Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Schwarber (30) became the left-handed hitter with the most home runs in postseason history.
Schwarber started as the designated hitter in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA on the 21st (Korean time) and performed well with 2 hits in 3 at-bats, 1 home run, 2 runs, and 2 walks.
Schwarber, who was the leadoff hitter in the top of the fourth inning with Philadelphia down 0-2, hit a 91.3 mph four-seamer on 7 pitches from Arizona relief pitcher Kyle Nelson and hit a solo home run that went over the right-center field wall. His exit speed was 114.6 miles (184.4 km) and his distance was 409 feet (125 m).
Despite Schwarber’s performance, Philadelphia lost 5-6 when Craig Kimbrel, who had 23 saves in the regular season, gave up 3 runs in the 8th inning. The series record was tied at 2 wins and 2 losses.
Although Philadelphia lost, Schwarber’s great record shone. MLB.com, the official major league media, reported, “Schwarber hit his 19th home run in the postseason, surpassing Lazzy Jackson and becoming the number one home run hitter in the postseason for left-handed hitters.”
Schwarber is a home run hitter who recorded a batting average of .1097 (115 hits in 585 at-bats), 47 home runs, 104 RBIs, and an OPS of .817 in 160 games this season. Although his batting average stayed in the .100 range, he hit a whopping 47 home runs, ranking second in the National League in home runs.
Schwarber’s power shines even brighter in the postseason. Schwarber was a little quiet in the National League Wild Card Series and Division Series, but he is very active in the League Championship Series with a batting average of .385 (5 hits in 13 at-bats) in 4 games, 4 home runs, 4 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.914.
MLB.com said, “Schwarber continued his strong postseason career by hitting 19 home runs in 243 plate appearances. Compare that to the 318 plate appearances Jackson needed to hit 18 home runs in fall baseball. However, 10 of Jackson’s 18 home runs came in the World Series. “On the other hand, Schwarber only hit 3 home runs in the World Series.”굿모닝토토
With this day’s home run, Schwarber moved into a tie for 5th place in the Major League’s postseason career home runs. Schwarber’s career postseason performance is 62 games, a batting average of .241, 49 hits in 203 at-bats, 19 home runs, 32 RBIs, and an OPS of .913.
The batter with the most postseason home runs in Major League history is Manny Ramirez (29 home runs). Next, Jose Altuve (Houston) is chasing Ramirez by hitting his 26th home run in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series held on this day. Next, 3rd place Bernie Williams (22 home runs), 4th place Derek Jeter (20 home runs), tied 5th place Schwarber, Albert Pujols, George Springer (Toronto, 19 home runs), tied 8th place Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle, Nelson Cruz, followed by Carlos Correa (Minnesota, 18 home runs).