PECOTA 2016: Where are the Cubs?

Happy PECOTA Day!  First, here is a definition of what PECOTA actually is, because not everyone knows.

PECOTA, an acronym for Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm, is a sabermetric system for forecasting Major League Baseball player performance.

Such an exciting day each year, as long as you like diving into the numbers that this system spits out.  I for one love looking at these numbers, and historically they provide a rather calculated (get it?) glimpse into the upcoming season.  I put more weight into these projections than say, USA Today projections, which came out yesterday and had the Cubs winning 101 games in 2016.

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There you have it, PECOTA has the Cubs projected to win the Central Division with a record of 92-70.  I will dive into these numbers a little more throughout the day, enjoy your first look.


Spring Training 2016: Rizzo, Heyward, and Schwarber are Already Crushing Baseballs (PHOTOS)

Cubs Spring

It’s hard to believe, but the 2016 season is just about ready to bust down the doors as Cubs pitchers, and catchers are scheduled to report later this week.  I will have full coverage, well as much as possible, starting this week.

A few players have gotten an early start, and my buddy John Arguello of Cubs Den and Appraising Arizona is capturing the action.  Have a look at the pictures below, and give John a follow on Twitter.

Full set of pictures at Cubs Den.

Now with VIDEO!

Heyward and Rizzo

So this pic should whet your appetite for Cubs baseball #Rizzo #Heyward

— John Arguello(@CubsDen) February 15, 2016

Heyward and Schwarber

This may be my favorite pic of the day #Heyward #Schwarber #Cubs

— John Arguello(@CubsDen) February 15, 2016

Jake Arrieta tank top alert

A glimpse of you 2015 NL CY Young Award Winner

— John Arguello(@CubsDen) February 15, 2016

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