Figuring out the differences
Rob Neyer reviews his least-accurate NL preseason picks and compares them to the projected end-of-the-season records.
Cubs (84/67/-17) Again, that first number is my preseason prediction, the second is the consensus projection based on what we know now, and the third is how badly I missed. And man did I ever miss on the Cubs, who have been awful for two simple reasons: they don't get on base, and they don't hit with any power. I mean, they really don't; the Cubs are last in the National League in both on-base and slugging percentage, which is a regrettable combination that can hardly be blamed on the loss of Derrek Lee for two months.