MLB second half storylines

5 storylines to follow during the second half of the MLB season

7/18/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Now that the MLB season is more than halfway done, we have already endured many of the surprises and interesting storylines that the year of baseball has to offer. We've seen surprise teams, such as the struggling Blue Jays, as well as surprise players, such as All-Star second baseman Jean Segura. We've seen dominant young prospects in Yasiel Puig and Jose Fernandez, but also reignited veterans, such as Mariano Rivera.

While a ton of stories, events, and performances have already come and gone this season, there are still plenty more to come. Here are five of the most interesting storylines to follow during the second half of the MLB season:
Jun 30, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (19) bats in the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Yankees 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Davis sets sights on 61: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis recently said that he still considers Roger Maris' 61 home run season back in 1961 to be the true home run record, as he was the only clean player to reach that mark. Assuming Davis is clean (which is unfortunately always a bold assumption these days), he has a real chance to be the second. With 37 home runs through the Orioles' first 96 games, Davis is on pace for 62.4 long balls on the season. He's on a torrid pace that will surely be difficult to maintain, but if he can keep it up he'll reach what many fans consider to be the true home run record, so we could be seeing history come September.

Suspensions coming for Braun, A-Rod, others: I hate talking about steroid stories and we probably all know what's going on with this one, but I would be remiss not to mention it in a piece about second half storylines. The MLB is expected to hand out suspensions for PED use shortly after the All-Star break (which ends on Friday), so we should know exactly who is suspended and for how long in the very near future.

The most interesting part of this storyline to follow, however, will be the appeal process. We are sure to see a number of appeals, all of which will be followed by investigations that will reveal evidence against the players involved. It's bound to get interesting.

Cabrera goes after another Triple Crown: The last player to win the Triple Crown before Miguel Cabrera won last season was Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. The last player to do it in back-to-back seasons? Well, that's never happened. Cabrera has a shot to make history by winning a second straight Triple Crown in 2013. He currently sits atop the American League in both batting average and runs batted in. To win the Triple Crown he'll have to pass Chris Davis in home runs (Davis has 37, Cabrera has 30). Cabrera also leads the league in runs scored - can he win the Quadruple Crown?
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