Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Ryan Howard Pulling Away in 3K Games

Ryan Howard has struck out thre times in a postseason game a record 10 times.

Ryan Howard Pulling Away in 3K Games

Ryan Howard struck out three times in a playoff game for the tenth time in his career. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Ryan Howard struck out three times in a playoff game for the tenth time in his career. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Thanks to the overnight musings of WIP's Big Daddy Graham and the fine baseball-reference website, we can pass along that Wednesday night, Ryan Howard struck out three times in a postseason game for the 10th time in his career. That is by far the most by any major league player. (Howard is shown at left after his eighth-inning whiff Wednesday.)

Below are players that have had three strikeouts in the postseason five or more times, along with their playoff game and strikeout totals:

  GP    3Ks SO
Ryan Howard 45 10 67
Reggie Sanders    64 6 79
Duke Snider 36 5 33
Reggie Jackson 77 5 70
Derek Jeter    151 5    124
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