MLB BASEBALL FUTURES ODDS – 2020 NL EAST PREDICTIONS
Looking for 2020 NL East Predictions? Washington finally came through winning the World Series after so many empty playoff trips. They might still be the favourite but without Anthony Rendon their lineup has a big hole. Atlanta is another top team that is looking to cash in the playoffs this season.
MLB Predictions – 2020 NL East Handicapping Insight
It seems like the Mets might have had a plan but they had to fire their proposed manager, Carlos Beltran, so now things are more unsettled than they would like.
Here’s a closer look at the 2020 NL East.
Atlanta Braves 2020 NL East Predictions
Braves NL East Division Odds: 2/1
Atlanta Braves Win Total Odds: 91.5
Given the Nationals won the World Series it is easy to forget that Atlanta won the East last season by four games after winning 97 games second-best in the National League. That result is very repeatable.
That is because most of their lineup from last season is returning. It starts at the top with Ronald Acuna Jr, who might be the best player in the NL. Freddie Freeman is the anchor and a threat to win the batting title of MVP.
Ozzie Albies does not get the headlines of Acuna but for a second baseman there are not many better hitters. He matched Freeman for the team lead at .295 while also smacking 24 homers. That is 24 dingers in back to season for the 24 year old.
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There is a big hole in the lineup where Josh Donaldson used to be. Not only did he find his power stroke in 2019 but he is a winner through and through and the Braves fed off his energy. Johan Camargo gets the spot and they need him to rebound from a terrible season.
Compared to other contenders the Braves are a little light on pitching. It hurt them last year and it might again this season. Mike Soroka was very impressive last season but he has yet to prove he can dominate for a full game. I like the addition of Cole Hamels, both as a pitcher and a mentor. He is always so cool
I like the bullpen a lot. They have about four guys who have/could be closers so they are going to look to shorten the games as much as possible. Might not have that one dynamite guy but volume is a good thing in the bullpen.
Washington Nationals 2020 NL East Predictions
Nationals NL East Division Odds: 2/1
Nationals Win Total Odds: 90.5
The Nationals finally got it done last season, riding some strong pitching performances all the way to the World Series. It was post Bryce Harper and this season is going to be post Anthony Rendon but there are a lot of reasons to like their chances to be a threat.
At the top of that list is a rotation that is as good at the top as any in the game. Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin were all key contributors throughout the season and in the playoffs. There is no reason to think they will not have strong seasons again in 2020.
The lineup features Juan Soto, one of the best young players the game. He already shows the kind of complete game that has some thinking he might be the best player in the NL (if not Acuna). Victor Robles is also a top prospect who they would like to see develop some more.
Repeating is tough but this team certainly looks good enough to repeat right now.
Philadelphia Phillies 2020 NL East Predictions
Phillies NL East Division Odds: 4/1
Phillies Win Total Odds: 85.5
The Phillies had high hopes coming into last season. They had Harper in tow and doubled down by bringing in others like Andrew McCutchen. Suffice it to say it did not come together, injuries and more led them to retool for 2020.
This offseason the big acquisition was Zack Wheeler, formerly of the Mets. He should slot nicely behind Aaron Nola in the rotation. That group might be a little light contend with the teams above.
Shortstop Didi Gregorius looks like a great acquisition. He fields the position well and you can bat him all throughout the lineup. Maybe another significant pickup takes a little off Harper but that contract will always grab attention.
This team really needs to get off to a good start or the mood could get sour quickly.
New York Mets 2020 NL East Predictions
Mets NL East Division Odds: 13/4
Mets Win Total Odds: 86.5
The Mets might have the best rotation in the Majors, one through five. They let Wheeler go and signed Rick Porcello. That is probably a downgrade but the rest of the group is so good and this year they have Marcus Stroman for a full season.
That group is pretty well established but the lineup needs to be more than Polar Bear Pete Alonso. Jeff McNeil was really good last season but someone else has to step up.
Michael Conforto was on a good trajectory a couple of seasons ago but last season was not good. If they get him to be a regular threat than they might have just enough.
This season is already off to a weird start with Carlos Beltran being hired and then let go without even managing a single game.
Miami Marlins 2020 NL East Predictions
Marlins NL East Division Odds: 1000/1
Marlins Win Total Odds: 64.5
Derek Jeter is heading to the Hall of Fame but it is not because of anything he is doing guiding the Marlins.
The strength of the team is a pitching staff that has some promise. Guys like Caleb Smith and Sandt Alcantara had their moments last season. This is a super young group though with four of the five starters under 25 coming into the season. Anything could happen with this group.
I cannot see a scenario where this team wins more than a few games than they did a season ago. Most nights they are not going to be very competitive.
CappersPicks.com 2020 NL East Predictions
This division is likely a two-team race between Atlanta and Washington. Both are great bets for the playoffs too and if Philly and the Mets are not competitive that would help. I can see scenarios where all four of those teams are in it for the final month. That is hard to find in any other division.
Those latter two teams make for interesting NL East futures props.
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