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Frank Gore had big runs of 47 and 55 yards against the Lions, and they came right through the middle of the Detroit defense. In fact, 138 of his 141 rushing yards came up the middle. The 49ers running back had it so easy that he averaged 8.3 yards before first contact. He also more than doubled his per-game and per-carry averages entering the game.
David Freese hit .545 with three home runs and nine RBIs against the Brewers, and all his hits came on pitches in the middle of the zone and down. The Cardinals slugger cut his miss percentage on such pitches from 55.6 percent in the National League Division Series to 12.5 percent in the NL Championship Series, an improvement that helped lift St. Louis to its first World Series appearance since 2006.
When Darrelle Revis lined up (pre-snap) on the same side of center as Brandon Marshall, Dolphins QB Matt Moore didn't shy away. He threw to Marshall 42 percent of the time and paid in full for his trip to Revis Island -- three passes were broken up, including a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Nelson Cruz was named MVP of the American League Championship Series for his ridiculous hitting tear -- six homers and 13 RBIs, both the most in a single postseason series. The Rangers standout did most of his damage on inside pitches, on which he hit five of his six HRs and had 11 of his 13 RBIs. Got that, Cardinals pitching staff?