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My Not So Bold Prediction For The Shortened Season

In a 60 game season, anything can happen. Any team has a chance to make it into the playoffs if they get hot for a week or two. Plus, we all know the playoffs are a whole new season. There are still the favorites, contenders, and sleepers. This time tho, it is different. I’m a diehard Red Sox fan through the good, bad and ugly; they have my unwavering support. I’m pulling for them to win it this year and think they have a chance to, that’s not my prediction. Instead, my not so bold prediction is that the Oakland Athletics will win the 2020 World Series.

Why The A’s

For whatever reason, the A’s have always been an afterthought and never gained much attention as the season rolls along. They are almost immediately cast off as a team that won’t be there in the end regardless of how their season plays out. I also bet that if I told you that A’s had won 97 games each of the last two seasons, you are immediately going to fact check that. Go ahead, do it. You back? Good, now we can continue. The A’s are and have been an excellent baseball team. They have the offense to score runs with the best of the teams. Plus, you don’t win 97 games two years in a row by accident. Now you are going to try and hit me with the “I can’t name a single pitcher on their team.” Fair, but watch a baseball game one time for me. Mike Fiers, ya, the guy who sold out the Astros for being cheating little rats. Paired with Sean Manaea, no-hit the Sox in 2018, shows what kind of stuff he has when he is on. Again, I understand not names that pop off the paper. But at the end of the day, they have found a way for two straight years to win 97 games.

Schedule

With the new ten-team three-division format, the A’s do have the Dodgers, Astros, and Angels in their division, but they also have the Giants, Padres, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Rangers, and Mariners. I don’t necessarily believe that the schedule is more relaxed or harder than the original, I think it’s pretty on par. They add in a few bottom feeders but also add in the Dodgers, so I think it balances out. What does intrigue me about it tho, you are adding in a lot of hitter-friendly ballparks to their already potent offense. Arizona, Colorado, and San Deigo are all launching pads. Allowing Chapman and Olsen to take half their at-bats in hitter-friendly ballparks will result in career-high numbers for them. Well, not career highs due to them playing 100 fewer games, but you get the point.

Conclusion

In conclusion, my prediction is the Oakland Athletics will finally win that last game of the season that their GM, Billy Beane, has been pushing to do over the previous 20 years. The A’s have the offense to hang with any team in the league. They’re no slouches on the defensive side of the ball either. The question mark could be the pitching rotation, but I’m not too worried about that because, well, its the Oakland A’s! They always seem to have some no-name guy or two pop out and have a monster year. I expect the same thing to happen this year, and don’t be surprised when you see the Oakland A’s lifting that commissioners trophy at the end of the Fall Classic.

-Kevin Perdios (@Perdios95) 

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