July 16, 2013

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MLB Second Half Predictions

By: Joe Williams

Now that the MLB season has reached the All-Star break, business is about to pick up. It’s time to find out which teams are going all in and which ones have set their sights on 2014. There are several interesting storylines playing out, setting 2013 up for an unpredictable finish. But I’ll give it a shot anyway.

Matt Garza has been in trade rumors all season long…he will finish the season playing in the American League, but he won’t be the biggest name that gets moved before the trade deadline. Look for a team like the Phillies or Angels to move a big name player.

The New York Yankees will get Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson back…and it won’t matter. The AL East will turn into a three-team race with the Baltimore/Boston series on the final weekend determining the winner.

The Yankees will see the return of a few stars in the second half of the season. Will it be enough to get them to the playoffs?

Speaking of Baltimore…Chris Davis will continue to smash home runs and make me look stupid for trading him in my fantasy league and he will be the only thing that stands between Miguel Cabrera and back-to-back triple crowns. Davis will make a run at 60 but finish with 57 long balls.

The Detroit Tigers will eventually pull away from the pesky Cleveland Indians and win the AL Central.

Texas and Oakland will battle down to the wire in the AL West and the Rangers will steal the title on the last day of the season, just like the A’s did to them last year.

Yu Darvish will be just the fifth guy in the last 25 years to record at least 300 strikeouts and make me look stupid for trading him in my fantasy league. (I don’t like where this pattern is heading).

The Blue Jays and Angels will both play well enough to stay in the AL Wild Card race, but it will be too little too late and both spots will go to teams from the AL East.

Atlanta will cruise to the NL East title.

One team will fall out of the three-team race in the NL Central. It won’t be Pittsburgh.

After being left for dead, the Dodgers will rally to win the NL West title. And after all the controversy surrounding Yasiel Puig and the All-Star game goes away…it’ll start up again when he leads the Dodgers to the playoffs and joins the MVP race.

The NL Wild Card race will be nonexistent. The two teams that don’t win the Central will snag both spots.

Alex Rodriguez will be in the headlines at least two more times…and not in a good way. He will be one of several players disciplined for their involvement in the Biogenesis case.

The Atlanta Braves will return to the World Series, but fall short again as the Texas Rangers win the series in six games.

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