When Major League Baseball took a break earlier this week for the All-Star Game and the unofficial midway point in the 2015 season, the St. Louis Cardinals topped all of baseball with the most wins, 56. Looking at the teams that had the most wins at the All-Star break since 2000, we see that a division title and the playoffs were a sure thing.
Consider this: Of the 18 teams that either had the most wins or tied for the most wins at the All-Star Break since 2000…
… all made the playoffs that year.
… 13 won their division that year.
… 16 ended the season with a winning percentage over .550
… nine ended the season with a winning percentage over .600
… Half (nine) had the most or second-most wins at the end of the season that year.
Of those 18 teams, four made it to the World Series that year: Boston (2013), Boston (2007), Detroit (2006) and the Chicago White Sox (2005); three of the four won the World Series… the two Boston teams and the White Sox.
Since 2000, the Yankees and Red Sox have each had the most wins (or tied for the most wins) at the All-Star break three times each. Atlanta and the White Sox have each had the most wins at the All-Star break twice since 2000.
Getting off to a great start in the first half of the MLB season is important and topping the MLB with the most wins at the break has been a good omen.
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