While the Astros continue to be miles away from being a contender, their best and most uplifting story is a tiny second baseman who has a flair for collecting hits.
Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington took the team that finished last in the AL East a season ago and made it into a title contender.
There are several hitters on contenders who've failed to produce to expectations and must pick up the pace in order to help their teams make the playoffs.
A power hitter. A starting pitcher. Bullpen help. With the trading deadline slowly approaching, several contending teams are in need of roster upgrades.
With the Tigers, Indians, White Sox and Twins looking like contenders, the AL Central is shaping up to be baseball's toughest and deepest division.
The scarcity of starters might prompt several clubs to throw up their hands and go bullpen-shopping instead.