Predicting 5 Unexpected Heroes of the 2013 MLB Playoff Races

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Predicting 5 Unexpected Heroes of the 2013 MLB Playoff Races
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September's playoff push has officially begun. And with two divisions still up for grabs and six teams in the mix for the two wild-card berths in the American League, the race to see which teams will still be standing come October is sure to be as entertaining a race as we've come to expect playoff races to be.

While superstars will remain the focus of attention, by both fans and opposing players alike, it's the role players and youngsters looking to make their mark who often deliver the most memorable moments down the stretch.

Let's take a look at five players who could be their team's unexpected heroes of this season's playoff race.

 

*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are current through games of September 7.
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