MLB Second-Half Surge: Predicting Each League's Playoff Teams

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MLB Second-Half Surge: Predicting Each League's Playoff Teams
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Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals could be poised for a postseason run.

The MLB All-Star break is over. Teams get back to the daily grind of the regular season, but with a revamped sense of urgency.

With just under half of the season's games remaining for most teams, five out of the six division races have teams within four games of the leader.

The exception is the American League East where the New York Yankees lead the Baltimore Orioles by seven games.

That race is still far from over as the other three teams in the division are within 2.5 games of the O's.

There is still a significant amount of season left. As any baseball fan knows, anything can happen with just under three months left.

About the only thing we can rule out, the Chicago Cubs will not be winning this year's World Series. There is, however, always next year.

With the division races wide open and the additional Wild Card spot, teams have more to play for this season. Avoiding that play-in game and saving some innings will be huge for a postseason push, especially if you have a controversial innings limit. Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals?

With that said, here is how I see the league standings finishing, including wild cards.

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