The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are back in the AL East.
The Los Padres of San Diego and the Oakland Athletics of San Francisco will be back in their division.
The Cleveland Indians of Milwaukee will have a new division champion in their new stadium, while the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners will be the only remaining teams with division titles.
And here’s a look at which teams will be able to clinch the division crown, as the postseason begins.1.
Los Angeles DodgersThe Dodgers are a powerhouse.
They won four straight titles from 2011-2015 and won the World Series twice.
They are also the team to beat in the American League West this year, going 8-0 in those divisional games.
This is the team that was supposed to be a title contender last season.
This team is no longer the dynasty that was once considered a legitimate contender.
The Dodgers are back on the rise, though, and they are a legitimate title contender again.2.
San Diego PadresThe Padres won 11 games in the wild-card round, the most in the NL.
The team that took down the Giants in five games is now 9-3, with an AL-best 10 wins over the last five years.
San Diegans have a chance to make it to the playoffs again, and a wild- card berth is not out of the question.3.
Oakland AthleticsThe Athletics have had the league’s best team for most of the season, and now they are finally getting some success on the field.
They have won nine of their last 11 games and have a division lead of 4 1/2 games over the Kansas City Royals.
They’re still not a legitimate wild- cards team, but the AL Central is one they should be excited about.4.
Seattle MarinersThe Mariners have struggled mightily, but they are starting to make some strides.
They will have to contend with the Arizona Diamondbacks for a wild card spot this year and will have another chance to do so in 2021.
The Mariners are a wild cards team with a division title, and if they can keep up this pace in the playoffs, they could be looking at a playoff berth.5.
Milwaukee BrewersThe Brewers are the biggest surprise of the bunch, and I think they are going to surprise people this season.
They haven’t won a division crown since 2013, and that streak has come to an end this season, with the Brewers losing four straight and only going 3-6 the last two seasons.
They should be in contention again this year.6.
Kansas City ChiefsThe Chiefs have a strong chance to be one of the top teams in the AFC West.
The Chiefs have been inconsistent in the postseason, but that could change this year if they stay healthy.
They also have a deep roster, which should be able add some quality to a team that already has a strong foundation.7.
Los Angels of OrangeThe Angels have had a rough start to the season and will be missing the team’s two best players in Christian Yelich and Matt Carpenter, but this team is coming together.
The Angels have a very deep core of young talent that should make them a playoff team again this season with a deep playoff run.8.
Texas RangersThe Rangers will have two chances to make the postseason this year: They will face the Houston Astros in the Wild Card Game and then face the Philadelphia Phillies in the Division Series.
The Rangers are one of those teams that has not been able to finish off a postseason berth, and this is a team with potential to contend again in the division.9.
Chicago CubsThe Cubs have a great chance to contend this year with a strong finish to the regular season.
The Cubs have won 10 of their first 12 games, including two straight victories in the first three games of the divisional round.
The bullpen is starting to play well again, too.10.
San Francisco GiantsThe Giants have a solid core, but a lot of injuries have hurt the team.
The Giants have the highest payroll in the league, but it could be a lot worse in 2021, when the payroll will be about $190 million.11.
Minnesota TwinsThe Twins were the second team in baseball to finish the regular seasons without a playoff spot in the last three years.
This season, they are trying to return to that form, but with a young team that is still in a playoff hunt.
The Twins have a tough road to go, but if they get to the postseason again, they have a real shot at a division championship.12.
Arizona DiamondbackThe Diamondbacks are coming off a season that ended with a tie for the NL Wild Card spot.
The Diamondbacks have the second-youngest roster in the majors, and the biggest advantage they have going into the playoffs is the fact that they are the only team in the MLB to have won the division the last four years.13.
Cincinnati RedsThe Reds have been one of baseball’s best teams in recent years, but their postseason drought has continued.
The Reds have lost three straight, and it will