Justin Verlander finished off an outstanding season by winning both of the American League's major individual awards.
Despite the Dodgers' down season, Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw are serious candidates for the NL MVP and NL Cy Young Award, respectively.
The D-backs' decision to save Brandon Webb an extra day has already paid off, allowing their ace to open a critical weekend series in Colorado.
The Brewers are still mathematically alive in the National League Central race, but manager Ned Yost is under fire for blowing a significant NL Central lead.
Manager Lou Piniella is ascending to higher ground as the Cubs try to outlast Milwaukee in the quest for their first postseason appearance since 2003.