Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Schwarber, 30, has become the most prolific left-handed hitter in postseason history.
Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and two walks in the leadoff spot in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday.
Leading off the fourth inning with Philadelphia trailing 2-0, Schwarber took a 91.3-mile-per-hour fastball from Arizona reliever Kyle Nelson on a seven-pitch at-bat over the right-center field wall. It hit 114.6 mph (184.4 km/h) and traveled 409 feet (125 meters).
Despite Schwarber’s performance, the Phillies fell to a 5-6 defeat as Craig Kimbrel, who earned 23 saves in the regular season, gave up three runs in the eighth inning. The series is now tied at two games apiece.
The Phillies lost, but Schwarber’s record stands. “Schwarber hit his 19th home run of the postseason, passing Reggie Jackson for first place on the all-time postseason home run list by a left-handed hitter,” according to MLB.com, the official site of Major League Baseball.
Schwarber is a home run hitter, batting .585 (115-for-585) with 47 home runs, 104 RBIs and an OPS of .817 in 160 games this season. While his batting average was in the single digits, his 47 home runs ranked second in the National League in home runs.온라인카지노
Schwarber’s power has been even more impressive in the postseason. He cooled off a bit in the National League Wild Card Series and Division Series, but in the League Championship Series, Schwarber is batting 3-for-8 with five doubles, four home runs, and an OPS of 1.914 in four games.
MLB.com writes, “Schwarber continued his strong postseason career with 19 home runs in 243 at-bats. Compare that to Jackson, who needed 318 at-bats to hit 18 homers in fall ball. However, 10 of Jackson’s 18 home runs came in the World Series. Schwarber, on the other hand, only hit three home runs in the World Series.”
With the home run, Schwarber moved into a tie for fifth place on Major League Baseball’s all-time postseason home run list. In 62 postseason games, Schwarber is 24-for-49 (203 at-bats) with 19 home runs, 32 RBIs and a .913 OPS.
The player with the most postseason home runs in Major League Baseball history is Manny Ramirez (29). Jose Altuve (Houston) chased Ramirez with his 26th home run in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series earlier in the day. Bernie Williams (22 homers) is third; Derek Jeter (20 homers) is fourth; Schwarber, Albert Pujols, and George Springer (Toronto, 19+) are tied for fifth; and Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle, Nelson Cruz, and Carlos Correa (Minnesota, 18+) are tied for eighth.