Games played in the last seven weeks of a season have a different meaning. Every inning and every turn is important. We are beginning that very special time of the year, those in which heroes are born and the best memories are forged.
Who could make a difference for clubs that are in the thick of the fight for a postseason spot or top seed? Will he be an established star, a newly promoted prospect or a player returning from injury?
Here, we feature eight Latinos who could make that impact on one of the postseason contending teams.
Do we really have to explain this about the Dominican? Especially for a Padres that won’t have Fernando Tatis Jr. Exactly, he knew it. Let’s talk about something else then. How have you been in the summer?
This team had as many as 17 players on the disabled list at one point in July. They need to recover quickly and the Dominican is key to it. The Rays have basically been surviving since Franco broke his right wrist on July 9 and had to have surgery. The hope is that he will return in late August or early September.
The Dominican has quickly become one of the most dynamic players in the game after the 21-year-old slugger impressed everyone in the All-Star Game. Rodriguez has been dealing with wrist issues for the past month, and even spent time on the disabled list. Any discomfort in that area is delicate. The Mariners have a great team that looks set to end the longest non-postseason drought for any sports team in the US/Canada. But his chances increase with J-Rod healthy.
Toronto has the ability to handcuff its rivals by force of power. But the rotation has several question marks after Kevin Gausman and Alek Manoah. Puerto Rican Berríos has had an up-and-down campaign, but posted a 2.90 ERA in the five starts he made between July 6-31. The Blue Jays need that version of Berríos in this final stretch.
Molina’s importance to the Cardinals’ running is obvious. He is already in the final weeks of his Hall of Fame career. The Puerto Rican spent a month and a half sidelined due to injury and it is no coincidence that the club has posted a 17-19 record in that period. Since he came back, the Cardinals have risen up. For a rotation that could see Jack Flaherty return at some point, having Molina behind the plate is vital.
The Dominican has been brilliant in the Orioles bullpen. He has been one of the strengths of the team and one of the reasons why the club is where he is today. But with so much wear and tear on relievers (it’s the fifth-most innings pitched bullpen in MLB) and having traded Jorge Lopez at the deadline, the biggest challenge for Bautista, and for the rest of the reliever, will be keeping up.
This is a wild card, because the White Sox have several established and more important players than the Venezuelan, who only has a few major league games under his belt. But Chicago needs someone to replace Tim Anderson, who will miss up to six weeks with a finger injury. Perhaps it is Sosa who provides the necessary spark.
The Cuban had an MVP first half, but a hand injury appears to have affected his power. They spent 38 at-bats between his 30th and 31st homers. The Astros improved the depth of their lineup at the deadline with the acquisition of Trey Mancini, but Alvarez is still capable of taking the offense to another level as the Astros battle for the top seed. of the American League.
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Eight Latin Americans who would make a difference