Cubs Getting Motivated by the Projections That Doubt Them

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Cubs Getting Motivated by the Projections That Doubt Them

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Projections have no personal animosity. They’re just fancy algorithms and distillations of data in a thoughtful way. Generally, I like their ability to clue us into things that may not be obviously apparent on the surface heading into a season.

But sometimes, I still consider them to be jerks.

Such is the case with BP’s PECOTA projection for the Cubs in 2019, which has them finishing 80-82, dead last in the NL Central. Hey, it’s a competitive division and the Cubs did little to improve over last year when they struggled at the end. Maybe they will have a rough go of it this year.

Maybe not.

Either way, they aren’t about to let the projections bother them:

HA HA HA … oh. Ouch.

Anyway, that sentiment probably permeates throughout the Cubs’ facilities this Spring, and I dig it. I also really dig today’s inspirational message for the first full squad workout:

Might as well use it, right? Don’t run from it or deride it too much. Just use it.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.