USA TODAY: A's will only win 66 games in 2016


In a way, it's refreshing to see a "semi-scientific" projection that actually guesses which teams will pull off the 100-win season and which will be horrifyingly bad. But to put the A's as a 66-win team on the basis of "the Athletics (66 wins) are counting on Rich Hill, Kendall Graveman, Chris Bassitt and others pitching well enough to make it worth keeping Sonny Gray around long-term" makes it sound like they haven't been paying attention to the offseason or to the reasons why the A's only won 68 last year.

It's not completely outlandish to guess the AL to go 173-127 in interleague play, which would be their best year since 2008. Most of the admitted rebuilding teams are in the NL, so if the AL has a good run against them it's possible.

But the White Sox winning the AL Central? Oh boy.