The "First Half" Is Over And Other MLBullets

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has been one of the best players in baseball on a surprise division-leading team. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

All-Star week is here...

  • Your nominal first half of the season is in the books, and we can look at some leaders. The division leaders are the Yankees, White Sox, and Rangers in the AL (with the Yankees now - not the Rangers - holding baseball's best record), and the Nationals, Pirates(!), and Dodgers in the NL. If the season ended today, the Angels and the Orioles would claim the AL's Wild Card berths, and the Reds and Braves (by a half game, which obviously couldn't happen) would take them in the NL. Andrew McCutchen leads baseball with a .362 average, and is second in OPS, behind only Joey Votto (1.087). Jose Bautista and Josh Hamilton share the home run lead (27), and Hamilton has already driven in 75, to lead baseball. Adam Dunn's 134 strikeouts lead baseball by 24. Jared Weaver and Ryan Dempster are at the top in ERA (1.96 and 1.99, respectively), though neither has topped 100 innings, thanks to injuries. R.A. Dickey's and Gio Gonzalez's 12 wins lead baseball, but nobody cares about that because W/L record is stupid. The Orioles' Jim Johnson leads baseball in saves with 27, despite not being an overpowering type - he's struck out just 22 in his 37.1 innings of work.

Brett Taylor is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and a Contributor here at Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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