Opening Day has come and gone, with the 2011 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals opening up the new ballpark in Miami against the Marlins. The Cardinals spoiled the grand opening of Marlins Park, defeating Miami, 4-1, behind a surprisingly strong Kyle Lohse. Lohse didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning, finishing the night giving up only one run on two hits with three strikeouts.
So, it's easy to compute some "projected statistics" based on the outcomes of the first few games, but for the most part, those projections would be drastically exaggerated and outlandish. Projecting season-long stats based off of a couple of games never works. A few weeks, maybe even a month, is the amount of data necessary to formulate logical and realistic projections.
Just look at Kyle Lohse, for example. Do any of us really expect him to be the pitcher that he was Wednesday night on a consistent basis? Absolutely not. In fact, a friend and I were joking on Thursday about how no one in our fantasy league had even bothered to add Lohse to their roster.
However, it's still fun to draw up these ridiculous projections, so why don't we? Here are the nine season-long statistical calculations—all based off of a game or two—that would only happen in a baseball player's wildest daydreams.