It's not yet time for the 2015 baseball season to begin, but since we've turned the calendar over, let's look forward to the season that begins in just 93 days. Seems like a long time, but it will be here before you know it.
This Fangraphs link posted yesterday in Cub Tracks has the Cubs projected at 83 wins. That would be a 10-game improvement over 2014, which doesn't sound unreasonable given the seven-game win improvement from 2013 to 2014 and the addition of Jon Lester and Miguel Montero and the return of Jason Hammel, not to mention the hoped-for development from Jorge Soler and Javier Baez and the anticipated addition of Kris Bryant sometime toward the end of April.
The 83-win target sounds pretty reasonable to me. In an "everything-goes-right-and-the-stars-all-align" scenario where several players have career years, perhaps the Cubs could even push toward 90 wins and contend for the division title. An 83-win season, especially if it comes with a good start, keeps a team in the wild-card conversation pretty much all year.
That would be an exciting change from the dreary slog of the last several seasons.
So, the purpose of this post is to query you as to how you see the Cubs finishing this year, given the roster they now have. I'll probably post another one of these as we get closer to spring training and also the beginning of the regular season.