Thursday, July 14, 2016

Second-half MLB projections: What team makes that epic run to playoffs?

The Indians are considered favorites to win the American League.
LAS VEGAS — The first-half of the season is in the rear view mirror and the second half of the season starts Friday, so its a perfect time to speculate what might happen the rest of the way. What teams currently leading the division will falter down the stretch like the the Angels and Nationals did in 2015 and what teams will make an incredible second half surge to a playoff birth like the Mets, Cubs, Rangers and Blue Jays did last year? We have a few ideas so let's glance through each division.

(Westgate World Series odds: TOR 12/1, BOS 12/1, BAL 12/1, NYY 100/1, TB 1,000/1)
The opening odds to win division at MGM Resorts showed the AL East was expected to be the most competitive division and at the halfway point it's the only division with its second-place team being less than 5.5 games back. Baltimore has a two-game lead over the Red Sox and Blue Jays and 7.5-game lead over the Yankees.

The Orioles were 4-to-1 to win the division when the season started behind co-favorites Boston and Toronto at 2-to-1. The Red Sox bats have been incredible with an MLB-leading .292 average and 5.6 runs a game, but the pitching is horrendous, allowing 4.9 runs a game. The Blue Jays bats have woken up lately and they have a good enough rotation to be able to win the division for the second consecutive year. The Orioles have some bats too, but even with Chris Tillman working wonders every five days, their rotation ranks No. 28 with a 5.15 ERA. Look for Toronto to edge out Boston for the division crown and Boston to play in the wild card game.

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