Major League Baseball was supposed to be celebrating opening day on Thursday.

Instead of it being the earliest opening day in baseball history, the season’s start date is unknown because the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down all sports.  

So, in the spirit of opening day, USA TODAY Sports’ six-person panel went ahead predicted how the 2020 season would play out as if the regular season began as scheduled.

Our staff predicted three different World Series winners, with the Dodgers being the favorite. For Dodgers fans, it would be a welcomed sight after reaching the postseason in each of the last seven years and losing in the World Series twice. 

As for awards, Angles outfielder Mike Trout and Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. were popular picks to win the Most Valuable Player nods.

Here’s a look at what we expected to happen:

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Bob Nightengale

Awards

  • AL MVP: Matt Chapman, Athletics
  • AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole Yankees
  • AL rookie of the year: Luis Robert, White Sox
  • NL MVP:  Freddie Freeman, Braves
  • NL Cy Young: David Price, Dodgers
  • NL rookie of the year: Gavin Lux, Dodgers

Gabe Lacques

Awards

  • AL MVP: Mike Trout, Angels
  • AL Cy Young: Shane Beiber, Indians
  • AL rookie of the year: Jesus Luzardo, Athletics
  • NL MVP: Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves
  • NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler, Dodgers
  • NL rookie of the year: Mauricio Dubon, Giants

Steve Gardner

Awards

  • AL MVP: Mike Trout, Angels
  • AL Cy Young: Charlie Morton, Rays
  • AL rookie of the year: Jesus Luzardo, Athletics
  • NL MVP: Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves
  • NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler, Dodgers
  • NL rookie of the year: Dylan Carlson, Cardinals

Scott Boeck

Awards

  • AL MVP: Anthony Rendon, Angels
  • AL Cy Young: Tyler Glasnow, Rays 
  • AL rookie of the year: Luis Robert, White Sox
  • NL MVP: Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves
  • NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler, Dodgers
  • NL rookie of the year: MacKenzie Gore, Padres

Jesse Yomtov

Awards

  • AL MVP: Austin Meadows, Rays
  • AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole, Yankees
  • AL rookie of the year: Luis Robert, White Sox
  • NL MVP: Juan Soto, Nationals
  • NL Cy Young: Walker Buehler, Dodgers
  • NL rookie of the year: Gavin Lux, Dodgers

Stephen Borelli

Awards

  • AL MVP: Mike Trout, Angels
  • AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole, Yankees
  • AL rookie of the year: Kyle Lewis, Mariners
  • NL MVP: Christian Yelich, Brewers
  • NL Cy Young: Jack Flaherty, Cardinals 
  • NL rookie of the year: Shogo Akiyama, Reds

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