Where do the Dodgers rank?
With the All-Star break finally upon us, it's time to look back at the first half of the 2009 MLB season.
With Manny Ramirez, the Dodgers were the best team in all of baseball. Without Manny Ramirez...well, they may not have been the best team, but they were awfully close. Now that Manny is back, are the Dodgers ready to go on a second-half tear? It may not matter in terms of their playoff chances (they have a seven-game lead on the Giants and have the highest run differential in the NL by almost sixty runs), but it's always good to finish strong.
Things are much more balanced in the American League, where each division has at least one team within four games of the midseason leader. The Yankees and Red Sox continue to battle it out in the East, with the Rays as a potential dark horse going forward. The Tigers, Twins, and White Sox are nearly evenly-matched in the Central, with Chicago's better-than-average road record keeping them in the race. In the West, the Angels have taken over the lead from the Rangers, but Texas is still going strong, with the Mariners providing a surprising challenge as well.
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