The Cardinals are one of the league’s best teams but have yet to create any space in the NL Central race.
Yadier Molina has been having an MVP season.
3 Pirates 56-37 -1
Despite a slide last week, the Pirates are showing they belong in the company of the league’s elite. Their only hindrance may be an underperforming lineup, but don’t count on these Bucs having another late-season collapse.
Some thought last year was a fluke, with the A’s taking the AL West from the
Rangers in the final days of the season. They have had some bad streaks this season but have managed to keep things close in the division.
5 Tigers 52-42 +1
Miguel Cabrera showed no signs of fatigue from his Triple Crown winning season; the Tigers slugger could be on his way to an unprecedented second straight one, if he can get more home runs than Baltimore’s Chris Davis before the season’s end.
6 Rangers 54-41 -1
Injuries to the pitching staff have caused problems for the Rangers this season, leading Texas to give young starters
Justin Grimm and
Nick Tepesch a chance in the majors. Look for this team to attempt to add another big arm before the trade deadline.
The Braves have one of the easiest second-half schedules; they don't have to travel past the Central time zone. If
Atlanta can keep up what it has done thus far, another division title will be in its hands, but it will need several stars in the lineup to step it up to do well in the playoffs.
The sun looked to be setting on the Rays earlier in the season, but a recent surge has placed
Tampa Bay right into the thick of the AL East race, and David Price looks like he's put his early season struggles behind him in his return from the DL.
Joey Votto and
Brandon Phillips have been leading the Reds once again this season, though enough can’t be said about new leadoff hitter
Shin-Soo Choo -- who is constantly getting on base for Cincy’s All-Stars to drive him home.
Chris Davis’ 37 home runs before the break have made headlines as the Orioles offense has carried them to the middle of a surely entertaining second-half in the AL East.
11 Yankees 51-44 -2
The Yankees have been decimated by injuries. The offensive replacements fared well at first but fell off as the season churned on. Getting Derek Jeter back could help New York get back on track after the break.
12 Nationals 48-47
Many thought this team would be one of the league’s best, but in reality they have been a distant second in the NL East behind the Braves.
The Dodgers were awful to start the season, but with the arrival of
Los Angeles is back at .500 and poised to make a second-half run.
14 Diamondbacks 50-45 -1
The Diamondbacks had the chance to take a commanding lead in the NL West but haven’t played well in the weeks prior to the All-Star break. The Dodgers are right on Arizona’s heels at just 2.5 games back in the division.
15 Indians 51-44
Cleveland finished the first-half strong, taking two of three from the Blue Jays and sweeping the
Royals. The Indians are somewhat surprisingly just 1.5 games behind the Tigers in the Central.
16 Phillies 48-48 +3
Are the Phillies going to make a run into contention in the second half? They are sitting at .500 and only 6.5 games behind the Braves, who, along with the Nationals, have had some weaknesses exposed.
17 Angels 44-49 -3
Mike Trout has held this team together throughout the several disappointments this season.
18 Royals 43-49
The Royals experienced a ride to the top for a brief period but have since floundered. Heading into the break,
Kansas City is on a five-game losing streak, with the offense unable to find its groove.
19 Blue Jays 45-49 -2
Sitting in last place in their stacked division and 11.5 games back of first place, Toronto’s headache isn’t likely to end any time soon.
The Cubs enter the All-Star break on a high note, taking three consecutive series.
Chicago has set a franchise record using 43 different players, showing this team is just not ready to win any time soon, but nobody was really expecting much this season.
Off years by starting pitching
Barry Zito and
Tim Lincecum (other than his no-hitter on Saturday) derailed the defending champs in the first half.
24 Mets 41-50 +1
Matt Harvey’s excellent season is being rewarded with a start at his home field in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
25 Twins 39-53 +2
The Twins have only three wins in 14 games for the month of July, making them obvious sellers before the trade deadline and putting the team in a likely rebuilding mode for the rest of this season at least.
26 Padres 42-54 -2
It is clearly a rebuilding year in San Diego. The Padres did make it interesting at one point, reaching .500 in June, but since have only won twice in 16 games.
Injuries can be slightly to blame for the Brewers' bad first half, but poor performances by many of the team’s best players can also share that blame. Milwaukee wasn’t expected to win the World Series this year, but it should have been better.
After ridding themselves of almost every big name on the roster prior to the season, the Marlins weren’t expected to make any noise. Unfortunately things did get worse with
Giancarlo Stanton's struggles placing
Miami at the bottom of almost every offensive category.
30 Astros 33-61
Sure they have the league’s worst record, but three of the Astros’ top prospects played in the All-Star Futures Game. Houston has done better than many thought it would in the AL West.