Just a quick post to direct your attention to the PECOTA projections for 2010. The projections are already getting a lot of run from various sites because the New York Yankees are slated to finish 3rd in the AL East. Personally, I care more about the fact that the Kansas City Royals are projected to finish the 2010 season with the worst record (66-96) in all of baseball by a full 4 games. Where’s Dick Kaegel when we need him?
If you’re curious, the Pittsburgh Pirates are projected to be the 2nd worst team in baseball with a record of 70-92. The Toronto Blue Jays will be the next closest team in the AL at 71-91, and the Cleveland Indians are predicted to finish 4th in the AL Central at 77-85, a full 11 games better than KC. I myself am leaning toward putting the Royals at around 65-68 wins the way things stand right now, but I can guarantee that the Royals won’t be the only team in baseball to win fewer than 70 games, and I’d put good money on at least one or two teams finishing with fewer wins than KC when all is said and done.
I’ll go out on another limb and predict that the Indians will be one of those teams 60s based on their projected “rotation.”