Top 10 2020 MLB Postseason Sleepers

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With spring training just beginning, it’s a great time to project the Top 10 2020 Major League Baseball postseason sleepers. These are the teams that might not be getting too much love from the oddsmakers in terms of their chance to get into the postseason or do damage if they get there. And yet they have the elements to surprise if they catch a few breaks and gather some early momentum.

The crack of the bat can practically be heard all around the world now that Spring Training action has officially begun in Florida and Arizona. It’s a fun time to be a baseball team, because it means that the long winter is drawing closer to an end. And it’s a time when every team, even the longest of shots, can dream of making it to the postseason.

And, really, making it to the postseason is enough. The example set by the Washington Nationals last year should excite any team doubting their chances. Washington went from well under .500 early in the season, through sneaking into the Wild Card one-game playoff, to marching past all contenders to win their first ever World Series crown.

It just goes to show you that, in baseball, anything can happen. Yes, we are in an era where the separation between the sport’s haves and have-nots seems greater than ever. After all, we are not going to sit here and tell you that we think that Detroit or Pittsburgh is going to be toting that giant trophy around at the end of the year.

The teams sitting in between the powerhouses and the bottom dwellers are where the value lies for bettors. After all, this is the time of the year when futures bets are very popular at gambling websites. You can expect to get better odds on the Top 10 2020 Major League Baseball postseason sleepers now than you would once the season begins and some games are played.

Top 10 MLB Postseason Sleepers for 2020

Don’t forget that the 2020 baseball season is shaping up as a wild one. And that’s because many of the major competitors are surrounded by question marks. Start with the defending champion Nats, who lost Anthony Rendon.

The Dodgers look stacked with the addition of Mookie Betts, but their postseason demons might haunt them. In New York, injuries are already piling up for a Yankee team that was snake-bitten with them a year ago. And who knows how the Astros will respond to being the target of constant scorn and derision from fans for the sign-stealing scandal that was recently exposed.

All of that means that it’s a great time to be a sleeper team. Ten of the thirty Major League Baseball teams will make the postseason. If you can spot the ones not getting too much love right now, you can really clean up down the road.

In the following article, we’ll give your opinions on the Top 10 2020 Major League Baseball postseason sleepers. We’ll tell you why these teams could sneak in, and we’ll also explain why their postseason hopes might still just be pipe dreams. It’s our hope that it will help you as you prepare for the season and make your futures bets.

Boston Red Sox

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Why They Could Make The Postseason

The Red Sox are still loaded with talent, assuming they can get out of the funk produced by an ugly 2019 season, an MLB investigation into their own sign-stealing, and the trade of Mookie Betts. They have a lineup with big boppers like Jose Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi, to which the key piece of the Betts trade, Alex Verdugo, will be added. And, once Chris Sale gets healthy, he and Eduardo Rodriguez should form a nice one-two punch at the top of the rotation.

Why They Might Not

They’ll have to run the AL East gauntlet, which is only getting tougher (see Toronto below.) And the concern is that, unless they are solidly in postseason positioning at the trade deadline, there could be a bigger sell-off coming. Their margin for error is going to be pretty slim.

The Verdict

They could conceivably band together in the face of all this adversity. But it’s more likely that the wheels come off and they end up a mediocre .500 team.

Toronto Blue Jays

Why They Could Make The Postseason

No team in baseball has a more exciting trio of young infielders than the Jays have with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, and Bo Bichette, all with impressive baseball pedigrees. All got their feet wet last year and all were impressive, and the feeling is that all of them (especially young Vlad) could get a lot better in a hurry. Plus, the Blue Jays addressed their starting pitching deficiency in the offseason by adding Hyun-Jin Ryu, Tanner Roark, and Chase Anderson.

Why They Might Not

Other than Ken Giles, who is as volatile as they come as a closer, the Jays don’t have a lot of proven options in the bullpen. They also don’t have a clear-cut centerfielder and the outfield in general is messy. Plus, they also have to deal with the Yankees, Rays and Red Sox in their division.

The Verdict

You could make a case that the Blue Jays will be more in it to win it than the Red Sox in 2020. And at those futures prices, betting on all of that dynamic youth could be quite lucrative.

Chicago White Sox

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Why They Could Make The Postseason

The White Sox have the odds-on favorite for Rookie of the Year in Luis Robert, who joins young sluggers Eloy Jimenez in an exciting young nucleus. But Chicago added to that by bringing in stable veteran bats like Yasmani Grandal, Nomar Mazara and Edwin Encarnacion. All of a sudden, they boast one of the deepest lineups in baseball.

Why They Might Not

Lucas Giolito broke out last year as a potential ace for years. But other young pitchers like Carlos Rodon and Reynaldo Lopez can’t quite get it in gear. And there’s no guarantee that they’ll get anything from flamethrower Michael Kopech this year as he returns from injury.

The Verdict

The White Sox desperately need veteran pitchers Dalla Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez to be stabilizers on the staff. If that occurs, this team could indeed be battling Minnesota and Cleveland for AL Central honors.

Kansas City Royals

Why They Could Make The Postseason

Hear us out on this one, because those odds are seriously underestimating what the Royals have to offer. They became a potent offensive team a year ago thanks to breakout seasons from Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler. And they did all of that with Adalberto Mondesi out for a chunk of the year and Salvador Perez out for all of it, meaning that the lineup could be fearsome this year.

