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MLB Power Rankings: Can the Nationals, Indians or others make division races more interesting in the second half? – CBSSports.com

Well, gang, we made it. Yet another All-Star break. Where does the time go? A big theme for the first half of the season in Major League Baseball has been large divisional leads. The NL Central remains close with its two “top” teams struggling mightily going into the break. The fourth-place Pirates are just 2 1/2 games out. The entire division is only 4 1/2 games apart. Astounding. 

In the other five divisions it is an entirely different story. No other second-place team is closer to the division leader than 5 1/2 games. The wild card races are fun and all, but it’s gonna be incredibly disappointing if we get five runaway divisions. Is there a chance some will tighten? 

In the NL West, no. It’s over. The Dodgers look certain to win their seventh consecutive division title.

In the AL Central, the race already has tightened. The Indians are on a heater at present and have trimmed what was once an 11 1/2 game deficit — it was 11 as late as June 15 — to just 5 1/2 games. Also, the Indians host the Twins in a three-game series right out of the break to try and carve into the lead before they get four against the lowly Tigers and three against the also-lowly Royals. There’s a real shot this is a dead heat before the end of July when it was a bloodbath just three weeks ago. 

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