MLB power rankings: Where all 30 teams stand before 60-game season
30. Baltimore Orioles
They won't lose 100 games for the third straight year! But they're still leading a handful of teams that will have no shot to compete even with just two months of action.
29. Detroit Tigers
I mean, might as well throw top pick Spencer Torkelson right onto the taxi squad and give fans a reason to pay attention, right?
28. Pittsburgh Pirates
In a world without a hiatus, these power rankings always centered around former Giants. The Pirates have more of them than anyone. Bryan Reynolds, Kyle Crick, Derek Holland, Chris Stratton and Andrew Susac are all here.
27. Kansas Ciy Royals
They're headed back towards prominence, and they made a real commitment to their minor league season by refusing to cut players this summer. Good for them for doing that, but the big league roster is still a bit of a mess.
26. Seattle Mariners
You never want to be in no-man's land, which is why so many teams go full-tank. The Mariners are working to get younger, but they have yet to hit on the types of pre-arb players you can build a franchise around. Hard to see how 60 games changes their math much.
25. Colorado Rockies
Three months ago they were looking at a last-place finish and the likelihood they would have to trade Nolan Arenado, so a 60-game season doesn't look too bad, all things considered. Someone is going to put up goofy numbers over two months. Playing at Coors Field could help Arenado or Charlie Blackmon become that person.
24. Miami Marlins
One of the few teams to try and fill holes in the offseason, they now could benefit from that. Adding Jonathan Villar and Jesus Aguilar will be a nice boost as a young team tries to stay in the race over two months.
23. Toronto Blue Jays
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette arrived last season and now will have a chance to try and keep up with the big boys over 60 games. If the Blue Jays can figure out their pitching, they could be a surprise.
22. Boston Red Sox
A lot of the sting from the Mookie Betts trade has worn off, especially since he'll only play a third of the season. This was going to be a step-back year for the Red Sox, but perhaps a hot start can change that.
You know what, this worked out pretty well for the Giants. Anyone will have a shot in 2020 with a hot start, and they were already planning to get wild with pitching moves and platoons this year. There's a huge talent gap between the Giants and the top of the NL, but some of that will be made up by the weirdness of this season.
20. Texas Rangers
There were some rumors that certain teams -- the Rangers among them -- could play in front of fans this year, although Texas has since seen a massive surge in positive tests. Regardless, they'll be playing in a new stadium this year.
19. San Diego Padres
It'll be fascinating to see what they do with their high-upside prospects during a 60-game season. For instance, could Mackenzie Gore -- the game's best left-handed pitching prospect -- make the leap to the big league rotation after just five Double-A starts?
18. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
They didn't have nearly enough pitching to get through 162 games, but what about 60? This is one team that comes to mind when you think of 2020 surprises. With a lineup led by Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Shohei Ohtani, they have the talent to hang with the A's and Astros for two months.
17. Cleveland Indians
Will there be a trade deadline? We don't know yet, but it appears Francisco Lindor will spend all of 2020 in Cleveland, which previously seemed a long shot.
16. Cincinnati Reds
Trevor Bauer was more outspoken than anyone over the last three months, and now will have a chance to back that up on the field. He leads a good rotation and the lineup was bolstered by Nicholas Castellanos and Mike Moustakas. They could be a dark horse in the NL.
15. Milwaukee Brewers
So, there's a pretty good chance that somebody out there flirts with hitting .400 during the 2020 season. Christian Yelich seems as strong a bet as anyone to get it done.
14. New York Mets
They lost Noah Syndergaard in March, but still have a loaded rotation. A universal DH could also bring former superstar Yoenis Cespedes back into the mix.
And they still have Christian Yelich.
13. Chicago White Sox
They added Yasmani Grandal, Edwin Encarnacion, Dallas Keuchel and Nomar Mazara and more to a nice young nucleus and top prospect Luis Robert will be on the team after signing a long-term deal in the spring. If you're looking for a long-shot bet in the American League, this is the team.
12. St. Louis Cardinals
A major positive to baseball coming back: Think of how much this season will mean for guys like Adam Wainwright, who don't have much time left in the game. In a season full of long-term injury risks, might some of the older guys be willing to push further than players who haven't cashed in yet?
11. Arizona Diamondbacks
Madison Bumgarner will return to Oracle Park at some point this summer, but there will be no fans there to show him how much he meant. That's one of the many downsides of all this.
10. Philadelphia Phillies
A loaded lineup gets a boost from the layoff. Andrew McCutchen, who missed most of last year with a knee injury, should be ready to get on base for Bryce Harper when play resumes.
9. Chicago Cubs
Through 60 games last year they were the second-best team in the National League. Can first-year manager David Ross get them to repeat that performance?
8. Washington Nationals
One of the biggest questions for a two-month season: Will aces still be a thing? The Nationals built their team around Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin, but the expectation is that starting pitchers won't go deep this summer. Scherzer might be one of the few exceptions. We're pretty sure he could throw 110 pitches tomorrow.
7. Houston Astros
The games this year will be played without fans, costing us a chance to see what the Astros would have been dealing with all year. It'll be interesting to see if opposing pitchers still feel like getting revenge in a world with much bigger issues dominating the headlines.
6. Minnesota Twins
They quietly won 101 games last year and added Josh Donaldson to the heart of their lineup. They were going to run away with the AL Central over 162 games, but that race will be more wide-open now.
5. Atlanta Braves
They lost Josh Donaldson but added Marcell Ozuna to a lineup centered around Ronald Acuña Jr. This is one of the more balanced teams in the Majors, with a good minor league system. Can some of those guys help over 60 games?
As a franchise, they are notoriously slow starters, but they also are capable of getting hotter than anyone for a couple of months at a time. We like their chances in the AL West, with a young lineup that should be unbothered by the compacted schedule, and a pitching staff that won't have to worry about innings limits for guys like Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk.
3. Tampa Bay Rays
A short season will benefit creative teams who don't necessarily have an everyday lineup and five starters to get back into shape. Enter the Rays, who use openers and platoons better than anybody. They're well-positioned for a sprint to the postseason, and could shock the Yankees in the AL East.
2. New York Yankees
Big offseason addition Gerrit Cole is set for a big summer. His wife, Amy Crawford (Brandon's brother), is due to give birth any day now, and Cole could be one of the few legitimate aces in a shortened season.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
You think Giants fans would have some fun with it if the Dodgers finally snapped their World Series drought in a season that might come with an asterisk? The good news for the Dodgers is that they now actually get to use Mookie Betts before he hits free agency. The bad news is that a 60-game season gives them very little time to pull away as they always do.