5 Most Overrated MLB Teams Heading Into 2020
With Spring Training and Opening Day right around the corner, the 2020 MLB season is almost upon. There has certainly been no shortage of drama and headlines in baseball this winter.
All of the drama will be behind us once actual games start being played, and the true top teams will quickly look to separate themselves from the pack.
With that in mind, here are the five most overrated teams heading into the 2020 MLB season.
5. Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox have been reeling from a combination of luxury cap hits and the sign-stealing fallout. New general manager Chaim Bloom has been tasked with cutting costs, and Boston had a quiet off-season on the acquisition front, only making headlines with their rash sell-off of Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then manager and clubhouse leader Alex Cora was also fired for his part in the sign-stealing scandal. Both chemistry and roster talent could take a dip this year, and the Sox could really struggle.
4. New York Mets
The Mets have a really nice roster, including a deep rotation and bullpen that pairs with a lineup full of quality hitters. Even so, they are in arguably the toughest division in baseball, which includes an Atlanta Braves team loaded with young talent and a Washington Nationals squad who are the reigning World champs, not to mention the Philadelphia Phillies, who are also playoff-caliber. The Mets could show serious improvement this year, but in such a stacked division we should temper our expectations.
3. Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati has been labeled the sleeper team by many this off-season, thanks to a few new additions like Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos, plus the fact that they're set to get a full season of Trevor Bauer. But there are still some questions to sort out. This bullpen is nothing to write home about, aside from closer Raisel Iglesias, and the team as a whole is very unproven. Poor pitching could be a real issue for Cincy in the competitive NL Central.
2. Los Angeles Angels
The Angels made a big splash by signing World Series champion Anthony Rendon this winter, but they missed on Gerrit Cole. They probably could have used the ace pitcher more, with a rotation headlining a declining Julio Teheran, and former Baltimore Oriole Dylan Bundy. The bullpen is also shaky, at best, with returnees and replacements that don’t move the needle. At some point it would be nice to see MLB poster-boy Mike Trout factor in the playoffs, but this year still looks to be a stretch with a front-loaded cap and wasted space on veterans like Albert Pujols and Justin Upton.
1. Cleveland Indians
It might be safe to say that the Cleveland Indians missed their window for a championship from 2016-’18. Now the Minnesota Twins have become the team to beat in the AL Central, and the Chicago White Sox have become a dark horse favorite loaded with exciting prospects. The Indians have also made moves that suggest they've considered tearing it all down a few times in recent years. First they traded away Trevor Bauer, then Corey Kluber, then toyed with selling on Francisco Lindor, who is basically the franchise at this point. Starter Mike Clevinger will also miss the start of the season with injury. Playing in an up-and-coming division isn't going to leave the Indians with much room for error in 2020, and they could struggle, especially if they do end up trading Lindor.
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