If there is a cooler nickname in all of sports than Kung Fu Panda of the San Francisco Giants‘ Pablo Sandoval, I don’t know what it is. I’m not sure how big Pandas get to be, but Kung Fu Pandas sure are large mammals. Should this one stay healthy in 2013, look for him to put up 75 runs, 20 HRs, 84 RBIs, 2 SB, and a .296 AVG.
We are only two days from opening night, and no one outside of the San Diego Padres‘ front office could tell you who will be starting at third base on opening day. It was suppose to be the over drafted Chase Headley, but then he got hurt. So it was looking like Logan Forsythe would man the hot corner, now he is hurt.
Could highly touted rookie Jedd Gyorko be in two places at once and play second and third? That would put him in a class with last year’s rookie sensation Mike Trout. Since Headley will likely only miss a month, look for him to put up 71 runs, 17 HRs, 74 RBIs, 10 SB, and a .278 AVG.
The Arizona Diamondbacks‘ ran Justin Upton out of town. In return, they got Martin Prado to man the hot corner. Prado is a hot commodity in point leagues, but shouldn’t be valued as highly in roto leagues. Look for Prado to put up 81 runs, 12 HRs, 66 RBIs, 8 SB, and a .294 AVG.
I couldn’t believe that the Juan Uribe playing third base for the Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t have a junior at the end of his name. It seems like the Dodgers choice to fill in at third while Hanley Ramirez is out has been playing baseball since the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Look for Uribe to put up 34 runs, 8 HRs, 41 RBIs, 1 SB, and a .233 AVG in limited playing time.
Unlike the Padres who can’t seem to find a healthy body to play third, the Colorado Rockies might be using a three-man rotation. What’s that old sports saying? If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have any. Oh wait, we’re talking baseball, so it must be if you have three third baseman, you don’t have any.
The trio fighting for playing time in Colorado are Chris Nelson, Jordan Pacheco, and Nolan Arenado. The word is Nelson will get the first shot at third, but I expect them to go with the hot bat during the season. Look for Nelson to put up 38 runs, 9 HRs, 44 RBIs, 3 SB, and a .278 AVG.
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