Johnny Cueto finally arrives at Giants camp, vows to be ready for opener

After spending the past three weeks in the Dominican Republic caring for his ailing father, Johnny Cueto finally joined the Giants in spring training Saturday.

Despite the late arrival, the right-hander vows he’ll be ready to open the season.

“It wasn’t like I was in the Dominican just sitting down not doing anything,” Cueto told reporters through a translater. “I was working really hard, because I knew that I was losing [training] time here.”

While in the D.R. tending to his father, who had a “pre-stroke” condition that required hospitalization, Cueto worked out at the Giants academy for Latin American prospects in Boca Chica, throwing batting practice and working in the bullpen.

“To me, this is just a regular year. I signed for five [more] years, and I’m not thinking anything past that,” he said. “It’s just another year for me.”

Other projected division winners include the Cleveland Indians (92-70) — the only AL Central team tabbed for more than 79 wins — Chicago Cubs (91-71), Boston Red Sox (90-72) and New York Mets (88-74).

On the bottom end, the Royals are pegged for a 71-91 season as their feud with the Baseball Prospectus computer continues. Heading into the 2015 season, PECOTA infamously projected just 72 wins out of the defending AL champion Royals, and Kansas City players actually cited the virtual snub as motivation when they rolled to 95 wins and their first World Series title in 30 years.

PECOTA, which stands for Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm, did pretty well in its 2016 forecast. It correctly projected all five NL playoff teams but was a bit optimistic on the Astros and Rays (as it is again in 2017). Those two ended up missing the playoffs as Detroit Tigers Cheap Jerseys the Rangers and Orioles exceeded the computer’s expectations and made it to October.

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