Tuesday, October 25, 2016

As often happens in the World Series, an unlikely hero emerges

As often happens in the World Series, an unlikely hero emerges

During the regular season, Roberto Perez hit .183 with three homers. In game one of the World Series, he was batting ninth.

So, of course, he hit two homers and knocked in four runs. He became the only number nine hitter in World Series history to hit two homers in a game.

Before I give him too much credit for the win, let's take note of the Cleveland pitchers who did, after all, collaborate on a shutout against a powerful Cubs line-up. Corey Kluber was masterful. He struck out eight Cubbies in the first three innings alone, setting a World Series record.

But who was behind the plate, guiding that pitching staff? The legendary Roberto Perez!

By the way, and this is hard to believe, but Perez is arguably the best hitter among the three Cleveland catchers. None of them had an OPS-plus anywhere near 100 (51, 55 and 33), and only Perez had a WAR above zero. The guy who played the most this year, Yan Gomes, batted .167 for the season, and drew only 9 walks in 264 plate appearances for a blistering .201 OBP.

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