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Let’s Go Tribe staff predictions for the 2020 MLB season

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It’s happening

Pittsburgh Pirates v Cleveland Indians Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

On the morning of March 12, I sent out the staff prediction templates to Let’s Go Tribe staff like every year. It was one of many things planned for the remaining days leading up to Opening Day. Personally, it’s always one of my favorites and I couldn’t wait to see what everyone said, but the world had other plans.

Mere hours later, Major League Baseball announced that Opening Day would be pushed back to an undisclosed date. That date eventually became sometime in May ... then June ... then maybe never ... then early July. And finally MLB and the MLBPA landed on July 23 as the magical day we have been waiting for a little longer than usual.

Last night we got to watch four baseball teams get rolling, and tonight the rest — including the only that matters — will start their seasons. To say this has been a rollercoaster would be an understatement, but we’re here now. So why don’t we talk some predictions?

Indians predictions

Name Record MVP Rookie of the Year Breakout Player Key Acquisition
Name Record MVP Rookie of the Year Breakout Player Key Acquisition
Alex Hooper 30-30 Francisco Lindor James Karinchak Franmil Reyes Jake Lamb
Blake Ruane 36-24 Francisco Lindor James Karinchak Bradley Zimmer None
Brian Hemminger 37-23 Francisco Lindor James Karinchak Bradley Zimmer Kirby Yates
Chris D. Davies 33-27 Francisco Lindor James Karinchak Cam Hill None
Jason Philipps 33-27 Francisco Lindor James Karinchak Aaron Civale Brad Boxberger
Matt Lyons 34-26 Francisco Lindor James Karinchak Bradley Zimmer None
Merritt Rohlfing 36-24 Francisco Lindor James Karinchak Aaron Civale None
westbrook 35-25 Francisco Lindor James Karinchak Aaron Civale None
woodmeister 36-24 Francisco Lindor James Karinchak Franmil Reyes None
Matt Schlichting 41-19 Shane Bieber James Karinchak Bradley Zimmer None

*Note: These predictions were made before MLB decided that everybody gets to go the playoffs. They will be updated later once everyone gets a chance to pick more Wild Card teams.

American League predictions

Name AL East AL Central AL West AL Wild Card AL Wild Card AL Wild Card AL Wild Card AL Wild Card AL MVP AL Cy Young AL ROY
Name AL East AL Central AL West AL Wild Card AL Wild Card AL Wild Card AL Wild Card AL Wild Card AL MVP AL Cy Young AL ROY
Alex Hooper Yankees Twins Astros Rays Angels Shohei Ohtani Shohei Ohtani Luis Robert
Blake Ruane Yankees Twins Astros Rays Indians Francisco Lindor Gerritt Cole Luis Robert
Brian Hemminger Rays Twins Angels Indians Yankees Mike Trout Shane Bieber Luis Robert
Chris D. Davies Yankees Indians Angels Rays Twins Gleyber Torres Tyler Glasnow Luis Robert
Jason Philipps Yankees Twins Astros Rays Indians Josh Donaldson Charlie Morton Luis Robert
Matt Lyons Yankees Indians Angels White Sox Astros Mike Trout Lucas Giolito Luis Robert
Merritt Rohlfing Yankees Twins Athletics Astros Indians Josh Donaldson Shane Bieber Luis Robert
westbrook Yankees Indians Rangers Astros Athletics Francisco Lindor Corey Kluber Luis Robert
woodmeister Yankees Indians Astros Twins Athletics Mike Trout Gerritt Cole Luis Robert
Matt Schlichting Rays Twins Athletics Indians White Sox Yasmani Grandal Gerritt Cole Luis Robert

National League predictions

Name NL East NL Central NL West NL Wild Card NL Wild Card NL Wild Card NL Wild Card NL Wild Card NL MVP NL Cy Young NL ROY
Name NL East NL Central NL West NL Wild Card NL Wild Card NL Wild Card NL Wild Card NL Wild Card NL MVP NL Cy Young NL ROY
Alex Hooper Mets Reds Dodgers Cubs Brewers Mookie Betts Walker Buehler Shogo Akiyama
Blake Ruane Braves Cubs Dodgers Nationals Reds Mookie Betts Max Scherzer Gavin Lux
Brian Hemminger Braves Reds Dodgers Nationals Rockies Ronald Acuña Jr. Luis Castillo Mackenzie Gore
Chris D. Davies Braves Cubs Dodgers Reds Brewers Mookie Betts Luis Castillo Gavin Lux
Jason Philipps Nationals Brewers Dodgers Braves Padres Mookie Betts Chris Paddack Carter Kieboom
Matt Lyons Braves Brewers Dodgers Padres Mets Mookie Betts Jack Flaherty Gavin Lux
Merritt Rohlfing Nationals Cardinals Dodgers Braves Mets Cody Bellinger Max Scherzer Carter Kieboom
westbrook Nationals Brewers Dodgers Mets Braves Christian Yelich Jacob deGrom Gavin Lux
woodmeister Braves Brewers Dodgers Cubs Nationals Ronald Acuña Jr. Clayton Kershaw Gavin Lux
Matt Schlichting Braves Brewers Dodgers Reds Cubs Mookie Betts Dustin May Shogo Akiyama

World Series predictions

Name AL Pennant NL Pennant World Series Winner
Name AL Pennant NL Pennant World Series Winner
Alex Hooper Yankees Dodgers Yankees
Blake Ruane Rays Dodgers Dodgers
Brian Hemminger Yankees Braves Yankees
Chris D. Davies Rays Dodgers Dodgers
Jason Philipps Rays Dodgers Dodgers
Matt Lyons Indians Dodgers Indians
Merritt Rohlfing Athletics Dodgers Athletics
westbrook Indians Dodgers Indians
woodmeister Indians Dodgers Dodgers
Matt Schlichting Rays Braves Covid-19

Your turn! Use this template to make your predictions in the comments.

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