After the Royals’ 72-90 2012 season, general manager Dayton Moore was in fact already preparing for their 2015 World Series triumph
Cleveland Indians were overwhelming American League Central favourites in March. Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer had remained with The Tribe despite trade talks, and their supremacy in the division was expected to continue, even if with a slimmer margin.
St. Louis Cardinals have been over .500 in each of the last 11 seasons. The streak is set to continue in 2019 after Paul Goldschmidt's arrival.