Best record in the AL belongs to the Red Sox at the All-Star break; the retooled roster has paid off big time in Boston. The team is only 11 wins away from its total for all of last season at 69 wins.
First-half report card
We've got just over half the schedule out of the way and it's time to see who's making the grade and who's flunking out.
Chicago White Sox: F
Pitching is certainly the strong point of Robin Ventura's White Sox with Chris Sale (49) leading the staff, but the offense — one of the league's worst — has failed to deliver, leaving the Southsiders at a crossroad for their future.
Milwaukee Brewers: F
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 on paper, the club should have been better.
San Francisco Giants: F
As reigning World Series champions, expectations were at an all-time high for Buster Posey (left) and the Giants, however off years by pitching stars Matt Cain, Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum (other than his no-hitter on Saturday) derailed the team in the first half.
Toronto Blue Jays: F
Great things were expected from John Gibbons' Blue Jays this season, but they have fallen far from those expectations thus far. Sitting in last place in the stacked AL East and 11½ games back of first place, Toronto’s headache isn’t likely to end any time soon.
Miami Marlins: D-
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 the struggles of Giancarlo Stanton (center) placing Miami at the bottom of almost every offensive category.
San Diego Padres: D-
It was clearly a rebuilding year in San Diego this year, so not much was expected from Bud Black's young team. The Padres did make it interesting at one point, reaching .500 in June, but have only won twice in 16 games since.
Kansas City Royals: D-
The Royals experienced a ride to the top this season for a brief period, but have since floundered. Heading into the break, Kansas City is on a five-game losing streak, with the offense still unable to find its groove.
Houston Astros: D
Sure they have the league’s worst record, but the future is looking bright after three of the Astros’ top prospects played in the All-Star Futures Game. Despite the new league and division, Houston has done better than many thought it would in the AL West.
Minnesota Twins: D
The Twins have only three wins in 14 games for the month of June, making them obvious sellers before the trade deadline and putting the team in a likely rebuilding mode for the rest of this season.
Seattle Mariners: D
The Mariners pitching duo of Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma have been the two main bright points for Eric Wedge's club. The lineup, on the other hand, hasn’t found its niche, with no help in sight in another down year in Seattle.
Los Angeles Angels: D
Mike Trout (right) has held this team together throughout the several disappointments this season, and was rewarded with an outfield starting spot in the All-Star Game.
Chicago Cubs: D+
The Cubs enter the All-Star break on a high note taking three straight series. Chicago set a franchise record using 43 different players, clearly showing this team is just not ready to win any time soon, but nobody was really expecting much this season anyway.
New York Mets: C-
The Mets are looking to pick up the pace finally this season, perhaps making it a bad time for a long break. Matt Harvey’s excellent season was rewarded with a start at his home field in the All-Star Game.
Philadelphia Phillies: C-
Are the Phillies going to make a run into contention in the second half? It could be possible with this team sitting currently at .500, only 6½ games behind the Braves, who, along with the Nationals, have had weaknesses exposed this season.
Washington Nationals: C-
Many thought this team would be one of the league’s best before the season, but in reality it has been holding strong in second place of the NL East behind the Braves. Washington better find last season’s magic quick or it will be missing the playoffs.
Colorado Rockies: C
After beginning the season surprisingly as one of the best teams, the Rockies have fallen back to reality. Good news for Colorado, they Rockies are still very much in the NL West race if they can keep pace with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.
Los Angeles Dodgers: C
The Dodgers were awful to start the season, but after playing to their potential recently, paired with the arrival of Yasiel Puig (66), Los Angeles is back at .500 and is poised to make a second-half run.
Arizona Diamondbacks: C+
The Diamondbacks — with a nice surprise in starter Patrick Corbin — 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 2½ games back in the division.
New York Yankees: C+
The Yankees have been decimated by injuries to their usual starters. The offensive replacements fared well at first, but fell off as the season churned on. Getting Derek Jeter (left) back could help New York get back on track after the break.
Atlanta Braves: B-
The Braves have one of the easiest second-half schedules; the team doesn’t even have to go past the Central Time Zone. If Atlanta can keep up what it has done thus far, another division title will be in its hands. The Braves' stars will have to avoid any long slumps to have a successful run into the playoffs.
Texas Rangers: B-
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.
Cleveland Indians: B
Cleveland finished the first-half strong, taking two of three from the Blue Jays and sweeping the Royals. The Indians are somewhat surprisingly just 1½ games behind the Tigers in the division.
Oakland Athletics: B+
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. Oakland has had some bad streaks this season, but managed to keep things close in the division.
Cincinnati Reds: A-
All-Star starters Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto (19) 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 hit him home.
Tampa Bay Rays: A-
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 a return from the DL.
Baltimore Orioles: A
Chris Davis’ 37 home runs before the break has made headlines as the Orioles offense has been the key for this season’s success, leaving Baltimore in the middle of a surely entertaining second-half in the AL East.
Detroit Tigers: A
Miguel Cabrera (24) showed no signs of fatigue from his Triple Crown winning season; in fact the Tigers slugger could be on his way to an unprecedented second consecutive one, that is if he can get more home runs than Baltimore’s Chris Davis before the season’s end.
Pittsburgh Pirates: A
Despite a slide last week, Andrew McCutchen (22) and 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.
St. Louis Cardinals: A+
The Cardinals are one of the league’s best teams, but have yet to create any space in the NL Central race with the Pirates and Reds hot on their heels. Carlos Beltran (center) is having an All-Star season, while catcher Yadier Molina is making a case for the MVP award, carrying the team offensively and defensively.