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National League Heading Into The Break


The first half of the 2015 National League season has been a seesaw ride with only the St. Louis Cardinals dominating for most of the first half.

All the three divisions have had their share of teams looking to make a run, with some marquee players finally joining the party, but with still a full second half to go, on the Cardinals look like a lock to make the playoffs.

The second half should be as exciting or even more than the first.


As of July 8th, the Washington Nationals (46-38)  have a three game lead on the second place New York Mets (44-42). To start the season the Nationals sputtered out the box finishing the month of April in fourth place with the Mets in first. But since they have played better baseball and now find themselves reaching the break in the lead. As for the Mets, they have been surprisingly good holding on to either of the top two spots for most of the second half and remaining within striking distance of the Nats. Their pitching has kept them in games, but their offense lacks the power punch needed to withstand a true playoff push. As for the rest, the Atlanta Braves (42-43) have looked at times to breakout, have mostly played under .500 ball, but are still only 4.5 games out of the lead. The Miami Marlins (35-50), who were looking to have a promising season, lost their manager Mike Redmond to a sub par start, with GM Dan Jennings as his replacement, their star player Giancarlo Stanton to the DL and once again have not played to what their off season moves would have suggested. The Philadelphia Phillies (29-58) have remained at the bottom of the division for the whole second half and even though they have some promising prospects in the everyday lineup, they haven’t shown enough to say their second half will be better.


There is no surprise who is leading the division, as the St. Louis Cardinals (55-30) continue to dominate, as they hold off the surging Pittsburgh Pirates (50-34). The Pirates found themselves floundering early as their star player, Andrew McCutchen was experiencing a  very slow start, but now they are one of the hottest teams in baseball and are poised to battle the Cards for the top spot. The Chicago Cubs (46-38) have embraced the youth movement finally bringing up their prized possession, Kris Bryant and all he has done is rewarded their move with an all-star selection. But the Cubs find themselves 8.5 games out of the lead and 4.5 out of second, so a strong second half push will be needed if making the Back to the Future predictions of a 2015 Championship a reality. The Cincinnati Reds (38-44) nor the Milwaukee Brewers (37-50) round out the bottom of the division and very unlikely that a strong second half will move them up.


The division favorites, the Los Angeles Dodgers (48-38) are right where they need to be heading into the break, in first place and five games up on the second place San Francisco Giants (43-43). The Dodgers withstood the loss of Yasiel Puig for about a month and a half, but have ridden the tails of Rookie Sensation Joc Pederson, who has thrusted himself into the limelight with an All-Star selection. The Giants found themselves heading into June only .5 game out of first, but played under .500 for the month (12-14) and now are looking for a better second half to battle the Dodgers for the top spot. They are probably the only team in the division that can catch LA. The Arizona Diamondbacks (42-42) have been playing better baseball lately but have not been consistent enough to warrant a consideration for the second half. As for the San Diego Padres (39-48) and Colorado Rockies, the Padres have to be the disappointing team of the first half.  After numerous trades and moves basically revamping the whole team, they find themselves playing under .500 baseball and already 9.5 games out of first. It doesn’t help that they have been bitten by the injury bug, but at this point not much promise for a better second half. As for the Rockies, they have the talent to put together winning seasons, but just haven’t sustained the winning long enough. Better for the Rockies to start planning for the 2016 season.

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