The All-Star break is over, and that means it’s the start of the second half of the baseball season.
It’s now the time of year where the real contenders shine and the pretenders fade back in the standings. For teams on the verge of a playoff spot, now is the time to make a run.
The Boston Red Sox, who are 9 1/2 games back of first place in the American League East, could be out of the race quickly if they don’t play well out of the gate. But all hope is not lost. Teams that appeared to be down and out as late as September have come back to make the playoffs in years past.
From the 1951 New York Giants to the 2007 Colorado Rockies, there has been no shortage of remarkable second half turnarounds.