The 2016 Major League Baseball season is winding down and the playoff races are heating up. With the upcoming postseason, there are some teams that have a very good chance at winning this year’s World Series. In both the American and National league there will be 5 teams in each of the two leagues who will compete to reach the World Series and possibly win it.
As it stands right now the teams that look to be in great position to make it to the postseason are the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers for the American League. In the National League, the Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals look like they are headed for the postseason. With these quality teams, the postseason looks to be quite intriguing.
In the American League the Toronto Blue Jays look to be the strongest team in the American League East. This is saying a lot due to the fact that they are in arguably the toughest and most competitive division in the game. The team is led by sluggers Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista. Their pitching isn’t bad either as one of their starters is a candidate to win this year’s Cy Young Award. With solid pitching and a powerful lineup, the Toronto Blue Jays will likely reach the League Championship Series and possibly make it to the World Series.
Another team that looks like a top contender is the Cleveland Indians. The Indians are one of the most all around teams in all of baseball. They have solid pitching along with a good lineup. As a result, Cleveland looks to be in position to make a serious push for the World Series. At the end of the season, the Indians look to be champions of the Central Division and reach the League Championship Series against the Blue Jays.
In the National League you have the Chicago Cubs who have been the favorites to win the World Series before the season even began. The Cubs have the best all around rotation in the league with four starting pitchers with earned run averages under 3. With this kind of pitching, the Cubs can shut down and contain any lineup in baseball. Along with excellent pitching, the Cubs have a very good lineup that is able to score plenty of runs each game. Therefore the Cubs look like they will at least make it to the League Championship Series.
The Washington Nationals are another very strong team in the National League. This is another team that has a very good lineup with solid pitching. Washington currently leads the Eastern Division and is likely to win it by the end of the season. Once the postseason begins, the Nationals will likely defeat their Division Series opponent and reach the League Championship series. They will likely be in a showdown with the Cubs for the National League Championship.
With the likely final four teams there are some other teams that have a legitimate shot at winning the World Series. In the American League you have the Texas Rangers who can make a run at the World Series. They have a powerful lineup that can score lots of runs along with two starting pitchers that are among the best in the game. They look to be a team to watch as the postseason begin.
Over in the National League, the San Francisco Giants look to be a factor once the postseason starts. The Giants had the leagues’ best record by the All Star break but have slumped and are currently in second place in the National League Western Division. However, they are quite dangerous because they have been down before in previous years and emerged as World Series Champions. If they were to reach the postseason, the Giants will have as good a chance as anyone to win this year’s World Series.
When it is all said and done, the World Series looks to be the Toronto Blue Jays against the Chicago Cubs with the Cubs winning the World Series. With their stellar pitching and excellent lineup, the Cubs look to be the best team in baseball and will likely win it all this season.