With August coming to a close, we still have a month of the regular season left to play. Some divisions and playoff contenders are obvious, but others are not. There are three divisions (AL West, AL East and NL West) where the top two teams are separated by just three games. There is still so much baseball left that nothing is set in stone.
Anything can happen in baseball.
I know it's not really bold to be saying that the reigning world champions will make the playoffs, but they are four games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Both teams are built on strong pitching, yet have a weak offense. But when it comes down to it, the Giants' staff is more experienced and more talented.
Arizona has not made the playoffs since 2007 and are coming off two last-place finishes. With a strong September, the Giants can surge pass the D'backs and right back into the playoffs.
They're headed in the right direction. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have won seven of their past eight games, and have pulled within two of the Texas Rangers. Behind Jered Weaver and Dan Haren, the Angels are heading into September red-hot.
Meanwhile, the first place Rangers have lost seven of their last 10 and four out of their last five. Just 10 days ago, the Angels seemed like they had no chance for the playoffs, when they were down seven games.
With the Angels creeping right behind them, it's going to be hard for the slumping Rangers to secure their second consecutive division title.
The New York Yankees will win the wild card, beat whoever they may face in the ALDS and go on to the ALCS where they meet the red-hot Boston Red Sox.
Believe it or not, the Red Sox and Yankees have not met in the playoffs since 2004, and we all know what happened then.
Picture a grueling seven-game series between these two teams. The Yankees have been in second basically all year, and will have a chance to knock the almighty Red Sox into the offseason.
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers, the top two teams in baseball right now, will face off in the NLCS. The Brewers have been surging in the second half, posting an insane record of 32-11, tops in the MLB.
Even with their historically great rotation, the Phillies will be no match for the Brewers' streaking offense and red-hot rotation.
The last time they made the playoffs was 2007, and before that, 1982. The Brewers are strangers to the recent playoffs, but that shouldn't hold them back. The Brewers have also never won a World Series, so a World Series between the very experienced Yankees and the Brewers would be fun to watch.
The 2011 Brewers season has been a magical one, and a World Series win would give their exciting season a beautiful ending.