Friday, March 29, 2024

Newsletter Excerpt, March 28, 2024 -- "Season Preview, Teams #3-1"

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2. Chicago Cubs (96-66, 785 runs scored, 653 runs allowed, first in NL Central)

No line in my preseason prediction piece got more attention than this one, which positioned the Cubs as worthy challengers to the Dodgers and Braves. There’s no one reason I have them slotted this highly, but rather a combination.

The Cubs have a great defense, a great manager, and a lot of young pitching coming. They run back an offense that was 12th in wRC+ last year, eighth in the second half. They’re going to be a great story this year.