Each team plays a maximum of 18 interleague games, so these numbers shouldn't stray far from 81, but clearly the AL is the much stronger league at this point, so I re-ran the numbers with the AL averaging 81.8 wins and the NL 80.3, plus some number tweaking and roster updates through the signing of Fukudome:
Interesting how the 2008 White Sox project stronger than the 2007 squad even though they're coming off a season with 18 fewer wins. Some possible theories on why:
- Bounce-back seasons by Mark Buehrle and Javier Vazquez
- Ditching Scott Podsednik and Darin Erstad (and adding Carlos Quentin)
- Inaccurate inputs by me
Rumor has it that Fukudome is considering wearing a jersey that reads "Kosuke" much like Ichiro. I wonder how much that will hurt merchandise sales?