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Major League Baseball Kicks Off 2nd Half

Major League Baseball kicks off the 2nd half David Kim/ via Flickr


The second half is about to kick off and Major League Baseball has set the stage for an exciting first day back.


There is no easing your way into the second half of the Major League Baseball season.  We see teams coming from the All-Star break ready to get back at it.  The second half kicks off with a match-up between two of the best teams in baseball.  The Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs will get things started with an interleague game that some are thinking could be a preview of the World Series.  These two teams are looking to make history this year with the Rangers who have never won a World Series and the Cubs who haven’t won since 1908.  Both teams headed into the break struggling to play well, but they are hoping that the break gives them the push to make it to the end.


If you look across to the American League what better way to get things going than one of the best rivalries in all of baseball.  The New York Yankees will host the Boston Red Sox in a game that no matter the standings always has some extra meaning behind it.  All-Star Knuckleballer Steven Wright will face the Yankees Righty Michael Pineada in this divisional clash.  The Yankees start the second half with a 10 game home-stand that should let us know rather quickly if they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline and the Red Sox look to continue their good play and hope for a second half run.



In Washington the Nationals Ace Stephen Strasburg will take the mound against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates Lefty Francisco Liriano.  Strasburg will step to the mound in search of his 13th win of the season. He is yet to record a loss after finishing the first half with a 12-0 record, 2.62 ERA, 132 strikeouts and just 31 walks.  The win won’t come easy for Strasburg and the Nationals as the Pirates finished the first half on a very high note.  The Pirates finished the first half by winning 12 of their last 16 games and closing the gap on the Division leading Cubs to get within 7.5 games.  This should be a good series and could help decide if the Pirates are ready to make the run that they need within the central division.



The West Division leading San Francisco Giants will start their second half in the park that just hosted the All-Star game.  All-Star Madison Bumgarner will look to continue the strong first half he had on the mound.  In his last start before the break he threw a one hit shutout vs the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The Padres are obviously looking to be sellers this year after dealing All-Star Lefty Drew Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox for the young right-handed Anderson Espinoza.  They will also be looking to have a better showing this time around against Bumgarner.  The last time Bumgarner faced the Padres’ at Petco Park he pitched a complete game shutout and recorded 11 Strikeouts on May 17th.  Pitching has carried the Giants to the best record in all of baseball and they hope to continue that pattern as the second half gets underway.


So fasten your seatbelt and get ready because the second half is about to get underway.