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Power Ranking Each MLB Division at the 2014 Season’s Halfway Point

Power Ranking Each MLB Division at the 2014 Season's Halfway Point

Sean Doolittle Oakland Athletics
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As the 2014 MLB season eclipses the official halfway point, 17 teams are within five games of playoff spots and 15 clubs are over the .500 mark. While some divisions boast more contenders than others, each division flaunts at least two concrete contenders for postseason action. The All-Star break is around the corner as is the annual non-waiver trade deadline. The 162-game marathon is about to heat up for the dog days and the stretch run.

6. American League East

Boston Red Sox Grueling Stretch
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6. American League East

Boston Red Sox Grueling Stretch
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The AL East is the most mediocre division in of baseball. The defending-champion Red Sox have struggled all season, falling seven games below the .500 mark while sporting a minus-35 run differential. The Blue Jays have cooled off significantly but still hold a slight edge over the Orioles. The Rays have been a gargantuan disappointment, and the Yankees have failed to gain any significant forward momentum.

5. National League East

Atlanta Brave Walk-Off Home Run
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5. National League East

Atlanta Braves Wall-Off Home Run
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The surging Braves have logged five straight wins to grasp a half-game lead over the Nationals in what has become an ultra-competitive division. The Marlins have been a feel-good story, despite dropping four consecutive games to fall 5.5 games back and four games under the .500 mark. Despite being in seeming striking distance, the Mets and Phillies are destined to become sellers at the deadline yet again.

4. American League Central

Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
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4. American League Central

Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
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The up and down Tigers have struggled at times this season, temporarily relinquishing their division lead in early June. Detroit has since rebuilt a 3.5-game edge over the home run-deprived Royals, who boast the pitching depth needed to overtake their division foe. The Indians have been a massive disappointment, posting a 16-28 road record whereas the White Sox and Twins continue to fight for fourth place.

3. National League West

Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
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3. National League West

Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
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The Giants were owners of the best record in baseball for a decent chunk of May and June, but they have plummeted out of first place after dropping 15 of their last 19 games. The surging Dodgers now have a half-game lead over San Francisco, which has struggled in large part due to several key injuries. The Rockies have proven themselves as early-season pretenders whereas the Padres and D'Backs boast the two worst run differentials in baseball.

2. National League Central

Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers
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2. National League Central

Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers
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The most stunning surprise of the 2014 season has been the Brewers, who own the best record in the National League at the halfway point. Milwaukee's starting rotation has been iffy at times, but their fifth-ranked offense has launched them into permanent status as first-place residents. The Cardinals and Reds figure to contend while the Pirates are clawing their way back into the Wild Card picture. The Cubs are preparing for a fire sale.

1. American League West

Josh Donaldson Oakland Athletics
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1. American League West

Josh Donaldson Oakland Athletics
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The Athletics remain the best all-around team in baseball, boasting a potent offense and lights-out pitching staff. Oakland owns a five-game edge over the contending Angels, who flaunt the third-best record in the AL. The Mariners are holding out hope for a Wild Card berth while the Rangers have fallen out of contention due to several roster-crippling injuries. The Astros are much improved but aren't close to contending in the Wild Wild West.