An Updated Look at the Top 2020 World Series Contenders

by Mark Daloisio | March 26, 2020 |

Captain Obvious

(+400) LA Dodgers (No team has won more games since 2015 than the Dodgers.  Nobody else has won the NL West since 2012. They have won two NL pennants in that timeframe.  Players on those teams have won all kinds of awards for MVP’s, Cy Young’s to Rookie of the Year awards, but it has been since 1988 since they won their last World Series title.  They are the best team in the National League from starting lineup, pitching, depth, and even minor league system and I don’t even think it is close. They can only stop themselves from reaching the World Series in 2020)

(+400) NY Yankees (And here comes the American League version of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Last season they were decimated, and I mean decimated by injuries and still won 103 games.  Players just put on the Yankee uniform and become stars. With the start of the season delayed, it is looking like both Judge & Stanton are going to take the field at the same time.  The pitching staff was the only thing in question last season but the signing of Gerrit Cole certainly is a huge plus. The Yanks are not the certainty the Dodgers are in the NL as the competition is a little better, but they are the next closest thing)

If the obvious doesn’t come through

(+1000) Houston (This is nearly the same powerful team that went to the World Series last season minus their star pitcher Gerrit Cole.  The same team that won 100 games for the 3rd straight season. The other big loss is manager AJ Hinch who was fired over the cheating scandal but I really don’t think that will be a factor with Dusty Baker as the replacement.  The biggest question is how is the team going to react to the entire ordeal or better yet how are other teams going to react? Are Astro batters going to get beaned on a nightly basis like many predict? I think if that does happen the league will step in and put a stop to it.  Otherwise, I feel like Houston may play with a chip on their shoulder to prove the cheating did not make a difference. Their talent is not being questioned all around the league. I think they will challenge the Yankees in the American League and those odds are mighty tempting)

(+1800) Atlanta (How quickly the Braves have built their team back into NL East powerhouse once again.  Now last season was a huge disappointment getting knocked out of the playoff early losing the best of five series to the Cardinals after being up 2-1.  The offense clicked scoring the 3rd most runs in the national league while the pitching staff did its job with the 5th lowest era in the league. They did lose Josh Donaldson to Minnesota in the offseason but signed Marcell Ozuna from St Louis.  First things first, they must win the NL East which has become very competitive with defending World Series champion Washington, pitching strong NY Mets who won 86 games last season and the Phillies who are loaded with talent and are just waiting to put it all together.  Don’t make the mistake of overlooking this team. If they get hot when it counts they are more than capable of reaching the World Series)

Don’t count these guys out

(+2000) Minnesota (The Twins are what I like to call sneaky good, people don’t seem to pay attention to them until about mid-August and then they wonder where they came from.  They have to together a pretty good pitching staff that I think is highly underrated. Jose Berrios has been some credit making the All-Star game two years in a row, Jake Odorizzi had his best season every last year and they had Kenta Maeda from the Dodgers to the mix.  Homer Bailey & Jhoulys Chacin were also added to the team giving them a new look this season. Part of the reason for the addition of those pitchers was the loss of Kyle Gibson and Martin Perez as well as Michael Pineda is starting the season off with a suspension but will return.  The addition of Josh Donaldson from Atlanta will no doubt help the offense. Minnesota went 101-61 last season and has the talent to do it again this year, Cleveland should be their only competition in the AL Central)

(+2000) Washington (Washington shocked the baseball world winning the World Series last season coming back time and time again to do it.  What many people did not realize, including me, is that from June 1st on, they were tied with Houston for the best record in baseball.  Repeating as champions no matter what the sport is one of the hardest things to do and that might be why they are +2000 to repeat as champions.  They return their entire team except for 3B Anthony Rendon. While that is a big loss, something tells them they will survive. They lost some guy named Harper the year before and did alright.  Anytime your pitching staff starts off with guys named Scherzer & Strasburg you are in good shape. There is no reason that this team will not compete again but I really have my doubts they will even win the NL pennant this year)

(+2800) St Louis (St Louis is one of those teams like a team I talked about above, the Minnesota Twins, they don’t always have the stars on their roster but they are sneaky good and you look up near the end of the season and there they are again.  They did win their division last season but with only 91 wins which is a low total anymore with teams winning 100 games like it is no big deal. Then again the NL Central just beat up on each other last season. The Cards did manage to knock off Atlanta in the League Division Series last season before falling to Washinton.  The pitching staff is led by Cy Young candidate Jack Flaherty but he is still young and still learning maybe a year or two away from serious consideration. While the lineup is full of names like Carpenter, Goldschmidt, Molina and a few others, my biggest fear for them is they appear to be getting old fast and one of these seasons they are going to go downhill fast unless they infuse more youth into this lineup quickly.  I personally would not invest my money on any futures with this team)

(+2800) Tampa Bay (The biggest issue/problem the talented Rays have is they are in the AL East with the NY Yankees.  There starting pitching has been their strength for years and has kept them in games and winning games.  If this team ever found an explosive offense, they might be just as good if not better than they Yankees & Astros.  I love their pitching staff. Look at their entire staff, they do nothing but win. They all have winning records led by Charlie Morton who just continues to amaze me.  I am just so intrigued by him. Tyler Glasnow when healthy has been great, Blake Snell you can say the same (remember 2018?) Chirinos & Yarbrough for 4th & 5th starters have been as good as you can get.  The offense has a bunch of young guys not many have heard of led by OF Austin Meadows who is a star in the making. Time will tell if this group will gell into what they are hoping they can become)

Need everything to go their way (Below are teams that are capable, the talent is there but they have teams ahead of them, mainly in their own division they must catch first.  They must stay healthy and hope all the breaks go their way. There is a reason you are getting these kinds of odds with teams that are still as talented as this)

  • (+3300) Cubs
  • (+3300) NY Mets
  • (+3500) Oakland
  • (+4000) Cleveland

Need a perfect season & others to screw up (For it to happen for these guys you need all of the above to happen PLUS each team is going to need a handful of players to a career-seasons.  They are going to need to have a minor leaguer or two come up and shock the baseball world and hit .320 and drill 35 home runs, or a pitcher do his Sandy Koufax impression.

(+4000) LA Angels

(+4000) Philadelphia

(+5000) Boston

(+5000) Milwaukee

The rest are +6000 all the way to +100,000 if you believe in miracles.  I am not even going to list them, you know who they are. Good Luck this season.

My Picks:  (+400) LA Dodgers    The Dodgers are finally going to get that Championship that has been eluding them for so long now.

My Longshot: (+2000) Minnesota      I don’t know what it is about these guys that I like so much, but I do.  I am just going with a strong gut feeling that somebody is going to come out of nowhere and win the World Series.  Why not? This has already been the strangest year that I can ever remember in my 56 years on this earth.

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