The All-Star Game has come and gone. The American League continues to wreck the Senior Circuit year-in, year-out, and it’s abundantly clear that Vladdy Jr., Shohei Ohtani, and Liam Hendriks are the coolest dudes in the sport. Now, the attention turns to the second half of the season. Will the teams at the top stay there? Which teams near the bottom of their division have the best shot at making a comeback?
Keep in mind that just because your team had a good first half that blew everyone out of the water — looking at you San Francisco — that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to make the postseason. On the other end, just because your favorite team had an awful first half and you can’t count how many games out of first place you are with two hands, doesn’t mean your team is out of the race entirely. As long as there’s a will, there’s a way. With that, let’s count down the most likely teams to improve and regress in the second half of the season.