20. February 2012 14:33
Well we are over 450 posts on the old thread so I decided we needed a new one.
First off please continue to share you most memorable sports moments on this thread. It's been very good conversation and I enjoy being reminded of some that I had forgotten or hearing of some that I did not get to experience.
Secondly, I thought it might be fun for us to come up with some bold predictions for the upcoming season before Spring Training officially starts. We can then update those predictions once the Spring wraps up and the season is about to start.
Feel free to make as many bold predictions as you want, I believe I'm going to start off with one Bold Prediction only. I think it's a bold prediction only because a lot of people have given up on this guy, they think he's a head case (ok so perhaps he is a bit of a head case) and that he'll never meet his potential. I see where most want to trade the guy or expect him to be the odd man out of the rotation should Chapman push for a spot or the Reds sign Oswalt. Yes I'm talking about Homer Bailey. Batsfan would laugh at me and I'd be able to hear it all the way from Louisville (just about 40 miles away btw) but I think 2012 will be the year of Homer Bailey. I believe Homer has by far his best year ever, does not see the DL once, throws about 186IP this year with a 3.52 ERA and 15 wins.
Homer made great strides last year in WHIP and SO/BB but he still had enough bad outings here and there (mostly from one bad inning of work) that his overall wins and ERA didn't reflect those improvements. He's two full seasons removed from the over-worked year of 2009 when Homer threw 202IP combined in AAA and for the Reds, I believe that heavy load set him back in 2010 and 2011 with minor arm issues. He's learned how to pitch in that time and I am predicting he finally puts it all together this year.
I'll throw in a link to this article for additional reference: http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy/blog/roto_arcade/post/Albert-Pujols-on-Homer-Bailey-He-s-going-to-be?urn=fantasy-241119
That's my Bold Prediction. What's yours?