The first half of the season has gone as expected

At some point Friday evening, the 1,215th final score of the 2018 Major League Baseball championship season will be entered in the logs. It's the natural halfway point -- peak baseball -- when we have as many games behind us as we do ahead https://www.lolga.com/mlb-the-show-18-st … stubs .

The first half of the season has gone as expected and has been completely surprising. It's been thrilling, and it's been staid. It's been heartening and disappointing. It's been just another season -- unlike any before it, but somehow very much familiar.

It feels like there has been more chatter than usual about the state of baseball, with attendance down and debates over tweaks to the game popping up almost daily. The drop in attendance is real, though the theories about it are not. The fact is, we don't know why attendance is down. We suspect the likely factors -- the weather, the stratification of the leagues, the lack of action generated from balls in play -- but we don't really know what is behind the slowly clicking turnstiles. We also don't know if it's a trend or a blip.