The first day of the 2020 Major League Baseball postseason is here, which means it's time to make our picks and predictions for each round. I can't speak for Trey, but I put a lot of thought and research into my picks. I definitely didn't just pick each one on gut feeling.
Let's take a look at who each of us picked to win it all in 2020.
Let's break this down a little. First off, the Braves finally win a postseason series, so that's good. Something they haven't done since 2001. However, I honestly don't think they have the pitching to go any further. The Cubs take care of business in the NLDS.
While I'd like to pick the White Sox and the Padres to go further, I don't think either of them have good matchups in their brackets. The Sox get a tough one facing the A's in the first round and the Padres have the bad luck of meeting up with the Dodgers should they advance to the NLDS. I want to root for these teams, but I can't justify picking them.
As for the Twins, they have great pitching and hitting. Their toughest matchup will be the Rays in the ALCS. Well, except for the Dodgers in the World Series that is. But as long as Minnesota ends up avoiding the Yankees, I don't see a series they can't win on their way to an AL pennant.
The Dodgers are by far the favorite to win it all, and as much as I want to pick against the favorite, it just doesn't make sense. No one even comes close to their talent on the field, and they haven't showed any signs of weakness all year, so I feel very confident picking them as my World Series champion.
Hey, I like Trey's picks. While I don't think the Braves have what it takes to go all the way this season, I sure would be happy if they did.
Looking a little deeper at Trey's picks, they're not too different than mine. We both have the Twins in the World Series. We both have a Padres-Dodgers NLDS, which, again, would be very exciting.
One big difference is that Trey has the Yankees beating the Rays in the ALDS. I just don't see that happening given how the Yankees played against the Rays throughout the regular season, but it is the playoffs, and anything could happen at any given time.
I like Trey's bracket overall, and it's certainly possible the postseason could shake out that way. We'll just have to wait and see.
The 2020 MLB postseason begins this afternoon when the Astros face the Twins at 2 p.m. ET on ABC.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.