MLB 2020: On the record

Predictions for the 60-game shortened MLB season:

Order of finish:

AL EAST

N.Y. Yankees
Tampa Bay
Boston
Toronto
Baltimore

AL CENTRAL

Minnesota
Cleveland
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City
Detroit

AL WEST

Oakland
Houston
L.A. Angels
Seattle
Texas

WILD CARDS: Houston over Tampa Bay
ALDS: N.Y. Yankees over Houston, Oakland over Minnesota
ALCS: N.Y. Yankees over Oakland

*or:

Playoff seeds: N.Y. Yankees, Oakland, Houston, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Boston, L.A. Angels
Quarterfinals: N.Y. Yankees over L.A. Angels, Oakland over Boston, Houston over Cleveland, Minnesota over Tampa Bay
Semifinals: N.Y. Yankees over Minnesota, Oakland over Houston
ALCS: N.Y. Yankees over Oakland

NL EAST

Philadelphia
Atlanta
Washington
N.Y. Mets
Miami

NL CENTRAL

Cincinnati
St. Louis
Milwaukee
Chicago Cubs
Pittsburgh

NL WEST

L.A. Dodgers
Colorado
San Diego
Arizona
San Francisco

WILD CARDS: Atlanta over St. Louis
NLDS: L.A. Dodgers over Atlanta, Philadelphia over Cincinnati
NLCS: L.A. Dodgers over Philadelphia

*or:

Playoff seeds: L.A. Dodgers, Cincinnati, Atlanta, St. Louis, Colorado, Milwaukee, Washington
Quarterfinals: L.A. Dodgers vs. Colorado, Washington over Cincinnati, Philadelphia over Milwaukee, St. Louis over Atlanta
Semifinals: L.A. Dodgers over St. Louis, Philadelphia over Washington
NLCS: L.A. Dodgers over Philadelphia

WORLD SERIES: N.Y. Yankees over L.A. Dodgers

AL MVP: Matt Chapman
NL MVP: Mookie Betts
AL CY YOUNG: Gerrit Cole
NL CY YOUNG: Walker Buehler

One note: I would have liked Toronto to contend for a Wild Card berth except that as of today the Blue Jays do not have a home ballpark. They may play at a minor league park that they clearly do not feel is up to major league standards, or they may play the entire season on the road. All in the middle of a global pandemic. Not good.

* New playoff format still being decided hours before Opening Day deadline and publication date.