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Consecutive postseason games with an RBI

Posted by Andy on October 20, 2009

With Ryan Howard's outstanding performance so far this post-season, you've probably already heard that he just tied Lou Gehrig for most consecutive playoff games with an RBI:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Ryan Howard        2009-10-07  2009-10-19     8     29    7   11   4   1   2   14    7    5    0   1  .379  .457  .793 1.250 PHI                                         
 Lou Gehrig         1928-10-04  1932-10-02     8     28   14   15   2   0   7   17    1    8    0   0  .536  .649 1.357 2.006 NYY                                         

 Alex Rodriguez     2007-10-08  2009-10-19     7     28    7   10   0   0   5   10    5    3    0   0  .357  .406  .893 1.299 NYY                                         
 Bill Skowron       1958-10-06  1960-10-09     7     31    7   12   1   0   2   10    6    1    0   0  .387  .406  .613 1.019 NYY                                         
 Clyde Barnhart     1925-10-12  1927-10-08     7     28    1    9   2   0   0    8    2    2    1   0  .321  .355  .393  .748 PIT                                         

 Ivan Rodriguez     2003-10-10  2003-10-18     6     23    4    6   2   0   1    6    5    4    0   0  .261  .357  .478  .835 FLA                                         
 Bernie Williams    1996-10-04  1996-10-12     6     22    9   12   2   0   5   10    4    5    1   1  .545  .607 1.318 1.925 NYY                                         
 Tony Perez         1975-10-22  1976-10-17     6     24    2    8   1   0   1    8    3    1    0   1  .333  .333  .500  .833 CIN                                         
 Carlton Fisk       1975-10-04  1975-10-14     6     21    6    7   1   0   1    6    3    4    1   0  .333  .440  .524  .964 BOS                                         

Howard's not the only player with an RBI in every game during these playoffs. A-rod has done the same, and he has a streak of 7 going back to the Yankees' last playoff game in 2007.

Notice that the Iron Horse's numbers were incredible in those 8 games--an OPS of 2.006 and 17 RBI.  On this list, only Bernie Williams has numbers comparable to Gehrig's.

Incidentally, by limiting the streak to just League Championship Series games, one guy stands out above all others:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Manny Ramirez      2007-10-16  2009-10-15    10     33    7   14   3   0   4   13    6   11    0   0  .424  .556  .879 1.435 BOS-LAD                                     

 Ryan Howard        2008-10-13  2009-10-19     6     21    7    9   1   1   2   10    3    6    0   0  .429  .556  .857 1.413 PHI                                         
 Derek Jeter        2004-10-18  2009-10-19     6     31    3    7   1   0   2    8    5    1    0   0  .226  .250  .452  .702 NYY                                         
 Kevin Youkilis     2007-10-16  2008-10-11     6     27    9   16   3   1   4    9    1    2    0   0  .593  .621 1.222 1.843 BOS                                         
 Ivan Rodriguez     2003-10-10  2006-10-10     6     25    5    8   2   0   2    6    6    4    0   0  .320  .414  .640 1.054 FLA-DET                                     
 Mark McGwire       1988-10-06  1989-10-06     6     21    6    9   1   0   2    6    5    2    0   0  .429  .458  .762 1.220 OAK                                         

Streaks like these are quite impressive. Remember that when playing in the post-season, batters are usually facing quite good pitchers. Driving in runs in 10 straight games is amazing.

For just World Series games:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Reggie Jackson     1977-10-14  1978-10-14     8     29   11   15   2   0   6   14    5    3    0   0  .517  .588 1.207 1.795 NYY                                         
 Lou Gehrig         1928-10-04  1932-10-02     8     28   14   15   2   0   7   17    1    8    0   0  .536  .649 1.357 2.006 NYY                                         

 Bill Skowron       1958-10-06  1960-10-09     7     31    7   12   1   0   2   10    6    1    0   0  .387  .406  .613 1.019 NYY                                         
 Clyde Barnhart     1925-10-12  1927-10-08     7     28    1    9   2   0   0    8    2    2    1   0  .321  .355  .393  .748 PIT                                         

Gehrig's streak shows up again, since all his post-season games were World Series games. He's joined by REG-GIE REG-GIE from 1977-1978.

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Reggie Jackson     1977-10-14  1978-10-14     8     29   11   15   2   0   6   14    5    3    0   0  .517  .588 1.207 1.795 NYY                                         
 Lou Gehrig         1928-10-04  1932-10-02     8     28   14   15   2   0   7   17    1    8    0   0  .536  .649 1.357 2.006 NYY                                         

 Bill Skowron       1958-10-06  1960-10-09     7     31    7   12   1   0   2   10    6    1    0   0  .387  .406  .613 1.019 NYY                                         
 Clyde Barnhart     1925-10-12  1927-10-08     7     28    1    9   2   0   0    8    2    2    1   0  .321  .355  .393  .748 PIT                                         

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