The month of June has hit and the MLB season is now in full gear as races in all divisions have tightened over the last couple of weeks.
The American League has two of the hottest teams in baseball with the Chicago White Sox and LA Angels playing their best ball of the year. Chicago (31-23) have overtaken the Cleveland Indians (28-25) in the AL Central by winning 9 of their last ten games and the White Sox are just 1 game out for the best record in the league with their recent play.
Texas (32-22) is still holding the top spot, but the Rangers hit the skids this week and with the play of the Angels (28-27), their lead in the AL West has shrunk to just 4.5 games.
The AL East has the tightest division race in the American League as all five teams are over .500 and within three games of each other. Tampa Bay (31-23) is holding a slim one game lead over Baltimore (30-24), but any hot streak could put a new leader in place as the league heads towards summer.
Talking about tight races, the NL East now has three teams tied for the top spot with Washington (30-22), Miami (31-23), and the NY Mets (31-23), but Atlanta and Philadelphia are both above .500 and this race is one to watch all season for baseball fans.
Cincinnati (30-23) has taken over the top spot in the NL Central, but the recent slide by the St Louis Cardinals (27-27) has more to do with the Reds success than their play. Pittsburgh (27-26) have jumped into second place as the Pirates are playing their best baseball of the year.
The LA Dodgers (33-21) are still playing some good baseball, but injuries are starting to hurt the club and San Francisco (30-24) has used some recent success to move within three games of the NL West lead.
The dog days of summer are quickly approaching, but with the races in every division getting tighter, it will just add more fuel to teams and their fans. The MLB added more wild-card spots to this year's post-season and that too will keep fans buzzing and clubs looking to keep their good play going. But injuries are starting to hit different clubs and that could spell trouble by the end of the 2012 season.