MLB: 10 Teams Who Can Win It All in 2017

Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; iThe Chicago Cubs celebrate receiving their 2016 World Series championship rings before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; iThe Chicago Cubs celebrate receiving their 2016 World Series championship rings before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) hits a double in the second inning during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports. MLB.
Apr 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) hits a double in the second inning during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports. MLB. /

Number 8 – Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays have six top ten players, including a top ten left-handed starter. In addition, Toronto has a top ten catcher, shortstop, 3rd baseman, right fielder and right-handed starter. The Blue Jays are off to a horrible start but they still have the pieces necessary to make a run. Russell Martin (6) (.159, 1 HR, 1 RBI) at catcher and Troy Tulowitzki (8) (.263, 1 HR, 10 RBI) at shortstop give the Jays two veteran leaders. Josh Donaldson (4) (.310, 2 HR, 4 RBI) has become one of the best 3rd basemen in baseball. Jose Bautista (5) (.131, 1 HR, 4 RBI) is off to a terrible start but remains one of baseball’s most powerful bats averaging 36 home runs per years since 2010.

Marco Estrada (8) (0-1, 2.63, 24 K) is the Blue Jays top right-handed starter and J.A. Happ (7) (0-3, 4.50, 20 K) is their top left-handed starter.

Number 7 – Cleveland Indians

The Indians only have five top ten players but one of them is a closer. In addition, Cleveland has a top ten 1st baseman, 2nd baseman, shortstop, left fielder and right-handed starter. Carlos Santana (6) (.246, 2 HR, 13 RBI) hit 34 home runs in 2016 playing 1st base for the Indians, while Jason Kipnis (7) (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI, just returned from DL) is a complete 2nd baseman.  Francisco Lindor (1) (.323, 4 HR, 10 RBI) at shortstop gives the Indians one of baseball’s most exciting players.

Corey Kluber (2) (2-1, 4.28, 27 K) 3rd in the AL Cy Young voting in 2016 after winning the award in 2014 has started slowly in 2017 but is still one of the best right-handed starters in baseball. With both Cody Allen (6) (0-0, 1.35, 15 K, 3-3 saves) and Andrew Miller (1) (1-0, 0.00, 9 K, 0-0 saves) in the bullpen, the Indians have two top closers.