Examining all-time Marlins postseason leaderboards

It’s now easier than ever to analyze the franchise’s four postseason trips and the individual players who took part in them.

FanGraphs was already a go-to resource for our Miami Marlins-related research. Further solidifying that status, they’ve just added postseason leaderboards. It had previously been a tedious process to compare postseason performances from different years. This provides us with brand new ways to analyze the franchise’s four playoff trips (1997, 2003, 2020 and 2023) and the individual players who took part in them.

As the only hitter with a prominent role during both of the Marlins’ deep postseason runs, Jeff Conine holds the top spot in many offensive counting stats—32 career games, 31 career hits, 15 career runs scored, etc. The franchise record for runs batted in belongs to Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez (17). Miguel Cabrera leads in home runs with four. Gary Sheffield has nearly twice as many postseason walks as any other Marlin with 20.

You should be unsurprised to learn that the all-time Marlins postseason leaders in win probability added are Josh Beckett (1.36 WPA) and Pudge (1.19 WPA), who formed an indispensable battery for the 2003 World Series champs.

It would’ve taken me a bunch of guesses to come up with third-ranked Carl Pavano (0.89 WPA). Pavano pitched to a 1.40 ERA in 2003. His World Series Game 4 start in ’03 was incredible, but he had to settle for a no-decision because of Ugueth Urbina‘s blown save (the Marlins ultimately won that game in extra innings).

The Marlins have a .600 winning percentage (24-16 record) in postseason games. That’s despite a 82 wRC+ in those games (100 represents league average). It is a shocking stat at first glance, but run-scoring in the postseason is almost always depressed compared to the regular season. MLB postseason teams combined for a 87 wRC+ in 1997 and 82 wRC+ in 2003, for example.

Marlins starting pitchers have a 4.98 ERA in the postseason. That Urbina slip-up notwithstanding, relievers have done well to clean up their messes with a 3.16 mark. The disparity between their performances is far less pronounced in terms of FIP (4.39 for SP vs. 3.97 for RP).

In total, 98 players have appeared in Marlins postseason games: 55 hitters and 43 pitchers. Members of the one-and-done club include Yuli Gurriel (2023), Starling Marte (2020), David Robertson (2023), Nick Vincent (2020), John Wehner (1997) and Joey Wendle (2023).

Andrew Nardi temporarily owns the worst postseason ERA in Marlins history (10.80). Unlike the one-and-doners listed above, Nardi has many years of club control ahead of him, so hopefully he’ll get another opportunity to remedy that.

Go here to continue exploring the postseason leaderboards.

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