July 14, 2005

Open Chat: Boone's Debut

With the entire baseball world (or at least the optimistic Twins fans I've talked to) eagerly awaiting the Minnesota debut of Bret Boone tonight, I figured now would be a good time to put my money where my mouth is and make an actual prediction for how he'll do in the second half.

I encourage all of you to do the same in the comments section today, and of course feel free to also chat about whatever else is on your mind (Boone, the All-Star game, the World Series of Poker, how much I suck ... you know, the usual stuff).

So here it is:

 G      AVG      OBP      SLG     HR     RBI     RUN
72 .254 .321 .438 9 40 33

Not bad, but not great (most of the RBIs will come courtesy of batting in the middle of the order). And I also expect his defense to be surprisingly sub par. If you're wondering, Twins second basemen hit a combined .279/.339/.387 in the first half, which while a different shape than my prediction for Boone, is basically the same level of offense.

Today at The Hardball Times:
- Ten Times We Changed the Way We Watch Baseball (by Dave Studeman)
- Baseball’s Hegelian Dialectic (by Dan Fox)

Today's Picks (74-63, +$1,070):
Los Angeles (Washburn) -130 over Minnesota (Lohse)

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