Justin Verlander and 4 MLB Stars Who Have Been Busts in the Postseason
Starting pitchers allowed 18 earned runs over 10 innings in the decisive games of the ALCS and NLCS.
The NL champs posted an unimpressive playoff ERA of 5.60, somehow better than the AL East starting pitcher ERA of 6.34. Aces Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee surprisingly couldn't make it out of the first round, leaving a world series matchup between pitchers who have failed to make it past the fourth inning.
Verlander was possibly the best pitcher of 2011, going 24-5 in the regular season with a 2.04 ERA. His postseason was short-lived, with a 2-1 record and an ERA that dropped to 5.31.
Here's who else failed to live up to the regular season glory when the playoffs came around.
He chokes again in the postseason.
In the decisive Game 5 against the Tigers and what would end the Yankees season, A-Rod struck out three times, once in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded, and once to end the game.
Wilson had a stellar regular season going 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA. In the postseason, his numbers haven't quite matched up.
He's 1-3 with a 6. 08 ERA. Heading into Game 5, he was 0-3 on chances to give the Rangers the lead in a series, walked 14 batters and allowed six home runs.
Mark Texiera's meager .168 batting average in postseason games after a .248 batting average during the season showed a drop off.
This switch-hitter proved to be a bust for the Yanks.
Marcum set the all-time record for worst ERA for a playoff starter with a unthinkable number of 14.90. He finished his postseason with the Brewers with a record of 0-3, after going 13-7 on the season.
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