It may seem like the 2020 Major League Baseball season only just began. But two weeks into this year’s 60-game schedule, the playoffs are already in sight.   Time to reassess each team’s chances of getting there…

It may seem like the 2020 Major League Baseball season only just began. But two weeks into this year’s 60-game schedule, the playoffs are already in sight. Time to reassess each team’s chances of getting there…

Jose Altuve and Carlos CorreaDavid J. Phillip/Associated Press
Record: 6-6
This is as vulnerable as the Houston Astros have been in some time.
After losing Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley during the offseason, their rotation is now missing Justin Verlander (forearm strain), and it shows in its 5.34 ERA. With reports out that Roberto Osuna needs Tommy John surgery, Houston’s bullpen is also down an important piece.
And yet the Astros have stayed afloat in an AL West that has only one other obvious contender. What’s more, they’ve done so without a fully functioning offense.
As it is, the Astros are already scoring 5.9 runs per game. Once Yordan Alvarez, who’s out for undisclosed reasons, returns, and Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve and George Springer inevitably heat up, they might at least keep that number from going any lower.
Chances: 90%

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