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Dodgers: PECOTA Projections Names Los Angeles the Best in Baseball



Before the season was completely derailed by COVID-19, the Dodgers were already projected to be the best in baseball. At over 102 wins projected, no team came close in the PECOTA projections. 

Baseball Prospectus released the latest PECOTA projections as we are on the brink of a 60-game season. As expected, the Dodgers are once again projected to outshine every other team in baseball. At 38.5 simulated wins, only the Yankees come close with an estimated 36.5 wins. 

In terms of offensive production, the Dodgers are also projected to be the second-highest scoring team in all of baseball. The Astros are predicted to be the top-scoring team with just a few more projected runs than Los Angeles. They are also projected to have the least runs scored against them in baseball as well.

For the Dodgers, adding Mookie Betts and David Price into the fold drastically altered expectations for the season, though Price will not be playing in 2020. Despite losing Hyun-jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda, and Rich Hill, the Dodgers still managed to become an even better team. Their chances of making the playoffs during the shortened season are already at over 97 percent even before a game has been played. 

The rest of the National League West doesn’t shape out too well according to the projections. In fact, there is not another team predicted to finish with a winning record in the division. The Diamondbacks were 29.6 wins in the rankings, good for second place. The Padres, Rockies, and Giants follow them in that order in the west behind the first-place Dodgers. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Its no wonder that Our Dodgers ranked so high!! They are the Best team in baseball..They have been and they Always will be!! Opening Day is just a few days away and looking so forward to seeing Our Dodgers play.This Dodger girl predicts that Our boys in blue will take it all the way to the World Series for 2020!! Lets Go Dodgers!!

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