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.
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Tom Verducci previews the upcoming second half of the season for all 30 MLB teams, including his picks for the playoffs.

By Tom Verducci
July 17, 2014

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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