Via Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index Post-Season Game Finder, I now present a list of what could be considered as the best post-seasons by Yankees batters:
For those who cannot figure this out, this list is post-season games with reaching base at least twice, sorted by OPS in those total games, with at least five post-season games played that year.
Seeing this, which batter would you say was the king of all Yankees Octobers?
Of course, keep in mind that the denominator is not shown here. For example, A-Rod has 12 (reached 2+ times) games in 15 chances. And, the fifteen is not shown. And, Scott Brosius has 6 games here – but that came in 13 chances.
So, yeah, it’s not a perfect list…but, then again, it does make a case that Mark Teixeira was not as bad this post-season as many paint his picture to be…
In any event, you cannot say enough about Hideki Matsui’s post-season this year. It looks like he was 7 for 15 here. But, in reality, since he was a just a pinch-hitter in 3 of those games, you can make a case that he was 7 for 12 in this cut. Godzilla, indeed.