Names made in the MLB playoffs
Michael Wacha, the 6' 6'' 22-year-old out of Texas A&M has sure made a name for himself this postseason. The Cardinals' rookie did not allow a run in 13 2/3 innings against the Dodgers in the NLCS and for those numbers, Wacha earned himself NLCS MVP honors. In Game 4 of the the NLDS against the Pirates, Wacha took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. For the 2013 regular season as a whole, Wacha pitched to a 2.78 ERA, 131 ERA+, 1.10 WHIP and 3.42 K/BB in 64 2/3 innings at the major-league level.
Pablo Sandoval, owner of baseball's greatest nickname-Kung Fu Panda, took home 2012 World Series MVP honors after the Giants swept Detroit. Sandoval hit .500 with three home runs, a double and four RBIs in 16 Series at-bats. Sandoval hit three homers in the Series opener, becoming the fourth player in history to accomplish that feat in a World Series game.
Phillies ace Roy Halladay threw a no-hitter against the Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS. He became the second player ever to pitch a no-hitter in the postseason. This no-hitter marked Halladay's second on the season. The fans went on to vote this NLDS no-hitter as the 'This Year in Baseball Awards' Postseason Moment of the Year.
Ross earned NLCS MVP honors in 2010 following the Giants' Game 6 win for hitting .350, recording three home runs, three doubles and five RBI.
During the 2002 World Series against the San Francisco Giants, Rodriguez had a 1–1 record with 13 strikeouts in eight and two-thirds innings. At 20 years, 286 days old, the Venezuelan became the youngest pitcher ever to win a World Series game. The Angels would go on to win the World Series in seven games.
Counsell has a .212 NLDS average on his career and a .137 clip in World Series play. He sports a .400 average in the NLCS. Counsell peaked in the 2001 NLCS, when he earned series MVP honors with a .381 average for the series.
Jones recorded a 5.06 regular-season ERA. Despite loading the bases in the fifth inning of Game 5 of the 2000 NLDS, Jones went the distance and closed things out with his first career one hitter.
It's hard to pinpoint one specific series as the best of Mariano Rivera's career, but in the 1999 World Series against the Braves, Rivera recorded two saves and a win, and closed out the Yankees' championship title, his third overall. For his performance against the Braves, Mariano received World Series MVP honors.
In the '99 NLCS, Brave's catcher Eddie Perez produced a .500 AVG/.524 OBP/.900 SLG series en route to an Atlanta pennant. For his impressive numbers, Perez earned NLCS MVP honors. Perez, primarily known for his defensive skills, turned up the offensive heat in this series. He totaled ten hits on 20 at-bats along with two home runs and five runs batted in during this League Championship Series.
Sterling Hitchcock made a name for himself in the '98 playoffs. The lefty pitcher thrived in all three rounds. Hitchcock went 3-0 and set the since-broken record for strikeout rate in a single postseason and for that, he took home NLCS MVP honors.
At the age of 33, McClendon went into the '92 NLCS hitting .253 and slugging .353. In the NLCS, McClendon raised his game and further established himself as a legend in Pittsburgh with a line of: .727 AVG/.750 OBP/1.182 SLG. McClendon set single-series playoff records with this batting average and on-base percentage.
Braves pinch-hitter Francisco Cabrera ended the 1992 NLCS in dramatic fashion. Despite recording just 10 at-bats on the '92 season, Cabrera was called in when it mattered: when his team was down 2–1 with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning. Cabrera ripped a 2-1 pitch over the fence, scoring the tying and winning runs of the game.
Despite not playing in Game 1of the 1991 World Series against the Minnesota Twins and going 0 for 3 in Game 2, the Braves' second-baseman somehow turned the tides and went 10 for 21 over the next five games recording three triples, two walks and a stolen base.
Billy Hatcher of the Cincinnatti Reds recorded an impressive .333 batting average in the 1990 NLCS against the Pirates. That average was nothing compared to what he did in the Reds' upset of the Oakland A’s, when he collected nine hits and 16 total bases in 12 at-bats and set a World Series record with seven consecutive hits.
Before he launched a walk-off blast off Tom Niedenfuer in Game 5 of the '85 NLCS, the 15-time All-Star and Hall of Famer had never hit a home run lefty. With the score tied at two runs apiece in the bottom of the ninth inning, Smith came up to the plate and hit one out of the park. The Cardinals went on to win the series against the Dodgers in six games and met the Kansas City Royals in the World Series.