Over and Under is used to determine how we feel returning Rays will do compared from last year.
Our first player is B.J Upton.
B.J batted .273 with 9 HR’s 67 RBI’s and 44 SB in 2008
Our Prediction: Over
The man almost hit as many home runs in the playoffs as he did in the season with a torn labrum. He has the natural ability to put up M.V.P type stats. Only question that really lingers from last season is the hustle factor. Maddon pulled Upton out from multiple games due to lack of hustle. But after the showing B.J put up in the postseason it should not be a problem. Also Upton’s stats may vary if he is put in the leadoff spot. Which could help Crawford see more fastballs because of Upton’s speed. B.J in the leadoff role could lead to more run production early in the game for the Rays.
Predicted 09 Stats: .285, 20 HR’s, 90 RBI’s (varies due to where he bats) 45 SB