MLB 2020 predictions
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MLB 2020 predictions


Opening Day is here. Here is a recap of everything you need to know about the weird rules of the 60-game season. Here is everything you may have missed or forgotten if you haven’t paid much attention to baseball since last October. And here are capsule previews of all 30 teamsNow let’s be dumb and do some MLB 2020 predictions. 

It’s silly enough to predict the outcome of a baseball season in which over 2,400 baseball games are played by over a thousand players, all of whom are subject to injury and/or wild variation from past performance or reasonable expectations. This year, with only 900 total games being played you might think it’s easier, but I think the opposite is true. The fewer the games the more chance for random fluctuation and, frankly, weirdness.

All of which to say is that Bill and I totally shooting in the dark here. I wouldn’t be surprised if literally anything happened. Well, maybe not a Tigers-Marlins World Series, but there are fewer possibilities I will rule out for this odd spring of a partial year than I’ll consider at least superficially plausible.

With those disclaimers out of the way, here are our MLB 2020 predictions:


AL East: New York Yankees
AL Central: Chicago White Sox
AL West: Houston Astros
AL Wild Cards: Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics

NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: Chicago Cubs
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
NL Wild Cards: St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds

POSTSEASON (assuming no expanded playoffs)

AL WC: Twins defeat Athletics
NL WC: Cardinals defeat Reds

ALDS: Yankees defeat Twins in 3 games
ALDS: White Sox defeat Astros in 5 games
NLDS: Dodgers defeat Cardinals in 3 games
NLDS: Nationals defeat Cubs in 4 games

ALCS: Yankees defeat White Sox in 5 games
NLCS: Dodgers defeat Nationals in 6 games

World Series: Yankees defeat Dodgers in 6 games


AL MVP: Alex Bregman (Astros)
NL MVP: Juan Soto (Nationals)

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Yankees)
NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler (Dodgers)

AL Rookie of the Year: Luis Robert (White Sox)
NL Rookie of the Year: Nico Hoerner (Cubs)



AL East: New York Yankees
AL Central: Minnesota Twins
AL West: Houston Astros
AL Wild Cards: Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics

NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: Cincinnati Reds
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
NL Wild Cards: Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs

POSTSEASON (assuming no expanded playoffs)

AL WC: Rays defeat Athletics
NL WC: Braves defeat Cubs

ALDS: Yankees defeat Twins in 4 games
ALDS: Rays defeat Astros in 5 games
NLDS: Dodgers defeat Braves in 4 games
NLDS: Reds defeat Nationals in 5 games

ALCS: Yankees defeat Rays in 7 games
NLCS: Dodgers defeat Reds in 5 games

World Series: Dodgers defeat Yankees in 6 games


AL MVP: Mike Trout (Angels)
NL MVP: Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves)

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole (Yankees)
NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Nationals)

AL Rookie of the Year: Jesús Luzardo (Athletics)
NL Rookie of the Year: Gavin Lux (Dodgers)


There they are: MLB 2020 predictions. Guaranteed to be 100% accurate or your money back.

Nationals GM Rizzo won’t reveal length of Martinez’s new contract

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WASHINGTON — Dave Martinez spoke Saturday about managing the Washington Nationals for “many, many years” and over the “long term” and “quite some time,” thanks to his contract extension.

Sharing a table to a socially distanced degree with his manager on a video conference call to announce the new deal – each member of the duo sporting a 2019 World Series ring on his right hand – Nationals GM Mike Rizzo referred to the agreement’s “multiyear” nature, but repeatedly refused to reveal anything more specific in response to reporters’ questions.

“We don’t talk about terms as far as years, length and salaries and that type of thing. We’re comfortable with what we have and the consistency that we’re going to have down the road,” said Rizzo, who recently agreed to a three-year extension of his own. “That’s all we want to say about terms, because it’s private information and we don’t want you guys to know about it.”

When Martinez initially was hired by Rizzo in October 2017 – his first managing job at any level – the Nationals’ news release at the time announced that he was given a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year.

That 2021 option had not yet been picked up.

“The partnership that Davey and I have together, our communication styles are very similar. Our aspirations are similar, and kind of our mindset of how to obtain the goals that we want to obtain are similar. I think it’s a good match,” Rizzo said. “We couldn’t have hit on a more positive and enthusiastic leader in the clubhouse. I think you see it shine through even in the most trying times.”

The Nationals entered Saturday – Martinez’s 56th birthday – with a 23-34 record and in last place in the NL East, which Rizzo called “a disappointing season.” The team’s title defense was slowed by injuries and inconsistency during a 60-game season delayed and shortened by the coronavirus pandemic.

World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg threw just five innings because of a nerve issue in his pitching hand and players such as Starlin Castro, Sean Doolittle, Tanner Rainey, Adam Eaton and Carter Kieboom finished the year on the IL.

“This year, for me, we didn’t get it done. We had a lot of bumps in the road this year. But I really, fully believe, we’ve got the core guys here that we need to win another championship,” Martinez said. “I know Mike, myself, we’re going to spend hours and hours and hours trying to fill the void with guys we think can potentially help us in the future. And we’ll be back on the podium. I’m really confident about that.”

Rizzo was asked Saturday why the team announces contract lengths for players, as is common practice around the major leagues, but wouldn’t do so in this instance for Martinez.

“The reason is we don’t want anybody to know. That’s the reason,” Rizzo said, before asking the reporter: “How much do you make? How many years do you have?”

Moments later, as the back-and-forth continued, Rizzo said: “It’s kind of an individual thing with certain people. I don’t want you to know what I make or how many years I have. Davey doesn’t want you to know. And I think that it’s only fair … when people don’t want certain information out there, that we don’t give it.”

There were some calling for Martinez to lose his job last season when Washington got off to a 19-31 start. But Rizzo stood by his manager, and the team eventually turned things around, going 74-38 the rest of the way to reach the playoffs as an NL wild-card team.

The Nationals then beat the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals to reach the World Series, where they beat the Houston Astros in Game 7.

Washington joined the 1914 Boston Braves as the only teams in major league history to win a World Series after being 12 games below .500 during a season.

“Everything from Day 1 to where he’s gotten to now, he’s grown so much. He’s really become one of my favorite managers of all,” three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer said after helping Washington win Saturday’s opener of a doubleheader against the New York Mets. “Davey really understands how to manage a clubhouse, manage a team. We saw it in the postseason. He knows how to push the right buttons when everything is on the line.”