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Ranking the Cubs
by Alex Ciepley
Jay Jaffe has a new series up at Baseball Prospectus, The Hot List, which ranks the teams across baseball. Guess which team checks in at number 4 in the preseason listing?
Projected Record: 90-72
With Sosa now a bittersweet memory, health of Prior, Wood and Zambrano is everything to this club, and everything is a bit shaky right now.
Can't disagree with that, though I think the four-spot is a bit ambitious. Tired of heightened expectations, I picked the Cubs for dead last in the NL Central in the Toaster NL Preview. It's the new prescribed treatment for my Cubbie psychosis; just think how happy I'll be when the Cubs actually finish second or third! It'll be lollipops for everyone.