Rangers: Mitch Moreland. The rookie has wrested the full-time job away from Jorge Cantu. He puts together tough at-bats and plays strong defense.
Giants: Aubrey Huff. One of the best, most surprising free-agent acquisitions of last winter, Huff has a reputation for loving the spotlight. A better bat than glove.
Rangers: Ian Kinsler. Inconsistency has prevented him from fully living up to his hype, but he still serves as an asset on both sides of the ball.
Giants: Freddy Sanchez. His 2006 NL batting title gave him more acclaim than he probably deserved, yet like Kinsler, he still helps his club more than he hurts it.
Rangers: Elvis Andrus. It's a pleasure to watch him play defense, although Ultimate Zone Rating measured a slip-off from 2009 to 2010. Not a run producer at all, and he occasionally runs the Rangers out of innings.
Rangers: Michael Young. A "face of the franchise," Young doesn't match his stellar reputation with elite production. Yet he contributes his share of extra-base hits.
Rangers: Nelson Cruz. He'll start Game 1 in leftfield, yielding to Vladimir Guerrero in right, and will start the Texas games in left against lefty starters. One of the game's underrated, underappreciated stars.
Rangers: Josh Hamilton: The best player in this series, easily. He clearly has recovered from the rib injury that sidelined him for most of September.
Centerfield: Andres Torres: One of the game's biggest surprises in 2010, he can run as well as get on base and field.
Rangers: Jeff Francoeur. He'll likely start there in Games 3 and 4, against the Giants' lefties. A great athlete, but word on the street is he'll swing at anything.
Rangers: Bengie Molina. He registered a pretty terrible season, yet pitchers enjoy working with him, and some big postseason hits increase his profile.
Rangers: Vladimir Guerrero. An all-time player, he enjoyed a rebound season after leaving the Angels. He'll start in rightfield in Game 1, which will be interesting.
Giants: Pablo Sandoval. The "Kung Fu Panda" saw a major slippage from 2009 to 2010, as he's no longer the team's everyday third baseman. His conditioning is an obvious concern.