10 Players Who Are Sure to Shine in MLB Playoffs 2013
10 Players Who Will Shine in 2013 MLB Playoffs
The 2013 MLB Playoffs are quickly approaching and in just a week, teams will be fighting for their playoff lives, trying to advance to the league title game and eventually the World Series. October has to be baseball fans' favorite time of the year -- if it's not, then they probably aren't true fans or their team probably didn't make the playoffs.
Last year, Sergio Romo and Buster Posey helped lead the San Francisco Giants past the Detroit Tigers in the October Classic. It was a quicker series than many had hoped because a lot of people believed that the Tigers were the best team in baseball -- even though they had to fight their way to the top of the AL Central at the end of the season. Detroit and the Los Angeles Dodgers look to be two of the favorites to win it all this season.
On the other hand, the New York Yankees are usually a playoff favorite to win it all, but after a rare average season, the hated Yanks are sitting at home and they will return next year without Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte and possibly Derek Jeter. It could be the end of an era in the Bronx.
Who will be the surprises in the playoffs this season? What players can lead underdogs to the World Series like they did for the St. Louis Cardinals as a wild card team in 2011. Every team has those players that played great in the regular season that will play great in the playoffs this year. Some teams have those guys that had an average season, but a history of success and therefore will lead their respective teams to a World Series title -- or very close.
I have compiled a list of 10 players who will shine in the 2013 postseason. Take a look, some may surprise you.
Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
The Indians' hot-hitting catcher can catch fire at any time. Although his average is hovering around .270 for the season, he has the ability to knock the ball out of the park on a regular basis. I wouldn't be surprised if he ramped up his play for the postseason.
Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds
Chapman is the definition of a fire-baller. He can throw 100-plus mph and he might be the most intimidating bullpen pitcher in the postseason.
David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
The ageless wonder seems to always turn up his play when it counts. His career .283 average in the postseason isn't very impressive, but his 12 homers and 47 RBI is pretty solid. Expect more big things this season as he is the top hitter on the Red Sox.
Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
Puig has never competed in an MLB postseason, but that doesn't mean he has the most potential of anyone on the field at all times. The kid seems to thrive when it matters and his multiple late-game home runs this season is proof of that.
David Price, Tampa Bay Rays
The former Cy Young winner has had an up-and-down season filled with injuries and poor performance, but has turned his game up a few notches since returning from injury. Price will be poised and ready to take his Rays to the World Series -- if they do end up making the playoffs as the wild card.
Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves
Justin Upton got off to a red-hot start to the 2013 season and has cooled off since. It's been a while since he's been on a hot-streak and I think he's ready to break out. Upton can be the best hitter on the Braves when he's on his game.
Brandon Moss, Oakland Athletics
Moss has a fairly pedestrian average, but he is my dark-horse breakout player in the 2013 postseason. He has some serious power and his numbers have been much higher in September than they have in any previous month.
Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals
Every team has that veteran player who can just turn his game up when the season means the most. The Red Sox have that in Ortiz and the Cardinals have that in Beltran. He has seemingly gotten better with age and he's experienced in the postseason, hitting .363 with 14 homers and 25 RBI in 34 postseason games.
Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
I know what you're say, "why is a guy who hits .230 on this list?'. That's a fair question, but there have been numerous occasions of poor contact hitters making a name for themselves in the postseason. I wouldn't be surprised if he turned heads with his extreme show of power.
Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
Verlander has had a poor season, under his standards, in 2013. His ERA is about 3.50, but he is far better than his statistics from 2013 suggest. Don't be surprised if he turns into the Verlander of old in the postseason. He could improve on his 2.22 ERA from the 2012 postseason and surely he will improve on his 6-4 record and 4.22 career postseason numbers.