Editor's Note: Report is updated through Chicago's Championship Series victory over Anaheim.
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Very competitive, very slow on the bases and very sure-handed. Pierzyski has always had some pull power, and a fluky May (seven round-trippers) enabled him to set a career high in homers. However, he's also had his worst year for batting average and on-base percentage -- which, since Pierzynski seldom walks, are nearly identical. His performance in the LDS showed that A.J. still can hit mistakes hard. He also has an accurate arm, but because of a slow release, good base stealers are eager to take off on him. Despite getting only three hits (including a homer) in the LCS, the fiery catcher seemed always to be on center stage. If he'd finish up his career by spending 15 years in the minors, he could be called "Crash Pierzynski." On second thought, maybe he should be nicknamed "Crash" anyway.
Key stat: In 128 games, he has allowed 79 stolen bases in 102 attempts.
Paul Konerko, 1B
Painfully slow and limited defensively, Konerko's big stick can carry a team while he's hot and kill it when he's cold. On a team with decent leadoff production, he would have driven in far more than 100 runs with 40 homers. Konerko's two homers and seven RBI broke the back of the Angels in the LCS.
Key stat: Konerko has shown a marked tendency to hit with more power at U.S. Cellular Field: 23 of his 40 homers in fewer at-bats with almost a 100-point difference in OPS.