Bold 2013 predictions for pitchers 

November, 15, 2012
Baseball's offseason is well under way, with trades, signings and much fun already, and there promises to be plenty more in the coming months. So, on the heels of last week's Bold hitter predictions blog, let's check out the players who make their living throwing the baseball. And remember, saying R.A. Dickey is going to have a good year isn't exactly bold. Saying Jon Niese will have that type of season is (not that I believe that!).

New York Yankees: It's not bold enough to say Mariano Rivera (knee) returns and saves 40 games, though he will. What else can I say? That Phil Hughes allows 40 homers? That's totally believable, but I'll say David Phelps holds down a rotation slot and provides 175 innings with a 3.75 ERA. He's better than most realize.

Baltimore Orioles: With his new strikeout rate looking legit, Jason Hammel overcomes knee problems to make 28 starts, winning half of them with a sub-4.00 ERA. He'll lead Orioles pitchers on the ESPN Player Rater, not their "pitch-to-contact" closer.