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

Max Staley
AL West predictions 2020 favor the Houston Astros and Justin Verlander.
AL West predictions 2020 favor the Houston Astros and Justin Verlander. / Bob Levey/Getty Images
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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 West shaping up in 2020.

Picks to Win the American League West

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 16, 2020.

ZiPS: Houston Astros
PECOTA: Houston Astros
Clay Davenport: Houston Astros
FanDuel Sportsbook Favorite: Houston Astros

Houston Astros Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 36-24 (1st)
PECOTA: 36-24 (1st)
Clay Davenport: 36-24 (1st)
FanDuel Sportsbook: -145 (1st)

Oakland Athletics Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 33-27 (2nd)
PECOTA: 32-28 (2nd)
Clay Davenport: 31-29 (2nd)
FanDuel Sportsbook: +230 (2nd)

Los Angeles Angels Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 30-30 (3rd)
PECOTA: 32-28 (3rd)
Clay Davenport: 30-30 (4th)
FanDuel Sportsbook: +500 (3rd)

Texas Rangers Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 27-33 (4th)
PECOTA: 27-33 (4th)
Clay Davenport: 31-29 (3rd)
FanDuel Sportsbook: +1800 (4th)

Seattle Mariners Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 22-38 (5th)
PECOTA: 24-36 (5th)
Clay Davenport: 25-35 (5th)
FanDuel Sportsbook: +9000 (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.

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