If the MLB season isn't the perfect soap opera for men, then nothing comes close.

There are several storylines worth following the rest of the way.

Milwaukee slugger Jesus Aguilar is a legit MVP candidate.

He gave everyone a month head start before clubbing a National League-leading 24 bombs. If he was in a Yankee uniform, it wouldn't take him until the last day of voting to make the mid-summer classic.

Throw in the fact Aguilar is one of the better fielders at first, he's an all-around superstar in the making.

I hope his participation in the home run derby doesn't ruin his swing the second half of the season.

The Houston Astros' bullpen is a potential dumpster fire.

The bullpen might have a sub-3.00 earned run average, but the 12 blown saves thus far is going to cost them down the stretch. They've seemed to right the ship after Ken Giles was sent down to the minors, but 35-year-old Tony Sipp can't pitch every day.

I expected the Astros to run away with the AL West. I didn't think the Mariners to be within five games at the break. A few more blown saves and the Astros could be playing the wildcard round and with that rickety pen, nothing is guaranteed.

Where did the Kansas City faithful go?

When I came to Oklahoma, it was Royal Blue everything. Fast forward to the present, everyone seems to have jumped ship. Much like the Mets team they beat in the 2015 series, both are back in the cellar of their respective divisions.

Growing up going to Twins games and catching the Royals several times every year, there is something satisfying about seeing the Royals back where they belong.

Albert Pujols found the fountain of youth.

Last year it seems Pujols was hanging on to get his 3,000 hit. This year, he's tied Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth all-time. Another year of injury-free baseball and we will see him pass Willie Mays and creep into the top five.

His on-base percentage is creeping back toward respectability and through 86 games played, he's only seven homers from last season's total. If he continues on the pace he's on he will record 160-plus hits for the first time since 2012.

Bryce Harper is one good series away from being the game's best player.

Chicks dig the long ball.

For Harper, he seems to be stuck in home run derby mode and his batting average is suffering. Through 94 games he's already struck out more times than he did in 111 games last season.

I really think he's trying too hard to get back in the 40-homer club. If he's a little more patient at the plate, he gets his batting average around .270 and he's in the conversation for MVP.

Pump the brakes on rule changes.

Let's keep the game pure.

The human element of the game needs to be there and instant replay is stretching things. Like any profession, errors happen. The days of Lou Pinella coming out and kicking dirt and throwing a base are gone. If an ump misses a call, picking up a phone and calling in a replay takes away the opportunity to see Bobby Cox get tossed 161 times.

The proposed pitch clock doesn't make sense either. In a world of instant gratification, sit back and enjoy a three-hour mini vacation.

Putting a runner on second base in extra innings makes my head hurt. Sure, it helps limit pitch counts in the minor leagues, but when these ball players get to the show, it's time for big boy pants.

One of the arguments for the proposed rule is it helps eliminate 18 inning games. How many games go that long? One, maybe two each year.

Being a subscriber to the MLB.tv package, I find myself watching more sports in this 'slow' time of the sports calendar than any other. Was there something I could spend that $250 on? Probably.

As a diehard sports fan, there is nothing better than watching a condensed version of a Marlins game on a Tuesday.