John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Which players have performed the best in the postseason?

Performing well during the regular season is one thing, but producing in October wins championships. As we await the Twins-Tigers playoff and the Division Series, let’s take a look at the best playoff performers among active players.

Most Productive Hitters by On-Base Plus Slugging
(minimum 50 Plate Appearances)

Player

Games

Plate
Appearances

Home Runs

Avg

OPS

Carlos Beltran

22

101

11

.366

1.302

Troy Glaus

19

82

9

.347

1.246

Jason Bay

11

51

3

.341

1.105

Kevin Youkilis

26

113

6

.333

1.023

Albert Pujols

53

226

13

.323

1.022

Lance Berkman

29

129

6

.321

.992

B.J. Upton

16

72

7

.288

.985

Jayson Werth

20

83

4

.292

.983

Carlos Guillen

19

69

2

.344

.978

Nomar Garciaparra

32

127

7

.321

.975

Astros fans will remember Carlos Beltran’s torrid 2004, and Rays fans won’t forget B.J. Upton’s 2008. Albert Pujols is right in line with his regular season production as the best hitter in the game. Alex Gonzalez and Adam Everett have fared the worst in the postseason, each posting an On-base Plus Slugging below .500. For those interested, Alex Rodriguez ranks 28th of 104 qualifying players, Derek Jeter places 31st, and David Ortiz comes in 12th.

Because Earned Run Average is volatile, particularly in small samples, we rank pitchers based on Component Earned Run Average, which uses pitchers’ hits, walks, and home runs allowed to measure their effectiveness:

Most Productive Pitchers by Component Earned Run Average
(minimum 15 Innings Pitched)

Player

Games

Innings
Pitched

Strikeouts

ERA

Component
ERA

Jonathan Papelbon

16

25.0

22

0.00

0.64

Mariano Rivera

76

117.3

93

0.77

1.13

Hideki Okajima

16

21.0

16

2.14

1.55

Alan Embree

31

21.7

13

1.66

1.64

Cole Hamels

6

41.7

37

2.16

1.65

Jon Garland

2

16.0

11

2.25

2.00

Brad Lidge

26

34.3

51

2.10

2.05

Chad Bradford

24

23.3

13

0.39

2.05

Jason Isringhausen

23

26.7

23

2.36

2.10

Carl Pavano

8

19.3

15

1.40

2.13

Bill James Handbook 2010The top two names on this list should surprise no one, but Hideki Okajima has been nearly as successful. Alan Embree, owner of a career 4.59 regular-season Earned Run Average, has been stellar across seven postseasons (and five different teams). A broken leg will keep him on the Rockies’ bench this October.

Full postseason stats are available in the 2010 Bill James Handbook, available November 1.

Used with permission from John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™, http://www.statoftheweek.com/. 

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