It’s January, and none of the games are even close to being played yet. Spring training is still a month away. And even when real games happen, they will be played on the field, not paper.
Still, Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA projections for team records came out this week, and they are not kind to the entire AL Central — and the Twins in particular.
The Tigers are projected as the division winner with a mere 82-80 record. The Twins? They’re dead last at 70-92, which is also the worst projected record in the entire AL.
Silver lining, we suppose, if you root for the Twins? Nobody is expected to be good in the division, so in theory Baseball Prospectus is saying this thing is wiiiiide open. If the Twins can overachieve, maybe they have a chance?