First-half stats: 129.2 IP, 13W-1L, 3.19 ERA, 152/31 K/BB
Projected full-season stats: 222.2 IP, 20W-4L, 3.31 ERA, 257/56 K/BB
*Clay Buchholz (injured)
First-half stats: 84.1 IP, 9W-0L, 1.71 ERA, 81/29 K/BB
Projected full-season stats: 164.2, 15W-2L, 2.03 ERA, 155/50 K/BB
*Bartolo Colon (started Sunday)
First-half stats: 126.2 IP, 12W-3L, 2.70 ERA, 70/15 K/BB
Projected full-season stats: 227 IP, 19W-6L, 2.98 ERA, 131/32 K/BB
*Yu Darvish (injured)
First-half stats: 119.1 IP, 8W-4L, 3.02 ERA, 157/41 K/BB
Projected full-season stats: 196.1 IP, 15W-6L, 3.28 ERA, 243/68 K/BB
First-half stats: 138.2 IP, 10W-4L, 2.53 ERA, 140/26 K/BB
Projected full-season stats: 252.1 IP, 18W-7L, 2.61 ERA, 229/44 K/BB
*Hisashi Iwakuma (started Sunday)
First-half stats: 131.1 IP, 8W-4L, 3.02 ERA, 113/19 K/BB
Projected full-season stats: 225.2 IP, 13W-8L, 3.23 ERA, 198/32 K/BB
First-half stats: 135.1 IP, 10W-7L, 3.72 ERA, 137/54 K/BB
Projected full-season stats: 219.1 IP, 15W-12L, 3.90 ERA, 208/92 K/BB
First-half stats: 107.1 IP, 13W-3L, 3.44 ERA, 108/55 K/BB
Projected full-season stats: 188 IP, 19W-7L, 3.57 ERA, 170/88 K/BB
First-half stats: 120 IP, 6W-8L, 2.85 ERA, 131/27 K/BB
Projected full-season stats: 214.1 IP, 13W-13L, 2.70 ERA, 209/45 K/BB
First-half stats: 111.2 IP, 11W-3L, 3.95 ERA, 89/41 K/BB
Projected full-season stats: 196.2 IP, 17W-7L, 4.09 ERA, 151/72 K/BB
*Justin Verlander (started Sunday)
First-half stats: 126 IP, 10W-6L, 3.50 ERA, 125/45 K/BB
Projected full-season stats: 229.2 IP, 16W-9L, 3.25 ERA, 220/71 K/BB
Max Scherzer gets the starting nod from AL manager Jim Leyland after not losing a game until this past Saturday. But many AL starters have had dominant first halves, including Bartolo Colon, Felix Hernandez and Chris Sale, despite his record. Sale has the worst run support in the majors at 2.76 and one of the best WHIPs at 1.01.
Buchholz was having a career year, owning a 1.71 ERA as a starter, and Darvish was approaching the pace to break Nolan Ryan's 1973 record of most strikeouts by an AL pitcher in a single season at 383 before both were sidelined with injuries.
Iwakuma has become a solid No. 2 starter behind King Felix, leading the league in WHIP and throwing a lot of innings. Masterson has thrown three complete game shutouts and has truly come into his own as a 28-year-old ace for the Indians. Moore and Tillman are each making their first All-Star appearance, and while their ERA and K/BB rates are areas to improve upon, they continue to produce positive results for their respective teams.
Verlander was viewed as an All-Star selection purely for name recognition, but as he become vintage Verlander in two of his past three starts, good things can be expected in the second half.