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Postseason Outs: 9
Postseason Pitches Thrown: 22
Pitches Per Out: 2.4
After featuring just one left-hander in their bullpen during their postseason run last year, the Cardinals signed Randy Choate to a three-year, $7.5 million deal in the offseason, giving them one of the top lefty specialists in the game.
Choate has made six appearances so far this postseason, logging three perfect innings to this point, but what is more impressive is just how short his time on the mound has been.
Four of his outings have been three pitches or less, with his "long" outing being an eight-pitch performance against the Dodgers. So why is that efficiency and effectiveness significant?
The team opted to go with Choate against Jacoby Ellsbury in Game 1, and he got the job done with a two-pitch out. Later that inning, the Cards' other left-hander, Kevin Siegrist, came in to face David Ortiz and saw his first pitch sail over the right field wall.
Ortiz loves to jump on the first pitch and Choate tends to get a lot of guys out on the first pitch. The Siegrist-Ortiz matchup was pointed to as one to watch by many, but moving forward it could be Choate who draws that assignment.
Ortiz is 3-for-9 with a double and three RBI against Choate in his career.