Heading into play on August 2, 16 of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams are within 7.5 games of a postseason berth. In other words, more than half of the sport is within reasonable striking distance of the chance to compete in the October tournament.

With the non-waiver trade deadline in the rear-view mirror, most contenders are finished making major acquisitions. While it’s always possible that expensive, long-term contracts can slip through the waiver wire for a franchise-changing move, it’s not likely to happen.

Outside of impact players (Curtis Granderson, Brett Anderson, Matt Harrison), each contender must make the best of the 40-man roster currently at its disposal. 

By Monday, each team will have played roughly 112 games. With 50 or so to guess upon, here’s a look at how the final records could look.

Factoring in injuries, potential Biogenesis discipline and strength of schedule, the following is a look into the crystal ball of the final 2013 MLB regular-season standings.

Keep the arguments cordial in the comment section, folks!

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