Every time you look at one of these tight races, these still-to-be-decided playoff slots, I want you to think of the injuries. Talent wins games, but it has to be on the field to win and too many times; some of the best players (and even some of the average ones) can cost a team just enough.
What if the Royals hadn't lost Sal Perez to a concussion? What if David Price had made those starts at the beginning of the year? What if Dylan Bundy was in the Orioles rotation? What if Texas had Matt Harrison all season at the front of their rotation? What if the Reds had Johnny Cueto and Jonathan Broxton?
Injuries can be overcome. The Dodgers and Yankees are proof of that, but while all injuries aren't preventable, baseball has done a terrible job in trying to reduce them. I can't imagine any of the owners around baseball would stand for multimillion dollar losses to continue, year after year, in any of their other businesses and not address the problem.
Baseball is pretty awesome and no time is more awesome than the last few tense week of the season. This season, some good and deserving teams are going to go home instead of to October and more than one is going to be attributable to injuries.
There are plenty now, so let's take a look around the league...