The new top name in the Mets bullpen for 2020, Dellin Betances, has seen his share of postseason baseball. However, it may not be as much as many of us thought.
Playing for the New York Yankees for an extended period of time practically guarantees a player postseason experience. Betances first got his in 2015 and again most recently in 2018. Totaling up all of the innings, he’s at 11 over 9 appearances.
I expected more innings from Betances. Fortunately for Mets fans hoping he can see October baseball in Citi Field from the home team’s bullpen, the results were good. Betances is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in the playoffs. The sample size is still a little small to call him a postseason master.
Playing in the bright lights of New York City has its perks but it also has its challenges. Betances has done it before. With the Mets, he’ll hope to go to the biggest stage: the World Series.
Much to my surprise, maybe the best postseason numbers of all came from the bat of Jake Marisnick. And before we start crediting the banging of a trash can, it’s important to note he didn’t play at all in the 2017 postseason for the Houston Astros.
Marisnick spent most of his time in the postseason as a part-time player. Despite playing in multiple games from 2015-2018, he never really got regular at-bats.
This changed in 2019 when he combined to make 12 trips to the plate in the ALCS and World Series. Marisnick delivered, too. He batted .333 in the ALCS and an even better .375 in the World Series. Combined with his earlier career postseason at-bats, he’s a lifetime .333/.364/.381 hitter when the games count the most.
Could it be that Marisnick is actually a brilliant postseason player? We’re going to have to hope we find out this year.
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How much stock do you put into a player having postseason experience? Personally, I think it’s just as valid as saying a guy has never been there so he’ll be extra hungry for a championship.