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2020 Major League Baseball Pennant Winner Predictions

Vegas Insiders offer up their 2020 MLB Picks

The 2020 Major League Baseball season begins on July 23 with an abbreviated 60-game slate. Although this campaign will be unlike anything from previous seasons, it will make for exciting pennant races down the stretch with so few games to play.

Our stable of MLB handicappers checked in with their predictions for the upcoming season by giving out their American League pennant winner, National League pennant winner, World Series winner, and a Sleeper team to keep an eye on in 2020.

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MLB Picks Breakdown

We had 24 VI experts offers up their top MLB future picks for the upcoming 2020 regular season and the results were kindy of chalky, which is expected.

The most popular World Series matchup predicted is between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, who have not met in the Fall Classic since 1981.

VI Consensus
2020 World Series Picks

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 9
  • New York Yankees 8
  • Tampa Bay Rays 4
  • Houston Astros 2
  • Atlanta Braves 1

VI Consensus
AL Pennant Picks

  • New York Yankees 14
  • Tampa Bay Rays 4
  • Houston Astros 3
  • Boston Red Sox 1
  • Oakland Athletics 1
  • Cleveland Indians 1

VI Consensus
NL Pennant Picks

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 14
  • Atlanta Braves 6
  • St. Louis Cardinals 2
  • Cincinnati Reds 1
  • New York Mets 1

VI Consensus
MLB Sleeper Picks

  • San Diego Padres 6
  • Philadelphia Phillies 3
  • Arizona Diamondbacks 2
  • Chicago White Sox 2
  • Toronto Blue Jays 2
  • Atlanta Braves 1
  • Boston Red Sox 1
  • Chicago Cubs 1
  • Cincinnati Reds 1
  • Detroit Tigers 1
  • New York Mets 1
  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Texas Rangers 1
  • Washington Nationals 1

Lone Star Love

MLB expert Joe Nelson has tabbed Texas as a team to watch to make noise in the American League, "Starting pitching should be of enhanced importance in this short season and the Rangers have a rotation that stands up well against the rest of the AL West with the additions of Corey Kluber and Kyle Gibson. The new ballpark offers some unknowns but Houston and Oakland look unlikely to match last season's pace while after the Dodgers, the NL West draw isn't overly formidable. Texas gets 17 of its 30 games with Houston, Oakland, and the Angels at home, and all three games with the Dodgers are in Texas as well."

Feeling San Diego

In the National League, the San Diego Padres are a club looking to take the next step as a potential Wild Card team. VI handicapper Matt Blunt gives his take on the improved Padres, "They are a team I've been high since the winter, as they look like a team with a great blend of phenomenal young talent and established veteran leadership. San Diego spent years stockpiling young talent and now is the time for that talent to mature and produce results on the baseball field."

"Adding an established winner like Tommy Pham - who seemingly finds his way to the playoffs no matter what team is on - was a sneaky good addition for this team, and with the likes of Eric Hosmer, Manny Machado and Wil Myers already there, that's a strong core of established All-Star caliber players in this league."

VI 2020 MLB
Consensus Picks

2020 MLB Season Predictions
Handicapper AL Champion NL Champion WS Champion Sleeper Team
Alex Smart New York Yankees New York Mets New York Yankees Atlanta Braves
Antony Dinero New York Yankees Atlanta Braves New York Yankees Chicago White Sox
ASA New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers Chicago White Sox
Ben Burns New York Yankees Atlanta Braves New York Yankees San Diego Padres
Bill Marzano New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers New York Yankees Washington Nationals
Brian Bitler Houston Astros New York Mets Houston Astros Chicago White Sox
Bruce Marshall Tampa Bay Rays Atlanta Braves Tampa Bay Rays Philadelphia Phillies
Chip Chirimbes New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers New York Mets
Doc's Sports New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers Chicago Cubs
Gary Bart New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers Toronto Blue Jays
Jimmy Adams New York Yankees Atlanta Braves New York Yankees San Diego Padres
Joe Nelson New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals New York Yankees Texas Rangers
Joe Williams New York Yankees Atlanta Braves New York Yankees San Diego Padres
John Fisher New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers New York Yankees Detroit Tigers
Kevin Rogers Houston Astros St. Louis Cardinals Houston Astros Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Hunter New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers Arizona Diamondbacks
Marc Lawrence Houston Astros Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers Tampa Bay Rays
Mark Franco Tampa Bay Rays Cincinnati Reds Tampa Bay Rays New York Mets
Matt Blunt Boston Red Sox Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers San Diego Padres
Micah Roberts Oakland Athletics Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers Arizona Diamondbacks
NeiltheGreek New York Yankees Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves Cincinnati Reds
Pat Hawkins Tampa Bay Rays Los Angeles Dodgers Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays
Scott Rickenbach Tampa Bay Rays Los Angeles Dodgers Tampa Bay Rays Philadelphia Phillies
Stephen Nover Houston Astros Los Angeles Dodgers Houston Astros San Diego Padres
Vince Akins Cleveland Indians Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers San Diego Padres



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