AT THE 81-GAME MARK IN 2016

Okay, I admit to being a curmudgeon when I cringe when games being played after the All-Star break are referred to as the “second-half of the season.” Trust me, I’m no math expert but I know 81 games played is half of the 162-game baseball season.

Here’s how each team stood at the halfway mark last season, the drops this season for the top three teams then, as compared to now, are simply precipitous, but the rise by the Twins is yeastlike.

At the 81 Game Mark, 2016

Tm W L W-L% RS RA Rdiff Final W/L Rank Postseason
TEX 52 29 .642 398 342 56 95-67 1 Division Champ
CHC 51 30 .630 423 274 149 103-58 1 WS Champ
SFG 50 31 .617 383 324 59 87-75 2 Wildcard
CLE 49 32 .605 390 314 76 94-67 1 AL Pennant
WSN 49 32 .605 378 284 94 95-67 1 Division Champ
BAL 47 34 .580 415 376 39 89-73 2 Wildcard
NYM 44 37 .543 308 283 25 87-75 2 Wildcard
LAD 44 37 .543 338 296 42 91-71 1 Division Champ
BOS 44 37 .543 451 400 51 93-69 1 Division Champ
KCR 43 38 .531 329 343 -14 81-81 3
STL 43 38 .531 425 343 82 86-76 2
TOR 43 38 .531 383 348 35 89-73 2 Wildcard
DET 43 38 .531 397 388 9 86-75 2
HOU 43 38 .531 369 340 29 84-78 3
SEA 42 39 .519 398 348 50 86-76 2
MIA 42 39 .519 339 348 -9 79-82 3
CHW 41 40 .506 338 351 -13 78-84 4
PIT 40 41 .494 375 383 -8 78-83 3
NYY 40 41 .494 335 365 -30 84-78 4
COL 37 44 .457 420 437 -17 75-87 3
ARI 36 45 .444 367 400 -33 69-93 4
PHI 36 45 .444 282 376 -94 71-91 4
SDP 35 46 .432 348 401 -53 68-94 5
MIL 35 46 .432 326 393 -67 73-89 4
OAK 35 46 .432 340 398 -58 69-93 5
TBR 33 48 .407 326 377 -51 68-94 5
LAA 33 48 .407 358 389 -31 74-88 4
CIN 29 52 .358 342 482 -140 68-94 5
ATL 28 53 .346 278 376 -98 68-93 5
MIN 27 54 .333 341 441 -100 59-103 5