7 MLB Players with the Most Impact on the Pennant Races

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7 MLB Players with the Most Impact on the Pennant Races
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We're getting into the home stretch in the MLB season. No team has larger than a four-game lead in their division, and half of the divisions' first- and second-place teams are separated by two games or less.

The AL East's Red Sox have a slim two-game lead on their arch enemies in New York, the Tigers are a half game up on the surprising Indians in the AL Central and the muddled NL Central sees the Brewers only a half game up on the out-of-the-blue Pirates and one-and-a-half up on the Cardinals.

Each of these teams have their superstars that must show up if their team is going to compete. 

To name just a few: Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett in Boston; Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia in New York; Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera in Detroit; Asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Masterson in Cleveland; Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun in Milwaukee; Joel Hanrahan and Andrew McCutchen in Pittsburgh and Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday in St. Louis.

Each of these seven teams have a player in the wings who needs to show up for the team in order to win their division and send them to the playoffs.

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