MLB: A Question Each Team Must Answer for the 2020 Regular Season

After the owners and the players had several disagreements, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred finally stepped up. He laid it all down and he decided, among others that there will be a 60-game season for the MLB. There are some questions that the MLB and each team will have to answer moving forward.

During the 60-game season, there will be a designated hitter in the National League. That means that there will be no pitchers probably hitting ever again in the sport of baseball.

Also for right now, there will only be 10 teams in the playoffs like normal, but it is still possible that there could be more teams in the postseason depending on what the owners, the commissioner, and maybe the MLBPA could decide.

Training camps will begin on July 1 at their own respective ballparks. The schedule will be released soon. It will be 40 games against your own divisional opponents and the other 20 games will be against the other league’s division in that geographical area. (i.e.- Seattle Mariners would play entire AL West and the NL West.)

Other than that, what else do we have in store? The summertime is usually the heart and soul for baseball season. Fans will not be able to fill up the ballparks this season, but maybe next season.

What are the questions surrounding each team for this shortened season?

NL East

New York Mets: Who’s the number three starting pitcher behind Jacob deGrom and Marcus Stroman, with not having Noah Syndergaard around? Is it Steven Matz, Rick Porcello, or Michael Wacha?

Philadelphia Phillies: Can they contend in the NL East with a managerial change from Gabe Kapler to Joe Girardi?

Washington Nationals: Can they overcome the loss of Anthony Rendon at third base with Carter Kieboom or somebody else?

Atlanta Braves: Will they finally get past the NLDS?

Miami Marlins: How close are they to turning the corner?

NL Central

Cincinnati Reds: Is their powerful offense and top-heavy rotation with Trevor Bauer, Luis Castillo, and Sonny Gray enough to help them win the division?

St. Louis Cardinals: Are they poised for a slow start with an older team?

Milwaukee Brewers: Will not having a reliable number one starter come back to bite them in a shortened season?

Chicago Cubs: Will Kyle Schwarber move to the DH role or stay in the outfield?

Pittsburgh Pirates: Are they actually going to be the worst team in baseball this season?

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers: Will they finally win the World Series after acquiring outfielder Mookie Betts and starting pitcher David Price from the Boston Red Sox?

Arizona Diamondbacks: Will the addition of starting Madison Bumgarner help their rotation, but will the shortened season actually cost them a chance at the postseason?

San Diego Padres: When do their young players finally contribute?

Colorado Rockies: Do they have enough pitching to help out their offense?

San Francisco Giants: Are they also going to be one of the worst teams in baseball this season?

AL East

New York Yankees: Will not having Luis Severino hurt their rotation?

Boston Red Sox: Do they have enough starting pitching?

Tampa Bay Rays: Will they be too analytically driven again this season?

Toronto Blue Jays: Are they the surprise team in the American League with having Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, and Bo Bichette on that team?

Baltimore Orioles: Will they have the worst pitching staff again in baseball this season?

AL Central

Cleveland Indians: Do they have enough offense with a solid rotation led by Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac, Aaron Civale, Carlos Carrasco, and Mike Clevinger?

Minnesota Twins: Can they finally do something in the playoffs or do they run into their kryptonite the New York Yankees again?

Kansas City Royals: Are they another potential surprise team in the American League this season?

Chicago White Sox: Do the Chicago White Sox finally pop in a shortened season or do they fold and continue to be behind in their rebuild?

Detroit Tigers: How much worse can they be this season despite being bad for the last several years?

AL West

Los Angeles Angels: Do they have enough pitching to get them to the postseason with a talented lineup featuring Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Shohei Ohtani, Andrelton Simmons, Justin Upton, and potentially outfield prospect Jo Adell as well?

Oakland Athletics: Can they win the division so they can avoid the Wild Card Game?

Houston Astros: Will the coronavirus be a blessing in disguise for them because of the hoopla that surrounded them this past offseason with the cheating scandal?

Seattle Mariners: Seattle has gotten out to fast starts in the past, will this actually be the year they don’t?

Texas Rangers: Will the addition of starting pitcher Corey Kluber put this team over the top and help them get to the postseason for the first time since 2016?

What do you think are some of the questions each team has to answer this upcoming season? Leave a comment below.

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