For many, this time of year—the end of May—can seem like the most boring part of the Major League Baseball season.
The Opening Day excitement has worn off. There are flames on the Hot Stove but the water is only just starting to bubble.
And while the games count just as much now as they do in August and September, the pennant races never feel as intense this early in the season.
But that doesn't mean there’s nothing exciting happening in baseball.
Early-season surprise teams are failing to fall back into the pack and preseason favorites are still bumbling around in the division cellar.
There’s ownership drama, as teams struggle with finances and rumors are already swirling about where next winter’s free agents will end up come 2012.
As we forge ahead towards more exciting parts of the season, here are some breakdowns of the hottest news and trends in baseball.