Looking Inside the Numbers of MLB's First Half of 2014

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Looking Inside the Numbers of MLB's First Half of 2014
Kathy Willens/Associated Press
Spoiler: Masahiro Tanaka will be talked about.

So, maybe not everybody has realized this yet, but the 2014 Major League Baseball season is already pretty much at the halfway point.

Yup. We've come that far. But rather than lament how we only have so much baseball left before a long, dark, cold winter, let's be more productive by taking stock of what's happened so far in 2014.

This being baseball, the best lessons and coolest tidbits are found in numbers. So that's where our focus is going to be, specifically on a dozen storylines involving super-interesting league and player trends.

Ready your calculators, spreadsheets and thinking caps, and follow me this way...

Note: Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted/linked and are current through play on Monday, June 23.

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