One week from today, we'll know.
We'll know if baseball stages an encore to last year's Game 162 magic.
We'll know if Miguel Cabrera becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years.
We'll know if the storybook seasons of the A's and Orioles stretch into the playoffs.
We'll know if the Angels or Rays shatter the odds and snare a wild-card berth.
We'll know if Thursday, Oct. 4, will mean tiebreakers noon to night - or the quiet hum of airplane engines on cross-country flights, in preparation for the Oct. 5 wild-card round.
One week from today, we'll reflect on the 2012 regular season and make bold World Series picks. But there's no time for that now. There are too many games to watch - and too many of them mean something.
Notwithstanding ties and weather delays, the final pitch of the regular season will be thrown shortly after 11 p.m. ET next Wednesday. By then, the players, coaches, managers and club officials who reported to spring training seven months ago will know if th...