There are so many things that are easy to predict for 2021, and most of them don’t go beyond the overall record. I think there are a few things we could see that might not be likely, maybe even a bit nuts, but still possible.
So as I brace myself to get beaten up in the comments, let’s get going.
1. The Pirates Pitching > 2020
I can’t shake all the injuries in 2020, coupled with the very real facts that losing Trevor Williams is a blessing, Taillon didn’t pitch anyway and Joe was hurt most of the season. The bullpen was just as nicked up. Add all of this up and I think they have a chance to pitch pretty well.
2. Kevin Newman Returns to Form
By the end of 2021, I think we’ll be officially talking about Newman taking ownership of a spot and the bat will be the primary reason. A refocused and refined swing might take time to master but it could also address two of his peripherals that didn’t jive with actual good stats.
3. One Extension Happens in 2021
Either Ke’Bryan Hayes, Bryan Reynolds or Mitch Keller will receive an extension this year and it’ll carry them through at least 2028. If I had to pick right now, it would be Hayes.
4. Colin Moran’s Power Fully Matures
I think Moran will pop more over the wall than anyone on the team. OK, that’s not a bold prediction when you look at the roster, so here’s the bold part. I think he hits 30.
5. They Won’t Lose 100 Games
Yeah, I know. I honestly think this based much more on the rest of the division. I find it plausible this division is taken with 90 wins. The Cards to me should only lose this if they suffer some real injury trouble.