Here are some crazy (or are they?) baseball predictions for 2013. Take these as seriously as you want to. Some of them might actually happen! This is Part One; stand by for Part Two later today.
***Adam Eaton will return from his injury in the second half and hit .339 in 40 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
***Julio Teheran will going 14-7, 2.89 ERA for the Atlanta Braves and finish third in NL Cy Young balloting.
***Kevin Gausman will throw a complete game two-hit shutout in his major league debut for the Baltimore Orioles.
***Clay Buchholz will post a 5.9 WAR and win 17 games for the Boston Red Sox
***The Chicago Cubs will be in first place on June 1st. By September 1st they will be in last.
***Dayan Viciedo will hit 37 home runs for the Chicago White Sox
***Cincinnati Reds' Devin Mesoraco will have a higher WAR value than any catcher in the National League except Buster Posey.
***Trevor Bauer will win seven games in a row for the Cleveland Indians in August/September
***Nobody on the Colorado Rockies roster with more than 300 plate appearances will hit over .300
***Andy Dirks will have a higher on-base percentage for the Detroit Tigers than Miguel Cabrera.
***Chris Carter will hit 33 homers for the Houston Astros, 22 in the first half, and make the AL All-Star team.
***Jeff Francoeur will have a higher WAR value than anyone else in the Royals lineup not named Alex Gordon
***Mike Trout will hit .270/.347/.449 for the Los Angeles Angels, prompting numerous "what's wrong with him?" articles. The answer? Nothing is wrong with him.
***Yasiel Puig will hit .371/.389/.634 in the minors and .139/.145/.250 in the majors for the Los Angeles Dodgers
***Giancarlo Stanton will hit just 19 homers for the Miami Marlins. However, only two of them will be solo shots.
***Michael Fiers will win more games and have a higher WAR value than Kyle Lohse