Predicting Boom or Bust for MLB's Top 40 Stars in Pennant Race Action

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Predicting Boom or Bust for MLB's Top 40 Stars in Pennant Race Action
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When September rolls around in MLB, playoff contenders lean on their superstar players to help push them over the top and into the postseason.

With that in mind, the following group of players represents the 40 biggest stars in this season's playoff push and my thoughts on whether they will be a boom or bust down the stretch.

To clarify, this is not a list of the 40 best players in 2012, but instead the 40 biggest stars based on reputation—the idea being that this would serve as a snapshot of the top names in a position to make an impact down the stretch.

After that, I took into account both this season's numbers and past performances to make my best guess on whether the players would boom or bust down the stretch. 

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