The MLB season has had lots of surprising teams, such as the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, and Washington Nationals all turning up, and teams like the Houston Astros, LA Angels, and Pittsburgh Pirates all having somewhat of a downfall. Anyways, I will go division-by-division, and predict who wins the division.
The American League
Out East, The O’s, Boston Red Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays have been exchanging places and are fighting like no other for the division title. The O’s recently won their series against Boston, yet lost 3 straight to Toronto before that. The Jays have a much better East record than the Sox, so they will fight closely with the O’s for the East, but I think Baltimore comes out on top, regaining their firepower they established in 2014. The only concern I have is that Baltimore is very weak against the AL West, which is showing up to be the weakest division so far, but star batting and defensive play from 3B Manny Machado, RF Mark Trumbo, and pitching from Chris Tillman has helped Baltimore get to where they are now, and they will continue to come up big this season. I think they are very legit in the AL, and should represent them in the World Series in late October.
This has been an ugly division this year in the sense that their division leader (Cleveland Indians) only have 35 wins so far this year. Their pitching is okay, the batting is below expectations, but every team in the AL Central has played below their expectations this year. Cleveland isn’t very good after the All-Star Break, but the Kansas City Royals are. Expect the Royals to capitalize off of that and win the AL Central.
The Texas Rangers have 7 more wins this season than Seattle, the 2nd place team. The AL West, which should be the most stacked division in the AL, is turning out to be the most one-sided show in the AL. The Mariners will definitely be a team to look out for in the wild-card race, but the rest of the AL is under .500, which is a huge disappointment, considering how we all thought that the Houston Astros woke up from the dead. Unless Texas has a big downfall, they’ll win the division by sleeping through it.
The National League
This division is much like the AL West in the sense that the rosters are pretty stacked, and yet the Washington Nationals are 5 wins ahead of the New York Mets. The Nationals really seem to struggle against the NL Central, and that’s really their only weakness. The Mets can, and will fight until the very end, but Washington has proved to the Mets that letting star infielder Daniel Murphy go was a HUGE mistake by the Mets, and they are paying for it. Also, the Nationals have NL MVP candidates in Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth, and a NL Cy Young winner and candidate in Max Scherzer. The Nationals only NL competition is the Chicago Cubs, who are the front-runners to win it all in October.
Chicago Cubs win the NL Central. Nothing else can be said. They have the best roster in the NL, and maybe even in the major leagues. That’s all there is to be said.
On paper, it looks like you should give the San Francisco Giants the AL West right now, but I’m not so convinced. The LA Dodgers and Colorado Rockies, yes the Colorado Rockies, who sucked last year, all look like they could get back in it. The Dodgers have the pitching of guys like Clayton Kershaw, Scott Kazmir, and Kenley Jansen to help them out, and their batting order has guys like Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez, and Joc Pederson, who are straight fire, even though they haven’t played like this year. Expect the Dodgers after the All-Star Break to wake themselves up. As for the Rockies, they are all about batting, as their pitching has been very lackluster. If their batting order, which has guys like Trevor Story (the NL Rookie of the Year front-runner), Carlos Gonzalez, and Nolan Arenado can all turn up, then it’s a 3-way race between them, the Giants, and the Dodgers. I think that San Francisco will hold on, but the batting of LA and Colorado could help cause havoc in the West.