5 MLB Teams Ready To Break Out In Second Half
5 MLB Teams Ready to Break Out in Second Half
The 2013 MLB All-Star Game is over and the second half of the season is about to begin. This is the time when teams put their first half of the season behind and start making serious pushes toward the postseason.
Last season, many teams dropped off in the second half even after a solid start to the season. The Cleveland Indians were one of those teams last year and will hope to stay within striking distance of first place. Who are your favourite teams and where do they stand? If they're in last place in their respective divisions, chances are they will be sellers at the trade deadline.
If your team is a fourth-place divisional team, they might have an outside shot of making the playoffs, but that would mean they'd have to be within 10 games of first place by now. I'm not saying that it's impossible to win the division if a team is more than 10 games out of first by the All-Star break, but it's highly unlikely.
Any team that is between first and third place has a solid belief that they can, and will, win their respective division. Some teams have a lead that seems unreachable by the teams below them, while others are barely holding on to the top spot.
The first half of the season hasn't disappointed so far. We've seen two guys achieve hit 30 home runs and get 90 RBIs before the break for the first time while watching many young players rise out of the ranks of the unknown to garner stardom.
Postseason play is just under 70 games away, meaning that in a few months, the teams will be set and the play will have a renewed energy. Let's take a look at the five teams that will be, and should be, poised for a break out in the second half.
New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are a puzzling team for sure. If it weren't for the Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson injuries, this team may be a playoff favorite. They will get some of those valuable pieces back in the second half and we will see what kind of team they really are -- I can guarantee it's not a fourth-place team.
Los Angeles Dodgers
While Yasiel Puig has been the subject of any Los Angeles Dodgers talk, the Dodgers are sneaking up on teams in the National League. They could do some more damage in the second half.
The team with the best record from a season ago finds themselves in second place in the NL East and a record hovering around .500 for the better part of the first half. The Washington Nationals have the pieces to get the job done and with Bryce Harper back and healthy, they are totally capable of making a deep run.
San Francisco Giants
Being the reigning World Series champions comes with a lot of expectations. The San Francisco Giants are currently 6.5 games out of first place in the NL West and need to step up their game if they want a chance at their second straight title. If anyone can do it, they can.
Los Angeles Angels
This is the one team on this list that I have the most faith in. While Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols are both severely underachieving this season, they both have the talent to get back on track. I think they will do just that for the Los Angeles Angels in the second half. A team with the potential that they have should not be 11 games out of first place at this point in the season.