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Fifteen Faces Of October: The DRT Playoff Preview

With the game’s marquee team noticeably absent, this year’s MLB playoffs are virtually guaranteed to be a ratings disaster.テつ There’s a palpable dearth of anticipation and excitement that’s almost reminiscent of 2007’s infamous Worst NLCS Ever.

And yet, there are some big names still playing and fifteen reasons to stay mildly interested in baseball this October.テつ Here’s a quick rundown of the key players on every team still playing:

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TWINS

Delmon Young LF/DH (.283 AVG, .413 SLG)

Delmon Young hit a pair of home runs in Sunday’s final regular season game that clinched Tuesday’s play-in versus the Tigers.テつ He’s also quietly been the driving force of a Minnesota offense that can no longer rely on overrated and oft-injured “stars” like Mauer and Morneau.テつ He’s a career .298 hitter against the Yankees.

Brendan Harris SS/2B/3B/DH/1B (.262 AVG)

Because of his versatility, Harris could easily be Minnesota’s MVP this season.

TIGERS

Aubrey Huff DH

Since leaving horseshit town Baltimore in August, Huff has been pacing himself to prepare to rub out a lot of hits and come into his own in his first postseason. Against the Yankees during his career, Huff has hit .286 with with a .810 OPS.

Edwin Jackson P (13-9, 3.62 ERA, 161 K, 126 ERA+)

Jackson made his first All-Star team this year and anchored the Detroit rotation, especially in the first half.テつ He has a 2.08 ERA in three career postsesaon appearances.

YANKEES

Eric “Shitske” Hinske OF/3B/DH (.508 SLG in 38 games with NYY)

The Yankees are 54-25 since trading for Shitske in July.テつ Having played for the past two AL pennant winners, Shitske also provides recent successful playoff experience that is so sorely lacking from the rest of the Yankees.

Chad Gaudin P (2-0, 3.43 ERA, 130 ERA+)

The Yankees are 31-16 since Gaudin debuted in August after being acquired from the Padres.テつ He has been a steadying influence for the mess that had been the Yankees rotation and bullpen.

ANGELS

Erick Aybar SS (.307 AVG, .769 OPS)

Willy Aybar’s brother has led the Angels offense this year. He’s 10th in the AL in batting, and 3rd in triples.

Scott Kazmir P (2-2, 1.73 ERA, 262 ERA+)

The Angels have won 5 of the 7 games Kazmir has started for them. In last year’s ALCS, Kazmir outpitched Josh Beckett in the series-changing second game, and tossed 6 shutout innings at Fenway in Game 5 with the Red Sox facing elimination.テつ For his career, Kaz is 8-7 with a 3.59 ERA against the Red Sox, and 6-4 with a 3.05 ERA at Fenway.

RED SOX

Nick Green SS/3B/2B/OF/P

Has anchored the Boston infield for more than 100 games this year, and the Red Sox are 62-41 in those games.

Rocco Baldelli OF/DH/3B

Actually, you know what, fuck Rocco Baldelli still.テつ He did hit a 3-run home run in his only postseason appearance at Fenway Park.

Joey Gathright OF

Certainly has the speed to be the next Dave Roberts.

DODGERS

Manny Ramirez LF

Dude’s only hit more postseason HR than anyone ever.

CARDINALS

Julio Lugo 2B/SS (.274 AVG, .777 OPS)

The Cardinals have gone 38-24 since acquiring Lugo for free from the Red Sox.テつ Lugo instantly added punch to a punchless St. Louis offense, and also shored up their lackluster defense.

PHILLIES

Pedro Martinez P (5-1, 3.63 ERA)

Pedro bring a shitton of playoff experience and veteran leadership to a squad that hasn’t won a legitimate postseason game since 1983.テつ The Fightins are also 8-1 in Pedro’s starts this year.

ROCKIES

Jason Hammel P (10-8, 4.38 ERA)

The Rockies are 17-8 in Hammel’s last 25 starts.テつ The Rockies were seven games under .500 when Hammel earned his first win of the season on May 24 — Hammel has almost singlehandedly led them to a 74-44 record since.

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Those are clearly the fifteen guys to watch this October if you feel like watching.テつ Otherwise it should just be a bunch of shlubs trying to make the most of their last best chance to win something before the Devil Rays run off a long string of titles.

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One Response to “Fifteen Faces Of October: The DRT Playoff Preview”
  1. AndrewYF says:

    I thought Chalk left? Bugs and Cranks was boring, but boring is better than simply terrible analysis.

    What we know is that Chalk’s internet personality is one big joke. What we don’t know is whether or not it’s intentional.

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