The 2016 Major League Baseball season has seen a lot of action so far. With the All-Star game over and the second half of the season already in play, teams in the Americanand National leagues are fighting to get into the postseason, but with only a handful of spots, those teams that are strong have the highest chance of getting there.

TheAmerican League

The top teams in the American League are currently leading the east, central and west divisons. The leader in the east is Boston Red Sox (53-39) and has strong hitters in the lineup like right fielder Mookie Betts, who's batting .302, Jackie Bradley Jr.

, who earlier this season had a 29-game hitting streak and is batting .295, and Designated Hitter David Ortiz, who's batting .326 with 23HRs and 75 RBIs and is enjoying his last seasonin the big leagues. There is also strong pitching on the Red Sox Staff, such as Rick Porcello, who has a 12-2 record and 3.47 ERA and Steven Wright, who is at 11-5 with a 2.78 ERA. Yet, the Red Sox has a lot of players on the disabled list at the moment.

The Cleveland Indians leads the central with a 56-38 record and has strong power at the plate,like first baseman Mike Napoliand designated-hitter Carlos Santana, who have 21 and 22 HRs respectively, along with strong pitching inlcuding starters Danny Salazar, with a 2.75 ERA and Josh Tomlin, who is 10-2 with a 3.34 ERA.

The highlight for the Indians so far this season was their 14-game win streak between June 17 and July 1.

The Texas Rangers is on top of the American League west at 55-41. The key players on the roster include centerfielder Ian Desmond, who's batting .319 with 18 HRs, third baseman Adrian Beltre, batting .273, and second baseman Roughned Odor,who is leading the team HR category with 17.

Starting pitcher Colby Lewis is 10-2 and has a 3.00 ERA in 19 starts, and the Rangers has a good bullpen with relievers like Matt Bush, Mike Tollenson, and closer Sam Dyson. However, as good as their record seems, the Rangers has been on a rough streak, losing 12 of their last 16 games and time will tell what will happen to them as the season continues.

The National League

The top team in the National League east currently is the Washington Nationals, at 57-39 under the guidance of newly hired manager Dusty Baker. Key players includesecond baseman Daniel Murphy, whose batting a league leading .351 with 18 HRs, as well as 68 RBIs, an is currently leading the league in hits and doubles. There is also right fielder Bryce Harper, who has 20 HRs, and catcher Wilson Ramos, who is batting .331. On the pitching side, the Nationals has dominant starters Max Scherzer, with a 2.94 ERA and 171 strikeouts, who earlier this season tied a Major League record with 20 strikeouts in a game, and Stephen Strasburg, who is 13-0 in 17 starts with a 2.51 ERA.

In the central division, the teamto look out for is the Chicago Cubs, who is at 57-39, and has the backing of the likes of third baseman Kris Bryant, currently batting .285 with 25 HRs, and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, batting .292 with 24 HRs.

The Cubs pitching staff is also strong, with starter Jake Arrieta, who is 12-4 with an ERA of 2.60 and 129 strikeouts, with one highlight of his throwing a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds on April 21. Starter Jon Lester, who is 10-4 with a 2.89 ERA is also an essential part of the starting rotation.

The western division is led by the San Francisco Giants, at 57-39. Strong bats in the lineup include those of catcher Buster Posey, who is batting .286, and right fielder Angel Pagan, batting .289. The pitcher staff is led by aces Madison Bumgarner, who is 10-5 with a 2.12 ERA and 155 strikeouts, including four complete games and two shutouts.


Both leagues have strong teams that have a lot of competition.

As the season continues, one team could go down, with the other going up. Whatever the outcome may be, baseball fans will be witnessed to a good postseason.

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