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One thing every MLB team needs to do in the second half

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 7/12/2019 Jesse Yomtov

Major League Baseball's first half is now in the rear-view mirror and all 30 teams are turning their attention to the final 11 weeks of the 2019 season. 

Across both leagues, there's still plenty of ambiguity in the races for the postseason. Four teams are within three games of an AL wild-card spot, while that number is six in the NL.

That said, a good chunk clubs don't have a particularly good chance of turning things around. For them, it's accept their 2019 fates and make some choices in the coming months that could pay off in future seasons.

Here's a look at one thing that every team needs to in the second half:

AL East

Yankees: Address the starting pitching ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.

Rays: Keep Charlie Morton fresh. At 35, he’s on pace to set a new career-high for innings

Red Sox: Try something new in the bullpen, like using Nathan Eovaldi as the closer when he returns.

Blue Jays: Call Bo Bichette up to the big leagues.

Orioles: Identify which (if any) of their current players fit into their long-term plans.

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Yankees lefty J.A. Happ has a 5.07 ERA in 17 starts. © Andy Marlin, USA TODAY Sports Yankees lefty J.A. Happ has a 5.07 ERA in 17 starts.

AL Central

Twins: Ignore Cleveland breathing down their neck and just keep mashing.

Indians: Move Jose Ramirez around in the lineup to try to get him going.

White Sox: Sign Jose Abreu to an extension, expecting to contend next year.

Royals: Give Terrance Gore some more at-bats – he’s earned them.

Tigers: Try to not cry thinking about how Jordan Zimmermann is owed $25 million next year.

AL West

Astros: Get Kyle Tucker some reps in the majors so he can contribute in the postseason.

Athletics: Promote top prospect Jesús Luzardo and let him work his magic.

Rangers: Find ways to keep Willie Calhoun’s bat in the lineup.

Angels: Let 21-year-old Jose Suarez and 23-year-old Griffin Canning work through their growing pains.

Mariners: Be patient with Felix Hernandez and let the fans enjoy what’s (likely) his final year in Seattle.

NL East

Braves: Keep using A.J. Minter in high-leverage situations because he’s can be key in September and (hopefully) October.

Nationals: Find a way to work fringe starters Erick Fedde and Joe Ross into the bullpen mix.

Phillies: Acquire some depth via trade or the minors – nobody’s been getting a day off.

Mets: Realize that they’re not going to make the playoffs this year and get something for Zack Wheeler.

Marlins: Continue giving the youngsters a chance to prove themselves.

a baseball player holding a bat: Carlos Martinez should see plenty of ninth-inning opportunities with Jordan Hicks out. © Jim Cowsert,USA TODAY Sports Carlos Martinez should see plenty of ninth-inning opportunities with Jordan Hicks out.

NL Central

Cubs: Give Craig Kimbrel all the innings he can handle so he’s back in form for the stretch run.

Brewers: Stick with rookie Keston Hiura at second base.

Cardinals: Mix-and-match Carlos Martinez and Andrew Miller in the eighth and ninth innings.

Pirates: Promote Mitch Keller and let him develop in the majors.

Reds: Roll the dice on the second half and don’t trade Yasiel Puig.

NL West

Dodgers: Slowly work AJ Pollock back into the lineup

Diamondbacks: Recognize that Zack Greinke's value will never be higher.

Padres: Limit the workload for their young pitchers, but don't get too restrictive.

Rockies: Keep Kyle Freeman in the majors and trust that he'll work through the struggles.

Giants: Do right by Madison Bumgarner

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: One thing every MLB team needs to do in the second half

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