3 Best Postseason pitchers in MLB history

Buster Posey # 28 and Madison Bumgarner # 40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven in the 2014 World Series with a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri .
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MLB post-season is where the magic happens.

And luckily, we’ve seen lots of magicians perform their work in October (and November).

Curt Schilling won the World Series MVP Award in a fantastic performance alongside Randy Johnson when they were with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Andy Pettitte has some of the highest totals (including an MLB record of 19 wins in the postseason), and John Smoltz was also brilliant.

However, there may not be a single pitcher that matches these three.

3. Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner is an absolute legend in San Francisco.

He was a key component in a rotation that won three World Series titles from 2010 to 2014, a period of five seasons.

He was fantastic in the off-season as a whole with a career ERA of 2.11 and a record of 8-3 in 102.1 photos.

However, he was a beast in World Series play with a 0.25 ERA over five starts.

What he did in the 2014 playoffs is nothing short of amazing: he compiled a 4-1 record with an ERA of 1.03 and 45 strikeouts in 52.2 innings.

That year, he started games 1 and 5 in the Fall Classic, allowing a single race; and then came in on short rest in game 7 to throw five pointless frames.

Needless to say, Bumgarner was the MVP for this World Series, the last of a truly fruitful dynasty.

He may very well be the best post-season starter of our time.

2. Sandy Koufax

If anyone topped Bumgarner’s performance in the playoffs, it had to be Sandy Koufax.

Koufax is one of the best left-handers in the history of baseball with a career ERA of 2.76, three Cy Young awards and an MVP.

However, when the calendar turned to October, there was no one like Sandy.

Back in his playing days, there was no division or championship series: The team with the best record in each league advanced to the World Series.

In 57 frames, southpaw went 4-3 with an amazing 0.95 ERA.

He allowed only 36 hits and 11 walks while hitting 61 hits.

He participated in four World Series, won three (1959, 1963, 1965) and lost one in 1966.

He was the MVP for the 1963 and 1965 Fall Classics.

Koufax was someone you could definitely trust when the stakes were high.

1. Mariano Rivera

The New York Yankees’ dynasty in the late 1990s had several star-studded hits at various times: Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Scott Brosius, Pettitte, David Wells, David Cone, Jorge Posada, Chuck Knoblauch and many more.

Mariano Rivera may have been the most influential and influential player of them all.

“Sandman” has the best postseason ERA in history with 0.70.

It also does not come across a small test: he threw 141 laps!

Mariano also has the most October saves with 42.

He was as reliable as they come, and sealed many of the Yankees’ triumphs in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.

He is so far the only player to be unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame, appearing on every ballot.

Rivera is a warrior on the mound and a true gentleman off the field, and is without a doubt the best postseason pitcher in MLB history.

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