By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
Hold your breath baseball fans, just one more day of All Star Break inactivity and then it's back to business.
And business, in terms of divisional races, are very good this year.
Yes, the Blue Jays are hopelessly out of it, but the Red Sox and Yankees, historic rivals, should be interesting viewing in the American League East althought the Sox have forged ahead by 4 & 1/2 games.
In the West, Houston is the best team in my view, but they really haven't been able to truly break away from Seattle, and even Oakland, who have hung in there with much less prominent rosters.
In the American League Central Division, Cleveland looked to have it wrapped up but a stumble last week has given Minnesota a bit of an opportunity- we'll see.
In the National League, it's Philly & Atlanta up top in the East with everyone anticipating a run from Washington.
The Cubs & Milwaukee are tight in the Central, and possibly St Louis, could have a say.
And then in the NL West, the LA Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are tangled with both Colorado & San Francisco within striking range.
It's a shame the Blue Jays aren't part of the derby, but in 5 of the 6 divisions, maybe in all 6 if Cleveland falters, the Major League Baseball divisional races look terrific coming out of the All Star Break.
I'm Fred Wallace