5 Bench Players Making the Biggest Impact in the 2012 MLB Playoffs

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5 Bench Players Making the Biggest Impact in the 2012 MLB Playoffs
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New York Yankees left fielder Raul Ibanez.

As the 2012 MLB Playoffs continue and the final two division series wrap up, the depth of every roster is being tested.

Sure, we've seen the likes of Derek Jeter, Buster Posey and Prince Fielder breeze through pressure for their respective squads, but Raul Ibanez's two home run performance in Game 3 against the Baltimore Orioles brought about a new aspect of the playoffs that the experts seldom discuss.

Each playoff team made the postseason on the strength of a formidable starting lineup.

Each team contains very few weaknesses, making it difficult for teams to exploit their opponents.

Every lineup is solid and each team boasts a pitching staff that is capable of throwing a shutout on a nightly basis.

The difference between playoff baseball teams is marginal. That's why having a solid bench is essential to any squad that wants to make noise in October.

Let's take a look at the five best bench players remaining in the 2012 MLB Playoffs.

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