2016 MLB season previews: Outlooks, predictions for all 30 teams

Get ready for the upcoming 2016 MLB season with our in-depth previews for all 30 teams, including scout's takes, predicted finishes and more.
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The start of the 2016 MLB season is almost here, as all 30 teams are gearing up for the 162 games ahead, including the chase for the playoffs and the World Series. But who will be this year's favorites to win it all, and who will come up short in the quest for a championship?

To get ready for another year of baseball, check out SI.com's individual season previews for all 30 clubs, featuring scouting reports, detailed analysis and more. In each preview, one of SI.com's baseball experts gives the case for and case against each team contending for a title, including the X-factor and number to know for 2016, as well as a scout's takes on the most overrated and underrated player on each roster. Each preview also includes the team's projected finish for the coming season, as we reveal our No. 1 team for 2016. And below, you'll find SI's full projected standings, playoff picks and World Series champion.

Want more exclusive and cutting-edge MLB content? Then pick up a copy of SI's baseball preview issue, now on newsstands; follow SI's MLB coverage on Twitter and Facebook; and subscribe to The Strike Zone podcast, SI.com's weekly discussion of all things baseball.

AL EAST

team

w

l

gb

Blue Jays

93

69

Red Sox

92

70

1

Rays

84

78

9

Yankees

83

79

10

Orioles

69

93

24

AL CENTRAL

team

w

l

gb

Royals

90

72

Indians

83

79

7

Tigers

80

82

10

White Sox

77

85

13

Twins

74

88

16

AL WEST

team

w

l

gb

Astros

96

66

Rangers

88

74

8

Mariners

82

80

14

Angels

72

90

24

Athletics

63

99

33

NL EAST

team

w

l

gb

Mets

95

67

Nationals

83

79

12

Marlins

78

84

17

Phillies

65

97

30

Braves

61

101

34

NL CENTRAL

team

w

l

gb

Cubs

99

63

Cardinals

90

72

9

Pirates

87

75

12

Brewers

70

92

29

Reds

68

94

31

NL WEST

team

w

l

gb

Dodgers

93

69

Giants

88

74

5

Diamondbacks

81

81

12

Padres

73

89

20

Rockies

73

89

20

POSTSEASON PREDICTIONS

American League

AL wild card: Rangers over Red Sox
AL Division Series: Astros over Rangers; Royals over Blue Jays
AL Championship Series: Astros over Royals

National League

NL wild card: Giants over Cardinals
NL Division Series: Cubs over Giants; Dodgers over Mets
NL Championship Series: Cubs over Dodgers

World Series

Astros over Cubs