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Predicting 25 Pennant Race Heroes of MLB's Final Week
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When things get tight at the end of the MLB season, some players show up and guide their teams into the playoffs, while others collapse under the pressure. The players who come up with these big hits or big outs are not always stars.

Last season, it was Dan Johnson, a .119 hitter on the year and a .235 hitter up to that point in his career who came up huge. He hit a game-tying home run with two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Tampa Bay Rays were one strike away from being eliminated.

There will be more stretch-run heroes this season, and a September call-up could have his own Dan Johnson-like moment this season. Timely hitting could determine who is playing in October and who is going to start a vacation.

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