Why Dodgers Are MLB’s Best Team in 2020


SI asked its MLB staff to answer which team would win the most games in 2020. Each writer came back with the same answer, and thus we are here to crown the Dodgers as the best team heading into this strange and uncomfortable season. In the spirit of the SI Jinx, congrats to the Padres on their 2020 NL West title.

Here’s more on the Dodgers:

Tom Verducci

The highest win total seems almost too easy to guess: the Los Angeles Dodgers. They play a light schedule (fifth-easiest in all of MLB). Their outfield is absolutely loaded (Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Joc Pederson, A.J. Pollock, etc.). The addition of the DH in the NL gives them another bat in the lineup. The rotation is stacked, especially with Clayton Kershaw benefiting from the down time. Their depth on offense and on the mound figures to give them an edge in games that will feature more pitching changes and maneuvers to gain the upper hand in matchups. They only need to resist the temptation to get too cute with “resting” guys and abbreviated pitching outings.

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