In this Sept. 10, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux looks to throw to first on a single by Baltimore Orioles' Jonathan Villar during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Baltimore. Mark Eckel has predicted Lux will be Rookie of the Year in the 2020 season.
In this Sept. 10, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux looks to throw to first on a single by Baltimore Orioles' Jonathan Villar during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Baltimore. Mark Eckel has predicted Lux will be Rookie of the Year in the 2020 season.|Nick Wass | Associated Press
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2020 National League predictions from Eckel: Which teams will make the playoffs, who will win MVP, Rookie of the year, and more?

Mark Eckel

Two of the three National League divisions, and for that matter wild-card races, should be really exciting this season.

Unless there is a major collapse in Los Angeles, the Dodgers will win their sixth straight NL West title and be in the postseason for the eighth straight time.

For the Dodgers making the playoffs isn’t the answer, winning a World Series for the first time since 1988 is.

In the East and Central look for good four-team races.

The Braves, the defending champion Nationals, the Mets and the Phillies all feel they can win the East, leaving only the still-rebuilding Marlins as the odd team out.

And in the Central, the much-improved Reds just might be the best team in a division with the always-consistent Cardinals, and the still-talented Cubs and Brewers. The Pirates are in the same rebuild mode as the Marlins.

Keep reading for our National League predictions.

East: Braves

The Braves have improved every year over the past five years and after winning the East in 2019 are looking for even more in 2020. They just might get it.

Central: Reds

The addition of Mike Moustakas, Nick Castellanos and Japanese import Shogo Akiyama has given Cincinnati a new Big Red Machine. Along with the best pitching staff in the division, look for the Reds to get back to the top.

West: Dodgers

Adding Mookie Betts to a lineup that was already loaded isn’t even fair. But it doesn’t matter what happens between now and September. It’s all about October.

WILD CARDS: Cardinals and Nationals

It’s hard to bet against the Cardinals and it would be foolish to bet against the champs.

PLAYOFFS

Wild Card: Nationals over Cardinals

NLDS: Dodgers over Nationals; Braves over Reds

NLCS: Braves over Dodgers

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

MVP: Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves

Cy Young: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals

Rookie of the Year: Gavin Lux, Dodgers

Manager of the Year: David Bell, Reds

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