SI MLB Staff
Thursday July 14th, 2016

The first half of the season is over, and the All-Star break is at an end. Now, all 30 MLB teams must get ready for the second half, including the trade deadline and the stretch run for division titles or wild-card spots. For some clubs, the late summer and early fall will be a time to throw everything they have into securing a coveted postseason berth. For others, the back half of the season will be about restocking for next year or finding out which players will be a part of the future.

Where does your team stand as the second half begins? Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer Tom Verducci is here to tell you with his midseason preview videos for each team. Tom recaps the first half and what went right or wrong for each squad before giving his prediction as to what the second half holds.

Below, you'll find Tom's previews for every American League team. For his takes on the National League, go here.

Videos are listed alphabetically by team name. All standings are as of Thursday, July 14.

Los Angeles Angels

Record: 37–52 (.416)
Fifth place in AL West (16 1/2 games behind TEX)
13 games behind second place in AL wild card (TOR)

Houston Astros

Record: 48–41 (.539)
Second place in AL West (5 1/2 games behind TEX)
Two games behind second place in AL wild card (TOR)

Oakland Athletics

Record: 38–51 (.427)
Fourth place in AL West (15 1/2 games behind TEX)
12 games behind second place in AL wild card (TOR)

Toronto Blue Jays

Record: 51–40 (.560)
Second place in AL East (Two games behind BAL)
Second place in AL wild card

Cleveland Indians

Record: 52–36 (.591)
First place in AL Central (6 1/2 games ahead of DET)

Seattle Mariners

Record: 45–44 (.506)
Third place in AL West (8 1/2 games behind TEX)
Five games behind second place in AL wild card (TOR)

Baltimore Orioles

Record: 51–36 (.586)
First place in AL East (Two games ahead of BOS)

Texas Rangers

Record: 54–36 (.600)
First place in AL West (5 1/2 games ahead of HOU)

Tampa Bay Rays

Record: 34–54 (.386)
Fifth place in AL East (17 1/2 games behind BAL)
15 1/2 games behind second place in AL wild card (TOR)

Boston Red Sox

Record: 49–38 (.562)
Second place in AL East (Two games behind BAL)
First place in AL wild card

Kansas City Royals

Record: 45–43 (.511)
Fourth place in AL Central (Seven games behind CLE)
4 1/2 games behind second place in AL wild card (TOR)

Detroit Tigers

Record: 46–43 (.517)
Second place in AL Central (6 1/2 games behind CLE)
Four games behind second place in AL wild card (TOR)

Minnesota Twins

Record: 32–56 (.364)
Fifth place in AL Central (20 games behind CLE)
17 1/2 games behind second place in AL wild card (TOR)

Chicago White Sox

Record: 45–43 (.511)
Third place in AL Central (Seven games behind CLE)
4 1/2 games behind second place in AL wild card (TOR)

New York Yankees

Record: 44–44 (.500)
Fourth place in AL East (7 1/2 games behind BAL)
5 1/2 games behind second place in AL wild card (TOR)

For more second-half preview content, check out Jay Jaffe's bold predictions for the AL and NL.

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