Derek Jeter and the Top 5 Clutch MLB Postseason Rookies Ever
Game 1 of ALDS matchup between the Tigers and Yankees just ended, and oh boy did Ivan Nova pitch great. He pitched 6.1 fantastic innings in "relief" against a very powerful Tigers lineup.
After the way Matt Moore pitched against the dynamic Rangers offense, and now Nova, I decided to look up some other postseason rookie heroes.
5. Derek Jeter 1996
The current Yankees captain, Derek Jeter helped the Yankees win their first World Series since 1978. The rookie of the year batted .360 during the postseason with 22 hits and one huge home-run.
The home run, which came against the Orioles in Game 1 of the ALCS, was a controversial one, as then-12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence and deflected the ball into the stands. The hit was ruled a home run and the Yanks went on to win the game, the series and then the World Series.
4. Fernando Valenzuela 1981
The rookie of the year and the Cy Young during the regular season pitched fantastic more than five postseason starts for the eventual World Series winning Dodgers.
Valenzuela went 3-1 with an ERA of 2.21 and also won his only world series start.
3. Chipper Jones 1995
The third basemen had a great postseason. In his first game, he hit two home-runs, a game that the Braves won.
As a whole, Chipper hit .307 with three homers and eight ribbies for the eventual champion Braves.
But just a year later..
2. Andruw Jones 1996
He would be out-done by teammate Andruw Jones.
Actually, Jones's performance is the only one I included whose team did not win the World Series. Jones played so well that I just had to include him.
Jones didn't show up until he was really needed, providing a the heroics in Game 7 of the NLCS, hitting a home run.
Jones played his best in the World Series, with his first two at-bats resulting in home runs off of Yankee great Andy Pettitte. He added an additional hit in the game and five more in the series.
1. Livan Hernandez 1997
Livan Hernandez had a great 1997 postseason. He won all four games he started, including a complete game 15 strikeout performance in game five of the NLCS.
He also pitched twice in the World Series, winning both starts. Hernandez went 4-0 with an ERA of 3.17.
Hernandez become just the second pitcher to win both the NLCS and World Series MVP's.