Why They Might Not

Like so many of the Top 10 2020 Major League Baseball sleeper teams, starting pitching is a major issue. You can perhaps envision a scenario where one or two of the returning guys that they have post career years. But that still leaves three or four days a week where run prevention is going to be a major issue.

The Verdict

This one is strictly for the long-shot lovers out there. In any case, betting the Royals to go over their projected win total seems like a lock.

Texas Rangers

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Why They Could Make The Postseason

Most of the teams on this list have question marks in their starting rotation. Not the Rangers, with a recovering Corey Kluber joining last year’s aces Lance Lynn and Mike Minor and veterans with upside Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles. That’s one of the best five rotations in baseball, and we saw with the Nationals last year what starting pitching can do.

Why They Might Not

Texas has a lot of moving parts in the lineup, but it’s hard to say that they have a sure thing kind of guy who can carry them. They’re banking on guys like Danny Santana, trying to repeat a career year, and Joey Gallo, trying to be more than just an all-or-nothing type as he comes back for injury. The makings of a good lineup are here, but trying to figure out what that lineup is won’t be easy for manager Chris Woodward.

The Verdict

Texas is a nice long shot play, considering the Angels are picked in front of them in the West and can’t hold a candle to the Rangers rotation. If Houston should suffer through a post-scandal malaise, Texas could benefit in the AL West.

Philadelphia Phillies

Why They Could Make The Postseason

It’s interesting to see that the Phillies World Series odds are actually quite respectable, suggesting that the oddsmakers consider them a bit of an all-or-nothing proposition. This is mostly the same team that many people picked to win it all last year, with a couple key additions in Didi Gregorius and Andrew McCutchen (yes, he was with them last year, but missed about three-quarters of the season with injury.) The Phils could have a sneaky strong bullpen as well if new manager Joe Girardi handles them better than Gabe Kapler did.

Why They Might Not

Philadelphia still has major holes in the starting rotation beyond Aaron Nola. At some point, counting on guys like Nick Pivetta and Vince Velazquez to figure it out is going to stop seeming like positive thinking and start seeming foolhardy. And Jake Arrieta looks like a shell of his former Cy Young self.

The Verdict

Many baseball experts believe that the managerial shift could make a major difference here. Suddenly it will be Girardi in the spotlight, which could take some of the pressure off Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins so that they can carry this team through October.

Cincinnati Reds

Why They Could Make The Postseason

At some point if the Reds keep winning the offseason, they might start winning in the regular season. This winter they shored up the lineup with Mike Moustakas, Nick Castellanos and Japanese import Shogo Akiyama. Last year, the rotation soared thanks to stellar seasons from Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo.

Why They Might Not

Manager David Bell has to figure how to parcel out playing time in the outfield and coax Raisel Iglesias into pitching like his old self. The Reds also need Trevor Bauer to return to previous form and justify their trade for him last year. And the defense could be problematic if they end up playing Moustakas at second and Castellanos in right.

The Verdict

There is a lot of traffic in the NL Central for the Reds to overcome. And the big offseason moves have left them less of a bargain on the futures board than they otherwise might have been, meaning they might not be a great value play.

San Diego Padres

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Why They Could Make The Postseason

Now that the Giants are in full rebuilding mode, there is a void in the NL West behind the Dodgers. One of the last three teams on this list will have to fill it and could end up in prime wild card position as a result. San Diego is the trendiest pick of the three, but with star talents like Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., Chris Paddack and Kirby Yates in the fold, they might also be the right one.

Why They Might Not

The rotation after Paddack is a bit of a jumble, with guys returning from injury, shipping in from other teams, switching from the bullpen, and all manner of confusion. First-year manage Jayce Tingler has to deal with all of that. And he has to worry about the depth behind his starting nine.

The Verdict

San Diego should be fun to watch, but that might not translate into a lot of winning baseball. They might still be a year and a couple of moves away.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Why They Could Make The Postseason

In an almost quiet fashion, Arizona battled their way to 85 wins a year ago. Under-the-radar acquisitions like Ketel Marte, Carson Kelly and Eduardo Escobar have paid big dividends. With Starling Marte and Kole Calhoun joining the fun, this team is poised to score a ton of runs.

Why They Might Not

The Diamondbacks have a lot riding on Madison Bumgarner returning to his classic form and carrying a somewhat questionable starting rotation. Add in the fact that the bullpen has a lot of question marks and undefined roles right now. There could be a lot of shootout games in the desert this season.

The Verdict

This is probably the team most poised to sneak in the back door as a wild card from the West. But the pitching staff will have to get a lot better for them to do much more than that.

Colorado Rockies

Why They Could Make The Postseason

This is a team only two years removed from a playoff appearance. The lineup is close to unstoppable, with usual suspects Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story leading the way. There is really nowhere to hide for opposing pitchers, especially in games at Colorado.

Why They Might Not

The pitching collapsed last year after the 2018 team shut opponents down like no other Rockies team had done before. Now the question is which one was the fluke: the 2018 or the 2019 pitching performance. If the 2018 staff was the mirage, this team won’t go very far.

The Verdict

This could be the last time the offensive nucleus is together. It says here that they can conceivably go out with a postseason appearance.

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed this look at the Top 10 2020 Major League Baseball postseason sleeper. And we hope that it clears the air for the you as make your futures picks at top baseball betting websites. Happy sleeper-hunting!

Jim Beviglia

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