Divisions are rarely won or lost in June. This is a list of players who have the potential to lead their respective teams into the playoffs, or to drag them out of contention.
These are all guys you will be talking about before the playoffs start, guys who matter to their teams on teams that matter in the NL. Successfully predicting how each of them plays post-All star break should give you a good idea of how the National League playoff picture will shape up.
The list has six position players and just one arm. Pitchers, although all-important in the playoffs, can’t single-handedly carry a team through whole months of the regular season the way everyday players can.
You won’t find any Dodgers on this list; the West was won long ago. You also won’t find any players on pretenders like the Reds and Marlins. So here they are, the significant seven.