Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see how some legendary postseason pitchers stacked up against each other.
I took several pitchers and wanted to see how many dominant games they pitched in the post season.
I broke it down into two types of dominant games. The first is the complete game shutout. The second is what we could consider a gem. It’s expecting something more than a quality start. The pitcher has to have gone at least eight innings and given up two runs or fewer.
This list is by no means complete.
Here are some of the biggest post-season aces since the 80s:
Orel Hershiser had two shutouts and seven gems.
Curt Schilling had one shutout and six gems.
Dave Stewart had one shutout and six gems.
Josh Beckett has three shutouts and four gems.
John Smoltz had one shutout and five gems.
Tom Glavine had no shutouts, but five gems.
Andy Pettitte has no shutouts, but four gems.
Jack Morris had one complete game shutout and four gems
Cole Hamels has one shutout and two gems.
Roger Clemens had one shutout and two gems.
Four things to notice:
1. Dave Stewart’s postseason heroics are vastly underrated. So is Orel Hershiser 3. Tom Glavine should have finished that gem in the 1995 World Series against Cleveland. 4. Curt Schilling’s teams only went to the playoffs five times. Look what he did when he got there (Smoltz, Pettitte and Glavine reached the playoffs three times as often as Schil.).
Here are some legendary pitchers, who didn’t get to the postseason often because they pitched before the expanded playoffs:
Bob Gibson pitched two shutouts and had six gems in just three trips to the postseason (Two-time World Series MVP).
Sandy Koufax had two shutouts and four gems in three trips to the postseason (Two-time World Series MVP)
Christy Mathewson had four shutouts and seven gems (Not including giving up 3 runs over 11 innings in another start).
Babe Ruth had one shutout and three gems in three postseason starts.
One thing to note: Babe Ruth was really good at baseball.