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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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,773)

  • 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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      25%
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      47%
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      10%
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      13%
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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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Blame for Brewers-Pirates brawl?

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in 14 innings Sunday, moving to an MLB-best 14-5 on the season. But that didn't take the headlines; instead, it was a big brawl that drew the most attention. It started when center fielder Carlos Gomez flipped his bat and looked on after hitting a ball deep to center field. Gomez ended up with a triple, and pitcher Gerrit Cole took exception to Gomez's behavior (Gomez says he thought the ball would be caught). Words led to punches, and ultimately Gomez, Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected. On Tuesday, Gomez (three games), Snyder (two games), the Pirates' Russell Martin (one game) and the Brewers' Martin Maldonado (five games for punching Sinder) were suspended.

  • Who is to blame for the brawl between the Brewers and Pirates on Sunday?

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      33%
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      36%
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      31%

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  • Do you have a problem with hitters flipping their bats and/or posing?

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      23%
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      40%
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      37%

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  • What is your opinion of Carlos Gomez?

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      24%
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      26%

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  • What do you make of Carlos Gomez being suspended three games for his role in Sunday's Brewers-Pirates brawl?

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      29%
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      47%
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      24%

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Booing Ryan Braun?

After an early mini-slump brought on by a thumb injury, Ryan Braun had a day Tuesday. Three home runs. A franchise-record-tying seven RBIs. But this wasn't celebrated -- oh no. It happened in the Philadelphia Phillies' home opener and -- shockingly -- the locals booed Braun. This is hardly the first time; Braun, who served a 65-game suspension last season for violations of Major League Baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, also heard it from Boston Red Sox fans days ago. Will/would you boo Ryan Braun when he comes to your town? Would you do the same if he were on your team?

Will/would you boo Ryan Braun at your home stadium this year?

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    55%
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    45%

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  • Would you boo Ryan Braun if he were on your favorite team?

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      37%
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      63%

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  • Will Ryan Braun ever return to MVP form?

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      50%
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      50%

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Opening day sees first replays

Monday was a historic Major League Baseball opening day, and not because the defending champion Boston Red Sox lost. It featured the first uses of MLB's new extended replay system, in which a large number of calls can be challenged. The first attempt came in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs; there, Chicago manager Rick Renteria disputed a double-play call, but it was upheld. The first successful challenge came from Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who prompted a Ryan Braun infield single to be overturned in the Milwaukee Brewers' 2-0 victory. How do you feel about the new system?

What do you make of MLB's replay challenge system?

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    31%
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    55%
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    14%

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  • What would be the best level of replay in baseball?

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      7%
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      3%
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      20%
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      55%
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      15%

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  • How many replay challenges should MLB managers receive per game?

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      6%
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      11%
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      65%
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      18%

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  • How much will a replay challenge system affect the length of MLB games?

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      17%
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      56%
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      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,806)

  • What would be a more efficient way of getting calls right in baseball?

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      77%
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      23%

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There are a lot of reasons not to do performance-enhancing drugs -- reasons of health or morality or simply a fear of needles -- but perhaps the best reason is that, if you're caught, you'll have to do a series of mortifying apologies if you ever hope to regain any credibility. Ryan Braun is finding this out firsthand, as he's personally calling Brewers season-ticket holders to apologize for violating the league PED policy and for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. The Brewers say most of the responses from fans whom Braun has called has been positive, but is this enough to get Braun back in your good graces?

Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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