The final full week of baseball is upon us. Only the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland A's and Atlanta Braves have clinched playoff spots, but fans are already primed for an exciting postseason.
Even though the success of a team in the playoffs depends on a variety of moving pieces, teams still look to individual players to carry the burden of winning. Whether it’s Clayton Kershaw pitching 11 innings to avoid using the bullpen or Yadier Molina connecting with that key game-changing hit, the personal performances of elite players is a fundamental aspect to October glory.
Read on to see the most important players to sparking each MLB team’s deep playoff runs.