Welcome to the second half of the MLB season, where fantasy baseball fame and glory hang in the balance.
OK, so every team's technically hit the midway mark well before the All-Star break, but the four-day pause gives fake team managers a chance to exhale and re-evaluate the season. Maybe your squad hasn't followed the season's syllabus, but this convenient hiatus allows gamers to enter the stretch run with a clean state of mind.
Not everything that unfolded during the season's first two-plus months is guaranteed to last another two-plus months. Remember when Jair Jurrjens started the 2011 All-Star Game? He posted a 5.88 ERA and 1.65 WHIP after pitching in the exhibition that counts.
The beauty of a sanity-testing 162-game season is that it shields against most flukes and wild variance. After all, Bryan LaHair was an All-Star last year.
Let's use this time to veer into the forecast and project second-half happenings. Some of these predictions will be plausible, some may just seem slightly off, and a couple may generate a stream of furious comments and hate mail. But isn't that all the fun of bold predictions?
Note: All statistics, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of FanGraphs.com.