The MLB season will finally be starting in a few weeks with an opening night doubleheader (Yankees/Nationals & Giants/Dodgers) on July 23 and a full slate July 24.
A 60-game schedule for every team featuring only division games and interleague crossover games with the corresponding division in the other league means a great change from the normal 162-game slate and it will be a wild two months to trim the league from 30 to 10 playoff teams.
There will be new challenges and roster management situations that franchises aren’t accustomed to and even the teams that have been at the bottom of the league in recent years should have some optimism needing only two strong months to be in the mix. For example on June 1 last season the Phillies and Rangers were both playoff teams while Colorado and San Diego had winning records. The eventual World Series champions were only 25-33, sitting just a few games above the Marlins in the NL East standings.
Check out a five-page MLB PREVIEW from Nelly’s that includes a look at the recently released updated 2020 schedule, along with the projected rotations and an over/under win total prediction for each division.