I wrote basically this same thing last October, but after another Carlos Beltran playoff homer last night it’s probably time for an update.
Beltran is now a career .357 hitter with 15 homers, 10 doubles, and 25 walks in 35 playoff games, which is good for a 1.244 OPS that’s the highest in baseball history among players with at least 100 postseason plate appearances:
CARLOS BELTRAN 1.244
Babe Ruth 1.211
Lou Gehrig 1.208
Beltran also has the highest playoff slugging percentage of all time, also ahead of Ruth and Gehrig. This is the eighth playoff series of Beltran’s career and he has an OPS above .950 in six of them and an OPS above 1.400 in three of them. What a stud.
Yankees rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres has a fun streak going right now: He’s homered in four straight games, becoming the youngest American League player to do so.
The historic knock arrived in the seventh inning of Friday’s series opener against the Angels. With two outs and the bases empty, Torres pounced on a 1-3 fastball from Jim Johnson and posted it to the right field bleachers for a go-ahead run:
It was just the Yankees’ second run of the night (the first having also been provided by Torres on an RBI single in the second inning), but the only one they needed to maintain an edge over the Angels.
Torres, 21, is off to a torrid start this season. Following Saturday’s 2-1 win, he now carries a .333/.393/.646 batting line, nine home runs and a 1.038 OPS through 106 plate appearances. In the past four games alone, he’s gone 7-for-15 with five homers (including a pair of solo shots, a two-run homer and three-run homer) and nine RBI. He’ll have to collect a home run in his next five games if he wants to set a new all-time record, however: Dale Long (1956 Pirates), Don Mattingly (1987 Yankees), and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993 Mariners) currently share the record for the longest home run-hitting streak, at eight games apiece.