- I wouldn't be surprised if Jayson Werth 2014 at the plate was dramatically less productive than his 2013. (outlier years, age)
- I wouldn't be surprised if neither Tanner Roark or Taylor Jordan were anything more than fill in 5th starters (young players having unexpectedly good showings in limited outings)
- I wouldn't be surprised if Bryce Harper's fielding was an issue in 2014. (don't underestimate impact of injuries that could impact fielding)
OH NO! It's all bad! DEATH SPIRAL!!!!
While it's true looking at last year I only see lessons about things going bad, that's because last year was a season where things pretty much just went bad. Sorry. But that's not all I see in general. Like I know someone will have a career/breakout year. It happens pretty much every year. Some good things just to balance this all out :
- Doug Fister will immediately help the rotation be better and his presence forces the Roarks and Jordans to fight for a spot rather than be relied on.
- Any one of the Top 4 starters is capable of a "career" year like Gio had in 2012, which would elevate the rotation from very, very good to special.
- Jayson Werth's drop in production should (hopefully) be mitigated by an increase in playing time.
- Ramos (78 games), Rendon (98), and Bryce (118) all should also play more in 2014 and all are good candidates for having a breakout year.