As we move closer to the midsummer classic, we also move closer to the "dog days of summer." This is the time of the season when baseball fans begin to learn a lot about their teams.
With the new postseason format, one more team will make the playoffs in each league. This could very well change the shape of MLB this summer, which could lead to some unexpected teams becoming buyers at the trading deadline.
With each day that passes, we're that much closer to the excitement of baseball during the stretch run. Here are some of the biggest storylines that are sure to last through the All-Star break and into the "dog days of summer."