2020 MLB Bracket Predictions: CBS Sports Staff Selects for Every Postson Series


The 2020 Major League Baseball 60-game regular season has come to a close. Although the season was abbreviated, fans would be more than usual for this year’s MLB Postson. The field includes an extended, 16-team playoff field from the usual 10. The first round will feature the three best wild card series in which the higher seed hosts all games. At CBS Sports, your MLB writer is here to share our bracket predictions for the entire 2020 postseason.

Catherine Aquavella’s Bracket

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Acquavella: First of all, here all players, coaching staff, umpires and gameday staff are expected and start after a month of being healthy. All I can confidently say about the 2020 MLB postscene is that it will be bittersweet. It honestly feels like things were starting when I realized that it’s almost October and we only have 30 days of baseball left this year. 60 games is not just regular season baseball for me, so I plan to stock every pitch of every playoff game, but we are going to play many games this season. Now that I’ve gotten a bit emotional (it’s 2020, give me a pass), it’s on baseball.

If I’m really thinking about it now, the Yankee-Cleveland Wild Card Series could honestly be a toss-up. Probably the same with the white Sax-A or Cubs-Marlins. I think the Braves offense is going to break through against a tough Reds rotation. I don’t believe the Dodgers or Padres will run into any trouble with their first-round matchup. Then, when the two clubs face each other in the NLDS, it will feel like older brother (Dodgers) vs. younger brother (Padres) vibes. The Padres are knocking on the door and certainly pose a serious division threat to the future, but I am not doing so yet. I am really looking forward to the Cubs-Braves as it will be a fun series. And, I think you could have qualified my White Sox for ALCS as my Cinderella pick.

As much as I think the Rays need to improve their heckling efforts (cc: their horses are worn after bringing the static shirt AL AL ​​East, when their GM hinted at the affair against Yanikis), The club is really good on the field. Offense, defense, rotation, bullpen … The Tampa have very few weaknesses as they predominate in the postseason. Also, he has gained momentum from his side. I think it is more important to be short in general and given the odd schedule. I think they will be ahead of two tough series against their New York rivals in the wild card series and ahead of the young, Whitestocks, before falling to the Dodgers in the World Series.

I’m going with the Dodgers to win it all, and yes, they were / will be my pick to win it back before spring when we thought we were in for a 162 game normal season. The Dodgers are the full package, and the Mookie Bates trade and subsequent contract extension was really the cherry on top. They have been incredibly good even when they are not playing at 100 percent. They did not shy away from the pressure. Instead, they have adopted it in this very strange season. This is the World Series or the bustle in LA and I think this is the time they are about to break through.

RJ Anderson’s Bracket

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Anderson: This is the same World Series pick that I would have presented in the spring and which I presented in the summer. I stuck with it for continuity, though I think it’s possible that the Yankees have moved upstream by the way. Meanwhile, the Dodgers will face the toughest competition in the second round, assuming the Padres can take care of the Cardinals. Of the two, I clearly feel better about the Dodgers. And why wouldn’t I do that based on their regular season performance?

Mike Exisa’s Bracket

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Axisa: The short wild card series can really throw a gap in things, but just about every series, I see a reason to clearly give one team a favor over the other. Cleveland’s rotation, San Diego’s offense and bullpen, so on and so forth. Other than the Dodgers, I feel like the Twins are the most complete team in baseball right now. The Kenta Maida-Jose Berrios-Michael Pineda rotation trio is no joke, and Rich Hill is a quality No. 4 option they should pursue. The offense can bang (even if it wasn’t for the time of the year) and the bullpen creates matchup headaches of all kinds. The Dodgers are a great team, but I will stop picking them to lose the World Series when they stop losing the World Series.

Dayan Perry’s bracket

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Perry: The Twins are operating at full strength in the lineup and rotation right now, and as such I think they have the strongest current roster of all playoff teams. On the NLD, the two best teams – the Dodgers and the Padres – face each other in the NLDs. I’m taking Padres into a bother, but it’s basically a best-of-five series flip coin like that. The strength of the Reds ‘rotation front will take them deeper, as will the Rays’ overall roster depth. In the end, however, it is the power of the Twins and starting pitching on the Padres.

Igor Mello Bracket

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Melo: You could argue that the two best teams in baseball live in the NL West. The way the bracket shakes for the Padres and the Dodgers is ruthless, so one of them will go home very early in the Division Series. I’m rolling based on some of the big ups and downs we’ve already seen in 2020 from a 60-game sample. With this format, this area has been open for a long time. Why was the first All-California World Series not predicted after 2002?

Stefan Pianovich’s bracket

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Pianovich: Predicting anything in 2020 – especially a 16-team baseball tournament that begins with a best-of-three series – feels like an Asin effort. But I have not filled a sports bracket in over a year and a half, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to complete this silly exercise. The bizarre season of 2020 was a mix of expected (43 game-winning Dodgers) baseball season and unpredictable (the Miami Marlins are in the playoffs and have the same seed as the Houston Astro), so for my bracket I’m with a mix of pickings. From my head and my heart. It ends with a World Series matchup between Baseball’s Most Fun Team (and a franchise without a World Series ring), with 27 regular rings and multiple regular-season losses in just one regular-season 2020 campaign. My head says that it will be party time like 1998. Sorry, heart.

Matt snider bracket

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Snyder: This is a very crapshoot, so the picks were mostly for fun, while making a strong effort for accuracy. Some things that were on purpose:

  • I felt like the Twins at the top against the Yanks (who have defeated the Twins in a ridiculous 13 straight playoff games) would be very appropriate.
  • I love the Reds in the first round, but coming early in the second round means that their rotation got a bit messed up.
  • The Cubs-Dodgers NLCS will be the third in the last five years and a bit of a “rubber match” as each has won one so far.
  • Ultimately, the Dodgers are the best team ever and you can’t go wrong with that pick. It is time to finally be with this group.

Danny viety’s bracket

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Vietti: My Presidency World Series matchup was predicted by the Yankees-Dodgers, and neither of those two clubs has given me enough reason to think otherwise. If the Yankees are healthy, they are the deadliest team in baseball. As for Los Angeles, haven’t they already been told about depth and talent? Dodger in 6.

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