New York Yankees' Gerrit Cole throws to first base during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Yankees' Gerrit Cole throws to first base during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)|Associated Press
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Mark Eckel's 2020 American League predictions: Which teams will move on, who will win Cy Young, MVP and more?

Mark Eckel

Can the New York Yankees get back to, and win a World Series, for the first time in over a decade?

Are the Boston Red Sox finished, at least for the time being?

Who will be the team to surprise the way the 100-win Minnesota wins did a year ago?

And what will happen with the Houston Astros, still talented but the scourge of the league?

Read on for predictions on those and more from the American League.

East: Yankees

Injuries have already begun. Is this going to be 2019 all over again? If it is the Yanks will cruise to another division crown.

Central: Twins

This is a really good team that can do just about everything well, except beat the Yankees.

West: Angels

There is always a surprise, right? This is ours. The addition of Anthony Rendon gives the Angels the two best hitters in the game. The other is that Mike Trout guy. And they also added the game’s best manager in Joe Maddon.

Wild Cards: A’s, White Sox

Oakland makes its third straight wild-card appearance, while the White Sox are my other AL surprise team.

Playoffs

Wild-Card: White Sox over A’s

ALDS: Yankees over White Sox; Twins over Angels

ALCS: Yankees over Twins

Individual Awards

MVP: Mike Trout, Angels

Cy Young: Gerrit Cole, Yankees

Rookie of the Year: Luis Robert, White Sox

Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon, Angels

(Tomorrow: National League predictions)

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