The 2016 MLB playoffs have already included historic performances. Here are a few outstanding efforts that we’ve witnessed so far and how they compare to the Orioles’ postseason records.
-At age 39, David Ross became the oldest catcher with a postseason home run with his third-inning long ball for the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Four Orioles catchers have combined for a total of six postseason homers. Rick Dempsey, who turned 34 a month prior to his third-inning homer in Game 5 of the 1983 World Series, was the oldest of the bunch. The other O’s catchers to homer in the postseason were Andy Etchebarren, Chris Hoiles (twice), and Elrod Hendricks (twice).
-Jake Arrieta and Travis Wood both homered for the Cubs in the NLDS. That’s the first time two pitchers have homered in the same postseason since 1970, when Mike Cuellar homered in Game 1 of the ALCS and Dave McNally homered in Game 3 of the World Series. Let’s give the edge to the O’s on this one as both Cuellar and McNally hit grand slams.
-There are numerous stats that help to detail Madison Bumgarner’s postseason mastery, including his record-tying six scoreless postseason starts. That matches the Atlanta Braves’ Tom Glavine for the most all-time. Three pitchers share the O’s record for scoreless postseason starts: Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, and Scott McGregor. Each member of that trio had two scoreless starts, all of which were complete-game shutouts. Palmer’s efforts came in the 1966 World Series and 1973 ALCS. McNally shined in the 1966 World Series and the 1969 ALCS. McGregor kept the box score blank in the 1979 ALCS and the 1983 World Series.