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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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 28,790)

  • 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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      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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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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    14%

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

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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%

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  • 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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Over the next week, Buster Olney is ranking the 10 best in MLB in a variety of categories. Today he is analyzing the league's best rotations Insider. Do you agree with his list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

More: Top 10 lineups

Baseball's best rotations

A's

A's

Pictured: Sonny Gray

Braves

Braves

Pictured: Julio Teheran

Cardinals

Cardinals

Pictured: Adam Wainwright

Dodgers

Dodgers

Pictured: Clayton Kershaw

Nationals

Nationals

Pictured: Stephen Strasburg

Pirates

Pirates

Pictured: Francisco Liriano

Rangers

Rangers

Pictured: Yu Darvish

Rays

Rays

Pictured: Matt Moore

Reds

Reds

Pictured: Mat Latos

Tigers

Tigers

Pictured: Max Scherzer

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For the second straight year, traditional numbers beat out advanced metrics on the American League Most Valuable Player ballot, with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera receiving the award over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. The scrape played out differently in the National League, where the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen -- he of better modern numbers (but also more team wins) -- beat Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Do you agree with the picks?


AL MVP?

Miguel Cabrera posted dazzling traditional numbers (.348 avg., 44 HRs, 137 RBIs) on a winner, while Mike Trout offered a better WAR.

SportsNation

What do you make of Miguel Cabrera winning AL MVP?

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    82%
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    18%

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NL MVP?

Andrew McCutchen won the WAR with Paul Goldschmidt, but didn't slug as well (the latter had a 36-21 edge in homers and 125-84 in RBIs).

SportsNation

What do you make of Andrew McCutchen winning NL MVP?

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    74%
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    26%

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Who's No. 1?

Could a 22-year-old really be the premier player in the sport? Or is one of the MVPs better?

SportsNation

Who is the best player in baseball?

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    53%
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    8%
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    8%
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    17%
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    14%

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