In April, there weren't too many people who thought that the race for the American League Central championship would come down to the wire in August and September.
Most people thought that honor would go to the Detroit Tigers. Those same people thought with the addition of Prince Fielder, the Tigers would have the division wrapped up by June and they could coast all the way into October.
The Tigers pitching staff has failed them (outside of Justin Verlander), and the surprise team of baseball (the Chicago White Sox) actually holds a game and half lead over the Tigers headed into Monday night's action.
The bottom of the AL Central has also become entertaining as there is a race to see who can finish behind the two front-runners.
While the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals are looking to go through the motions en route to a calm October, neither of these teams want to finish in last place and could bring up some prospects to help them stay out of the cellar.
As the race for the AL Central heats up, here are seven predictions as we head down the stretch in the 2012 season.