Toledo Blade via Associated Press
It's officially the start of cork-popping season.
The Dodgers, Red Sox, Braves and A's have already enjoyed their first champagne showers for clinching division titles and, thus, postseason berths.
The Detroit Tigers, meanwhile, have whittled away at their magic number, although they'll have to make it disappear during a season-ending, six-game road trip. The Tigers don't appear to be in jeopardy, but the longer they tread water, the less time they have to rest starters and get their postseason pitching rotation in order.
The Wild Card races in both leagues will go down to the wire, the wire being next Sunday when the regular season comes to an end.
By then, we will know the fate of the Cleveland Indians, one of basebal's remarkable stories in 2013.
October is waiting.
Regardless of how it ends, shouldn't Terry Francona be the American League's Manager of the Year? Boston fans may argue but, hey, Tribe fans will line up (although maybe not in large numbers) to compare rosters with the Red Sox anytime, anywhere.
They may get to do it in person.
If the season ended this very moment, the Tribe and Tampa Bay would face off in the sudden-death, Wild Card game with the winner advancing against Boston.
Of course, that's how it looks today.
Much could change in the final week. Plus, home-field advantage for the Wild Card games is yet to be decided. The Indians figure to have an edge because Tampa Bay still has to host Baltimore today before going to Yankee Stadium for three games.
The Orioles and Yankees, along with Kansas City and Texas, are still in the playoff running, although close to running on fumes.
Cleveland is hot at the right time.
The Indians have won four straight and nine of their last 11 heading into two home dates against the White Sox and a four-game series to close the season at Minnesota.
On paper, that is nothing but favorable.