Over the next three days, we will be bringing you our predictions for the 2014 season as it relates to the Kansas City Royals. We will be looking at six different topics, bringing you two questions a day. Today, we look at Yordano Ventura and former Royals pitcher Ervin Santana.
What are your expectations for Yordano Ventura this season? What will his ERA be?
Brian: Yordano will throw 175 innings of 3.70 ERA ball. He sets himself up to start the first game of 2015.
Tom: Yordano Ventura will dominate. He’ll not only win Rookie of the Year, the Cy Young, and AL MVP, but he’ll arrange for Kate Upton to fully and publicly reconcile with Justin Verlander just so he can steal her away in August, so humiliating the Tigers Ace that he’ll stumble badly down the stretch, thus opening the way for the Royals to storm their way to the Central Division crown.
Alan: Yordano Ventura will win 12 games. He will be at least a .500 pitcher, and the team will have a better-than-.500 record in his non-decision starts. His ERA will be 3.90.
Mike: #LetsThrowFire will be the 2014 version of Greinke Day how that translates into wins and losses might be the same also ha. I think his ERA will be in the 3.35 range honestly
Ed: Ventura will go 14-8, with a 3.60 ERA. He will also contribute over 200 innings and 200 strike-outs. Yordando will be the number two starter before the All Star break, and run away with the AL Rookie of the Year Award.
Ethan: My expectations for Yordano Ventura are to have an E.R.A. of 3.40 and to pitch at least 180 innings. I know better than to try and predict wins and losses. Hopefully the offense will provide more of the former than the latter.
Now that I’ve typed that, I’m scared. I just want one of our starting pitching prospect to pan out.
Just for fun, what will Ervin Santana’s ERA be in 2014 with the Braves?
Brian: Ervin Santana in a pitchers park and moving to the NL posts another solid season with a 3.50 ERA. There is still no one willing to give him a $100 million contract.
Tom: Erv will struggle mightily without the awesome Royals defense, and the unparalleled magic atmosphere of the K, as support. He will rue the day that he spurned DM’s generous offers and abandoned our fair city for the likes of Atlanta, as his ERA balloons to a Kyle Davies-like 5.59.
Having learned his lesson, he’ll come crawling back to KC in 2015 for a 3-year/$20M deal, regain his 2013-level competence, and (spoiler alert) help the Royals successfully defend their World Championship.
Alan: Santana’s overall ERA will be 4.10. After a slow start for the first half in which his ERA pushes 5.00, he will rebound in the second half for a playoff push and lower his ERA nearly 1 point. His lack of time in Spring Training will adversely affect his first half. The fact he is in, yet another, contract year fuels his motivation for the second half.
Mike: For some reason I think that it’ll be 3.80 range and really not sure why I feel this way, given how my feeling towards the National League being a league where ERA should drop.