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CLIP ‘N SAVE: Forecasting division winners, individual champs for Major League Baseball’s 2020 campaign

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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.

We’re thrilled to welcome Major League Baseball back into the societal fold this week, even though this year’s 60-game campaign represents just 37 percent of a typical 162-game season.

In a nutshell … a little something, something beats a whole lot of nothing — every time.

To ring in the new baseball year, BATSBY Sports would like to get a few predictions on record, covering both team play and individual accomplishments.

CLEMONS: A 5-year analysis of each NL club’s run of 60-game starts

CLEMONS: 5-year breakdown of every AL team’s run of 60-game starts

TEAM PREDICTIONS

AMERICAN LEAGUE

EAST

Yankees — 36-24**
Rays — 34-26
Red Sox — 30-30
Blue Jays — 29-31
Orioles — 25-35

CENTRAL

Indians — 33-27**
Twins — 32-28
White Sox — 29-31
Royals — 27-33
Tigers — 24-36

WEST

Astros — 34-26**
Athletics — 31-29
Angels — 30-30
Rangers — 28-32
Mariners — 25-35

PLAYOFFS

WILD CARD GAME: Rays over Twins

ALDS: Yankees over Rays … Astros over Indians

ALCS: Astros over Yankees

NATIONAL LEAGUE

EAST

Nationals — 32-28**
Braves — 31-29
Mets — 29-31
Phillies — 28-32
Marlins — 26-34

CENTRAL

Brewers — 33-27**
Cardinals — 33-27
Cubs — 32-28
Reds — 31-29
Pirates — 26-34

WEST

Dodgers — 37-23**
Diamondbacks — 31-29
Rockies — 30-30
Padres — 29-31
Giants — 25-35

PLAYOFFS

NL CENTRAL TIEBREAKER: Brewers over Cardinals

WILD CARD TIEBREAKER: Braves over Diamondbacks

WILD CARD GAME: Braves over Cardinals

NLDS: Dodgers over Braves … Brewers over Nationals

NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers

2020 WORLD SERIES

Astros over Dodgers in 7 games

INDIVIDUAL HONORS

HITTERS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

American: Astros 3B Alex Bregman
National: Dodgers OF Cody Bellinger

HOME RUN CHAMPIONS

American: Angels OF Mike Trout
National: Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado

BATTING TITLES

American: Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers
National: Brewers OF Christian Yelich

STOLEN BASE KINGS

American: Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi
National: Nats SS Trea Turner

PITCHERS

CY YOUNG

American: Astros SP Justin Verlander
National: Dodgers SP Walker Buehler

STRIKEOUT KINGS

American: Indians SP Shane Bieber
National: Mets SP Jacob deGrom

MOST SAVES

American: Liam Hendriks, Athletics
National: Josh Hader, Brewers

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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