5 Gamers on the Atlanta Braves Roster Who Will Step Up in Pressure Spots

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5 Gamers on the Atlanta Braves Roster Who Will Step Up in Pressure Spots
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In major league baseball, "gamers" enter an entirely new level of the focus when the calendar turns, the lights come on, and the score is close. Their level of play is elevated; they are the embodiment of "clutch."

Can "clutch" be identified or quantified? Does "clutch" even exist? I don't think anyone can know for sure. Some analysts and statisticians might argue otherwise, but I do think there is something to the pressure of intense situations that can either allow a player to shift his game and focus to a new gear or cause a player to wilt under its burden.

Regardless of your beliefs regarding "clutch" though, I believe that the Braves could have used some of it on their roster last season when they underwent the historic September collapse. The 2012 version of the team, while comprising many of the same components, has been a much more resilient club, mounting comeback after comeback.

The Braves on this slideshow are the members of this ball club I believe will step up in the biggest ways, in the biggest moments. Perhaps others will step up, but these five have proven their "gamer" status time and time again, and will be looked to as the leaders of the Braves' resilient march through the postseason.

All of the statistics (splits, events, advanced metrics) in this slideshow are courtesy of Baseball-Reference

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