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MLB second half predictions?

The MLB's second half is upon us, and only two teams have leads of more than 1.5 games in their respective divisions. In other words, this should get intense. Who will win all the divisions? The leagues? The World Series? Cast your votes below!

Which team will win the AL East?

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    55%
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    20%
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    15%
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    10%

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  • Which team will win the AL Central?

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      84%
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      16%

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  • Which team will win the AL West?

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      74%
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      22%
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      4%

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  • Which team will win the NL East?

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      48%
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      45%
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      7%

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  • Which team will win the NL Central?

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      47%
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      5%

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  • Which team will win the NL West?

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      70%
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      27%
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      3%

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  • Which team will win the American League?

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      14%
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      48%
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      8%
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      19%
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      11%

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  • Which team will win the National League?

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      11%
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      19%
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      42%
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      8%
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      20%

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      9%
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      23%
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      14%
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      12%
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      42%

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Hot Tigers sweep Red Sox

We're one-fourth of the way through the MLB regular season, give or take, and very few teams have asserted themselves dramatically. One that has: the Detroit Tigers, who moved to 27-12 after completing a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The scary part? Two-time defending American League MVP Miguel Cabrera is only just now heating up, meaning the best could yet be in store for the runaway AL Central leaders. What is the future for Detroit? What to make of the defending-champion Boston Red Sox (20-23)? And what of MLB's other surprises?

  • How many games will the Detroit Tigers win?

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      4%
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      27%

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  • How will the Tigers fare in the postseason?

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      14%
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      28%
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      34%

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  • How will the Red Sox fare in 2014?

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      13%
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      45%
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      42%

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  • Which team will win the AL East?

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      11%
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      27%
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      17%
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      39%

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  • Outside the Tigers and A's, which team is the biggest threat to win the American League?

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      48%
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      10%
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      21%
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      21%

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  • Which of these teams is most for real?

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      45%
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      8%

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  • Which of these division winners from 2013 has been the biggest disappointment?

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      12%
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      26%

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      74%
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      26%

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Cabrera contract a good move?

This just in: Major League Baseball contracts aren't getting any smaller. The latest case comes from Detroit, where the Tigers, according to a source, are about to give Miguel Cabrera a contract extension worth $292 million over 10 years -- the largest in history. Now, Cabrera easily is one of the sport's best players. He also is almost 31; you can do the math on how old he'll be when he comes off Detroit's books. Is this a good move in Motown?

What would you make of the Tigers giving Miguel Cabrera a 10-year contract worth $292 million?

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    28%
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    72%

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  • Which is more important for a baseball team?

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      25%
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      75%

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  • Who is the best player in baseball?

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      42%
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      36%
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      22%

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  • Who will win AL MVP in 2014?

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      40%
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      37%
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      23%

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  • Does Major League Baseball need a salary cap?

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      69%
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      31%

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Cabrera, Tigers improve in 2014?

Good news, Detroit Tigers fans: Miguel Cabrera says he feels "free" after undergoing offseason surgery to repair damaged core muscles. And given that the slugger won his second American League MVP award in 2013, that could mean big things this coming season. Add this to ace Justin Verlander, who underwent similar surgery and called his injury a "blessing," and talk is positive surrounding Motown baseball (SweetSpot ranked the Tigers No. 2 in MLB for 2014, even with Prince Fielder now in Texas and an underwhelming season in the rearview). How will the Tigers fare?

What are you expecting from Miguel Cabrera in 2014 (.348, 44 HR, 1.078 OPS in 2013)?

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    54%
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    46%

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  • What are you expecting from Justin Verlander this season (13-12, 3.46 ERA, 217 K in 2013)?

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      84%
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      4%

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  • Which pitcher will be better in 2014?

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      27%
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      73%

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  • How much will the Tigers miss Prince Fielder this season?

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      26%
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      53%
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      21%

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  • How many games will the Tigers (93-69 in 2013) win in 2014?

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      29%
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      53%
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      18%

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  • How will the Tigers fare in 2014?

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      14%
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      27%
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      34%
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      16%

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  • Will the Tigers win a World Series with their current core?

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      62%
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      38%

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The Pittsburgh Pirates won the 2013 headlines. The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. But neither -- at the moment -- figures to be among the biggest stories of 2014. Not with the AL West packed, Alex Rodriguez's appeal still up in the air and the new commissioner to be chosen -- among many other things. Check out Buster Olney's top 10 storylines for the new year Insider and rank them according to your interest level. Simply click on the images to submit your ballot!

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Top 2014 MLB Storylines

AL West race

AL West race

Will the A's repeat? Will the Rangers bounce back? Or will the Angels and Mariners have something to say about it?

A-Rod resolution

A-Rod resolution

Will his 211-game suspension be upheld?

Expanded replay

Expanded replay

How much will it change the game?

Jeter's future

Jeter's future

How much does he have left?

Kershaw, Scherzer

Kershaw, Scherzer

Will the Cy Young winners and free-agents-to-be stay in their respective cities?

Mattingly's job status

Mattingly's job status

Is Don Mattingly a Dodger for good?

Milestones

Milestones

Albert Pujols could reach 500 HR (he's at 492), 1,500 RBIs (1,498) and 1,500 runs (1,425). Alex Rodriguez is closing in on 3,000 hits (2,939) and 2,000 RBIs (1,969).

New MLBPA head

New MLBPA head

What will the future be like under new leader Tony Clark?

Selig's successor

Selig's successor

Is Rob Manfred the man?

Tipping points

Tipping points

Will the Phillies, Royals, Diamondbacks and Orioles trend upward or downward?

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