If recent history is any indication, the '06 wild-card winners should again be major factors when October rolls around.
With a number of matters that remain either undecided or unclear, here are nine innings of questions about the World Baseball Classic.
With roster moves, executive switches, Hall of Fame voting and more, there will be plenty of baseball news in the next five months.
Watching Game 3 of the World Series with Yogi Berra brought about talk of his days as an Astros coach and much, much more.
National League rules will be in play when the World Series resumes in Houston. The Astros can only hope it will play to their advantage.
Alan Schwarz offers nine innings of questions that open the second half and will take us to the end of the season.
Alan Schwarz walks through the entire thought process of making up the National League team.
The Blue Jays the best at spotting big leaguers? Alan Schwarz look at Opening Day rosters.
Strength of schedule may play a role in a team's final record, but it's usually not a major factor, Alan Schwarz writes.
The Expos move to D.C., the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes and BALCO will be among this winter's key issues.
Alan Schwarz chronicles baseball's lifelong fascination with statistics and the people who turned it into a science.
Sources say pulling together a World Cup-style tournament by next March might not be possible.
Injuries to key players like Garciaparra, Pettitte or Prior doesn't necessarily add up to more losses on the field.
With fewer inner-city children playing baseball, MLB has a plan in place to get more participation in the sport.
While some have flourished going right from high school to the NBA, don't expect to ever see it in baseball.
If baseball is all about stats, which ones matter? Those who interpret them, some for a living, tell us.