'Contender or Pretender' for All 30 MLB Teams at the Halfway Point

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'Contender or Pretender' for All 30 MLB Teams at the Halfway Point
Elaine Thompson/Associated Press

It's time for the latest edition of America's favorite baseball-related game show, "Contender or Pretender."

The way it works is simple: We take a broad look at our 30 contestants, primarily focusing on their offense and pitching staffs, and come to a conclusion as to whether they are legitimate playoff contenders or merely pretending to be.

If there's one thing that year after year proves itself to be true about the playoff races in MLB, it's this: You can't contend if you don't have quality pitching.

Let's take a look at how each team fared.

 

*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of FanGraphs and are current through games on June 22. 

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