Eight make-or-break players in the LDS

Other pitchers might have better stuff, but nobody competes harder than Jake Peavy. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

This October, most of the ink will be used on the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Miguel Cabrera and Dustin Pedroia, but it's nondescript, under-the-radar players who write history in the postseason. Winning championships isn’t about stars; it’s about players who step up at a critical time.

Consider some past World Series MVPs: New York Yankees third baseman Scott Brosius in 1998; the White Sox’s Jermaine Dye in 2005; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein in 2006; Boston’s Mike Lowell in 2007 and San Francisco’s Edgar Renteria in 2010.

This type of player or pitcher can play a key role in any team’s postseason success. So here is one player from each LDS club who might not be his team’s best player but will prove crucial to his team’s aspirations to advance deep into the postseason.