The offense doesn’t have to do much when the pitching is going good. The A’s are the first team to reach 60 wins. Even when players go down to injury, they don’t seem to slow down.
All-Star Game MVP Mike Trout is on a nine-game hitting streak, hitting .381 with three homers and 10 RBI during the span. The Angels took two from Seattle over the weekend.
Jordan Zimmermann will avoid the disabled list and is expected to start Tuesday, giving the Nationals a full arsenal as they make a run in the second half against the Braves in the NL East.
After having the best season of his career in ’13, Mike Minor is 3-5 with a 4.86 ERA in 14 starts.
The Tigers avoided being swept by the Indians in a four-game series to start the second half. Rick Porcello was on standby for struggling closer Joe Nathan on Sunday.
A loss on Sunday night kept the Cardinals from sole possession of first in the NL Central, but with the Brewers’ recent struggles, it still seems only a matter of time before St. Louis is on top.
Pitching continues to be suspect for the Orioles — Chris Tilman’s 4.03 ERA is the best on the team. Baltimore may be in the market for another pitcher at the deadline.
The Dodgers should be a lock to make the playoffs, but with Josh Beckett on the DL and Dan Haren struggling, LA may want to add another arm for the rotation.
The Pirates started the second half strong in their quest to return to the playoffs for a second straight season, collecting their first-ever three-game home sweep against the Rockies.
Fernando Rodney’s premature arrow celebration backfired after blowing the lead and the game in the ninth inning on Sunday against the Angels.
Despite having issues recently, the Giants have managed to stick with the Dodgers in the NL West.
Taking three of four against the Tigers to kick off the second half is a great start for the streaky Indians. Cleveland can make some noise, but it might need another arm to make a real run for the playoffs.
After losing two of three against the Nationals over the weekend, the Brewers have lost their handle on the NL Central, with the Cardinals taking a piece of first place.
The Reds put together a fantastic 22-10 stretch to close out the first half but started the second half getting swept by the Yankees. Despite being in fourth in the division, Cincinnati starts the week just 2.5 games back.
No team in AL East has scored more runs than Toronto, with 436 entering the week. But uneven pitching leaves the Blue Jays only tied for second in the division with the Yankees, three games out of first place.
Derek Jeter will retire as the all-time interleague leader in hits, runs and games after helping the Yankees sweep the Reds in the last interleague series of his career.
The Rays continue to rise after a disastrous stretch earlier. The question still remains; will they be trading David Price at the deadline, or will they hold their ace in an attempt to make a playoff run?
The Royals were swept over the weekend against the Red Sox, dropping to seven games back in the AL Central. Kansas City will need to turn things around quickly.
The White Sox have had their ups and downs, but Jose Abreu has remained a constant in the lineup. The rookie has an 11-game hitting streak entering the week and has recorded a hit in 29 of his past 30 games.
Jon Lester is unbeaten in his last six starts, going 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA during that span. The Red Sox completed a sweep of the Royals over the weekend to start the second half on the right foot.
Jon Niese is scheduled to pitch Monday against Seattle after a DL stint. With the exception of his last outing on July 4, the lefty has been solid for the Mets, entering the week with a 2.96 ERA.
The Twins might not be in the race, but they do have a lot of games left against the top three teams in the AL Central, making Minnesota possible spoilers in the division.
After losing 100 games last season, the Marlins have shown great improvement this season. But any playoff hopes appear to be over after a 3-7 slide in their last 10 games.
The Phillies are far behind in the NL East; it could be time for the rebuilding process to begin. Philadelphia certainly has the pieces to move, starting with Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon and Marlon Byrd.
The Diamondbacks set the table for a better second half with a sweep against the Cubs at home.
Jose Altuve continues to be on a tear, but George Springer’s power display in his rookie season is impressive. He hit his 20th home run of the season Saturday, tying him for eighth in the AL.
Odrisamer Despaigne was just four outs away from becoming the first Padres’ player to pitch a no-hitter, losing it in the eighth inning on a Daniel Murphy double for the Mets.
Troy Tulowitzki, who leads baseball with a .340 batting average, was forced to sit out Sunday’s game with cramps. The Rockies are hoping the injury bug doesn’t bite their star yet again.
Jake Arrieta was on his game against the Diamondbacks on Sunday but took a hard-luck loss as the Cubs suffered a weekend sweep.
The Rangers are just 1-10 in their last 11 games after blowing the lead in Toronto on Sunday. A win on Friday, however, did break an eight-game slide.