Entering play on Thursday, 15 teams, or, half of Major League Baseball, entered play within 6.5 games of a postseason spot. With less than six weeks to play in the 2013 season, the races are intensifying and every game is increasingly important.
While pundits debate the merits of future award winners, including MVP and Cy Young in each league, contenders are only as deep as their weakest link.
We can easily point out the strengths of each team, but what about perceived or actual weaknesses as the season moves closer to fall?
In other words, what one pressing concern should loom like a dark cloud over the 15 teams still in the race?
The following concerns deserve your attention down the stretch run.