X-factors and records to watch for when second-half begins

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Matt Harrison hasn't pitched since April 6 but he could make a big impact if he rejoins the Rangers' rotation.

Matt Harrison hasn't pitched since April 6 but he could make a big impact if he rejoins the Rangers' rotation.

For this week's issue of Sports Illustrated, I projected the full end-of-season standings. One spoiler: look for the Nationals to make a late surge. Not only have they underperformed their talent level, but they also have a favorable second-half schedule: from Aug. 19 through Sept. 22, they play only three of 33 games against clubs with winning records.