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October 08, 2012

THE HUNT FOR OCTOBER

We're talking baseball: How will Bryce Harper and the Nationals perform under the bright lights of the 2012 MLB playoffs? Will Johnny Cueto's late-season resurgence carry the Reds? Can Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia again be the King of New York? Is Josh Hamilton healthy enough to lead the Rangers back to the World Series?

Go to SI.com for complete coverage of the postseason, including ...

Three Strikes: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED baseball expert Tom Verducci goes inside the game to examine the three most important story lines from all of the day and night playoff action on the diamond.

Catch of the Day: Photo galleries featuring the day's most arresting shots and images, as well as daily videos and buzz and commentary from host Maggie Gray and SI.com baseball editor Ted Keith.

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SI COMMENTARY

Peter King On ...

The fall of the Saints

It took them just 22 days to surpass their 2011 loss total (3). New Orleans has allowed an eye-popping 463 yards per game. And Drew Brees is getting hit too much. Someday, someone will write a book about the impact of the NFL sanctions on the Saints, but as one league source said about the absence of coach Sean Payton: "Sean was as good as I've seen at putting his foot on the throat of his team when they needed it. This team has no one to put a foot on the throat." ... Read more of King's MMQB atSI.com

PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONPHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY TREVOR LAZARUS; CHUCK SOLOMON (HARPER, SABATHIA, HAMILTON); JOHN BIEVER (CUETO) PHOTOMEL LEVINE (KING) PHOTOJACQUELINE DUVOISIN (STRANGE) TWO PHOTOS ILLUSTRATION

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)