In the never-ending drama of MLB baseball, September is the annual fourth act. Although the resolution is still unclear and out of reach, the conflicts (big and small, glorious and petty) are all well established, and the combatants are engaged in open battle.
Pennant races, as baseball fans once knew them, are dead. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox do not care whether they win the Wild Card or the AL East, and that's the most ardently contested would-be race right now throughout the league. The wild-card system has robbed fans of a meaningful race this year, yet the league is exploring adding another layer to the postseason next year.
Even so, excitement abounds headed down the stretch of an enjoyable baseball season. Even the most dreadful non-contenders have plenty on their plates these final four weeks. Here are bold predictions for each MLB club from Labor Day to the end of the season.