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Two near-untouchable relievers, Kenley Jansen and Koji Uehara, have advanced to Major League Baseball's final four. They'll presumably pitch and succeed in any competitive game for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, respectively.
Even so, history tells us that bullpen guys seldom get legitimate consideration for League Championship Series MVP honors. The only individuals in the past quarter-century to take home the hardware without starting a single game have been Dennis Eckersley (ALCS, 1988), Rob Dibble and Randy Myers (NLCS, 1990) and Mariano Rivera (ALCS, 2003).
Right-hander Adam Wainwright is already a postseason legend. As a rookie, he was an integral member of the 2006 world champion St. Louis Cardinals, and without his dominance during this past NLDS (2 ER in 16.0 IP), St. Louis wouldn't have advanced.
However, Wainwright won't appear in this NLCS until Game 3. To emerge as a candidate for series MVP, he'll either need to dominate on that night in an eventual Cardinals sweep or hope that the matchup goes a full seven games, thus enabling him to make a second appearance.
Odds are that neither of those extremes will transpire.
Despite mashing a clutch home run in Game 5 of the ALDS, Miguel Cabrera has been clearly handicapped by injuries in recent weeks. Forgot about his reputation and Triple Crown pursuit.
At the present moment, Cabrera isn't capable of carrying the Detroit Tigers.