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2020 MLB American League predictions: Yankees take the pennant

Jose Altuve (left) of the Houston Astros and Aaron Judge (right) of the New York Yankees. (Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports)

As we prepare to kick off the 2020 MLB season Thursday night in Washington, D.C., the general consensus is that the American League is the Yankees’ to lose. 

A huge offseason that was headlined by the acquisition of All-Star hurler Gerrit Cole has plenty picking the Bronx Bombers to roll through the league’s 60-game season and represent the AL in the World Series. 

But a slow start of any kind will put any team behind the proverbial eight-ball, while a hot streak at the right time could make this anyone’s year. 

Here is how we at amNewYork Metro see the American League playing out this year:

AL East Predicted Standings

  1. New York Yankees: 39-21
  2. Tampa Bay Rays: 36-24
  3. Boston Red Sox: 30-30
  4. Toronto Blue Jays: 26-34
  5. Baltimore Orioles: 19-41

 

AL Central Predicted Standings

  1. Minnesota Twins: 35-25
  2. Cleveland Indians: 32-28
  3. Chicago White Sox: 32-28
  4. Detroit Tigers: 24-36
  5. Kansas City Royals: 23-37

 

AL West Predicted Standings

  1. Houston Astros: 36-24
  2. Oakland Athletics: 34-26
  3. Los Angeles Angels: 32-28
  4. Texas Rangers: 26-34
  5. Seattle Mariners: 23-37

 

AL Playoff Picture

  • Wild Card Game: Tampa Bay Rays def. Oakland Athletics
  • ALDS 1: Houston Astros def. Minnesota Twins
  • ALDS 2: New York Yankees def. Tampa Bay Rays
  • ALCS: New York Yankees def. Houston Astros

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