When the first edition of Projected Standings was released on the 6th of January, I was hoping to be able to compare the next edition of the projections to available market odds. I am going to wait for Pinnacle Sports to release their odds so there is no comparison together with edition 2 of projected standings.
As in the first edition current depth-chart, projected playing time for each player and the schedule of each team is used in team construction. Each team consists of a five-man-rotation, a batting lineup of nine batters (eight + league average pitcher in games where NL-team is the home-team) and an eight man bullpen.
Some bigger changes compared to the first edition has occurred due to some player transactions, revised player projections and updated depth charts. Biggest movers are Nationals +6 wins, Tigers +4 wins and Twins -4 wins. The Nationals +6 wins is not only due to the Max Scherzer addition (only adds 1-2 wins) but a sum of all the variables described above.
The Handicapper was used to simulate each game.
The projections will be updated irregularly until the beginning of the MLB Regular Season.