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World Series position outlook: OF/DH

The Rangers outfield, once again, got the job done in the first two rounds of the postseason.

As a group, the primary starters -- Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton and David Murphy -- have hit .286 with 10 homers and 18 RBIs in the playoffs. They've been important producers.

Cruz has five homers and eight RBIs by himself and has hit .375 this postseason. If the club was picking an overall playoff MVP, it might be Cruz.

Hamilton, the probable AL MVP in 2010 and the MVP of the ALCS, is batting just .237 for the playoffs (but hit .111 against Tampa Bay and .350 against the Yankees), but has four homers and eight RBIs. He was walked eight times in the ALCS, including five intentionally. So his mere presence is impacting how opposing managers deal with the lineup.

Murphy came into the playoffs with a strained groin. And while he's just 4-for-20, those four hits were big ones. He has a homer and two RBIs and has provided a spark.

Jeff Francoeur and Julio Borbon have also seen action in the outfield, with Francoeur playing against most of the left-handed starters. But Murphy also hits left-handers well, meaning manager Ron Washington has some options depending on which matchups he likes better.

Don't forget about Vladimir Guerrero, either. The Yankees sure won't. They decided to take their chances with Guerrero, who had struggled in the postseason until late in the ALCS, instead of Hamilton in Game 6 of the ALCS. New York intentionally walked Hamilton three times in that clinching game. The second time, in the fifth inning, Guerrero made them pay with a big two-RBI double. Could that be the hit that propels him to greatness in the World Series?