We are at the de facto halfway point of the MLB season and with a multitude of teams still in the thick of the playoff race most would assume we are in for a wild stretch run. Not so fast. There are a lot of teams still technically in the postseason hunt, however there are only five teams in the Majors who can contend for the World Series in 2017.

World Series

1. Houston Astros (60-29)

The Astros have the most dangerous lineup from 1-9 in all of baseball. If Dallas Keuchel can come back from the DL without a hitch, the Astros have a lethal 1-2 punch at the top of their rotation with Keuchel and Lance McCullers. Will they make a move closer to the deadline for a third arm in that rotation? Houston has the farm system and GM Jeff Luhnow is not scared to pull the trigger on big moves.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (61-29)

They have the best pitcher in baseball and a lineup filled with home run threats. If rookie Cody Bellinger can maintain his hitting pace, the Dodgers have a guy in their lineup who can go yard at any time. The question for Dodgers fans….can they win when Kershaw isn’t on the bump in the postseason?

3. Washington Nationals (52-36)

If the Nationals had anyone in their bullpen who could get the opposing team out they could’ve had the best record in the first half. GM Mike Rizzo will need to make a deal at the trade deadline for a closer or multiple bullpen arms to fully compete in the postseason, but their lineup is scary good.

4. Chicago Cubs (43-45)

The only team sporting a losing record on this list, we all know the Cubs have oodles of talent, but it hasn’t translated to the field in 2017. I do expect a second half turnaround and eventually taking control of the NL Central. Come playoff time, no team wants to face the Cubs and their loaded roster.

5. Cleveland Indians (47-40)

The Indians got off to a slow start in 2017, but have rebounded nicely and currently hold a 2.5 game lead in the AL Central. They will win the division and will be a tough out in October.

Close, but phony contenders….

Boston Red Sox

Behind Chris Sale, the Red Sox have no one in their rotation who can be trusted in the playoffs. David Price you say? He is 2-8 with a 5.54 ERA in 15 games, no thanks.

New York Yankees

I’m on the record saying I don’t believe the Yankees are a playoff team let alone a World Series contender. Next!

Milwaukee Brewers

One or two years too soon, but I love what the Brewers are putting together. The future is bright.

Arizona Diamondbacks

The D-Backs have overachieved this season, but I like the makeup of their team—they just aren’t set up to win a championship this season.

Colorado Rockies

Look above to the D-Backs.

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