The 2012 MLB season is headed into the last weekend of May and though several division races are tight, Texas and the LA Dodgers are looking to run away and hide with the best records in both leagues.
The LA Dodgers (31-15) have been on fire at home this season with a 20-5 mark and the best overall record in baseball, but the biggest surprise is the play of the rest of the division as San Francisco (24-23) has struggled with inconsistent play and trail the NL West leaders by 7.5 games. On the other end of the spectrum is the NL East where all five teams are separated by just four games. Washington (28-18) continues to lead the division, but one hot streak by any of the other four teams and that lead will evaporate quickly. Cincinnati (26-20) has won seven of their last ten and the Reds have overtaken the St. Louis Cardinals (25-22) for the lead in the NL Central.
Baltimore (29-18) continues to surprise the baseball world as the Orioles are ties with Texas for the best record in the American League. Tampa Bay (28-19) trails the AL East leaders by just one game and the NY Yankees (25-21) have won four straight games to move within 3.5 games of the Orioles. The Rangers (29-18) are sitting on top of the AL West, but the LA Angels (23-25) are finally playing some good baseball and with continued success the Angles could make a race of the division by the end of the season. Cleveland (26-20) are in front in the AL Central, but the Chicago White Sox (25-22) have won four straight and eight of their last ten to move within 1.5 games of the Indians.
Injuries are starting to play a role in the 2012 MLB season and teams with depth on their roster and in their farm system will have an advantage over this summer. Look for some clubs to use prospects to acquire talent through trades and keep their playoff hopes alive and fill holes created by hurt players or under-performing youngsters in the next few weeks.