The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians have been two of the top teams in baseball recently and look primed to make another run at a World Series title.
However, Baseball Prospectus expects one of those two contenders to take a step back in 2019, and it's probably not the club you're thinking.
It's pretty astounding, to say the least, but, and take this with a grain of salt, understandable.
The Cubs play in arguably the toughest division in the MLB and will face some stiff competition this season now that the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and Pittsburgh Pirates have improved their rosters. And let's not forget about the defending division champion Milwaukee Brewers.
As for the Indians, the Central is supposed to be down once again, especially after the White Sox failed to land any big stars.
Where FanDuel Sportsbook and Baseball Prospectus seem to agree, however, is how the NL East race will shake out at the end of the year. The Philadelphia Phillies (88.5), Washington Nationals (87.5), New York Mets (85.5), Atlanta Braves (85.5) and Miami Marlins (64.5) all have over/under's that aren't too far off from Baseball Prospectus' projections.
With Bryce Harper now in Philly, the Phillies are our favorite to take the NL East in 2019.https://t.co/FdQitkBXXC— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) March 2, 2019
There's still plenty of time before the season begins and something is bound to happen that will shake things up by Opening Day. If you're a Cubs fan, just hope things change for the better.
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