The Reds not only lead their division, they've managed to get through a difficult first-half schedule and now have a remarkably tame path to the playoffs. The Dodgers, on the other hand, face a brutal stretch (or two) in the second half.
If Stephen Strasburg had started his career in the majors and had piled up a 5-0 record with a 2.22 ERA by this point, they'd already be carving his bust for Cooperstown. But Mike Leake is the one who's done just that -- ever so quietly.
Mike Leake hasn't really played any minor league baseball, and from all indications, he may never have to. That's because the young hurler out of Arizona State has been one of the big surprises of spring. Buster Olney goes through many storylines.