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Friday BP: Let the second half begin

How will the Giants perform after a brilliant first half of the season?

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91st MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard Photo by Matt Dirksen/Colorado Rockies/Getty Images

Hello and happy Friday.

The San Francisco Giants start the second half of the season today, which actually means they have just 73 games left.

The Giants hit the All-Star break with a 57-32 record, tops in baseball, and a +116 run differential, third-best in the Majors. They have a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, a six-game lead over the San Diego Padres, and a 9.5-game lead over the Cincinnati Reds for the second Wild Card spot.

Not a bad position to be in.

So let’s drop some second-half predictions:

Second-half record:
Final postseason position:
Breakout candidate:
Regression candidate:
Will Brandon Crawford reach 30 home runs?
Where will Kevin Gausman finish in Cy Young voting?
When will the Dodgers lose?

My answers, for what it’s worth, are 42-31, first Wild Card, Tommy La Stella, no one (ugh, fine, Evan Longoria), yes, third, NLDS.

Old, random MCC article for you to read

Gregor Blanco, Fourth or Fifth Outfielder (March 11, 2012 — Grant Brisbee)

Giants links

What time do the Giants play today?

The Giants play the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at 5:15 p.m. PT.

Have a lovely Friday, all of you.