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USA Today: Cubs Will Win 101 Games In 2016

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The folks at USA Today came out with a very detailed prediction of the 2016 season, with won-lost records for every team.

Let's get right to it:

101 wins for the Cubs? Well... we'd sure all like that, but pretty much everything has to go right for any team to win 100 games. Over the last 16 seasons (since 2000), 15 teams have won 100 or more games, just two since 2009 (2011 Phillies, 2015 Cardinals). It ain't easy.

Looking quickly over the rest of the numbers posted by USA Today, they're predicting a pretty "compressed" American League, with only two 90-game winners (and only 90, no one over 90) and just one 90-loss team. The N.L. is a bit more spread out, and USA Today says three teams (Rockies, Reds, Phillies) will lose 100 or more.

That would be a rare "achievement." The last time there were three 100-loss teams in the same season was 30 years ago, in 1985, when the Giants, Pirates and Indians all posted triple-digit loss totals. It has happened four other times in the expansion era, all long ago: 1961, 1962, 1964 and 1965, the latter three aided by the horrific expansion Mets.

Here's the USA Today article linked in the above tweet.

Will the Cubs really win more games than any other team in baseball? Maybe those three 100-loss teams (particularly the Reds, and the 98-loss predicted Brewers) would provide a lot of those extra wins. That'd be great. Hope it happens. But do you think these numbers are realistic?