Under-the-Radar MLB Players Who Will Key Their Club's Run to October

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Under-the-Radar MLB Players Who Will Key Their Club's Run to October
Associated Press
Denard Span has been at the center of the Washington Nationals' surge since the All-Star break.

Superstars get all the love, but they can't do it alone, especially in Major League Baseball. The season is too long and the rosters too deep for one player to carry a club all the way across the finish line.

While the studs typically merit more than enough coverage, this time the focus will be strictly on the under-the-radar players who deserve a mention despite getting oh-so-little attention.

These are your sidekicks and lesser-knowns who have put together better-than-you-realized performances so far—and could continue to do so as the playoff races tighten during the stretch.

Because "under the radar" can be a debatable, nebulous term, the criteria here simply is that any 2014 All-Star is ineligible.

And since this piece is about getting to the postseason, only players on the 17 teams that are .500 or better—which also happens to be all teams within five games of a playoff spot—are considered.

Here are the players who don't qualify as superstars but still could key a run to October, in order from worst team record to best.

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