CLIP ‘N SAVE: Forecasting division winners, individual champs for Major League Baseball’s 2020 campaign
Since 2017, two-time AL MVP Mike Trout (45 HRs, 104 RBI, 110 runs, 11 steals last season) has cumulatively accounted for 55 homers during the months of July, August and September.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw (three-time NL Cy Young) boasts cumulative tallies of a 1.33 ERA and 30/4 K-BB rate in his last four season-launching starts.
MVP favorite Ronald Acuna Jr. won’t be a 40-40 candidate in 2020, but 34 wins seems eminently doable for the Braves — the reigning NL East champs.
Tracking their last four 60-game starts (dating back to 2016), Rafael Devers (left) and the Red Sox own stellar averages of 35 victories.
The Wrigley Field faithful should expect a heavy run of NL Central opponents this season, as baseball works out the logistics of a 60-game campaign.
Dodger Stadium could be an ideal fixed venue for the 2020 World Series — if baseball officials opt to give this year’s Fall Classic a Super Bowl-like feel.
MLB DRAFT: 4 history-based reasons why the Detroit Tigers should bypass Spencer Torkelson at No. 1 overall
Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson has been an off-the-charts performer in college, crushing 54 homers and posting a career OPS of 1.129. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ASU NOW
Mets ace Jacob deGrom has claimed back-to-back Cy Young trophies in the National League, posting a two-year average of 10 wins, 262 strikeouts, a 2.05 ERA and 0.94 WHIP.
In just his age-20 season last year, Nationals dynamo Juan Soto rolled for 34 homers, 110 RBI, 110 runs, 12 steals and a .401 on-base percentage.
BOLD THINKING: Embracing MLB’s trial-balloon plan of staging the 2020 campaign in Florida and Arizona
The Yankees (back-to-back 100-win campaigns) would be prohibitive favorites to carry the Grapefruit League North this season, under MLB’s Florida-Arizona seasonal alignment.