5 September Call Ups Who Could Make a Big Impact on the Playoff Race

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Joba Chamberlain pitched the Yankees to the playoffs as Late Season Call-Up in 2007, with an 0.38 ERA down the stretch Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

David Price and Matt Moore playing shut down reliever for two different Rays playoff clubs, Shelby Miller posting a 1.32 ERA for the Wild card winning 2012 Cardinals, Xander Bogaerts salvaging third base for the World Champion Red Sox: Recent history is rife with September call-ups who cemented their place in the big leagues by solidifying their impact on the pennant race.

Entering play Thursday, 17 different teams are currently in possession of or within 5.5 games of a playoff spot, and with rosters expanding in just four days, a sea of minor league players, both prospects and journeyman, will flood the majors and could send post-season odds spinning.

Here are the five players most likely to earn a big league promotion September 1st and change the pennant race.

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