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Oddsmaker tabs White Sox for AL-worst 68 wins and even Pecota is like, jeez, lighten up on the South Siders

It’s come to this? Pecota is gentler than the bookies

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Over Undone: Bettors are steadfastly refusing to see the Sox as a 70-win team.
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Bovada just sent out their baseball win totals for the season, and man, it is a grisly picture for the Chicago White Sox.

Only 68 wins. Sure, Chicago finishes comfortably ahead of the Miami Marlins (64.5 wins) for the race the very bottom, but man, that’s grim. Where is the confidence, worldwide bettors?

Even the Detroit Tigers are projected to be a half-game ahead of the Chisox, according to all those bleary eyes. Perhaps bettors are anticipating 40-120 for Miggy Cabrera, or have forgotten that Jason Verlander was swapped to the Houston Astros.

Anyway, it puts Bovada in the rare space, putting its ear to the ground and coming away with a wins total tougher on the Pale Hose than Pecota, notoriously bearish when it comes to forecasting the club.

Pecota plops the White Sox right smack in the middle of the godawful AL Central, with 73 wins. Four teams are projected to be worse, two of them division rivals: the Miami Marlins (66 wins), Kansas City Royals (66), Detroit Tigers (68) and Baltimore Orioles (69).