MLB Playoffs 2011: 10 Players Who Could Be Playoff X-Factors

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MLB Playoffs 2011: 10 Players Who Could Be Playoff X-Factors
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If Albert Pujols and Evan Longoria each have huge Division Series, good. They are well paid, and the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays expect big production from their superstars.

In playoff baseball, though, it rarely comes down to superstars alone. Whether it's an extra base taken or a crucial hit stolen or a run prevented by a pitcher being available at just the right time, playoff games are decided by slim margins and well-timed contributions from role players and secondary stars. This year, that will be doubly true, because only one team (Philadelphia) has even a remote chance of dominating its opponents.

Realistically, there will be many opportunities for some unheralded players to make major impacts and become postseason heroes. Here are 10 such guys.

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