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2+ Career Post-Season Sudden Death Games With WPA.=.2

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 6, 2011

Here are the players to have 2+ post-season "sudden death" games in their career where their WPA in the game was .2 or better:

1 Tony Womack 2 Ind. Games 10 10 5 1 0 0 2 0 1 .500 .500 .600 1.100 0 0 0 0 0
2 Mickey Mantle 2 Ind. Games 10 10 5 0 0 1 4 0 1 .500 .500 .800 1.300 0 0 0 0 0
3 Keith Hernandez 2 Ind. Games 10 7 3 0 0 0 5 2 1 .429 .500 .429 .929 0 1 1 0 0
4 Yogi Berra 2 Ind. Games 10 7 3 0 0 3 8 3 0 .429 .600 1.714 2.314 0 0 2 0 0
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Generated 10/6/2011.

Tony Womack. Ain't baseball great?

10 Responses to “2+ Career Post-Season Sudden Death Games With WPA.=.2”

  1. birtelcom Says:

    You've provided the hitters list. On the Pitching WPA side
    --John Smoltz had a WPA over .3 in Game 7s in both the NLCS and the World Series in 199
    --Bob Gibson's complete game victories in Game 7s of the 1964 and 1967 World Series both produced WPAs over .2
    -- Mariano Rivera has had two sudden death game appearances with WPAs over .2.

  2. birtelcom Says:

    The year in the Smoltz reference above should of course be to 1991.

  3. Dave Says:

    Great stuff, love this list. It was fun to look at and guess out who else would be on the list before looking.

    (Mazeroski... check. Aaron Boone... check. Etc..)

  4. BSK Says:

    What about most (highest?) total WPA in sudden death games?

  5. Anon Says:

    DBAcks fan here and any Dback fan will tell you the 2nd & 3rd biggest hits in DBacks history are courtesy of Tony Womack - game ender in Game 5 of the 01 LDS against St Louis (+.39 WPA) and the hugely underrated game-tying double down the line off Rivera in the 01 WS. (+.50 WPA, far bigger than Gonzalez's .16 WPA for the game-winner)

    Couldn't find the WS hit quickly but I'm sure it can be dug up without trying too hard

  6. birtelcom Says:

    BSK@4: Among batters it's Francisco Cabrera, 1992 NLCS, come-from-behind walk-off pinch-hit with two outs and the bases loaded for Braves against the Pirates.

  7. BSK Says:


    Is that the highest career total? Or single-game total? I could imagine it being both, but my question was specifically about the latter: if you add up each player's TOTAL WPA from all sudden-death games, whose is the highest?

  8. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Not CC's!


  9. birtelcom Says:

    Cabrera's has been the highest single game WPA in any post-season sudden death game, according to PI. As for career total WPA, PI doesn't produce that easily, and it would take a little while with Excel to figure it. I do know the leader is not Cabrera, who had just that one plate appearance in a sudden death game, and Cabrera's WPA total from that one PA is topped as a career number by at least Tony Womack's total over the four sudden death games he appeared in over his career. Whether others top Womack would take some time to determine.

  10. Doug Says:


    Highest single-game WPA in sudden-death games.

    Here's the list for WPA over 0.5.
    - Francisco Cabrera ATL 0.737 1992-10-14 NLCS
    - Hal Smith PIT 0.636 1960-10-13 WS
    - Troy O'Leary BOS 0.532 1999-10-11 ALDS
    - Jose Cruz HOU 0.530 1980-10-12 NLCS