Wild-Card Tidbits: Quick Hooks

On Tuesday night, Yankees starter retired only one batter in the AL Wild-Card Game, the shortest effort by a starter in the six years of the Wild-Card playoff. And by the time the NL Wild-Card game had come to an end on Wednesday night, the two Wild-Card Game sin 2017 had accounted for three of the four Wild-Card starts that lasted less than four innings.

Zack Greinke
Jon Gray

Yep, the Rockies Jon Gray retired only four batters in the Rockies 11-8 loss to the D-Backs, and then Zach Greinke, after being given a 6-0 lead by his D-Backs teammates couldn’t survive a four-run Rockies fourth inning, and was lifted after 3 2/3 innings.

That came after Twins starter Ervin Santana survived only two innings in the Twins loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night. There have now been seven starts in 24 Wild-Card games since that was added to the post-season schedule in 2012 that have come up short of five innings — four this year.

Starting Pitchers Who Worked Less than 5 Innings in a Wild-Card State

Player Date Tm Opp IP H R ER HR BB SO Res
Luis Severino 10/3/2017 NYY Min 0.1 4 3 3 2 1 0 W
Jon Gray 10/4/2017 Col Az 1.1 7 4 4 1 0 2  
Ervin Santana 10/3/2017 Min NYY 2 3 4 4 2 2 0 L
Johnny Cueto 10/1/2013 Cin Pit 3.1 8 4 4 2 1 0 L
Zach Greinke 10/4/2017 Az Col 3.2 6 4 4 0 1 1 W
Danny Salazar 10/2/2013 Cle TB 4 4 3 3 1 2 4 L
Chris Tillman 10/4/2016 Bal Tor 4.1 4 2 2 1 1 4 L
Archie Bradley

How strange was the D-Backs win on Wednesday night? Well, Archie Bradley, the D-Backs set up reliever, came up with two out and two on in the seventh inning, and tripled home both runs for an 8-5 lead. He joined the likes of Cy Young and Babe Ruth as one of only six pitchers to have a triple in a post-season game, and became the first reliever pitcher to triple. Bradley is only 6-for-61 as a hitter during the regular season, and all six hits were singles.

Pitchers with a triple in a post-season game

Player Date Tm Opp AB R H 3B RBI
Archie Bradley 10/4/2017 Az Col 1 0 1 1 2
Dontrelle Willis 10/4/2003 Fla SF 3 1 3 1 0
Tom Glavine 10/17/1996 Atl StL 4 0 1 1 3
Dutch Ruether 10/1/1919 Cin CWS 3 1 3 2 3
Babe Ruth 9/9/1918 Bos Cubs 2 0 1 1 2
Cy Young 10/7/1903 Bos Pit 5 1 2 1 3
A.J. Pollock

As well as the triple from Bradley, D-Backs shortstop Ketel Marte had two triples, and outfielder A.J. Pollock tripled. The four triples were the third highest total for a team in a post-season game, behind the five triples the Red Sox had in Games 3 and 7 against the Pirates in the 1903 World Series, which was the first World Series ever. There have been nine post-season games in which a team had three triples.

Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt 3B
10/10/1903 WS 7 BOS PIT W 7-3 5
10/7/1903 WS 5 BOS PIT W 11-2 5
10/4/2017 NLWC 1 Az Col W 11-7 4
10/24/1991 WS 5 ATL MIN W 14-5 3
10/19/1993 WS 3 TOR PHI W 10-3 3
10/9/1993 NLCS 3 PHI ATL L 4-9 3
10/1/1947 WS 2 NYY BRO W 10-3 3
10/1/1903 WS 1 PIT BOS W 7-3 3
10/14/1973 WS 2 OAK NYM L 7-10 3
10/12/1960 WS 6 NYY PIT W 12-0 3
10/1/1919 WS 1 CIN CHW W 9-1 3
10/9/1912 WS 2 NYG BOS T 6-6 3

 

Ketel Marte

Marte, meanwhile, became the eighth player in post-season history to have two triples in a game, the first since the Phillies Mriano Duncan in the 1993 NLCS against the Reds.

Player Date Tm Opp 3B Round
Ketel Marte 10/4/2017 Az Col 2 WC
Mariano Duncan 10/9/1993 Phi Atl 2 NLCS
Mark Lemke 10/24/1991 Atl Min 2 WS
Tommy Davis 10/3/1963 LA NYY 2 WS
Bobby Richardson 10/12/1960 NYY Pit 2 WS
Dutch Ruether 10/1/1919 Cin CWS 2 WS
Patsy Dougherty 10/7/1903 Bos Pit 2 WS
Tommy Leach 10/1/1903 Pit Bos 2 WS

The Rockies are now 9-12 all-time in post-season play, a .429 winning percentage, which is the eighth lowest among MLB teams. They have been to the post-season four times, but only one have advanced past the initial round — in 2007 when they swept the Phillies in the Division Series and D-Backs in the NLCS, and were swept by the Red Sox in the World Series.

Team Season W L Pct
San Diego Padres 1984-2006 12 22 0.353
Houston Astros 1980-2015 24 38 0.387
Minnesota Twins 1924-2017 33 51 0.393
Chicago Cubs 1906-2016 43 66 0.394
Texas Rangers 1996-2016 21 31 0.404
Washington Nationals 1981-2016 10 14 0.417
Los Angeles Angels 1979-2014 27 37 0.422
Colorado Rockies 1995-2017 9 12 0.429
Tampa Bay Rays 2008-2013 13 17 0.433
Los Angeles Dodgers 1916-2016 89 114 0.438
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