MLB: Contenders and Pretenders at the Season's 1st Checkpoint

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MLB: Contenders and Pretenders at the Season's 1st Checkpoint
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Happy Memorial Day everyone!  On the baseball calendar, today marks one of the important milestones in the long season. 

Once pitchers and catchers report, baseball fans look forward to Opening Day, the games of April and early May and then, finally Memorial Day.  It is today that we truly examine where our teams stand, who is jelling together and which teams should make a run at their division or the Wild Card. 

And as some fans will know, today marks the beginning of the end: For the rest of the summer, they will root for a team that has no chance to make the playoffs and continue the season beyond Game 162.

Here is a look at every team, what the start of the season has brought them and where we can expect them to go considering their issues.  A verdict of “Contenders” or “Pretenders” will be assigned to each team, and I’m sure I’ll get more wrong than I do right.  But I hope you enjoy the read.

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