This will hinge on the Rays' less glitzy but deep lineup. Download data. All rights reserved. The antidote to the possibility of poor health is depth. White Sox left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who has had some big postseason moments, could play a key role if his back spasms clear up. (Rankings as of March 25.) All rights reserved. Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler form a potent one-two combo atop the starting rotation, and right fielder Bryce Harper, first baseman Rhys Hoskins and catcher J.T.

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I picked the Angels to win the AL West not only because of Houston's loss of Gerrit Cole to the Yankees but also because the Angels added Anthony Rendon and have a fully healthy Shohei Ohtani back in action.

No booing fans in the stands and a prolonged stretch for emotions to simmer down a tad could work in Houston's favor. Then they traded for Mookie Betts. Oakland has won just one postseason series since 1992. Detroit Free Press. They should be able to at least hold on to the No. — What will happen when teams begin traveling regularly? But assuming L.A. gets its rotation healthy, it can counter with multiple strong arms. Dylan Carlson to St. Louis? Yet, thanks to the lack of depth in the AL West, they'll likely finish in second place and thus receive the sixth seed. In a conventional sense, the Padres are probably at least a year or two away.

The offense is less robust, though stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez populate the left side of the infield. If he's not, the team will rely on young, inexperienced arms such as Wright and Anderson.

Christian Yelich is an MVP favorite, the DH role seems perfect for Ryan Braun and the team has one of the best closers in the game in Josh Hader. Trending: Why Casey Mize might benefit most from Jordan Zimmermann's injury, Here come the kids: Making sense of Turnbull's 'filthy' intrasquad outing, What happens: Tigers 2020 schedule: Predicting their record for the 60-game season. The Astros are definitely going to miss Gerrit Cole, and that makes the difference in a 60-game sprint. The regional schedule will shorten flight times overall, but that's just one element to travel. Teams will either think this is their greatest chance at a World Series and mortgage the future in a short year, or they'll believe mortgaging the future in a short season isn't worth it. Teams must decide whether they want to prematurely start the service time clocks of players who can push them over the top. If they don't, they'll likely slot in at No. It's hard to make a numbers-based case that Oakland should be favored over the Astros in the AL West, but the A's have one of the best five or six rosters in baseball. Atlanta lost Josh Donaldson to free agency but brings back much of the core that led to 97 wins last season. All rights reserved. If that feels soon, well, it's because it is. Here's where Chapman's loss will really sting. -- Tristan Cockcroft, Who is the favorite in a loaded NL East? Professional sports in the middle of a pandemic, and players testing positive even before they start traveling for games, is pretty harrowing foreshadowing. Atlanta will hope Fried is healthy. But the Dodgers will smell the finish line and should win their third National League pennant in four years. Assuming they get healthy before the postseason, they'll join Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urias in a stout rotation. 2020 could be the year, amid the craziest of circumstances, the accumulation of top-tier young talent comes together on the South Side. But the Rays have pitching, too, and a much stronger lineup from top to bottom. Toss in the emergence of Mike Soroka last year and the signing of Marcell Ozuna, and Atlanta brings a team with offensive depth -- and that's without including star first baseman Freddie Freeman, one of the most high-profile players to test positive for the coronavirus.

NL West: 1608-4 53%: 37%: Braves 2-0, 3-0, 3-3. They are stacked. The Dodgers won 106 games last season and outscored opponents by 273 runs. They're still without ace Justin Verlander (forearm), and their bullpen and lineup have also been hit hard by injuries. Really, only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals have been virtually eliminated. NL Wild Card: Diamondbacks over Cardinals.

After besting the White Sox and Athletics, Terry Francona's club will face a more complete team in Tampa Bay.

NL … © 2018 ABC News Internet Ventures. 2020 MLB Season Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the MLB saw its 2020 season shortened dramatically and its schedule adjusted accordingly. — In more optimistic terms, I'm curious to see what crazy on-field stuff happen this season. On offense, Mookie Betts and Corey Seager lead a deep, balanced attack, and the bullpen is among the game's best. The difference, though, could be on offense—if Bryant, Baez, Rizzo and other members of the Cubs' 2016 championship team could rediscover their October magic. Why do you think the A's will get one of the AL wild-card spots?

But after Zack Greinke, the Astros lack a proven postseason starter, and their bullpen is suspect. Standings Games Pitchers Chance of making … Team Division Team rating 1-week change Div. After a delay of nearly four months, the 2020 MLB season will begin on Thursday night when the Washington Nationals host the New York Yankees (7 ET, ESPN).

