- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
All 30 major league teams are scheduled to play their 81st game of the season, the halfway point, sometime in the next week, leaving three more months for better results and better decisions.
With that in mind, here are some folks who have the most riding on the second half of the season.
1. Johnny Cueto, SP, Cincinnati Reds: The difference between what top-tier starters are being paid and what the second-tier guys are getting paid is something in the range of $100 million, and that might be the sort of glue on the line for Cueto.
Rival evaluators love Cueto, love how he pitches, love his range of stuff. But he needs to pitch; he needs to make his starts.