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There are two leagues: American and National. Each league has 15 teams in it. I am going to preview each team that made the playoffs last season as well as any serious candidates who could make the playoffs this year.


American League

Baltimore Orioles

2016 Record: 89-73

Key Players: Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo

Important Notes: This team is looking for a fourth trip to the playoffs in six seasons. Machado will likely be an MVP candidate again this season and will have plenty of talented hitters, but the team’s lack of pitching could hurt their season.


Boston Red Sox

2016 Record: 93-69

Key Players: Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Chris Sale

Important Notes: With MVP candidate Betts in the outfield and former MVP winner Pedroia at second base, the team will have a lot of great players. With multiple all-star pitchers on the team as well, the Red Sox look to be a World Series threat.


Cleveland Indians

2016 Record: 94-67

Key Players: Edwin Encarnacion, Francisco Lindor, Andrew Miller

Important Notes: The Indians were up 3-1 in the World Series against the Cubs last season and ended up losing the series. This is a talented team that has a chance to return to the World Series this year.


Detroit Tigers

2016 Record: 86-75

Key Players: Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer

Important Notes: This team’s roster indicates a good season, but it has not made any additions to a team that did not make the playoffs last season. Miguel Cabrera is not the same MVP type of player that he once was, but the team has the reigning rookie of the year — starting pitcher Michael Fulmer.


Houston Astros

2016 Record: 84-78

Key Players: Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Carlos Beltran

Important Notes: This is an example of a good team that makes off-season acquisitions to become a great team. The team already has Altuve and Correa, but they added nine-time All-Star Carlos Beltran to put themselves into the mix of contenders who could win it all.


Kansas City Royals

2016 Record: 81-81

Key Players: Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain

Important Notes: Two years removed from being World Series champions, it is unclear how the Royals will play this year. Either way, they possess a lot of talent.


Los Angeles Angels

2016 Record:

Key Players: Mike Troutt, Albert Pujols, Huston Street

Important Notes: The best player in baseball, Mike Troutt, plays for one of the worst teams. Don’t expect the team to improve this year.


Texas Rangers

2016 Record: 95-67

Key Players: Rougned Odor, Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels

Important Notes: Winner of the A.L. West the last two seasons, the team lost key players in the off-season and will likely be worse this season.


Toronto Blue Jays

2016 Record: 89-73

Key Players: Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki

Important Notes: Donaldson was the American League MVP in 2015 and is backed by one of the best hitting teams in baseball. However, losing Edwin Encarnacion to the Red Sox likely makes their team worse off for this season.


National League

Chicago Cubs

2016 Record: 103-58

Key Players: Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist (and pretty much the whole team)

Important Notes: The 2016 World Series champions on paper have not lost a step. Their roster is one of the best in baseball history.


Colorado Rockies

2016 Record: 75-87

Key Players: Nolan Arenado, Ian Desmond, Trevor Story

Important Notes: Much like the Blue Jays, Cubs, and Red Sox, this team is one of the best groups of hitters for 2017.


Los Angeles Dodgers

2016 Record: 91-71

Key Players: Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez

Important Notes: Four NL West titles in a row have led to zero World Series appearances in that time. It is unknown if the team will finally get over the hump.


New York Mets

2016 Record: 87-75

Key Players: Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Céspedes, David Wright

Important Notes: This team is two years removed from losing in the World Series. There is still a lot of talent on this team, but how they perform could do a lot with injuries.


Pittsburgh Pirates

2016 Record: 78-83

Key Players: Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, Gerritt Cole

Important Notes: The Pirates had a tough season last year. But this team is talented and could bounce back this year easily.


San Francisco Giants

2016 Record: 87-75

Key Players: Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Madison Bumgarner

Important Notes: The Giants have been one of the most dominant teams in baseball the past eight or so seasons. Expect the same thing from them this year.


St. Louis Cardinals

2016 Record: 86-76

Key Players: If there aren’t any key players, put “none.” Just leaving it blank makes it seem like you just forgot to include them.

Important Notes: The Cardinals are always dangerous. They barely missed the playoffs last year and look to get back this season.


Washington Nationals

2016 Record: 95-67

Key Player: Bryce Harper

Important Notes: An off year for the 2015 N.L. MVP, but Harper is only 24-years-old. This team is young and is only going to get better barring injuries.