AL Central at the All-Star break
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
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.
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
Why they’ll reach postseason: Rotation behind Chris Sale steps up and Gordon Beckham has big second half.
Why they won’t: They waste big seasons by Sale and Jose Abreu because of a weak roster.
Why they’ll reach postseason: Joe Mauer and Danny Santana come off DL to spark the offense.
Why they won’t: The lack of depth in the starting rotation will take its toll during the second half.
LA VELLE E. NEAL III
|Miami - T. Koehler||12:05 PM|
|Washington - M. Scherzer|
|Arizona - J. Collmenter||2:10 PM|
|Colorado - T. Matzek|
|San Diego - I. Kennedy||2:45 PM|
|San Francisco - C. Heston|
|Arizona - R. Ray||5:40 PM|
|Colorado - J. Lyles|
|Cincinnati - M. Leake||6:05 PM|
|Pittsburgh - G. Cole|
|NY Yankees - C. Sabathia||6:07 PM|
|Toronto - M. Buehrle|
|Philadelphia - J. Williams||6:10 PM|
|Atlanta - M. Foltynewicz|
|Baltimore - U. Jimenez||6:10 PM|
|NY Mets - J. deGrom|
|Tampa Bay - A. Colome||6:10 PM|
|Boston - J. Masterson|
|Los Angeles - J. Wieland||7:10 PM|
|Milwaukee - W. Peralta|
|Cleveland - C. Carrasco||7:10 PM|
|Kansas City - D. Duffy|
|Detroit - A. Simon||7:10 PM|
|Chicago WSox - C. Sale|
|Oakland - S. Kazmir||7:10 PM|
|Minnesota - K. Gibson|
|Texas - C. Lewis||7:10 PM|
|Houston - S. Deduno|
|Chicago Cubs - J. Lester||7:15 PM|
|St. Louis - L. Lynn|
|Seattle - R. Elias||9:05 PM|
|LA Angels - C. Wilson|
|LA Clippers||8:30 PM|
|NY Rangers||6:30 PM|
|Los Angeles||8:30 PM|
|Real Salt Lake|