Analysis

True to the Trident’s 2020 MLB Season Predictions

Happy Opening Day, everyone! Earlier this week on the Control the Zone podcast, we doled out our predictions for the shortened 2020 MLB season. However, because MLB is dysfunctional as ever and waited until quite literally the very last minute to finalize an expansion of the postseason from 10 to 16 teams, we’ve had to make some alterations to our predictions.

While the wackiness of a 60-game season was already enough, allowing over half of the league into the postseason makes things even crazier. It’s surprising how in line our predictions were with one another given the uncertainty of such a season, despite some of our boldest answers. But before you get too excited, no, none of us have the Mariners even sniffing the postseason this year. Sorry.

Colby Patnode

American League playoff teams: Yankees (ALE1), Twins (ALC1), Athletics (ALW1), Rays (ALE2), Astros (ALW2), Cleveland (ALC2), Angels (ALWC1), White Sox (ALWC2)

National League playoff teams: Dodgers (NLW1), Cubs (NLC1), Phillies (NLE1), Braves (NLE2), Cardinals (NLC2), Padres (NLW2), Nationals (NLWC1), Brewers (NLWC2)

World Series: Rays over Dodgers

AL MVP: Mike Trout, OF, Angels

NL MVP: Cody Bellinger, OF, Dodgers

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole, RHP, Yankees

NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler, RHP, Dodgers

AL Rookie of the Year: Luis Robert, OF, White Sox

NL Rookie of the Year: Gavin Lux, 2B, Dodgers

Ty Gonzalez

American League playoff teams: Yankees (ALE1), Twins (ALC1), Athletics (ALW1), Rays (ALE2), Astros (ALW2), White Sox (ALW2), Cleveland (ALWC1), Rangers (ALWC2)

National League playoff teams: Dodgers (NLW1), Braves (NLE1), Brewers (NLC1), Reds (NLC2), Nationals (NLE2), Diamondbacks (NLW2), Cardinals (NLWC1), Phillies (NLWC2)

World Series: Dodgers over Twins

AL MVP: Matt Chapman, 3B, Athletics

NL MVP: Ronald Acuña, OF, Braves

AL Cy Young: Lucas Giolito, RHP, White Sox

NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler, RHP, Dodgers

AL Rookie of the Year: Luis Robert, OF, White Sox

NL Rookie of the Year: Dustin May, RHP, Dodgers

Willie Keeler

American League playoff teams: Yankees (ALE1), Twins (ALC1), Angels (ALW1), Astros (ALW2), Rays (ALE2), Cleveland (ALC2), Athletics (ALWC1), Red Sox (ALWC2)

National League playoff teams: Dodgers (NLW1), Cardinals (NLC1), Phillies (NLE1), Braves (NLE2), Reds (NLC2), Diamondbacks (NLW2), Nationals (NLWC1), Cubs (NLWC2)

World Series: Yankees over Dodgers

AL MVP: Mike Trout, OF, Angels

NL MVP: Cody Bellinger, OF, Dodgers

AL Cy Young: Mike Clevinger, RHP, Cleveland

NL Cy Young: Jack Flaherty, RHP, Cardinals

AL Rookie of the Year: Jesús Luzardo, LHP, Athletics

NL Rookie of the Year: Dustin May, RHP, Dodgers

Jake Heffner

American League playoff teams: Yankees (ALE1), Astros (ALW1), Twins (ALC1), Athletics (ALW2), White Sox (ALC2), Red Sox (ALE2), Rays (ALWC1), Angels (ALWC2)

National League playoff teams: Dodgers (NLW1), Nationals (NLE1), Cardinals (NLC1), Braves (NLE2), Cubs (NLC2), Padres (NLW2), Phillies (NLWC1), Mets (NLWC2)

World Series: Dodgers over Yankees

AL MVP: Mike Trout, OF, Angels

NL MVP: Fernando Tatís Jr., SS, Padres

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole, RHP, Yankees

NL Cy Young: Jack Flaherty, RHP, Cardinals

AL Rookie of the Year: Luis Robert, OF, White Sox

NL Rookie of the Year: McKenzie Gore, LHP, Padres

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