Red Sox Predictions: Where will they rank in the AL East in 2020

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 26: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox receives congratulations from Mookie Betts #50 after hitting a home run in the fourth inning Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 26, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

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With the Rays regression, Blue Jays failure to take a serious stride forward, and the Yankees continuation of dominance, I feel very confident the Red Sox can slide into the second spot in the division.

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If Betts is retained for the 2020 season and gets back to his MVP form, along with Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez, and Rafael Devers picking up their All-Star caliber forms once again, they can find their way back to the postseason.

The key for Boston will be getting the starting rotation to stay on the field and be effective. As mentioned for the millionth time, if Chris Sale, David Price, and Nathan Eovaldi can pitch at their 2018 form, the Red Sox will be a top team again. The offense was fine this past season, fourth in MLB, but the rotation faltered. With more stress on the bullpen, it crumbled for the first few months of the season which led to a hole Boston was unable to dig themselves out of.

Overall, the Red Sox should be able to learn from the failures of the 2019 season and come back even stronger and dominate the 2020 season. While it is wishful thinking to expect them to win the division, it is reasonable to expect them to be playing in the AL Wild Card game.

Prediction: Red Sox (95-67 record); 2nd in AL East