With Hairston In The Fold, Cubs Appear Quite Close To .500

My latest projection for the 2013 Chicago Cubs has them once again near the 79-win mark. Even after replacing my production guesses with ZiPS projections, the team appears to still have a decent chance of even making the playoffs, if — like — everything breaks the right way:

But as it stands now, the Cubs appear to be around 77 to 79 wins (depending how we treat that pesky league wOBA issue). That certainly puts them in the crazy luck range. Sky’s calculation gives them a 3% chance of reaching 91 wins, which has historically been a playoff spot. Can the Cubs do it? I’m just saying there’s a chance.
You never know, right?

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