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Quick Pitch: Tom Verducci previews second half for all 30 MLB teams

Brandon Moss (left), Josh Donaldson and the Oakland Athletics have the most wins and best record in baseball heading into the season's second half. Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Brandon Moss (left), Josh Donaldson and the Oakland Athletics have the most wins and best record in baseball heading into the season's second half.

With the All-Star break at an end, it's time to begin the unofficial second half of the 2014 major league season. In one of the tightest playoff races in recent memory, only one team enters play on Friday with a division lead of more than four games, and there are 19 clubs -- 11 in the American League and eight in the National League -- that are within seven games of a playoff spot. How will your favorite team fare in the second half? Tom Verducci previews the rest of the season for every squad, and makes his picks for which clubs will to advance to the postseason.

Videos are displayed in alphabetical order by team.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Arizona Diamondbacks

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

First-half record: 40-56, last place in NL West (13 1/2 games back)

Atlanta Braves

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Atlanta Braves

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Atlanta Braves.

First-half record: 52-43, tied for first place in NL East and NL Wild Card

Baltimore Orioles

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Baltimore Orioles

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Baltimore Orioles.

First-half record: 52-42, first place in AL East (4 games ahead)

Boston Red Sox

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Boston Red Sox

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Boston Red Sox.

First-half record: 43-52, fifth place in AL East (9 1/2 GB)

Chicago Cubs

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Chicago Cubs

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Chicago Cubs

First-half record: 40-54, fifth place in NL Central (12 GB)

Chicago White Sox

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Chicago White Sox

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Chicago White Sox.

First-half record: 45-51, fourth place in AL Central (10 1/2 GB)

Cincinnati Reds

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Cincinnati Reds

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Cincinnati Reds.

First-half record: 51-44, third place in NL Central (1 1/2 GB)

Cleveland Indians

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Cleveland Indians

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Cleveland Indians.

First-half record: 47-47, third place in AL Central (7 1/2 GB)

Colorado Rockies

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Colorado Rockies

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Colorado Rockies.

First-half record: 40-55, fourth place in NL West (13 GB)

Detroit Tigers

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Detroit Tigers

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Detroit Tigers.

First-half record: 53-38, first place in AL Central (6 1/2 GA)

Houston Astros

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Houston Astros

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Houston Astros.

First-half record: 40-56, fourth place in AL West (19 1/2 GB)

Kansas City Royals

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Kansas City Royals

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Kansas City Royals.

First-half record: 48-46, second place in AL Central (6 1/2 GB)

Los Angeles Angels

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Los Angeles Angels

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Los Angeles Angels.

First-half record: 57-37, second place in AL West (1 1/2 GB); leading AL Wild Card

Los Angeles Dodgers

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Los Angeles Dodgers

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

First-half record: 54-43, first place in NL West (1 GA)

Miami Marlins

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Miami Marlins

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Miami Marlins.

First-half record: 44-50, fourth place in NL East (7 1/2 GB)

Milwaukee Brewers

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Milwaukee Brewers

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Milwaukee Brewers.

First-half record: 53-43, first place in NL Central (1 GA)

Minnesota Twins

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Minnesota Twins

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Minnesota Twins.

First-half record: 44-50, fifth place in AL Central (10 1/2 GB)

New York Mets

Verducci's Quick Pitch: New York Mets

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the New York Mets.

First-half record: 45-50, third place in NL East (7 1/2 GB)

New York Yankees

Verducci's Quick Pitch: New York Yankees

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the New York Yankees.

First-half record: 47-47, third place in AL East (5 GB)

Oakland Athletics

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Oakland A's

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Oakland Athletics.

First-half record: 59-36, first place in AL West (1 1/2 GA)

Philadelphia Phillies

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Philadelphia Phillies

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Philadelphia Phillies.

First-half record: 42-53, fifth place in NL East (10 GB)

Pittsburgh Pirates

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Pittsburgh Pirates

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

First-half record: 49-46, fourth place in NL Central (3 1/2 GB)

San Diego Padres

Verducci's Quick Pitch: San Diego Padres

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the San Diego Padres.

First-half record: 41-54, third place in NL West (12 GB)

San Francisco Giants

Verducci's Quick Pitch: San Francisco Giants

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the San Francisco Giants.

First-half record: 52-43, second place in NL West (1 GB); second place in NL Wild Card

Seattle Mariners

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Seattle Mariners

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Seattle Mariners.

First-half record: 51-44, third place in AL West (8 GB); second place in AL Wild Card

St. Louis Cardinals

Verducci's Quick Pitch: St. Louis Cardinals

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the St. Louis Cardinals.

First-half record: 52-44, second place in NL Central (1 GB)

Tampa Bay Rays

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Tampa Bay Rays

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Tampa Bay Rays.

First-half record: 44-53, fourth place in AL East (9 1/2 GB)

Texas Rangers

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Texas Rangers

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Texas Rangers.

First-half record: 38-57, fifth place in AL West (21 GB)

Toronto Blue Jays

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Toronto Blue Jays

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Toronto Blue Jays.

First-half record: 49-47, second place in AL East (4 GB)

Washington Nationals

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Washington Nationals

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Washington Nationals.

First-half record: 51-42, tied for first place in NL East and NL Wild Card

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