Spring training is just getting started. Opening Day is more than a month away.   But what the heck. Let’s project the final standings and playoff outcomes for 2020 based on rosters as currently constructed and a healthy dollop of informed speculation…

Spring training is just getting started. Opening Day is more than a month away. But what the heck. Let’s project the final standings and playoff outcomes for 2020 based on rosters as currently constructed and a healthy dollop of informed speculation…

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This is the Fall Classic MLB is dreaming of: baseball’s two most massive markets fighting for the game’s most glistening prize.
Anyone could win. Hopefully, it’d go seven games, which would be a distinct possibility.┬áIt’s folly to make a pick in February, but we’ll do it nonetheless.
The Dodgers will win in six. The Yankees will be denied championship No. 28 for at least a year. Los Angeles will get its first parade since 1988. Iconic players, including lefty Clayton Kershaw, will don long-overdue rings.
That’s based on Los Angeles’ addition of Betts and Price, who could revive his career in the NL West. Plus, the Dodgers just seem due. They’ve had a string of strong seasons and are starved for a championship.
That doesn’t always translate directly to a title, as Los Angeles has shown with a string of near misses. But at some point, a franchise as wealthy, loaded and perennially dangerous as this one is destined to cross the finish line.
With a stacked pitching staff and a deep lineup, here’s betting 2020 is when it happens, even against a club as powerful as the Yankees.
Or maybe not. It’s spring, after all.

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