Chart: AL Central midseason analysis

  • Updated: July 16, 2014 - 9:58 PM

AL Central at the All-Star break

Detroit Tigers

Record: 53-38

Why they’ll reach postseason: The Tigers already have a 6½-game lead and have a starting rotation as solid as any in baseball.

Why they won’t: Too many defensive mistakes, an overworked Al Alburquerque and a struggling Joe Nathan.

Kansas City Royals

Record: 48-46

Why they’ll reach postseason: The offense will become reliable and James Shields will lead the rotation to a second-half surge.

Why they won’t: Down years by Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler will cost them.

Cleveland Indians

Record: 47-47

Why they’ll reach postseason: Justin Masterson gets healthy and pitches like the staff ace he should be.

Why they won’t: Defensive mistakes — and there have been many — keep them around .500.

Chicago White Sox

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Kansas City - WP: J. Vargas 6 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber 2
Toronto - LP: M. Castro 5 FINAL
Boston - WP: K. Uehara 6
Chicago WSox 0 Postponed
Baltimore 0
Tampa Bay 1 FINAL
NY Yankees 4
Washington 4 Top 9th Inning
Atlanta 8
NY Mets - WP: C. Torres 3 FINAL
Miami - LP: S. Cishek 1
Milwaukee 4 Top 9th Inning
Cincinnati 9
Pittsburgh 0 Top 8th Inning
Chicago Cubs 4
Seattle 2 Top 5th Inning
Texas 1
Detroit 5 Top 6th Inning
Minnesota 2
Philadelphia 3 Bottom 7th Inning
St. Louis 1
Colorado 3 Top 2nd Inning
Arizona 0
Houston - C. McHugh 9:10 PM
San Diego - J. Shields
San Francisco - T. Lincecum 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - B. Anderson
Atlanta 115 FINAL
Brooklyn 120
Milwaukee 80 4th Qtr 8:35
Chicago 77
Memphis 9:30 PM
Portland
Tampa Bay 5 FINAL
Detroit 2
NY Islanders 1 FINAL
Washington 2
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