In the first of a two part series, Joe Pos asks his Prospectus one key question about 15 teams. Included in this first batch is the following query:
Will Dustin Pedroia continue to be the same kind of player he was in 2007.
Prospectus: You may rely on it.
I’ve heard a lot of baseball people say that they expect Pedroia to take a sizable step backward in ‘08 — there’s only so much you can do with scrap, right? Prospectus doesn’t see it that way … they have him at .295/.361/.430 which is slightly down from ‘07, but not much at all. And they expect the counting numbers to be about as good or better — 39 doubles, 2 triples, 10 homers, 70 RBIs, 81 runs. If I were him, I’d take that right now*.
*And wouldn’t it be great if baseball was like that, if it was like “Let’s Make a Deal,” and you could get statistics offered at the beginning of the year and decide whether to stick with those or play it out. Actually, now that I think of it, no, that really wouldn’t be especially great.