Where do the Nats fit in first win total projections? originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com
Despite Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still floating in the ether, oddsmakers have weighed in with their first round of win total projections for the 2019 MLB season.
The guys on The Racing Presidents podcast took a look at the Orioles' win total and sighed with sympathy. The Nationals? They may be under where they should be. And way at the top are some serious win totals. Here's the list from BetOnline.ag they discussed on the latest episode:
Houston Astros 96½
Boston Red Sox 95½
New York Yankees 95½
Chicago Cubs 88½
Minnesota Twins 84½
New York Mets 84½
Tampa Bay Rays 84½
Atlanta Braves 83½
Colorado Rockies 82½
San Diego Padres 78½
Cincinnati Reds 77½
Seattle Mariners 74½
Texas Rangers 70½
Detroit Tigers 67½
Miami Marlins 65½
Baltimore Orioles 60½
Like we said, at the top are three teams with 95-plus wins. At the bottom is Baltimore. A measly 60 ½ wins, five behind the lowly Miami Marlins. Good news for Orioles fans? That line is 13 more wins than last season.
A little context on the projections: Six teams won more than 95 games last season, but just two of those (Milwaukee and Chicago) played in the National League. Oakland surprised with 97 victories. Boston, New York (AL) and Houston all surpassed 100 wins. The first two on that list spent most days beating up on the bottom of their division or the likes of the 100-loss White Sox and Royals. As good as the top end of the AL was last season, the bottom group was equally bad.
So, take a listen for win total talk and, of course, another round of Harper discussion while the wait continues.
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