Another February, another season of prognostications from everyone about which teams are the best in baseball. Jeff Passan already chose the Dodgers to win it all this year. Mike Petriello and William Fleitch at MLB.com are singing a different tune.
I have fun doing just about anything with @williamfleitch, so we got together to pick potential 2020 World Series champs, 1-30. You can probably guess who's first. Yell at Will for the Astros. I enjoyed doing this.
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) February 23, 2020
It actually should not be that surprising that overall, they chose the Yankees as the World Series favorites, even over the Dodgers. The Yankees won the Cole sweepstakes, except they’re paying him what amounts to a jackpot lottery ticket. He will lead their pitching staff but for a while, their staff may be thin. James Paxton is expected to miss a few months at least, and Luis Severino is currently shut down. Severino’s future is cloudy, and nobody is quite certain when he will again be ready.
Should their pitching staff take shape, the Yankees truly are scary. Luke Voit may possibly bat 9th, and this is a hitter whose OPS+ was 124 to go along with 21 home runs. Their offense is going to score a lot of runs.
The Dodgers are number two on this list. Most fans would probably completely disregard the entire piece if they were anywhere but number one or two. Up until very recently, this was appearing to be an “upside off-season” based on the acquisitions. Blake Treinen, Jimmy Nelson, and Alex Wood are great pickups and all three could potentially contribute elite-level pitching if some re-vamping is done. “Upside” was not what fans were hoping for, however. Then, it happened: The Dodgers acquired Mookie Betts and David Price. An MVP and a post-season hero. There are few people who don’t believe this automatically makes Los Angeles the team to beat in the National League.
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I was going to throw numbers down on a paragraph breaking down the offense in the Dodgers roster, but instead, I am just going to put a lineup down.
- Mookie Betts
- Justin Turner
- Corey Seager
- Max Muncy
- Cody Bellinger
- Joc Pederson
- Gavin Lux
- Will Smith
Deep bench full of starters:
- Kiké Hernandez
- AJ Pollock
- Matt Beaty
- Austin Barnes
Yeah, good luck to the pitchers facing this lineup in 2020.
The pitching rotation is going to be both up in the air and probably shifted over the course of the season. The upside to having an embarrassment of riches is that you can afford to have an unofficial 6 man rotation. Here’s how the starting pitching is tentatively looking.
- Walker Buehler
- Clayton Kershaw
- David Price
The top 3 are locks for the rotation…
- Julio Urias
- Alex Wood
- Dustin May
- Tony Gonsolin
- Ross Stripling
- Jimmy Nelson
The other 6 depend on success, health, and inning rationing. While Dave Roberts did announce how the club would treat Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May this spring training, and essentially name Julio Urias to the starting rotation, injuries or poor showings at camp could quickly change things.
The starting pitching is possibly the only place I would give the Dodgers an 89/100. The rest of their team is solid and well-rounded.
This team could win the World Series.