The 2020 season is on hold for the moment, but the MLB and the Players’ Association are working to figure out a plan to have MLB competition this year. The Players’ Association recently proposed a 114-game schedule that would begin on June 30th and end October 31st. The MLB responded with a proposal that included a 50-60 game schedule. However, they both agreed to pay the players’ their full prorated salaries which is a huge step in the right direction. They will most likely come to an agreement within the next couple weeks.
The MLB also altered the American and National Leagues by separating the teams among 3 divisions. These divisions are as follows:
East – Rays, Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Nationals, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, Blue Jays, Marlins
Central – Cubs, White Sox, Brewers, Cardinals, Royals, Reds, Indians, Twins, Braves, Tigers
West – Dodgers, Angels, Giants, Athletics, Padres, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Rangers, Astros, Mariners
Assuming the league decides on an 82-game season, it will be interesting to see how these divisions play out. The Rays are in a very top-heavy East division with teams like the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Nationals, and Phillies that could all compete for first place. With the Rays’ great pitching, I believe they will be a contender. 82 games into the 2019 campaign, the Rays had a .561 win percentage with a 46-36 record. With the players they added this off-season, the Rays will definitely be on the rise. My prediction for the Rays’ performance in the 2020 season is a 50-32 record and a 2nd place finish in this new East division. Below are my predicted standings for the whole league: