After an uninspiring regular season, Cody Ross was a mesmerizing force for the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 playoffs.
In fact, GM Brian Sabean picked him up late in the season as a preventative measure. He merely wanted to block him from going to another contending team in the National League.
Neither him, nor anyone else in the Giants organization could have envisioned Ross’s subsequent postseason run en route to a World Series title.
The former Marlin hit three home runs, had seven RBI and scored 11 runs with a line score of .288/.354/.820 (AVG/OBP/OPS) in 73 at-bats through 33 regular season games.
In just 51 at-bats through 15 postseason games, Ross belted five big flies with 10 RBI and 11 runs scored. He batted .294 with a .390 OBP and ridiculous 1.076 OPS. He also matched his walk total and eclipsed his amount of doubles by one.
Ross’s incredible production in such a brief period of time was rather astounding. Anyone could discern the impact he had when it mattered most. Major League Baseball sure did by conferring the 2010 NLCS MVP on Mr. Ross.
When the Giants extend their season into October for some 2012 playoff action, who’ll serve as their Cody Ross-like hero?
Let’s take a look at the top three candidates who might provide a mere semblance of a Ross-like impact for the G-Men.
Note: I will include only those players acquired late in the season as Cody Ross had been in 2010. I’ll give a shout-out to the more regular starters at the end of the piece.