The Cincinnati Reds slugger is coming off another strong season with 24 homers, 73 RBIs, a .305 batting average and a club-record 135 walks. Votto is one of the anchors on a deep Cincinnati team that is playoff tested but has struggled down the stretch. The Toronto slugger will be counted on to provide some power and help turn things around for a team that enters the post-season on a five-game losing skid.
His numbers don't jump off the statsheet, but the veteran right-hander has done a nice job soaking up innings for the Red Sox. Dempster finished with an 8-9 mark, 4.57 earned-run average and 171 1/3 innings pitched this season. The native of Gibsons, B.C., has made only two career playoff appearances since his big-league debut in 1998. However, he gives the Boston staff some depth since he can be used as a starter or a reliever.
Martin gives the Pittsburgh Pirates a nice mix of offence and defence. The veteran catcher had 15 homers and led the major leagues by throwing out 36 attempted base stealers in the regular season. Martin, from Chelsea, Que., also has plenty of playoff experience and gives the Pirates some quality leadership. This will be his sixth post-season appearance in the last eight years.
The veteran slugger from New Westminster, B.C., has struggled to find his form since joining Pittsburgh in a late-season trade from Minnesota. He had 17 homers with the Twins earlier this year and is always a dangerous sight for opposing pitchers. The former American League most valuable player has seen his numbers drop over the last few years, but he can still give the Pirates some pop at the plate.
The Cincinnati Reds will visit the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night in the National League wild-card game. The winner will play the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series.
The Boston Red Sox will open their American League Division Series at home Friday against the A.L. wild-card winner.