96 Wins Projected for Cubs in 2009

Baseball Prospects updated their projections for the upcoming season on Monday. PECOTA has the Cubs posting a 96-66 record, tops in the National League and 13 games better than the second place Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.

BP has the Red Sox winning the AL East with a 98-64 record, the Indians in the Central (84-78) and the A’s in the West (82-80) with the Yankees (96-66) winning the AL Wild Card. In the Senior Circuit, the Mets in the East (93-69) and the Diamondbacks in the West (91-71) with the Braves (88-74) and the Phillies (88-74) tying for the Wild Card.

Baseball Prospectus’ Projected Standings for 2009

NL Central

  • Chicago Cubs – 96-66
  • Milwaukee Brewers – 83-79
  • St. Louis Cardinals – 80-82
  • Cincinnati Reds – 79-83
  • Houston Astros – 67-95
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – 65 -97

NL East

  • New York Mets – 93-69
  • Atlanta Braves – 88-74
  • Philadelphia Phillies – 88-74
  • Washington Nationals – 78-84
  • Florida Marlins – 74-88

NL West

  • Arizona Diamondbacks – 91-71
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – 83-79
  • San Francisco Giants – 79-83
  • Colorado Rockies – 76-86
  • San Diego Padres – 74-88

AL Central

  • Cleveland Indians – 84-78
  • Minnesota Twins – 79-83
  • Detroit Tigers – 78-84
  • Kansas City Royals – 75-87
  • Chicago White Sox – 74-88

AL East

  • Boston Red Sox – 98-64
  • New York Yankees – 96-66
  • Tampa Bay Rays – 92-70
  • Toronto Blue Jays – 81-81
  • Baltimore Orioles – 76-86

AL West

  • Oakland Athletics – 82-80
  • Los Angeles Angels – 79-83
  • Texas Rangers – 72-90
  • Seattle Mariners – 70-92

BP projected 91 wins for the Cubs last season.

PECOTA also has the Cubs leading the NL in runs scored (871), team batting average (.270) and team OBP (.350)….tied with the Phillies, Brewers, Diamondbacks and Rockies in SLG (.430).

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