10 Players Who Will Decide MLB Playoff Races

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10 Players Who Will Decide MLB Playoff Races
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Say what you want about the second wild card, but it's certainly making things interesting. The trade deadline has passed and the dog days are upon us, and more than half the league can reasonably consider itself in the hunt. 

Every team has a weakness, and in a race this tight one player will make the difference between playoff baseball and an early tee time. Here are 10 players that will go a long way to deciding postseason races all across baseball. This list won't focus on stars necessarily—we know Miguel Cabrera will have a huge say in the AL Central race. Rather these are players who have underachieved or flown under the radar up until this point, but who still have a chance to make the difference for their teams. 

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