8/29 Baseball Prospectus, then and now

On April 2, Baseball Prospectus projected the Cubs would win 95 games and three-peat in the Central Division. My, how things have changed. In a recent article sorting out the NL teams playoff picture, here’s what Baseball Prospectus had to say re: the Cubs:

“As for the Cubs, there’s no crying in baseball. Projected to be the league’s strongest team, with the corresponding easiest schedule, they’ve instead fallen flat due to a mix of injuries and ineffectiveness in their lineup, with heavy hitters like Milton Bradley, Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto failing to deliver the goods for one reason or another. The meat of their remaining schedule, such as it is, consists of a makeup game with the White Sox and a total of seven games at St. Louis and San Francisco. Meanwhile, they’ve got 20 games remaining against the Brewers, Astros, Reds and Pirates, against whom they’re already a combined 29-15. It’s probably too little, too late to save their season, but as Joaquin Andujar famously said, ‘Youneverknow.’

— Carrie Muskat

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