcher called up? Eschelman
    16. When will the Phillies win their first series? March 29-31 vs Braves
    17. Who makes the NL all-star team? Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta
    18. The Phillies play the Nationals 19 times. What’s their final record against them? 8-11
    19. What will the Phillies record be on before their game on July 31 (117 games played)? 60-57
    20. Will the Phillies make any trade deadline moves? And if so, who leaves or comes in?
    – Nick Williams and Cesar Hernandez are traded; Marcus Stroman and Cole Hamels are acquired
    21. What will be the Phillies final 2018 record? 87-75

    2018 MLB Predictions
    22. American League MVP: Mike Trout
    23. American League Cy Young: Chris Sale
    23. American League Rookie of the Year: Shohei Otani
    24. American League Manager of the Year: Terry Francona
    25. National League MVP: Bryce Harper
    26. National League Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
    27. National League Rookie of the Year: Ronald Acuna
    28. National League Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon
    29. American League Wild Cards: Red Sox, Angels
    30. American League Division Winners: Yankees, Indians, Astros
    31. American League Champion and Runner-Up: Astros d. Yankees
    32. National League Wild Cards: Cardinals, Phillies
    33. National League Division Winners: Nationals, Cubs, Dodgers
    34. National League Champion and Runner-Up: Nationals d. Dodgers
    35. World Series Prediction: Astros d. Nationals

  5. Michael Sadowski

    March 27, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Altuve was my #2 choice for AL MVP. My thinking was there were times last year when, if you can believe it, a certain player on the Astros seemed to go cold or get hurt. Altuve never did and had to carry some major weight last year. I think this is the year no one goes cold on the Astros and he isn’t overshadowed as much as seen as a very good cog in a offensive machine.

    • Ken Bland

      March 27, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      It’s largely hard to believe the Stros collectively avoid any cold spells, BUT, that is one RIDICULOUSLY talented team, so we’ll see. I looked at a line on AL MVP faves, and Trout is an overwhelmingly overwhelming favorite.

      Trout +150

      Altuve +500

      Correa Lindor Stanton +1000

      Judge +1600

      At +2000, a guy I think might be a sleeper in all this, JD Martinez, along with Donaldson, Machado, and Betts.

      Hoskins is the only Phil given a price on the NL side at +5000. What the hell, might not be a bad play at that price.

      Sometimes, usually utility types win 2, maybe 3 World Championships in a row on different teams (Chris Long, LaGarrett Blount, Zobrist (I think), definitely 1 other MLBer within the last few years whose name escapes me…not a frontliner, seems he played on KC in ’15. That’s an awesome accomplishment, but can you imagine winning MVPs in consecutive years on 2 different teams? Hard enough to repeat as an MVP, let alone what Stanton has a shot at off his NL MVP.

  6. Tim Malcolm

    March 28, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I can’t believe the other writers didn’t pick Acuna. I don’t want it, but this guys is going to destroy us.

    • Ken Bland

      March 28, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      I haven’t seen Acuna play, but from all indications, between he and Albies, that is going to be one dynamic 1-2 punch. Guess I should say should be, though Albies has been around long enough to glow about with decent confidence. Braves-Phillies games should be quite good this year with young talent against young talent.

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