What a postseason already for Red Sox Kiké Hernández. The first-year Sox infielder/outfielder has outperformed with new records for postseason offensive production.
Through Saturday’s Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, Hernández is 16-for-32 (.500) this postseason with four doubles and five home runs. More impressively, all nine extra-base hits have come over Hernández’ last five games, dating back to AL Division Series Game 2 vs. Tampa Bay. For those five games he’s batted an incredible 15-for-25 (.600).
That kind of performance is bound to set new records—and it has.
- Kiké’s nine extra-base hits is the most of any ball player over five games in Major League postseason history. The previous record over five games was eight XBH, most recent by the Yankees Hideki Matsui in 2004.
- The 15 hits over five games is likewise an MLB postseason record, besting the previous high of 13 hits most recently by White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson in 2020.
- All those Hernández hits have amassed 34 total bases in five games. It’s a new MLB postseason record that passes a 44-year mark by the former Mr. October, Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, who had 31 TB over five games in 1977.
The five home runs over the last five games are the second-most in MLB postseason history. Four other players have had six, most recently Giancarlo Stanton in the 2020 postseason.
Red Sox History
Kiké’s prodigious offense made some franchise history, too. His 34 total bases are the most of any Boston batter in any game—regular season or postseason. The previous high was 32 by Kevin Millar in July 2004.
With his five home runs so far this postseason, Kiké Hernández has already matched Red Sox franchise record for home runs in a single postseason, shared by David Ortiz (2004 and 2013) and Todd Walker (2003).
Hernández’ 15 hits are the most of any Boston batter in any game since Johnny Damon recorded 17 over five games, also in July 2004. His 9 extra-base hits are most since Rafael Devers had 10 in August 2019.