1. San Francisco Giants (1, last week): Manager Bruce Bochy on great expectations facing even-year champs: “We’re in the business of winning here.”
2. Chicago Cubs (4): Second half either will be a thrill-ride adventure with a victory lap, or something resembling a 10-week torture scene directed by Quentin Tarantino.
3. Washington Nationals (5): Nats’ 54 victories before All-Star break matched 1994 Expos for most in franchise history.
4. Texas Rangers (2): During 6-0 defeat to Cubs on Friday, Rangers showed why season’s second verse might not go as smoothly as first.
5. Cleveland Indians (3): Michael Brantley’s imminent return from a shoulder injury adds up to a big-time trade acquisition.
6. Baltimore Orioles (9): After 22 relief appearances, touted 2011 draft pick Dylan Bundy will make MLB debut as a starter Sunday.
7. Toronto Blue Jays (6): A year after picking up Troy Tulowitzki, David Price, Ben Revere and Mark Lowe before trade deadline, any move Jays execute will be under the radar.
8. Boston Red Sox (10): No executive enjoys the trade market more than Sox GM Dave Dombrowski.
9. Los Angeles Dodgers (8): The great Clayton Kershaw, out with slight disk herniation in his lower back, expected to rejoin rotation as soon as Thursday.
10. Houston Astros (11): Signing of Cuban star Yulieski Gourriel clouds immediate future of fellow third baseman Alex Bregman.
11. New York Mets (7): With Matt Harvey lost for season, it’s Noah Syndergaard’s challenge to be the pillar of strength worthy of his nickname “Thor.”
12. Miami Marlins (14): Home Run Derby established Giancarlo Stanton as owner of world’s most impressive batting-practice swing.
13. St. Louis Cardinals (16): Ten-game homestand gives Cards a chance to reassert themselves at Busch Stadium, where they were 19-26 before the break.
14. Detroit Tigers (13): Combination of long-term contracts and luxury-tax threshold could prevent Tigers from making any significant moves before deadline.
15. Pittsburgh Pirates (18): Second-half comeback hinges on Bucs taking care of business with bottom feeders: 37 of final 70 games against Reds, Brewers, Phillies and Braves.
16. Chicago White Sox (15): Promotion of Double-A starter Carson Fulmer might find him occupying bullpen role similar to that of Seattle’s Edwin Diaz.
17. Seattle Mariners (17): Unresolved rotation poses question Ronald Reagan asked in title of 1965 autobiography: “Where’s The Rest Of Me?”
18. Kansas City Royals (12): Between Ned Yost managing in dugout and Eric Hosmer winning MVP award, All-Star Game had vibe of 4-2 Royals victory.
19. New York Yankees (19): Good news for Yanks? They went into weekend with 49 games remaining against teams in up-for-grabs AL East. The bad news? They finished first half 10-17 vs. AL East.
20. Philadelphia Phillies (20): Rebuilding is working: Phils, whose 63-99 record last season was baseball’s worst, on pace for 76-86 mark.
21. Colorado Rockies (21): Shortstop Trevor Story, closer Carlos Estevez and starters Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson, all rookies, offer evidence of productive minor league system.
22. Milwaukee Brewers (22): Anticipated debut of top shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia looming as only reason for Wisconsin fans to care about baseball before Packers report to camp.
23. San Diego Padres (24): Deal that sent All-Star lefty Drew Pomeranz to Red Sox was equivalent of Big Board’s opening bell.
24. Arizona Diamondbacks (23): Former All-Star pitcher Shelby Miller on demotion to minors after posting 2-9 record with 7.14 ERA: “I am surprised I stayed up here this long.”
25. Oakland Athletics (26): Injuries forced A’s to start 11 different pitchers before break, most in league.
26. Los Angeles Angels (25): Very cool that AL batting champ now will receive Rod Carew Trophy.
27. Tampa Bay Rays (27): Rays added some power this season, but they pine for those days when they struggled to score runs and yet found a way to win thanks to pitching and defense.
28. Minnesota Twins (29): Right-handed starter Ervin Santana among handful of Twins vets likely to be traded.
29. Cincinnati Reds (28): Reds began weekend on pace for 104 defeats. Club record is 101, set in 1982.
30. Atlanta Braves (30): Julio Teheran made his All-Star appearance short and sweet: 12 pitches, nine strikes, three outs.