2012 Red Sox Community Projections: Too Much Faith In Mike Aviles

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

There was some reasonable hope Mike Aviles could at least be decent. No such luck.

Before the year started, the readers of Over The Monster tried their best to predict the performances of some of the more interesting 2012 Red Sox. Now it's time to see how they did.

The Mike Aviles experiment was not a bold undertaking, but a necessary one. Or so we were told. As much as it is true that Marco Scutaro did not end the season playing shortstop, looking back at that deal, Scutaro's season, and the fact that the money saved which was supposedly set to go towards a starting pitcher was seemingly never spent, it's hard not to come away with an incredibly sour taste in one's mouth.

It's made even worse by the fact that said experiment then failed dramatically. Mike Aviles started hot, and then went down, down, down with his windmill swing and tremendous lack of plate discipline. By year's end, we were all-too-happy to be rid of him in the John Farrell trade.

The sad thing is that the state of the team demanded that he still see 546 plate appearances, leading to a funny trend where the reasonable-but-optimistic folks around these parts guessed right on some of his RBI and HR numbers while missing so dramatically with his rates.

So it goes with the 2012 Red Sox.

Name PA RBI HR AVG OBP SLG
Actual 546 60 13 .250 .282 .381
The Duke of Silver 480 56 13 .280 .315 .430
Rogue Nine 400 35 8 .260 .290 .400
Slothman 500 57 11 .278 .311 .421
Braden Beaudreau 375 47 9 .273 .301 .410
Thin 300 45 8 .280 .320 .420
totheights 440 39 10 .260 .295 .410
29sonski 375 33 7 .285 .330 .425
TheLoneDavid 385 41 11 .265 .317 .399
Sologub 610 43 10 .280 .328 .415
dsharp 331 49 9 .265 .308 .419
cds7c 566 72 16 .298 .345 .447
nuthinboutnuthin 407 53 13 .278 .349 .423
revived0103 440 60 12 .279 .328 .420
Mattsullivan 425 63 16 .283 .321 .470
drabidea 450 48 12 .280 .312 .420
Fenway302 460 49 10 .287 .310 .420
John Leary 520 65 9 .280 .330 .410
NJ Native 540 75 27 .296 .350 .450
BobZupcic 510 52 12 .310 .340 .470
Steve Boyle 450 49 10 .277 .306 .421
DC sox fanatic 360 41 4 .244 .279 .330
BigNachos 488 59 10 .295 .320 .424
Fizrat 520 64 13 .292 .323 .420
QW 450 52 8 .284 .311 .423
theartolater 275 37 5 .278 .338 .435
B_Edelman 470 61 7 .296 .333 .430
westcoastredsox 485 73 19 .286 .310 .420
Dustin's #1 Fan 380 67 9 .274 .321 .417
bosoxman94 503 64 13 .293 .336 .439
dmbhaggis 501 68 21 .298 .399 .465
The Laser Show 480 50 15 .280 .315 .430
Brotzmann 405 55 6 .267 .320 .406
Camthomas 480 66 11 .301 .355 .422
Justin_Bobo 355 41 6 .279 .318 .411
AlohaSox 450 55 8 .298 .315 .410
Buccaz 410 55 9 .284 .315 .404
Average 444 54 11 .282 .323 .422

Revived and Slothman were the only two to get close on even a pair of these predictions, but frankly DC Sox Fanatic was the one to really hit on the spirit of the season. I think in the end it may be appropriate to say that in this case there simply were no winners. I award you all no points, and may God have mercy on your souls.

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