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

Record: 45-51

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.


Record: 44-50

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.


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Atlanta - WP: E. Stults 4 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain 2
Washington - LP: X. Cedeno 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha 6
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 18
Baltimore 6 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Miami - LP: D. Haren 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: R. Montero 7
San Diego 6 FINAL
Cincinnati 3
San Francisco 5 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 8
Colorado 2 FINAL
Oakland 11
LA Angels - LP: N. Tropeano 3 FINAL
Seattle - WP: T. Walker 5
Cleveland 4 FINAL
Chicago WSox 1
Kansas City 11 FINAL
Texas 7
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Arizona 2
Toronto 7 FINAL
Houston 4
Minnesota - LP: C. Johnson 2 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Masterson 14
Boston 116 FINAL
Charlotte 104
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
Philadelphia 111
Houston 96 FINAL
Toronto 99
Milwaukee 88 FINAL
Atlanta 101
Sacramento 83 FINAL
Memphis 97
Utah 104 FINAL
Minnesota 84
Phoenix 86 FINAL
Portland 109
Tampa Bay 5 FINAL
Montreal 3
Vancouver 4 FINAL
St. Louis 1
Calgary 5 FINAL
Dallas 3
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Chicago 4
Edmonton 4 FINAL
Colorado 1
Buffalo 4 FINAL
Arizona 1
Loyola-Chicago 65
Dayton 70 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 91
(6) Tennessee 48 FINAL
(4) Maryland 58
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