With only 60 games this season, it is going to be tough predicting who’s going to knock it out of the park in 2020. Still, we still think there are a few favorites that even in this crazy COVID-19 year can give us some expectations for winning amidst the chaos.
Coming out of 4 months of a global health pandemic that changed everybody’s life for the foreseeable future, and if that’s not enough also adding a bitter labor battle, it wasn’t sure that Major League Baseball will even have a 2020 season.
But all of us baseball lovers around the world are in luck, and we are now getting excited and revving our engines for 60-game sprint that is about kick off on Thursday and basically throw us right into a pennant race. So trying to make sense of it all, which are the teams can make something out of the most hectic season the MLB has ever seen in its history? Here’s a quick look at a few.
Los Angeles Dodgers
With 106 wins last year, Mookie Betts and top-100 prospects oozing with potential like Gavin Lux, Will Smith, Brusdar Graterol and Dustin Man, the Dodgers are probably the strongest club going into this season. But in a 60-game season everything is going to happen a lot faster and messier than anyone can expect.
So, the Dodgers better keep reminding themselves that it’s hard to monetize regular-season success into post-season hardware. Still, on paper they are the strongest team going into this season. So MLB odds are pretty good for the Dodgers.
New York Yankees
Last summer the Yankees roaster reminded more of a hospital ward than a baseball team with all the injuries. However, Manager Aaron Boone still led the team to 103 wins which was more than MLB odds given to the Yankees.
This happened mostly because Boone brought out of nowhere the two-star hitters Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Santon, who played together for a total of only 120 games, but the Yankees still scored 943 runs. If these two step onto the field in 2020, there are MLB odds for great things can come the Yankees way this season.
The Astros are also on top of the list of promising teams with Major League Baseball odds for the 2020 season, but there are a few question marks over this powerhouse from Huston. Jose Urquidy didn’t participate in the training camp restart, Josh James had an inconstant 2019 performance after an amazing 2018 show. And Forrest Whitley, one of the Astro’s top prospects still has an unclear role. So what are the odds for the Astros this 2020 season? We think that still pretty good.
Last Year, the Twins were the team with the most home run hits in baseball history. The challenge for the Twins lies when it comes to pitching staff which is much weaker than that of MLB rivals in New York, Huston and Tampa Bay. Still, if Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda and Michael Pineda can live up to expectation, the Twins may be one of the most promising sides in terms of MLB 2020 odds.
Tampa Bay Rays
Rays Manager Kevin Cash is known for his tactical, almost magical abilities that got the Rays 90 wins in 2019 against Major League Baseball odds. Cash is one of those managers who thrive on chaos, and with tons of in-game substation options (probably more than any other team in the league) he can come up with tactical answers to all the uncertainties this 60-game season will bring. The Rays will be one of the more interesting teams to watch in MLB 2020.
The Nationals’ starting lineup and rotation are still of made of champion-quality, even after Anthony Rendon left to free agency. But there’s not a lot of depth on the bench, and not too much stock in the upper minors. So with no injuries, and if all goes well, the Nationals can have a not-too-bad 2020 season, but if things don’t go as planned, this short 60-game season can feel like a very long one. So, MLB odds for the Nationals will depend greatly on injuries.
The MLB 2020 season, shortened to 60 games in a 66-day sprint starts on Thursday night. Will the teams that were stronger before the pandemic still keep their dominance, or will the chaos mix up all Major League Baseball odds and we will see huge upsets from clubs that are somehow able to adjust to the mess and intensity and perform better in this “new normal”?
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