Predicting 6 Unexpected Heroes of the 2012 MLB Playoff Races

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Predicting 6 Unexpected Heroes of the 2012 MLB Playoff Races
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The September playoff push is right around the corner, as this season's stretch run promises to be a good one with 16 teams legitimately still in contention and two extra playoff spots up for grabs.

This is the time of year when teams lean on their superstar players and those guys truly earn their multi-million dollar contracts. 

However, this is also the time when role players have a chance to make themselves household names by coming through when it matters most.

No one expected anything from Dan Johnson last season and he hit one of the biggest home runs in the final game of the year with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, forcing extra innings and setting the Rays up to walk off into the postseason.

While moments like that are impossible to predict, here is a look at six players who could be the unexpected heroes of this season's playoff race.

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