3) Jose Quintana implodes early and never gets right
We didn't get to see much of Jose Quintana last year. At first, he pitched well and was often victimized by poor run support. The quality starts did dry up as time went on. Quintana won't be so lucky in 2024. This coming season he'll be the Carlos Carrasco of the staff but not nearly as bad. Hitters will take advantage of Quintana who relies on getting outs with contact. A year older and only two recorded outs away from 1800 innings, his arm will show his age.
4) Brett Baty and Mark Vientos prove they are big league hitters in some way
Yet to prove themselves as major leaguers, we'll successfully see Brett Baty and Mark Vientos accomplish this mission in 2024. Doubts will remain about Baty as a third baseman. Vientos won't do much to show he can be trusted with a glove either. What they are successful at is showcasing their bats are MLB ready beyond much doubt. Baty will see his overall game improve on the offensive side of the ball with an increase in home run production and batting average. Vientos establishes himself as a legitimate home run threat with the big question remaining of how the team finds him at-bats.