Wild Predictions – Kershaw

Let’s continue with the Wild Predictions.  If you are new to Rotoprofessor, keep in mind that these are occurrences that I wouldn’t expect to happen more then 20% of the time (in most cases, the chances are a lot less then that).

Clayton Kershaw strikes out 190 batters or more
He struck out 8.36 last season in the major leagues over 107.2 innings.  If he doesn’t face an innings cap (which I don’t think he will having pitched 169 innings last season between the majors and minors), why couldn’t he reach this?  I’ve said that he could be this seasons Tim Lincecum, and while he won’t match that type of strikeout rate (10.51 K/9), he has the potential to be among the Top 20.

Chance of happening: 12%

What does everyone think?  Any chance of this happening or am I completely crazy?

Previous Wild Predictions:

1. Joel Zumaya saves at least 30 games
2. Nick Markakis leads the league in OBP
3. Derek Jeter will hit below .280
4. Frank Francisco will pick up at least 40 saves while holding the closer’s job all season
5. Brad Lidge will save 30 games or less
6. Edwin Encarnacion will hit at least 35 HR
7. Erik Bedard will win at least 18 games
8. Willy Taveras will hit 5 HR
9. Ichiro scores less then 90 runs
10. Rickie Weeks hits .290 or better
11. Carlos Beltran hits at least 45 HR
12. Jose Ceda saves at least 25 games
13. Troy Tulowitzki drives in at least 120 RBI
14. Zack Greinke strikes out at least 220 batters
15. Randy Johnson strikes out at least 200 batters
16. Adam LaRoche drives in at least 120 RBI
17. Ryan Doumit hits at least 28 HR
18. Ian Snell posts an ERA under 4.00
19. Rafael Furcal steals at least 40 bases
20. Scott Kazmir wins 10 games or less
21. Yovani Gallardo posts a WHIP of 1.19 or better
22. Coco Crisp hits at least .300
23. Jacoby Ellsbury steals 70 bases
24. Prince Fielder leads the league in RBI


  1. Mike M says:

    Nobody expected Edison Volquez to strike out 200+ batters last year…

  2. I think he could reach that number. Kershaw is definitely Rotoprofessor endorsed.

  3. Corey says:

    If he can get that sick-nasty curveball thrown as a strike a little more, 200 is in his reach.

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