Miguel Cabrera is one of the two best right-handed hitters in baseball. If the Detroit Tigers are going to go anywhere this postseason, it needs to Cabrera who steps up against southpaw CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees. Detroit trails the Yankees one game to none in their ALDS match-up, but Cabrera has the thunder in his lumber to change a game and get the Tigers back into the series.
When a team falls behind in a playoff series, it is always the star player (or star players) to whom the club turns for help. A role player can get a big hit or make a great defensive play, but cannot inject the same sort of energy as a leading star player can. The Tigers need more than Cabrera to come back against New York, but he is a crucial cog in their comeback schematic. Here are the 10 most important such cogs for the three teams who trail their Division Series entering Sunday.