Los Angeles should have a grand time obliterating each team en route to another division crown.

If guys like Lowe and Adames provide enough offense, Snell and Tampa Bay's bullpen could do the rest. -- Kevin Pulsifer, People seem to overlook the Indians winning 93 games a year ago, despite myriad issues with the lineup (Jose Ramirez, the outfield) and rotation (Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco). As with the White Sox, the Blue Jays' cadre of young star hitters will get to make their playoff debut. Draft Buddy; LPP; Rankings; Articles; News; Stats; Fantasy Baseball Player Projections: Hitters 2020 Season, Updated Jul 21. We made our picks for the 2020 MLB season. Get the gang back together, or start a new tradition.
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The upgraded lineup is deeper and more powerful, led by a motivated MVP candidate in Francisco Lindor; the rotation appears healthy; and with a rather attractive schedule, Cleveland should cruise to the postseason, where a veteran manager with several World Series rings adds another. We’re using an Elo-based system that also accounts for starting pitchers, travel distance and rest, with an average team rating of about 1500. Here are seven predictions that might blow your mind: 1) 60 games won’t settle things — Speaking of frauds: Are the Angels prepared to finally turn preseason hype into actual success, or will another roster short on starting pitching mean continued mediocrity? Will the Nationals repeat? With no home-field advantage, we predict this one will go the distance but that Toronto's inexperience will catch up to it.

Manager Aaron Boone told reporters that sluggers Aaron Judge (calf) and Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) could return within a week, which would be a huge boost. But their chances of making a deep playoff run took a serious hit Saturday with the news that star third baseman Matt Chapman is lost for the season to hip surgery. NLDS: Dodgers over Braves, Cardinals over Nationals. ALDS: Yankees over Rays, Astros over Twins. For hitters, position ranks are based on each player's primary position, as determined by 2019 appearances. Which non-usual suspect will have a great season and become everyone's new favorite cult hero? -- Bradford Doolittle, Of the three comparable top contenders, I can't pick the Astros given all the uncertainty and acrimony around their offseason, while the Yankees have to get out of the harder league (featuring six of the top seven teams in FanGraphs' projected team WAR). Amid the uncertainty and the fear and all the rest of 2020, we’re positioned for a whirlwind of a season. Fried's injury is a major concern, but the club has enough to win a third straight NL East title.

Public bitterness and infighting between MLB and the MLBPA took the forefront, leaving public bitterness and infighting among its fan base. 2020 MLB Projected Standings Highlights. The Braves also end the year with 10 of 20 games against Miami and Baltimore. Cleveland will go as far as its arms can carry it. And they have just enough pitching to come out on top. Their pitching is suspect, but anything can happen in a 60-game season, especially when you have Mike Trout. But in watching the Yankees in the summer camp, in seeing the staggering accumulation of talent -- amplified by the return from injury for Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge -- picking against them would be like picking against the Harlem Globetrotters.

Will lots more opt out once the season starts and players go down?

Speaking of small-market, this will be a battle of MLB's No. This could be the best series of the postseason. But the loss of Chapman, who has finished in the top seven in AL MVP voting each of the past two seasons, can't be overstated. MLB predictions 2020: Final standings, playoff projections, World Series picks. MLB Wednesday Takeaways: Dodgers make history in … Tampa Bay has the depth to defeat its division foe. Add in new power sources Mike Moustakas and Nicholas Castellanos, and the Reds' lineup should be improved as well. While we wait for the stretch run to unfold, let's make some predictions on seeding and for each round of playoffs. 2 series plays the winner of the No. All rights reserved. But we'll toss a dart and pick the New York Mets, who are the only club in that group with a positive run differential (plus-nine entering play Saturday) and have a solid offense led by outfielders Dominic Smith and Michael Conforto and an ace up their sleeves in Jacob deGrom. And I'm also not sure Houston could cover all of the innings it lost when Gerrit Cole left town for a full season. Arlington's Globe Life Field (NLDS, NLCS, World Series), pending approval from the players union.

After all, there's no such thing as a bad prediction, just teams or players who don't follow through on them. 2020 MLB Predictions Updated after every game. Even apart from those two factors, the Dodgers are probably my slight preference for the best pick of these three anyway.

Not to mention the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It wasn't long ago when there were serious doubts that a 2020 MLB season was actually going to happen. In case you forgot, the Astros were embroiled in a pretty deep sign stealing scandal, they fired manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow, lost Gerrit Cole in free agency and didn't do a whole lot to fix improve their team this offseason.

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