Summer has come and gone. October is little more than two weeks away and postseason baseball will soon be once again dominating the American sports landscape. The playoff picture for the most part is set with only the AL West title race still up in the air. The defending American League Champion Texas Rangers currently hold a three game advantage over the Los Angeles Angels heading into the homestretch. The New York Yankees look to be coasting into yet another division title, while Justin Verlander and Detroit Tigers have opened up a 13.5 game lead in the American League Central. New York will be favored to represent the AL in the Fall Classic, but Detroit has looked menacing in recent weeks - winning nine out of their last ten games.
With the Arizona Diamondbacks and new manager Kirk Gibson taking control of the NL West, the San Francisco Giants will not be defending their World Series title this season. 2011 MLB Playoff tickets are, however, on sale for the Milwaukee Brewers who have a strong 5.5 game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. With Prince Fielder apparently headed out of Brew City in the offseason, Milwaukee knows that this year could be their best shot at making it to the World Series for a long time. The Philadelphia Phillies own the best record in baseball and feature a roster of top pros with postseason experience. Although there's still enough time for things to change, it looks like the Boston Red Sox will win the AL Wildcard and the Atlanta Braves will claim the NL Wildcard. While you may not be pleased about having to throw on your winter coat for the first time this year, remember the excitement and drama of the MLB playoffs is almost here!