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FanPost Friday - Preseason Predictions

The season starts on Thursday!

MLB: Spring Training-Pittsburgh Pirates at Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox are going to be fun this year. I don’t think that really counts as a bold prediction, but it’s a prediction nonetheless.
Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Howdy! It’s been a while since FanPost Friday last appeared, but it’s back, and in full force for the 2018 season.

Just what is FanPost Friday, if you are new to Over the Monster, or just haven’t seen this feature in the past? Essentially, once per week (ideally) I give you a prompt and you write your very own FanPost answering said prompt. These prompts are read by me, personally, as well as the other members of the staff, and I write a recap after the weekend ends with a response (either directly or indirectly) to each FanPost written.

This is a chance for us to interact with you, and for you to interact with us, and then for us to interact back with you again. Mainly, however, it’s a chance to get your own writing and thoughts seen by a well-sized audience, and foster good community knowledge (because after all, everybody knows something that nobody else here does).

If you do not understand what a FanPost is, or how to write one, this handy guide, created by Matt Collins should do the trick, and if you still have questions or concerns, you can reach us, either on Twitter or through our emails listed on the staff masthead.

MLB: Spring Training-Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox
Brock Holt seems to have made the Opening Day roster, after the Deven Marrero trade. How big a role will he play?
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Opening Day, as you may be aware, comes on a Thursday this year. In fact, it’s coming up this Thursday. Thursday happens to be before Friday, and that just will not do, so for this week, FanPost Friday is being pushed up.

The prompt for this week is simple:

What are your pre-season predictions? Where do you have the Red Sox placing in the division? How far into the playoffs do they go? What players do you see standing out? What other predictions do you have about the upcoming year?

This prompt is meant to be fairly open ended. We want you to talk as much (or as little) as you’d like about the upcoming season. Obviously, we’re a Red Sox blog, so we definitely want you to at least mention the Red Sox, but it’s cool if you also write about other teams, especially within our own division (like the Yankees), and how you feel the league is going to play out in 2018.

I would especially like to see bold predictions in general, ones that not every person is going to have. An example of a bold prediction could be that “Eduardo Rodriguez is going to step forward as a bonafide ace” or that you believe “the Red Sox are going to finish in last place in the division”. As long as you have some sort of fact or logic to back up your claim (or even if you don’t, I have plenty of gut feelings myself!) anything goes regarding these predictions.

The staff will be making our own predictions later in the week (and I’ll be linking to them in the recap), so we’ll revisit our predictions in October, and see how we all did!

Deadline for submissions to be used in the recap will be March 29th, at 12:30 PM EST, just before the first game of the regular season (Cubs at Marlins).