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FOXSports.com's MLB analyst Jim Bowden on baseball's unsung heroes. Find out which players deserve more recognition.
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I'm Brian -- please be joined by fox sports dot com's baseball analyst Jim -- -- spotlighted some guys who don't get much attention. But does start picking out unsung heroes for each division with. Jim let's start AL west Texas for that replayed the power and good pitching but who's flying under the. -- -- it's a great question because we know the starting rotation Texas has been really affect the lineup as one of the best in the league. But the biggest key to Texas the reason they've had separation from the Angels and Oakland. The reason why did the only team in baseball right now it's winning their division walking away. Is because of what they've been able to do with some unsung heroes in the sixth and seventh inning. We all know about Darren Oliver and Frank Francisco in the tallied allege that the back -- But the key to the Rangers have been two guys in the bullpen the first one Alexio gone no this is the guy that as an ERA 11 his whip is 11. In eight of his last ten appearances has not given up Iran and the other key has been another right hander in the sixth and seventh inning. Garrett ODA 12 ERA this guy Brian has now pitched 25 straight games without giving up Iran when your bullpen. Can keep you scoreless innings six and seven and -- the rangers' lineup and the Rangers back again in amounts to a post season berth and that's what's happening in Texas. Reason why the Rangers a runaway with that division about the central White Sox top we know about guys like -- Comerica but you -- bogey on the -- Yeah I wanna stay there because you know what things that's happening with the White Sox is Bobby Jenks is really struggling closing. Is -- are raised over five his whip is 14. But one of the big signs by Kenny Williams it's gone under the radar and -- -- JJ puts when you hear thunder struck being played good that's when he walks into the field. But this -- back -- 9497. His split fingers get the point where it's almost unhittable. His DR -- is under two and by the way jinx doesn't do it in August and September JJ he's got the experience he can get it done for them. The other key to meet Sergio Santos this guy was an infielder in the minor leagues two years ago. Last year he had earned run average of eight point three -- four levels his first year of pitching. And guess what now he's in the big leagues and since June 17 Bryant has not given up an earned run on the bullpen. And that White Sox opened the depth that they have right now protects them -- jinx failed the last two months let's head on to New York City Yankees are effectively All-Star. Most of those guys household names but right Gardner seems like a player who's not getting all the tech it is DA is not going to with the New York Yankees in their lineup Brian but Brett -- has done a phenomenal job for the Yankees you know the Yankees took a lot of criticism when they didn't resign Johnny Damon instead GM Brian Cashman. Manager Joe Girardi said we're gonna go give it to Garner we're gonna let our young kids develop. Right now when you look at the numbers Gardner is outplayed Johnny Damon in every area he has a higher on base percentage higher average. More runs scored he has thirty stolen bases the Johnny Damon seven and oh by the way. Brett Gardner is covered more ground of the outfield. Better angles. Throws better it's been a huge move for the Yankees and it's gone under the radar let's jump to the NL east the -- -- -- -- players like casual fans may not know about who stands -- deal. Well there's no question he was an All-Star we all sat there and said why well probably because Charlie Manuel didn't know what he was doing the but -- instead Omar but they have been an All-Star for the Atlanta Braves he's played five different positions all over the infield all of the outfield. Like last year is hitting over 300 he has been a key guy -- product goes down you put him at second base. They did not lose a beat the other key guy for the Atlanta Braves Eric Hinske you know John Charlton frank -- And Bobby Cox keep talking about mixing and matching its Atlantic club and being able to win without stars what Eric Hinske. Has been a key guy hitting to six they would nine homers and 41 RBIs and oh by the way this is the guy that. Was -- Tampa in the post season Boston the post season Yankees in the post season. And now looks like he's going to be there are the Braves sounds like a winning formula the reds have been a big surprise this year won the particular stands up because he's been hustling and doing the little -- is no question I think Paula you honest what he brings that they it was something that you're not gonna find the statistics. But when Orlando Cabrera went down with the injury the key to the reds is big yardage going in defensively shortage got great range he has an accurate arm. This guy and a key home run to help put a ball game the other night. But Paul gosh the way he plays the game the way he moves runners the attitude he brings to the table he's not gonna get a lot of credit for the reds but when you lose your shortstop. It's very difficult to replace them. And with the reds they have yards and they have not lost to beat because of that despite -- struggling bullpen yeah honest makes their bullpen better because of his defense let's wrapping up in San Diego so many great stories this season. Who do you wanna concentrate on. Well the Padres again I'm gonna stay with a bullpen because that's how you win pennants is that six or seven thing that's how you get separation. With the Padres is no question that he ballot Gregor -- and Adams have been the key. All year for them but the one guy that's going under the radar is Tim stopper now we remember can stopper. 2003 then general manager Kevin towers take -- fourth overall in the country. Kevin towers is ripped throughout his career how could you take Tim stopper there he was never that -- will look. This guy is finally put it together it's taken many years to get there. Last eighteen appearances he's only been scored upon twice he's gotten past the injuries this guy next year's -- may be a starter for the Padres. He may be at 1215 game winner. But for now he gives -- depth in the bullpen gives them the best open in the league great stuff thank you for digging deep into all those rosters don't forget foxsports.com. As you covered volume baseball needs for Jim umbrella we'll see.