It gets scarier every fall, Ramirez-Jitter presses ML record
Ketel Marte of the Arizona Diamondbacks is taking the fall by storm.
Marte started at first base and batted second in Game 2 of the 2023 Major League Baseball World Series against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 29. On the day, Marte went 1-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. He led Arizona to a 9-1 victory.
Marte not only helped his team win, but also made Major League Baseball history. “Marte extended his postseason hitting streak to 18 games, which is a new postseason record for consecutive games with a hit,” MLB.com reported.
The longest postseason hitting streak in Major League Baseball history was 17 games. Manny Ramirez, who broke the Bambino curse and led the Boston Red Sox to a championship, Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, who played for the New York Yankees, and Hank Bauer, who built the Yankees’ dynasty. Marte broke the record for major league legends.
The hit came in his last at-bat. After failing to get a hit in his previous four at-bats, his postseason hitting streak had stalled at 17 games. In the first inning, Marte led off with a walk and tried to take a 77.5-mph curveball from starter Jordan Montgomery, but it was caught by shortstop Corey Seager.
With two outs in the third, Marte stepped to the plate for the second time, and this time he hit Montgomery’s three-seam 92.5-mph fastball, which was caught in center field.
In the fifth inning, Marte stepped up to the plate for the third time with runners on first and second. Again, he took a fastball. He swung at Montgomery’s 81.2-mph changeup. But the ball didn’t leave the infield and sailed high, caught by second baseman Marcus Semien, forcing him to retire the side.
He was silent again in the seventh inning. With runners on first and second, Marte faced a new pitcher, Andrew Heaney. Marte hit an 8.49-mph changeup on the second pitch, but the ball was caught by third baseman Josh Chung and retired on an infield grounder.
Marte walked in four straight at-bats. But he saved his best for last. With two outs in the eighth inning, Marte hit an 84.6-mph changeup from Martin Perez. The ball sailed high and into center field. Marte made major league history. The two runners in scoring position crossed the plate side by side, giving him two RBIs.
Marte’s hot bat hasn’t cooled down. Especially in the fall. After going 3-for-5 in the National League Wild Card Series against the Colorado Rockies in 2017, Marte hit safely in three straight games against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series, and he’s on pace to hit safely in all 14 postseason games this year.