UNDATED (AP) - In fact the season is more than half over but at this midway point of the 2013 season a check of the standings shows the following:
In the American League East the top team is Boston. The Red Sox have surprised a lot of people by winning 58 and losing just 39. They top the Rays by 2 1/2 games. In the AL Central the Tigers have not been able to shake Cleveland. Detroit is 52-42, 1 1/2 games in front of the Indians who are 51-44. The Athletics are the top team in the American West with 56 wins and 39 defeats, good for a two game lead over the Rangers.
In the National League the Braves enter the second half of the season with a six game lead over the Nationals. Atlanta is 54-41 while the Nats are just 48-47. One of the big surprises in the first-half was Pittsburgh as the Pirates are 56-37. They will start the second-half just a game back of first-place St. Louis while in the NL West the Diamondbacks lead the Dodgers by 2 1/2 games. It was a strange first-half for the Dodgers as they had a hard time winning games in the early going but came alive as the All-Star break approached.
And is there no bigger surprise team than defending-World-Series-winner San Francisco? The Giants are only 43-51 but in the mediocre NL West they are just 6 1/2 games out of first place.