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January 7, 2013

13 predictions for the 2013 baseball season

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With free agency approaching at the end of this upcoming season and a big contract within reach, expect for Ellsbury to return to All-Star form.

New Sox shortstop Stephen Drew could very well have a big year, too.

12. Jose Reyes will finish in the top three in batting average.

The new Blue Jays shortstop is hitting .643 with a 1.643 OPS at Rogers Centre during his career, but there is a catch — he only has had 14 at-bats there.

All kidding aside, Reyes joins a pretty strong lineup that includes Jose Bautista (if wrist is ready) and Edwin Encarnacion, and he should compete for an AL batting crown.

13. The Red Sox will win 15 to 20 more games than they did in 2012.

If Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz pitch the way they are capable, and Jacoby Ellsbury posts All-Star numbers, there is no reason the Red Sox shouldn’t be in the hunt for a Wild Card spot in September.

But don’t expect them to make the playoffs in a deep American League.

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