AL East Predictions and Expert Picks for the Shortened 2020 MLB Season

Max Staley
Gleyber Torres and the New York Yankees are favored to win the AL East.
Gleyber Torres and the New York Yankees are favored to win the AL East. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

After an incredibly hectic offseason, the 2020 MLB season is finally upon us, with Opening Day on July 23 rapidly approaching.

The 2020 World Series race is wide open, but some early favorites stand out in the field: the Houston Astros, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees. Before they worry about the World Series, though, teams need to focus on the regular season and take care of their division.

With that in mind, here is how industry experts see the American League East shaping up in 2020.

Picks to Win the American League East

ZiPS Projections come from Dan Szymborski on FanGraphs, PECOTA projections come from Baseball Prospectus, and Clay Davenport (who co-founded Baseball Prospectus) projections come from his personal websiteFanDuel Sportsbook win totals and odds to win the division are as of July 15, 2020.

ZiPS: New York Yankees
PECOTA: New York Yankees
Clay Davenport: New York Yankees
FanDuel Sportsbook Favorite: New York Yankees

New York Yankees Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 37-23 (1st)
PECOTA: 37-23 (1st)
Clay Davenport: 36-24 (1st)
FanDuel Sportsbook Favorite: (-290)

Tampa Bay Rays Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 35-23 (2nd)
PECOTA: 32-28 (2nd)
Clay Davenport: 33-27 (2nd)
FanDuel Sportsbook: +300 (2nd)

Boston Red Sox Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 30-30 (3rd)
PECOTA: 30-30 (3rd)
Clay Davenport: 31-29 (3rd)
FanDuel Sportsbook: +1200 (3rd)

Toronto Blue Jays Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 27-33 (4th)
PECOTA: 28-32 (4th)
Clay Davenport: 29-31 (4th)
FanDuel Sportsbook: +2200 (4th)

Baltimore Orioles Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 19-41 (5th)
PECOTA: 22-38 (5th)
Clay Davenport: 22-38 (5th)
FanDuel Sportsbook: +15000 (5th)

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.