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2023 MLB Playoffs: 10 Players to watch this postseason

The MLB playoffs begin on Tuesday as eight teams are set to battle it out in the Wild Card round.

Four teams earned a bye into the Divisional Round, so those teams won’t take the field until Saturday.

Between the 12 teams in the playoffs, there is a lot of star power. Some of the best players in the game will be playing postseason baseball, so here are 10 players to watch in the MLB playoffs.

Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves)

Atlanta Braves were the best team in baseball during the regular season and it was thanks to their incredible lineup.

The leader of Atlanta’s offense is Ronald Acuna Jr., who recently became the first player in MLB history with 40 home runs and 70 stolen bases in a single season.

Acuna Jr. is expected to be named the National League MVP after hitting .337 with a .416 on-base percentage and a 1.012 OPS in 159 games. Acuna Jr. will play a large role if Atlanta are to enjoy postseason success.

Matt Olson (Atlanta Braves)

Hitting behind Acuna Jr. in Atlanta’s lineup is Matt Olson. The former Athletic has made a huge splash with the Braves this season as he led the league in home runs.

Olson finished with 54 home runs, seven more than Kyle Schwarber, who finished second. The first baseman also hit .283 with a .993 OPS in 162 games.

Mookie Betts (Los Angeles Dodgers)

The National League MVP was between Acuna Jr. and Mookie Betts for most of the second half of the season, but it appears as if Acuna Jr. will take home the award.

Betts finished the regular season with a .307 batting average, a .987 OPS and a career-high 39 home runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The outfielder remains one of the best leadoff hitters in the game and, if the Dodgers are going to be able to take down the Braves in the postseason, Betts will need to play a big role.

Freddie Freeman (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Similar to Acuna Jr. and Olson on the Braves, Betts has a partner in crime in Los Angeles. Freddie Freeman was fantastic in the regular season with a .331 batting average, a .976 OPS, 29 home runs and an absurd 59 doubles.

Freeman hits behind Betts, which has been a recipe for success this season, and the former Brave will get a week off before appearing in the NLDS this weekend.

Luis Arraez (Miami Marlins)

Luis Arraez accomplished a feat only one other player in Major League Baseball had ever done - win a batting title in both the American and National League.

Last season Arraez hit .316 with the Minnesota Twins and won the AL batting title. He was traded to the Maimi Marlins in the offseason and he slashed .354 in 147 games this season to win the NL batting title.

Arraez was chasing a .400 average throughout the season, so if the Marlins want to survive in the Wild Card round, they will need Arraez to keep up his hot hitting.

Yandy Diaz (Tampa Bay Rays)

The winner of the American League batting title was Yandy Diaz, the first baseman from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Diaz had a breakout season in Tampa Bay as he slashed a .330 batting average with a .410 on-base percentage and 22 home runs.

He has become the main part of Tampa Bay’s offense and he will need to stay hot as the Rays take on the Texas Rangers in the Wild Card round.

Corey Seager (Texas Rangers)

The runner-up for the AL batting title was Corey Seager, the power hitter for the Texas Rangers. Seager battled numerous injuries, such as a hamstring strain and thumb bruise, which led to him playing in only 119 games.

However, he made the most of his at-bats since he hit .327 with a 1.013 OPS and 33 home runs. Seager is the heart of the Texas lineup, so if the Rangers want to beat the Rays in Tampa, he will need to be at his best.

Adley Rutschman (Baltimore Orioles)

The Baltimore Orioles have been the story of the American League this season, and a lot of the success can be attributed to their catcher, Adley Rutschman.

The former 1st overall pick out of Oregon State has been the leader of the O’s and sparked the youth movement that led to Gunnar Henderson, Grayson Rodriguez and Jordan Westburg getting called up too.

Rutschman’s impact on the O’s goes beyond what we see on the field and he won’t need to take the field until the ALDS on Saturday against either the Rangers or Rays.

Corbin Carroll (Arizona Diamondbacks)

In just a few weeks, Corbin Carroll will be named the National League Rookie of the Year. In his first full season in the big leagues, he hit .285 with 25 home runs and 54 stolen bases.

Carroll has an elite mix of speed and power that led the Diamondbacks into the Wild Card round. He was an All-Star this season too, so it will be interesting to see how he performs in the spotlight during the postseason.

Sonny Gray (Minnesota Twins)

The strength of the Minnesota Twins is their pitching staff, which includes Pablo Lopez, Joe Ryan, Bailey Ober, Kenta Maeda and Sonny Gray.

Gray had the best season of the group as he finished second in the ERA race in the American League.

The veteran had a 2.79 ERA in 32 starts, which was only beaten by Gerrit Cole of the Yankees. Expect a lot of low-scoring games for the Twins in the postseason, which is exactly what they want.

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