Originally Posted by Brainiac
I completely agree with you on that, and I feel a little sheepish about even using that argument.
It matters if the player was a driving force behind it, IMO.
Essentially, a playoff appearance is a force multiplier for a strong finishing kick. Cabrera destroyed the world for 2 months and as a direct result of that his team is going to make the playoffs.
That carries weight, IMO. It makes the finishing kick that much more impressive, especially since the respective teams were in very similar positions at the start of that stretch.