MLB playoff predictions: Who will win the World Series?
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Heading into the 2020 postseason, theScore's Michael Bradburn, Bryan Mcwilliam, Tom Ruminski, Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb, Brandon Wile, and Jason Wilson make their picks for each round.

American League

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No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays

Editor Pick
Bradburn Rays
Mcwilliam Rays
Ruminski Blue Jays
Sharkey-Gotlieb Blue Jays
Wile Rays
Wilson Rays

The Rays-Blue Jays playoff matchup is the only wild-card clash featuring teams that faced each other during the season. Tampa won the season series 6-4 - including going 4-3 at Tropicana Field - despite being outscored 48-44.

No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox

Editor Pick
Bradburn Athletics
Mcwilliam Athletics
Ruminski White Sox
Sharkey-Gotlieb White Sox
Wile White Sox
Wilson Athletics

The White Sox and A's are both struggling heading into this series. Chicago dropped eight of its last 10 games, while Oakland lost five of its last eight contests, and the A's are without star third baseman Matt Chapman.

The A's should benefit from home-field advantage after finishing tied for the most home wins in the majors, though the White Sox were one of the best road clubs this season.

No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros

Editor Pick
Bradburn Twins
Mcwilliam Twins
Ruminski Twins
Sharkey-Gotlieb Twins
Wile Twins
Wilson Twins

Minnesota gets the luckiest draw, as the Astros are the only AL team to reach the playoffs with a losing record. Houston is without Justin Verlander, Roberto Osuna, Yordan Alvarez, and Josh James, but the Astros still possess plenty of firepower, especially in a short series.

No. 4 Indians vs. No. 5 Yankees

Editor Pick
Bradburn Indians
Mcwilliam Yankees
Ruminski Indians
Sharkey-Gotlieb Indians
Wile Indians
Wilson Yankees

This should be the most exciting series of the eight, as it's a battle pitting elite pitching against a powerful offense. Cleveland's pitchers posted the second-lowest ERA in the majors, and they'll face the fourth-highest scoring offense, and a unit that's now fully healthy.

It won't get better than Shane Bieber facing Gerrit Cole in Game 1.

National League

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No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers

Editor Pick
Bradburn Dodgers
Mcwilliam Dodgers
Ruminski Dodgers
Sharkey-Gotlieb Dodgers
Wile Dodgers
Wilson Dodgers

Milwaukee will be the biggest underdog during the wild-card round, especially with ace Corbin Burnes sidelined due to an oblique injury. Los Angeles finished the season with a .717 winning percentage, led MLB in runs, and allowed the second-fewest runs.

Even in a short series, the Dodgers getting bounced would be a major upset that could result in the team undergoing significant changes.

No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds

Editor Pick
Bradburn Reds
Mcwilliam Braves
Ruminski Braves
Sharkey-Gotlieb Reds
Wile Reds
Wilson Reds

Atlanta is the high seed that may not actually be favored. No one wants to face the Reds, who begin the postseason after winning seven of their last 10, and they boast arguably the best rotation in the playoffs with Trevor Bauer, Luis Castillo, and Sonny Gray.

The Braves are no slouch though. Atlanta dealt with several starting pitching injuries, but the club still scored the second-most runs in the majors with its top-tier lineup.

No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins

Editor Pick
Bradburn Marlins
Mcwilliam Cubs
Ruminski Cubs
Sharkey-Gotlieb Marlins
Wile Marlins
Wilson Cubs

The Marlins were the ultimate road team this season, going 20-14 as visitors and 11-15 at home. So they should feel comfortable in Chicago.

Miami is playing with house money, and the Marlins' pitching staff could help them surprise a very flawed Chicago team and its stars that have struggled this year.

No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5. Cardinals

Editor Pick
Bradburn Padres
Mcwilliam Padres
Ruminski Padres
Sharkey-Gotlieb Padres
Wile Padres
Wilson Padres

The Padres finished with the third-best record in the majors, but they had to settle for the NL's fourth seed because of MLB's bracket system.

San Diego could be dealing with two enormous starting pitching injuries, with Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger potentially sidelined for the series. St. Louis, meanwhile, will likely be running on fumes after playing such a condensed schedule following the team's COVID-19 outbreak.


Editor Pick
Bradburn Rays over Indians
Mcwilliam Rays over Yankees
Ruminski Indians over Blue Jays
Sharkey-Gotlieb Indians over Blue Jays
Wile Indians over Rays
Wilson Rays over Yankees
Editor Pick
Bradburn Athletics over Twins
Mcwilliam Athletics over Twins
Ruminski White Sox over Twins
Sharkey-Gotlieb White Sox over Twins
Wile Twins over White Sox
Wilson Athletics over Twins


Editor Pick
Bradburn Padres over Dodgers
Mcwilliam Dodgers over Padres
Ruminski Dodgers over Padres
Sharkey-Gotlieb Dodgers over Padres
Wile Dodgers over Padres
Wilson Dodgers over Padres
Editor Pick
Bradburn Reds over Marlins
Mcwilliam Cubs over Braves
Ruminski Braves over Cubs
Sharkey-Gotlieb Reds over Marlins
Wile Reds over Marlins
Wilson Reds over Cubs


Editor Pick
Bradburn Rays over Athletics
Mcwilliam Rays over Athletics
Ruminski White Sox over Indians
Sharkey-Gotlieb Indians over White Sox
Wile Indians over Twins
Wilson Athletics over Rays


Editor Pick
Bradburn Reds over Padres
Mcwilliam Dodgers over Cubs
Ruminski Dodgers over Braves
Sharkey-Gotlieb Dodgers over Reds
Wile Dodgers over Reds
Wilson Dodgers over Reds

World Series

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Editor Pick
Bradburn Rays over Reds
Mcwilliam Dodgers over Rays
Ruminski Dodgers over White Sox
Sharkey-Gotlieb Dodgers over Indians
Wile Dodgers over Indians
Wilson Athletics over Dodgers

Is this finally the year the Dodgers win it all? Los Angeles has reached the World Series in two of the last three seasons, only to fall short. The Dodgers haven't won a championship since 1988.

MLB playoff predictions: Who will win the World Series?
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