The first half of the 2013 Major League Baseball season provided plenty of exciting and surprising outcomes, and the second half is bound to be even better.
Nearly every organization has played 81 games already, meaning it’s safe to say that the second half has officially begun—even though the All-Star Break is around two weeks away. There’s now a solid sample size on which we can judge every franchise.
How each team fared in those opening 81 games says a lot about what’s to come, but there still is a lot of unpredictability.
Entering Wednesday’s slate of games, the NL East is the only division where the team in second place isn’t fewer than four games behind the leader, so the five teams from each league going to the postseason are still up in the air.
But that doesn’t mean that we can’t take some educated guesses as to what the rest of the year holds for each team.
That being said, here’s a prediction of each team’s final record for the 2013 season, with analysis on each franchise’s first half and what’s to come in the second.
*Teams with a pair of asterisks next to their name are division winners. Teams with one asterisk are those who will be represented in the AL and NL Wild Card Games. All statistics in this article were obtained via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus. All contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts.