The Cincinnati Reds failed to reach the MLB postseason yet again but there were some very encouraging signs in their 2019 performance, which is hard to find in many other 75-87 teams. The Reds achieved an 11-win year-to-year improvement behind a solid first year for manager David Bell and behind a historic season to their starting rotation, which had the fifth-best ERA in the NL.
Prospects Isan Diaz and Jordan Yamamoto provide a spark both on the mound and with the bat. The rebuild seems to be working.
2019 was a bad year for the Boston Red Sox and it got progressively worse as it went on. A year after storming to a World Series title in one of the greatest seasons in franchise history, they dropped from 108 wins to a mediocre 84 and missed the playoffs altogether.
The Pittsburgh Pirates aren't an exciting team to preview ahead of the 2020 season. They lost 93 games in 2019 and while PECOTA predicts them to pick up an extra W in 2020, the outlook is pretty bleak.
After successive division titles, the Atlanta Braves return for 2020 with most of their core still in place. Despite losing Josh Donaldson, they still have two of the National League’s finest hitters in Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña.
The Yankees have been knocking on the door for three years running and they now have reason to believe that they will succeed in 2020, in large part due to one addition to the roster.
The Baltimore Orioles' outlook remains bleak. The 2019 season was brutal, as they racked up 108 losses. That was, at least, an improvement on the 115 tallied in 2018.
The New York Mets started the 2019 season without tremendous expectations but with an absolutely loaded roster which ended up heavily underperforming.
World Series champions are set to compete in 2020 despite losing Anthony Rendon.