That's it. It's over. There's no point in waiting for October. Let's just declare the winners and get out.
The closest divisional race in baseball is in the NL Central where the Cardinals lead the Reds by 2 1/2 games. And the Reds have no games left with the Cardinals. But the Reds do lead in the wild card race by 2 games over Arizona.
In the American League, the closest divisions are the East and West where the Yankees and Athletics lead the Red Sox and Angels by 4 1/2 games. Somehow you get the feeling that Oakland could be caught, but the only way the Yankees could lose would be by taking pity on the Red Sox and just laying down for them. In other words, it won't happen. The White Sox lead the Twins by two games for the AL wild card.
A lot of teams think they can win the NL Wild Card. Probably because the Reds have an unimpressive 63-60 record and are picking up guys like Scott Schoeneweis for pitching help. But even teams like the Phillies, who are 2 1/2 games out at 60-62 go and do things like trade for a 43-year old junkballer to "bolster" their rotation.
Anyway games by contenders (the definition of which is something I maintain in my head and is quite fluid) in order that they start:
Texas at Detroit - 10:05 am PT - John Koronka vs. Jeremy Bonderman
Colorado at Mets - 10:10 am PT - Jason Jennings vs. Orlando Hernandez
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati - 10:15 am PT - Victor Santos vs. Aaron Harang
Washington at Philadelphia - 10:35 am PT - Pedro Astacio vs. Randy Wolf
White Sox at Minnesota - 11:10 am PT - Javier Vazquez vs. Johan Santana
Oakland at Kansas City - 11:10 am PT - Kirk Saarloos vs. Runelvys Hernandez
St. Louis at Cubs - 11:20 am PT - Chris Carpenter vs. Juan Mateo
Seattle at Angels - 12:35 pm PT - Jake Woods vs. Ervin Santana
Arizona at San Diego - 1:05 pm PT - Jose Batista vs. Chris Young
Dodgers at San Francisco - 1:05 pm PT - Derek Lowe vs. Matt Morris
Yankees at Boston - 5:05 pm PT - Mike Mussina vs. Curt Schilling