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Dodgers News: Baseball Prospectus PECOTA Projections Love L.A.

Jun 24, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (5) is greeted by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) as he crosses home plate to score against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball Prospectus is favoring the Dodgers again. With its full PECOTA projections out, L.A. is projected to win 98 games.

The 98 wins are the MLB’s best by five games. It gives Los Angeles homefield advantage over Chicago by eight games. The NL West would be won by 12 games over the San Francisco Giants.

It’s the fifth straight season Prospectus has projected the Dodgers to lead the majors in wins. The Dodgers won over 90 in the previous four, but fell a few wins shy of Prospectus’ estimation each time.

In this NL scenario, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York win their respective divisions, while Washington and San Francisco duel for the wild card. In the America League, Houston, Cleveland and Boston are division winners with Seattle and Texas facing each other in the one-game playoff.

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The Dodgers didn’t do anything earth shattering this winter outside keeping their own free agents. They retained Rich Hill, Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner. Logan Forsythe and Sergio Romo are the two most significant outside additions. For the most part, the Dodgers just need to be healthy and evaluate the team from there.

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Written by Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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