The 25-year-old outfielder set an MLB rookie record when he smashed his seventh home run of the postseason in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Astros, and then set a new MLB record for homers in one postseason with his ninth in World Series Game 4 against the Dodgers. He hit another home run, off David Wells, in Game 7 of that series, but the legend would really grow in 2004. Only players with MORE HR in a single postseason: 2011 Nelson Cruz: 8 2004 Carlos Beltran: 8 2002 Barry Bonds: 8 It's been a historic season for the rookie, who entered Saturday hitting .354/.425/.800 in 17 games this postseason. A sixth-inning single also gave him 26 hits during the playoffs, tying the postseason mark set by Pablo Sandoval in 2014.
In between, Ramírez was MVP of Boston’s victory in the 2004 World Series. The switch-hitting center fielder went deep four times in both of the first two rounds, a five-game victory over the Braves and a seven-game loss to the Cardinals, slashing a combined .435/.536/1.022. The center fielder was MVP of the 1996 ALCS against the Orioles, when he homered twice, including an 11th-inning walk-off shot in Game 1. Then the playoffs started. 2-T) Nelson Cruz (2011 Rangers): 8The late-blooming slugger introduced himself to the nation in his first postseason, in 2010, launching six homers during the Rangers’ run to the World Series.
But after going homerless in his first two postseason games, Upton suddenly found his power stroke, going deep seven times in an eight-game span through Game 6 of the ALCS against the Red Sox. 2-T) Corey Seager (2020 Dodgers): 8Seager had a postseason for the ages, smashing eight home runs overall, including five against the Braves to set a National League Championship Series record. These 10 elite October performers have had both, each producing at least 17 big flies in their playoff careers. You never know who will go on a postseason power binge. The barrage included three big flies in the Yankees’ clinching victory in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium, with Jackson driving in five of the team’s eight runs. 6-T) Jose Altuve (2017 Astros): 7This performance was all the more amazing given that in his first three full Major League seasons (2012-14), the 5-foot-6 second baseman had finished with homer totals of seven, five and seven. He is ahead of Altuve as the Astros’ all-time leader in postseason home runs, and is tied with Pujols among active players. Only 10 players have homered at least seven times in a single postseason, and not surprisingly, all of them have done so in the Wild Card Era (since 1995), with expanded playoffs allowing for greater opportunity. 2) Bernie Williams: 22 HRWilliams wasn’t known as a huge power hitter, topping out at 30 homers in a season. Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena tied baseball's record for home runs in a single postseason with his eighth of the 2020 playoffs in …
T-4) George Springer: 19 HRSpringer has gotten off to quite the start in his postseason career.
With his eighth homer of the postseason in Game 4 of the Fall Classic against the Rays, Seager tied Duke Snider for the second-most career postseason roundtrippers in Dodgers history, with 11. Murphy cracked the decisive homer off Zack Greinke in a winner-take-all Game 5 of the NLDS and was named MVP of the NLCS. Beltrán was good down the stretch for Houston, but he was otherworldly in his first chance at postseason play.
The five-time World Series champion, who had three 20-homer campaigns in his career, essentially had a fourth if you combine his playoff production over 158 games. Arozarena delivered his ninth round-tripper of the postseason Saturday in Game 4 of the 2020 World Series. To rack up a lot of home runs in the postseason, a hitter needs plenty of chances and the ability to come through on the biggest stage. On the other hand, the Braves are the only team to allow 10 or more runs in a postseason inning multiple times -- and both times were first innings.