AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Steven Wright will throw a no-hitter in August. Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley, and Chris Young all get injured, prompting the promotion of prospect Andrew Benintendi to the majors in August. He hits .340 the rest of the season. Pablo Sandoval learns the knuckleball from Wright and embarks on a new career as a pitcher after losing four pounds with Jenny Craig.
Chicago White Sox: Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie take well to Chicago, both hitting 30 homers. Carson Fulmer is in the majors by early July and strikes out 12 in his second major league start. Jose Abreu leads American League in RBI. The White Sox win 84 games and finish second
: Brad Miller wins the American League batting title by hitting .332. Chris Archer wins 20 games, leads the league in ERA, ranks second in strikeouts, and wins the Cy Young Award. Pitching prospect Jacob Faria comes up in July and throws 22 consecutive scoreless innings. Kevin Kiermaier wins the Gold Glove award. Nobody knows that any of these things happen because the news media is too busy talking about Donald Trump. : Aaron Sanchez is right behind Archer and Severino as the elite starters in the division. Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Justin Smoak hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers in a game in late May. Canadian government erects a wall along the border with the United States to hold back fleeing US citizens following the results of the first presidential debate.
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
Cleveland Indians: Giovanny Urshela breaks out after being promoted to the majors in May to cover for some injuries, hitting .287 with 13 homers the rest of the season. Prospect Clint Frazier strikes out 12 consecutive times in Double-A in late April, then hits seven homers in three days to open May. The Indians win 85 games to take the division crown.
Detroit Tigers: Catcher James McCann suddenly develops power and his 15 homers. Shane Greene and Mike Pelfrey have better years than Justin Verlander. The Tigers win 83 games and finish third.
Kansas City Royals: Raul Mondesi goes 20-for-38 to open his major league career, prompting comments from traditionalists that minor league performance doesn't mean anything. He then goes 1-for-50. Joakim Soria has a fine year in the bullpen but with Wade Davis closing he is considered surplus and is traded to a National League team in late July. The Royals are under .500 most of the year and are the only team that doesn't spend time in first place but a late surge gets them to 82 wins and a fourth place finish.
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
Houston Astros: George Springer hits 30 homers and steals 30 bases. After Tyler White gets off to a fast start, Jon Singleton is traded to the Marlins for two minor league pitchers you've never heard of. Ken Giles breaks a finger in July and can't grip the baseball properly, missing the rest of the season. James Hoyt is closing games by September and posting better per-inning stats than Giles did.
Billy Burns leads the American League in stolen bases. Jed Lowrie is Oakland's best player by far in the first half of the season and makes the All Star Team, but promptly gets hurt in late July and is out the rest of the year. Renato Nunez and Matt Olson come up in September, play regularly, and combine to hit eight homers with a .172 average.