Ah, the season for predictions. Making predictions is a risky business for fantasy writers. Especially if they don't know the can't-miss prediction method.
What is the method you ask? Well, first the predictions are made, and then follow one of two possible steps. If a prediction is right, bring it up repeatedly to make sure readers know just how good you are. If a prediction is wrong, hope like heck no one remembers. Luckily, here at Tipping Pitches, there isn't a need to worry about that second step.
In the final Tipping Pitches before Opening Day, here are some 2010 fantasy pitching predictions:
Speaking of Hudson, he pitches at least 180 innings, with an ERA under 3.30 - Hudson completes his recovery from Tommy John surgery and is again excellent with his old recipe: lots of ground balls and just enough strikeouts.
He increased its usage from 58.4 percent of his pitches in 2008, to 71.0 in 2009. He won't forget his new tricks just because he changed teams.
Now back to the regularly scheduled programming. Below are some quick-hitting sections that you'll find during the entire regular season in Tipping Pitches.
There have been a few recent pitchers with heavy workloads that struggled out of the gate the next season, like Sabathia, so don't be too worried about a slow start from Verlander in 2010.
He actually decreased his pitches per inning from 2008 to 2009, despite a 2.79 increase in K/9 in the same span. He's making great strides.