By Keith Antigiovanni
With one week to go before the All Star Break, MLB's official midway point, all 6 divisions remain competitive.
The Arizona Diamondbacks trail in the NL West by 3 games while the Colorado Rockies are 6.5 games back in third place. The struggling Dodgers and Padres continue their struggles with ownership problems and payroll issues respectively.
The defending American League champion Texas Rangers continue to lead the AL West by 2 games over the Anaheim Angels. Both the Rangers and Angels have had their struggles but are playing better now.
St Louis is back on track after a tough two week stretch in June when they were struggling and Albert Pujols getting injured against the Royals. St Louis is back in first place alone in the NL Central and is currently riding a four game winning streak.
Meanwhile the Houston Astros continue to struggle in the NL Central at 16 games out but is hoping to use the 2011 season to rebuild.
The KC Royals began the year with some success but have fallen to last place in the AL Central. This is not a surprise considering they have the lowest payroll (36 million) in the Majors.
The Atlanta Braves are also riding a current 4-game winning streak as they chase the Philles in the NL East. Atlanta has the third best record in baseball (48-35) but knows that they must continue to win in order to make the playoffs.
The Florida Marlins like the Royals have also fallen to last place in their division. The Marlins are another "small market" team which has trouble competing because of its' low payroll