8 long months ago a few of us here tried to predict the unpredictable and throw some guesses out as to how the 2011 Indians season would play out. All of the projections can be found here:
I posed 5 questions to the group, and they were as follows:
1) Final win-loss record
2) Total runs scored by the Indians' offense
3) Total home attendance
4) Sizemore's final line
5) Santana's final line
Bonus: earliest date that either Chiz or Kipnis make their ML debut.
Without further adieu, here are our winners:
1) Final win-loss record - WINNER: westbrook, 80-82.
westbrook hit the nail on the head. Bravo!
2) Total runs scored by the Indians' offense - WINNER: TKilbane, 705.
TKilbane comes within 1 run of accurately predicting the total runs scored of 704. Salue!
3) Total home attendance - WINNER: bross09 AND MTF, 1.85 million.
This one comes with a little controversy, bross09 had predicted "about" 1.85 million, while MTFstuck with a hard 1.85 million. Total attendance this year was 1,840,835. One day after a wonderful Red Sox collapse, with feelings of brotherhood and charity abounding inside me, it feels good to declare you both winners on this one. Commendations!
4) Sizemore's final line - WINNER: CaptainPenny, .705 OPS.
A rare two pronged approach by CaptainPenny, whereby he put out 2 sets of predictions, 1 verbalized, 1 internal (and official). Nice going, smart guy! CaptainPenny's prediction "230/310/395 but spends > 1/2 the season on the DL" was eerily close to reality, with Grady's final OPS at a meager .706. Honestly, we're all losers here, lets just move on.
5) Santana's final line - WINNER: CaptainPenny, .810 OPS.
A double winner! Santana posted a final OPS of .808, a few hundredths off from CaptianPenny's prediction. Congratulations!
Bonus: earliest date that either Chiz or Kipnis make their ML debut - WINNER: Matt Y., Chiz up June 29, Kipnis July 30.
A second double winner! OMG! The Chiz got called up on June 27th, while Kipnis travled north on I-71 on July 23rd. Good going!
Thanks for participating, we can do this all again in a few short months. I have a feeling the 2012 predictions will be decidedly more optimistic than the 2011 predictions.