There are less than a week's worth of games remaining in the 2012 MLB regular season. With baseball adopting a second wild card this year, plenty of teams remain in the running for the 10 playoff spots spots league wide.
Many times in baseball, the playoffs seem like a crapshoot. People feel this way because the "best" team doesn't always win. In reality, playoff results are less due to randomness then they are to teams and players getting hot. A few hot bats can carry a team into World Series contention.
There are at least 14 teams who can claim they are in the running, or have already clinched a playoff spot. The following five hitters are doing their best to ensure their team plays meaningful October baseball. Some of these guys you would expect to be performing when it counts; others you may have to look up.