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

Jason Schandl
NL West predictions 2020 favor the Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
NL West predictions 2020 favor the Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers. / Norm Hall/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 National League West shaping up in 2020.

Picks to Win the National 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 website. FanDuel Sportsbook win totals and odds to win the division are as of July 16, 2020.

ZiPS: Los Angeles Dodgers
PECOTA: Los Angeles Dodgers
Clay Davenport: Los Angeles Dodgers
FanDuel Sportsbook Favorite: Los Angeles Dodgers (-500)

Los Angeles Dodgers Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 38-22 (1st)
PECOTA: 38-22 (1st)
Clay Davenport: 36-24 (1st)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 37.5
Odds to Win the NL West: (-500)

Arizona Diamondbacks Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 30-30 (3rd)
PECOTA: 30-30 (2nd)
Clay Davenport: 31-29 (2nd)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 31.5
Odds to Win the NL West: (+600)

San Diego Padres Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 32-28 (2nd)
PECOTA: 29.5-30.5 (3rd)
Clay Davenport: 31-29 (3rd)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 30.5
Odds to Win the NL West: (+750)

Colorado Rockies Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 26-34 (4th)
PECOTA: 27-33 (4th)
Clay Davenport: 30-30 (4th)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 27.5
Odds to Win the NL West: (+3000)

San Francisco Giants Predictions 2020

ZiPS: 25-35 (5th)
PECOTA: 25-35 (5th)
Clay Davenport: 23-37 (5th)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 25.5
Odds to Win the NL West: (+7500)


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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