The 2020 MLB season starts this Thursday. Although there will not be fans at the games, they will be happy to see the return of America’s Pastime to their television screens. Using the website playoffpredictors.com, I predicted what each team’s record will be at the end of the 2020 MLB season.
A 60-game season is not traditional for the MLB. The 162-game marathon has been turned into a sprint. This could benefit teams that may not be looked at as favorites, as one seven or 10-game winning streak could vault a team into playoff contention at the end of the season.
My prediction ended with familiar teams in playoff spots. I think this happened because these teams have proved that they can rise to the occasion.
2020 MLB Regular Season Standings Prediction
(1) Yankees 38-22
(5) Rays 35-25
Red Sox 32-28
Blue Jays 24-36
(2) Twins 37-24
(4) Indians 36-25
White Sox 29-31
(3) Astros 36-24
(3) Nationals 37-23
(4) Braves 35-25
(2) Cardinals 40-20
(5) Cubs 35-25
(1) Dodgers 41-19
2020 MLB Season Prediction Lands Eight of 10 2019 Playoff Teams In Field
In my prediction, four of the five teams in both the AL and NL were the same as 2019. think there will be a lack of new teams in the playoffs because teams simply have not had that much time together. The more battle-tested teams will be playoff-bound, as they have the experience playing in more high-stress situations. In a 60-game season, every game will have more intensity to it, as there is much less room for error.
St. Louis Cardinals Will Make the World Series
My prediction for the 2020 NL playoff bracket has the Braves winning their respective Wild Card game. The Braves and Dodgers will have an entertaining NLDS series that goes five games, but the Dodgers will exorcise the demons from their Game 5 loss to the Nationals and advance. The Cardinals will beat the Nationals in four games. I believe that the Cardinals’ pitching staff is one of the up-and-coming rotations in the league, led by Jack Flaherty. They will be able to go toe to toe with Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in an NLDS series where they will only have to face each of them once. Also, the Nationals do not have Anthony Rendon. While I think that Rendon does not make the Los Angeles Angels make the playoffs in the AL, he was one of, if not the most clutch player during the Nationals’ postseason run in 2019.
The NLCS will feature two familiar teams with the Cardinals and Dodgers. I picked the Cardinals to win in seven games, as the series could go either way. These two teams have had their share of playoff battles due to their great pitching rotations. Clayton Kershaw has had an illustrious career, but has not had a signature postseason moment. Many are wondering if he will ever have that moment.
New York Yankees Primed For Number 29, but Will They Get It?
In my AL playoff bracket, I have the Twins beating the Indians in what will be dubbed “Game 61” to win the AL Central pennant. The Indians will then beat the Rays in the AL Wild Card game. However, the Indians will have a hard time beating the Yankees. Signing Gerrit Cole gives the Yankees an edge that they have not had over the past few seasons. While Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton are decent, they have always struggled with their consistency. Gerrit Cole is the unquestioned ace of the team, and will help the Yankees in the playoffs.
They will play the Astros in the ALDS. Houston will struggle more so this season because they won’t be able to steal signs, but the talent is still there. It is hard to bet against George Springer, Jose Altuve, and the rest of the Astros’ starting lineup. However, they will not be able to get past the Yankees.
2020 World Series Prediction: Yankees over Cardinals in Seven
As much as it pains me to give this news to baseball fans that do not have allegiances to the Yankees, but this may be their year. They have home run hitters in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Also, having a reliable second baseman in DJ LeMahieu doesn’t hurt. I think that they have the most firepower out of any team this season, and they will want to avenge their two ALCS losses to Houston. They have a more complete lineup than St. Louis, and that is why they have the edge.
This MLB season should be fun, and it will be interesting to see if the teams that usually do well end up in the playoffs or if there may be multiple surprises in the 10-team field come October.
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