As the calendar flips to August, so too does our attention.
We begin to waiver from the well played out trade drama of late July to the various pennant races that are beginning to take shape in front of our eyes.
Make no mistake about it, the 2011 stretch run is certain to keep us, the fans, on the edge of our seats until game 162.
Everywhere you look, there seems to be a potentially epic chase in the making. Will the Cardinals catch the Brewers? Can the Giants hold off the surging Diamondbacks? Will the Braves maintain their wild-card lead?
The American League isn't short on the potential for dramatics, as each division leader holds no more than a three-game lead on their counterparts.
So, who will win these races and ultimately secure themselves a spot in the 2011 MLB playoffs?
Keep reading and find out.